I have been a theatre maker and collaborator for the past twenty years, working mainly as a Director but also as a Movement Director, Dramaturg, Actor and Workshop Leader.
My journey in the world of theatre began after completeing a degree in Philosophy. Much of my training has been in Japanese and Polish Theatre having trained with Gardzience, Zofia Kalinska, Yoshi Oida and Suzuki and Butoh methods. I have also pursued an interest in clown and comedy and enjoyed workshops with Jonathan Wright and Angela De Castro.
I set up my own ensemble touring theatre Company:Collisions at 25 years old . My passion began with Ancient Greek Theatre and the re imagining of classical stories. My first production being Frankenstein, swiftly followed by Medea. I moved towards purely physical storytelling with two shows as part of the London International Mime Festival, La Petite Mort and Nothing Left to Lose. As time went on my interest in new writing and political theatre grew including directing Tunnel by Mags Chalcraft, set in a Tunnel between Egypt and Gaza and Semites, a verbatim piece of Arab and Israeli voices, for this I worked as a Dramaturg.
Being of Palestinian and Jordanian heritage I have enjoyed the recent interest in Middle East culture and it has been a privilege to be part of a small but rising commitment to authenticity and accurate representation.
I work occasionally as an actor, this is not something I pursue but enjoy when the job feels right. I most recently performed as part of a double act in a show I co wrote with an Israeli performer: Antisemitism The Musical. I created my own solo show Mary Mother of A Martyr and have enjoyed working as a performer and collaborator for other theatre organisations.
I enjoy collaboration with different artforms and over the years I have worked with performers, writers, choreographers, musicians, poets, rappers, circus artists and activists to create engaging works of live performance.
I also have a passion for using theatre as a medium and platform for communication of different voices. I have created theatre in Zaatari Refugee camp for Clowns Without Borders, with adults in recovery, for Brighton People’s Theatre with adults who have experienced the harsh edge of austerity, and young people with mental health issues.
When my children were very young I adapted my working locally and set up a youth theatre company. This became an unexpected passion where I could continue to grow as a director but my casts were younger, vibrant and deeply exciting. We have had many adventures together. We have gone on to win The Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe and been nominated twice for best Family Show. We have constantly pushed the boundaries of what is expected from young people both in terms of artistic quality and intellectual and political thought.