Transforming lives through creative theatre and film
What we do:
Professional and Team Development
We run bespoke programs for organisations who want to provide their teams with extraordinary creative training opportunities and personal & professional development. Our ground-breaking methodology has people flourish in a creative setting and experience true teamwork, while also giving them deep insights into their lives and openings for change.
“This week was like a mind explosion, you have changed our lives”
Participant in short theatre project
We produce outstanding results with people with physical and mental disabilities, people with mental health issues, and also with refugees, prisoners, ex-offenders, service veterans and victims of crime. We use imagination, play and acting training to develop the skills needed most by these populations: communication, teamwork, confidence, self-awareness, sensitivity to others, self-discipline and improved levels of engagement, focus and attention. Participants learn to work together and produce a theatre or film project to entertain the people in their community, expanding their sense of contribution and ability to give to others.
Our unique methodology, using The Science of Acting as its basis, teaches adults and young people how to act by understanding the use of imagination and the thinking of other characters. In the process, they learn to understand their own thinking processes. Understanding one's own thinking and the thinking of others gives tools for comprehension and effective communication. These tools are applicable in real-life situations, including social and family relations, job readiness, relationships with care professionals, independent living and resolving issues in all personal relationships.
"You have achieved more with our men in 2 weeks
than our team of 5 psychiatrists have achieved in 5 years."
Alexander Romanov, Governor of Prison Colony 29, Perm, Russia
“He came home every day with shining eyes,
he has opened up completely this week. He is a different boy!”
Father, talking about his son after the performance in Perm
Theatre of Joy: Skills Development through Play
Training in Applied Theatre
We train students, teachers, specialists, therapists, directors and actors how to lead creative work and deliver powerful projects with any population. This can be either as independant training or in conjunction with a 'social' project where the trainees gradually take responsibility for different aspects of the project. We also mentor people and wherever possible give them further experience and even employment in our own projects.
“Thank you for everything you do, you have changed my life"
Actress, participant in training program & theatre project
Populations We Serve
Creative training & development:
Teachers & therapists
Actors & directors
People in need:
Mental health issues
Physical & sensory disabilities
Children in care
Victims of crime & abuse
Prisoners & probationers
People with brain injury
Parents & care givers
Teens at risk
People at risk of suicide
What Is a Typical Project?
Depending on the availability, needs and abilities of the group, workshops are typically 3 or 6 hours per day over a period of 6-12 days, culminating in a theatre or film production of 10-30 minutes. We work with groups of 10-20 participants, along with volunteers, families and/or care professionals.
Often, we run workshops where the first half of the day is working with specialists, care givers, social workers and actors, teaching them the methodologies for working with these populations.