Phakama’s established Youth Board, currently headed by Co-Chairs Grace Frogley and Ellis Lewis-Dragstra, advises the Board and Executive Team. The Youth Board serves as a contained training scheme that allows young people to develop the necessary skills for future Phakama board membership. Phakama board members mentor the young participants of the Youth Board.
The Youth Board are:
Kate has been a theatre maker and arts facilitator for over twenty years. For Phakama, she has created Empathy Gardens with young artists; facilitated and performed in Ten in a Bed, a storytelling project for 3-5 year olds and their adults; and with Caroline Gervay created Of All People, a storytelling and pinhole photography project
Paul is a drummer, percussionist, guitarist and singer. Paul’s connection with Project Phakama goes back to 2003 when he was invited to facilitate on the Strange Familiars project.
Paul has a degree in Commercial Music from the University of Westminster, works in schools teaching drums and plays in and manages the band Yaaba Funk. Paul recently started a band called Little Number in which he writes, plays the guitar and sings.
Tom is a theatre director and researcher based in East London. He has written for and directed Pregnant Fish Theatre since 2010, creating intimate theatre for pocket money prices. He lectures at The University of Worcester and The University of East London, where he is currently studying his doctorate focused on young people’s political theatre. Tom also works with schools across East London to provide children with access to quality, interactive theatre.
Since graduating from Rose Bruford College Charlie has worked mostly in collaborative projects, where there is a sense of everyone’s contribution being valued.
Charlie has worked as a stage performer, singer, deviser and workshop facilitator performing in many different environments outside of theatre from old bank vaults to ancient woods.
Charlie has also done considerable work in arts education, tackling issues such as drugs, domestic violence and bullying. He is particularly excited when creating live performance from stories shared by the people in the room!
A curious traveller of time and space, Caroline works as a photographer, artist and facilitator in London, the UK and beyond. Caroline is interested in revealing stories with light. In the darkroom (for “digestion”) her approach is intuitive, intimate and experimental.
Sophie combines art, poetry and performance. She devises ways to collaborate and celebrate lifes many dramas, both real and imagined. She often collects stories and memories by listening and drawing them live with her inky brush, she also likes to improvise poems with donated words and images. She has been known to encourage people to jump out of a giant pie, singing.
Nurull Islam is one of the Co-founders of the Award winning Mile End Community Project(MCP), established in 1995.
Nurull’s workshop based practice is methodical, intuitive, dynamic, and engaging. He helps those engages with explore their fast changing worlds in a way that brings them into a deeper engagement with civic life in London today.
Caroline has worked extensively in Australia and the UK as a designer of large and small scale theatre, installation and events.
Working collaboratively and on commission for companies such as the National Theatre, The Thames Festival, Phakama and the Globe Theatre.
She is committed to a collaborative approach in theatre making and to articulating narrative in a visually exciting and accessible way.
Mike is a cook and artist interested in the ways that food communicates ideas. Based in London, his work investigates the relationship between food and identity in the urban environment. Mike is a co-founder of the cooking practice Blanch & Shock, producing all manner of culinary projects including food events, research and workshops.
Hayley is an Actor and Workshop Facilitator involved in making theatre with young people. She has also had the opportunity to take part in a cultural exchange delivering workshops in Saudi Arabia and Brazil and was able to perform her own writing in Saudi and a subsequent piece of devised work at the Vaults Festival (2015).
Hayley regularly facilitates acting and theatre making workshops for organisations including the Old Vic, National Youth Theatre, Tricycle, Generation Arts and of course the wonderful Phakama.
Jenny Macdonald is a writer, performer, director and facilitator based in Ireland and working all over! Over the past year she created her first solo show, ENTHRONED and has been performing with Capitalism: The Musical! She has worked with Phakama in London, Dublin, Pune and Buenos Aires.
An artist, actress and drama facilitator. Passionate about social issues having studied Criminology and Law, she is driven to create bespoke projects with communities and individuals affected by social change.
Hussina’s creative process is based on dialogue, experimentation and most importantly collaboration. She has delivered projects both internationally in Palestine, and nationally for Index on Censorship, National Theatre Wales and the Roundhouse to name a few.
An artist and project manager; Sabrina worked as a set designer, costume & prop maker in theatre before being spirited away into Carnival and setting up the Beats Culture performance project.
After some time spent travelling to international festivals as an Arts Manager; she returned to her work as an artist and facilitator and soon found herself helping to construct a giant pie on the lawn of a Care Home in Greenwich with Sophie Herxheimer. Sabrina was Visual Artist on 3% and after a time spent training with the other Phakama artists; knew she’d found her kind of theatre.
Sam is a performer, director and facilitator. Co-creator of interactive character comedy, physical comedy and street theatre shows with young people, adults and community groups. Devisor of social and environmental theatre shows including immersive and site-specific performances. Very keen on chocolate.
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Project Phakama UK is a resident arts organisation at QMU working closely with the Department of Drama on research and evaluation of its practice.
QMUL is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary’s 3,000 staff delivers world-class degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects. Queen Mary was ranked 1st in the UK for Drama and Dance in the Guardian University Guide 2013. It was also ranked 13th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) according to the Times Higher Education. The Guardian places Queen Mary even higher, 11th in the UK.
Queen Mary offers a strong and diverse environment to its 15,000 students and is unique amongst London’s universities in being able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning Student Village on its Mile End site.
Funders and supporters
Cat Gray, Chair
Jenny Sealey MBE