Paul Anthony Morris is the inaugural winner of the Adopt A Playwright Award in 2008 for his play Identity and a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award in 2011. His plays 35 Cents and Identity have been published by Oberon and he is also the recipient of a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Paul is currently the Creative Director of Crying in the Wilderness Productions and his play Sarai is the first of a trilogy of plays that the company intends to produce over the next 12 months.
ACTRESS PLAYING SARAI
Karlina Grace-Paṣeda, trained at The Oxford School of Drama. She has worked across all genres of performance including theatre, radio, TV and short film. Karlina’s theatre credits include lead understudy for Death and the King’s Horseman and Welcome to Thebes, both at The National Theatre; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Blenheim Palace; the title role in Queen Poku and the role of Amado Ribeiro in The Asphalt Kiss, both at the New Diorama Theatre. Karlina has just completed a fringe production of Macbeth. Having previously trained as a professional dancer at the Laban Dance Centre and London Studio Centre, Karlina has used her vast experience to teach various styles of dance including workshops for FELA! The Musical at The National Theatre Studio.
COMPOSER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND MUSICIAN
Byron Wallen is a multiple award-winning musician and composer. He studied the trumpet with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York, has collaborated with major artists from the fields of jazz, pop, rap and world music and has been described as “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive”. (Jazz Wise Magazine) Byron’s album Meeting Ground with his band Indigo, which featured Gnawa master musician Boujemma Boubul, received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards, and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards. Recent projects include composing the music for The Amen Corner (National Theatre), sound design for the film The Immortals and Game of Thrones and collaborating with Atomic Bomb and David Byrne. His latest album Tout droit was released in 2014.
Shane Shambhu is an award-winning choreographer initially trained in the Indian Performing Art of Bharatanatyam. His creative visioning draws upon his experiences from his extensive performance career working with high-profile companies as a creative collaborator spanning dance, theatre, opera, music, mime, mask, circus, film, radio, literature, visual arts and poetry. Past and recent projects include: research and development for his new work My Inside Playground, Carthage on tour in Austria, USA and Turkey, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Icon Theatre’s award-winning Release and Complicite’s triple award-winning A Disappearing Number including an adaptation for BBC Radio 3 and worldwide screening for National Theatre Live.
Victoria Johnstone trained at Central Saint Martins and Rose Bruford College. She has lived in Scotland, Texas and the Middle East and is now based in Sussex and London. For CITWP she designed The Meeting. Other design work includes a number of shows for Jermyn Street Theatre, Origin of the Species and Coming Home (Arcola Theatre), Cover Her Face (Bethnal Green Working Men's Club), Spent and How to Find Us (Soho Theatre), Unstated and Sense (Southwark Playhouse), Hotel Medea (Shunt Vaults),The Dilemma of a Ghost (Border Crossings and National Theatre of Ghana) and Hamlet machine (BAC and International tour). Victoria also works as a costume designer in film and television.
Prema Mehta graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2004. She has since designed the lighting for over 100 productions. Recent theatre credits include Coming Up and Jefferson’s Garden (Watford Palace Theatre), With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough / Latitude), Now This is Not The End and Calcutta Kosher (Arcola Theatre), Bird (Derby and UK tour), The Husbands (Plymouth and UK tour), New Plays from India (Leicester Curve), The Great Extension (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Knock Against My Heart (UK tour) and The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman). She has also designed the lighting for dance and musical productions at the O2 Arena, Royal Festival Hall, Nottingham Playhouse, Westminster Hall and for an installation at Madame Tussauds.
Jenny Adejayan is a London-born cellist of Nigerian/Grenadian descent who studied at the University of Manchester and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. An active performer within the world-music, jazz & pop/rock scenes in particular, she has collaborated with numerous artists over the years, from Sir Tom Jones & Courtney Pine to Nitin Sawhney & Emeli Sande. Jenny regularly performs with the Antonio Forcione Quartet, Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra & Robyn Hitchcock among others, alongside working as an instrumental teacher in London schools & leading music workshops. She has also twice performed with her own quartet at the London African Music Festival at the Southbank Centre.
Louai Alhenawi is a Syrian musician, teacher and composer. He specialises in the ney (Arabic flute), Arabic percussion (dabuka, daff and riqq) and Middle Eastern music. He studied at the eminent Damascus Conservatoire, graduating in 2001. Since coming to the UK at the end of 2002, Louai has been involved in many performances, teaching projects and collaborations, as well as recording and touring worldwide with many artists including Oojami, Terry Hall, Natacha Atlas, Shakira and others. Louai co-directs the collaborative project Tafahum with composer and conductor Benjamin Ellin. He also leads and composes for his group Al-Farabi ensemble, performing spiritual and Arabic classical music.
Japanese born Nao Masuda started composing and performing at the age of thirteen. While working as a singer-songwriter and an instrumentalist playing several instruments in unorthodox ways, she also produced and directed multimedia events and exhibitions as an artist/designer. Nao moved to London in 1998 and has toured extensively in the UK and Europe. In 2007 Nao took part in her first theatre piece as a solo live musician and has since provided music and sound effects for theatre projects, as a musical director, composer, and multi instrumentalist. Outside the theatre, Nao performs solo and in ensembles as a Taiko drummer and a percussionist in both national and international festivals including the London Jazz Festival, concerts and events.
Sarah Hickson is a London-based photographer, but she travels widely, particularly in West & North Africa, & India. Much of her photographic practice is in the cultural field and focuses on artists, performance, and festivals around the world. Recent commissions include contemporary circus at the Edinburgh Festival, a theatre festival in Romania, a 3-week train journey round India with 500 young entrepreneurs, the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra’s UK tour, a festival of Tuareg music in the Sahara Desert and a collaboration with the Haïtian choreographer Kettly Noël in Bamako. Earlier this year she photographed Theyyam, an ancient night-time Hindu ritual ceremony in Kerala, South India.
Sarah Nunn has collaborated with CITWP since 2008 and produced The Meeting by Jeff Stetson at the Warehouse Theatre in 2009, Invisible Man for Decibel Performing Arts Showcase Festival in 2011 and the R&D Trilogy 2012 - 2014. Roles include: film editor of the R&D Trilogy films: Invisible Man, Conundrum and Sarai; content producer for the CITWP website and designer for the digital invite for the Invisible Man and the Sarai fundraising campaign. More recently, Sarah was Head of Community & Education at Abu Dhabi Festival and Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, MA Director and Creative Learning Consultant at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Globe Education. Sarah’s company Creative Elements is based in the Middle East where they are currently developing creative partnerships with Art Jameel International, Royal Opera House Muscat and Bait Al Zubair Museum and Gallery.
Sarah Hickson is an experienced arts consultant, producer and project manager & has worked in theatre, contemporary dance, music of all genres, opera, literature & the visual arts. Recent clients include the British Paraorchestra, 14-18 NOW, Somerset House, Aldeburgh Music, LIFT, the Aga Khan Development Net work, LOCOG/London 2012 Festival, Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, Lille Opera, Les Arts Florissants & Stavanger Konserthus. Sarah has held posts at major cultural institutions including Southbank Centre (Executive Producer), English National Opera (Contemporary Arts Producer) and the British Council Paris (Head of Arts). She has worked as a producer with artists such as the choreographer Michael Clark, the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage & the writer Caryl Phillips.
Anthony Watson is a freelance stage manager and theatre technician based in London. Anthony studied stage management and graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2009. He is a freelance technician for Half Moon YPT, the Bush Theatre and the Royal Opera House. He has production managed Handel Furioso at the Arcola, and Yarico at the London Theatre Workshop. He has staged managed Oily Cart’s Tube, the London tour of Futebol, Square Dances for Dance Umbrella and The Win Bin at the Old Red Lion. He has also been the technical director for Nick Einhorn: Astonish at The Magic Circle HQ. He is the producer of Prompt side and So pedantic podcasts.