THE CREATIVE TEAM
PAUL ANTHONY MORRIS · COMPANY & CREATIVE DIRECTOR · +44 (0) 7398 277680
Paul Anthony Morris trained at Barbara Speake School and went on to work as an actor in theatre for many years.
In 2005 Paul founded Crying in the Wilderness Productions (CITWP). In 2006 his epic play ‘The Seer’ was produced into a documentary film in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2007 Paul directed ‘35 Cents’ at the Blue Elephant Theatre, ‘Choices’ for the CIA Theatre Company and ‘Hopes in their eyes’ for Amaranth Theatre Company. In 2008 Paul won ‘The Adopt A Playwright Award’ for his play ‘Identity’ and went on to complete three separate commissions from the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. Between 2008 and 2009 Paul worked as a film coordinator for Story Makers TV on two separate film courses Film Lab 1 and Film Lab 2 which were screened at the Beautiful South Film Festival at the British Film Institute.
In the autumn of 2009 Paul directed 'The Meeting' at the Warehouse Theatre and tutored a six week introductory writer’s workshop at the theatre. In 2010 Paul was commissioned by Fostering Network to write ‘Click’ and was further employed as their Production Consultant for the production at Stratford Circus. Later that year Paul directed ‘Shinning Myriad’ at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and in 2011 Paul directed the ‘Invisible Man’ at the Decibel Performance Arts Showcase in Manchester. In the autumn of 2011 two documentary films were produced by Creative Elements highlighting the creative philosophy called The Art of humanity that is anchored to Paul’s work’. The first documentary ‘The Secret Rhythm of the Dance’ highlights Paul’s theoretical and practical approach to working with children suffering from Autism and Aspergers syndrome and the second documentary the Invisible Man captures the various stages of the production at the Decibel Performance Arts Showcase.
Paul also creates and delivers Creative Educational Programs for adults and young people. In 2007/08 he delivered workshops for three terms for students with special needs at Hammersmith and West London College and also ran evening classes for adults experiencing low self esteem. From 2007 to 2010 Paul has been delivering his Creative Educational Program ‘Empowering Young Voices’ at the S.T.E.P Festival to young people of mixed abilities and special needs. In 2009 he worked on Trevor Kweku Blackwood four month creative educational programme entitled the ‘Hero Inside’ which culminated in a week long public exhibition at the Menier Gallery. In 2010 Paul delivered a workshop for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre & King’s College University MA Creative Arts Programme. Paul has also delivered workshops for Derby Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Cheshire Playhouse, Common Image, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Wimbledon Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, Fostering Network and Heritage of African Descent.
PUBLICATIONS: ‘35 Cents’ was published by Oberon books in 2008 and his award winning play ‘Identity’ was published in 2011. In 2012 a collection of short stories for young children will be published from Paul’s Empowering Young Voices series. The stories highlight the tremendous odds that young people have to overcome through their wisdom, resilience and compassion.
AWARDS: Paul’s awards include the Fringe First at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival for ‘The Guise’, the Achievement Award for best short film ‘Once Upon A Time’, and the Adopt A Playwright Award for ‘Identity’ Offwestend.com
ROSEMARY LARYEA · PRODUCER · +44 (0) 7961 049241
As a Computer graduate Rosemary Laryea worked in the IT industry for more than 12 years in a number of high profile positions.
She was an Application Developer in the financial sector for Reuters America and in New York she developed, tested and constructed user guides for client/server financial systems. In the manufacturing sector Rosemary led a team who implemented a UK nationwide quotation system for Satchwell Heating Control Systems. Her Solutions Consultant years were spent working for software houses Seagate Software and Hyperion Solutions where she was instrumental in securing targeted sales deals, and as a Product Marketing Manager for IBM UK she was responsible for planning marketing strategies/campaigns for software products in UK, IRL and NL.
Rosemary’s wealth of experience and resourcefulness in the IT industry became the platform for a career change in radio and television presentation and production. From 2008 to 2012 Rosemary produced and presented a primetime mid morning, arts, culture and lifestyle radio show four times a week; sourcing and interviewing four guests per show, on Colourful Radio. Interviews included celebrities such as Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee film maker Spike Lee, bestselling novelist Kathryn Stockett whose novel ‘The Help’ was also produced and nominated for an academy award, Grammy nominee Oleta Adams, double Olympian and world champion athlete Jessica Ennis, Britain’s most foremost musical star Michael Ball, former ITV newsreader and presenter John Suchet, Radio and TV presenter Gloria Hunniford and TV Presenter Angelica Bell.
Rosemary was awarded ‘Best Female Presenter’ and ‘Best Interview’ in 2010 for her shows ‘Colourful Life with Rosemary Laryea’ as voted by the Colourful Radio listeners. In September 2012 Rosemary became the first female day time presenter on Jazz FM; hosting a primetime mid morning show, Monday to Friday. Her popular show saw listenership total hours increase to over the 3 million target. Whilst at Jazz FM, amongst the host of celebrities she interviewed were world renowned trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Grammy nominee singer Eric Benet, Femi Kuti son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, UK Vocalist of the Year Carleen Anderson and pioneers of the London acid jazz scene The Brand New Heavies.
Between 2012 and 2014, Rosemary produced and presented 5 series of 13 episodes of Culture Vultures, an arts and culture TV show which she devised. The primetime daytime TV show on OHTV, Sky 199, profiled creative’s in the world of arts and culture. OHTV broadcast in Europe, Africa and America and has a reach of 25 million. Culture Vultures was nominated for a Screen Nation Award 2014.
In summer 2015 Rosemary covered ‘Woman to Woman’ on Premier Christian Radio. Currently Rosemary is developing a number of radio and TV documentaries which profile creative pioneers from around the world.
ROSEMARY'S OTHER INTERESTS:
Rosemary is a trustee of Kids in Museums, a charity whose focus is to encourage and help UK museums to be family friendly, http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/. She also writes arts and culture features for The Voice newspaper http://www.voice-online.co.uk/search/node/rosemary%20laryea and children’s picture books, which celebrate the ever increasing pan continental culture we live in.
ANTHONY OFOEGBU · COMPANY DIRECTOR · +44 (0) 7961 049241
Anthony Ofoegbu began his artistic career in dance-theatre in the 1980’s. He went on to become a founding member of Four’s Company Dance Theatre alongside the late great choreographer and dramatist, Christine Cubberley. The company’s productions included VICE & JOY and ON THE GOOD FOOT. The company also collaborated on ‘jitter-bugged’ for Zoots & Spangles (Lindy-Hop) and also supported Humphrey Lyttleton's musical jazz troupe around the UK.
In the 1990’s Anthony became a long-time collaborator with Nigerian Nobel Laureate and playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka. Shows include THE BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOY, KING BAABU, OYEDIPO, an adaptation of OEDIPUS AT COLONUS and DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN. His collaborations have resulted in performances in Australia, America, Nigeria, South Africa, Lesotho, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. As an associate for Collective Artistes Theatre Company and the Young Vic, Anthony also appeared in the leading role in THE LION AND THE JEWEL which played at London’s Barbican Centre followed by a national tour.
In 1997 Anthony became a founding member of the Seventh/Twelfth Collective Ltd, a film company and contributed to the production and creation of three feature films; Bad Day, Dead Room and The Killing Zone. Anthony also joined the BBC Radio Drama Company from 1997-1998 lending his talents to the BBC World Service and BBC Africa as well as narrating novels for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
In 2007 the Bill T Jones' Company in New York invited Anthony to collaborate in workshops on his new Afrobeat musical ‘FELA! A NEW MUSICAL’.
From there Anthony went on to perform in other musicals playing Remus in Scott Joplin’s ragtime operetta TREEMONISHA at the BAC and Hackney Empire and Ton-Ton in the musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at the Royalty Island Theatre, West End.
In 2011 Steven Berkoff invited Anthony to join his adaptation of Sophocles’ play OEDIPUS, which was highlighted at the Edinburgh Festival 2011 and went on to play at the Nottingham and Liverpool playhouses and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2013 Anthony became an associate of Crying in the Wilderness Productions and then a company director in 2016. He is also part of the RSC’s ensemble for their current ROME SEASON 2017/18 performing in ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA, JULIUS CAESAR and TITUS ANDRONICUS and is understudying Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus.
Anthony’s passion for mural painting in London’s Notting Hill Carnival led to funding from Arts Council England in 2006 to research and write a paper in Trinidad about the correlation between carnival and theatre. In Port of Spain he worked with artistic director, Tony Hall, of Lord Street Theatre, on his musical extravaganza, THE BRAND NEW LUCKY DIAMOND HORSESHOE CLUB which premiered at the Queens Hall.
Anthony is also a carpenter and was commissioned to design and develop the award trophies for www.offwestend.com. He is also an enthusiastic photographer in his spare time.
For a full list of his theatre and TV credits please visit https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/M21812.html
BRYON WALLEN · ASSOCIATE COMPOSER ·
Byron Wallen studied classical piano as a small child before switching to trumpet and studying with Peter Ruderforth in London and with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York in the mid to late 1980s. In 1992, Wallen graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics.
As a trumpeter Wallen has played with artists and bands such as George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ingrid Laubrock, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Style Council, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss. In 1992, Wallen formed Sound Advice touring the UK and playing in Syria in 1996 and the Czech Republic in 1997. The band also appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival gaining critical and audience acclaim. Wallen also played in South Africa, recording with Airto Moreira and Moses Moseleku.
A documentary film, Travelling, traced his 1998 trip to Uganda. In 2001 he appeared at the Harare Jazz festival in Zimbabwe and at South Africa's ARTS Alive Earth Summit festival in 2002. He has also visited East Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Indonesia and Belize (his parents' homeland). On tour Wallen works with local musicians developing new ideas for his performances and continues to have a high profile on stages and platforms all over the world.
As a composer Wallen’s work is extensive. In 2000 he completed his first film score Pen Pals for Over the Moon productions. He followed this with the innovative project Sacred Circles, which featured Cleveland Watkiss. In 2001 Wallen wrote a commissioned piece with choreographer Sheron Wray called Live, which was performed at the Royal Opera House. In 2002 Wallen released his third album featuring his band Indigo. Also in 2002, Wallen was commissioned by The South Bank Centre to write music for The Langston Hughes Centenary Celebration at the Poetry International Festival. In 2003 Wallen received the BBC Innovation in Jazz award for his outstanding work on the pivotal Indigo album, the Langston Hughes commission and the Sacred Circles project with Cleveland Watkiss. In the same year Plymouth University commissioned him for Opening, a new Shell Choir piece to launch the opening of its new Atrium building.
In 2004 Birmingham Arts commissioned The Trumpet Kings project, which paid tribute to the legends of the trumpet and was performed at the CBSO Centre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival. In the same year the Brighton Jazz Club commissioned Convocation in association with South East Regional Lottery Scheme. In 2005 the Jerwood Foundation commissioned Dangerous Duets, which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This was followed by work on Sheila Hill's Eye to Eye project, commissioned by the Arts Council, also in 2005. In 2007 Wallen released his Meeting Ground album featuring Gnawa master musician Boujemma Boubul. And in the same year he was nominated for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards.
Wallen's other commissioned work includes Storm commissioned by Baroness Lola Young, Twilight Jaguar with Wallen's quintet As Is, the album Divine Madness, and his solo album Planet Shell.
Wallen’s theatre credits as Composer are Amen Corner for National theatre 2013, Sarai for Crying in the Wilderness Productions in 2015 at the Arcola theatre and Invisible Man for Crying in the Wilderness Productions in 2016 at the Rich Mix cultural centre.
Wallen also received the Paul Hamlyn Award awards for artists in November 2017.
TREVOR BLACKWOOD · ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Trevor Blackwood director of Nomad Creative Consultancy was one of the original director’s of The Watch-Men creative agency in Knightsbridge whose clients included Levis, Sony Music, Island Records, Caterpillar Boots and the seminal lifestyle magazines the Face and I-D.
He published music reviews for The Wire Magazine and his Sunday Times Magazine feature: The Influence of Hip-Hop Style on Mainstream Leisurewear was syndicated internationally. He was an image consultant for numerous recording artists including Desree, Dodge City, Silent Eclipse, Roachford, Brian Eno & jazz musician Ronny Jordan - consultancy included marketing campaigns, TV appearances, album covers and music videos. Trevor devised a short Style Feature on James Brown for the BBC 2 youth programme Dance Energy.
In 1999 Trevor decided to leave the media industry to find more fulfilment in his life and re-connect to his cultural heritage. He worked for a NGO and travelled extensively across West Africa and North Africa on a journey of self-discovery. Influenced by these life-changing experiences, Trevor began to challenge conventional perceptions about his identity and history, developing a more holistic approach to his work that advocated - Art for Social Change
Returning to London, Trevor was a guest speaker on the panel to discuss the influence of politics & religion on Tupac's work at the British Film Institute, as part of the Tupac Shakur Reinterpreted season. He began to advise the Osho Gallery, previously known as the Heritage of Afrikan Descendants Museum, and in 2008 began consulting Creative Elements as an associate director. Project collaborations included: Who Do You Think You Are? Legacy of Empire; Cabinet War Rooms Museum concept recognising the contribution of the Dominions & Colonies in WWII; Global Focus Programme; documenting Crying in the Wilderness Production's Empowering Young Voices I & II for the STEP Festivals (2008-10) and developing an Identity Curriculum for Southwark Schools. Past intercultural dialogue projects have included Embedding Carnival into the Curriculum which featured on Teachers TV News and at the Resilient Communities Conference at Tate Modern as an outstanding example of promoting community cohesion. The Hero Inside Programmes: creative learning, well-being and identity were conceived in 2010 and received national acclaim by being invited to contribute to the National Strategies, DFES conference in London.
Trevor’s long-term collaboration with Crying in the Wilderness Productions has resulted in the development of innovative ways to promote and exemplify the creative director’s philosophy - Art of Humanity and his new writing. A series of documentary films, multi-media presentations, ibook, ebooks have been produced to capture the creative process of the ‘Invisible Man’ at the International Decibel Festival in Manchester and the Research & Development (R&D) projects at the Bush Theatre and Arcola Theatre in London.
Trevor curated Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation’s Toy Box to Treasure Chest: The Art of Collecting exhibition at the Ghaf Gallery as part of the UNESCO’s International Museum Day initiative that focused on the universal theme of - Museums (memories + creativity) = social change.
In 2014, The Hero Inside Programme: Abu Dhabi, commissioned by Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, was a two-month creative learning programme delivered in collaboration with leading media company twofour54 and Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. The programme culminated in a public exhibition at the Brownbook's The Space during the Abu Dhabi Festival.
SARAH NUNN · ASSOCIATE CREATIVE PRODUCER ·
Sarah Nunn is the Founder and Creative Producer of Creative Elements. The company devises and delivers immersive experiences and multi-disciplinary projects in partnership with organisations and governments that believe that the arts, culture and social sciences are integral to life.
She is a Creative Producer, Researcher and Facilitator specialising in developing, producing and managing events and festivals, brokering partnerships, creating work with emerging and established artists, finding news ways for audiences and communities to access the art through partnerships across industries.
Having worked extensively in the performing arts, education and the visual arts Sarah is able to fuse together elements from each discipline to create unique multi-disciplinary experiences. She has worked both nationally and internationally, and managed events at festivals and projects in the UK, New Zealand and Germany.
During 2011 and 2012, Sarah worked on behalf of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to inspect and assess the curriculum including the creative arts in their government and private schools. Most recently Sarah was Head of the Community and Education Department at Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) where she was responsible for managing ADAMF’s education and community programming throughout the year and during the Abu Dhabi Festival with a department of 8.
Sarah has a breadth of experience developing and producing creative strategy for the performing arts and education sector extends to a senior management level at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where she was a Learning Consultant, content writer and practitioner advising on Globe Theatre community outreach, national strategy, MA course leader for the Performing Arts in the Classroom modules and training Globe actors to become Teaching Artists.
Sarah was a founder member, actor, director and producer of Third Eye Theatre Company (1997 – 1999), she produced a number of one-act plays at the Off-West End Fringe Theatres including the White Bear, the Landor and at the European Theatre & Arts Festival at Theatro Technis. She was a member of the final Actors Company at the Museum of Moving Image (BFI) in 1999. Following this contract, Sarah joined Spectrum Theatre Projects where she directed, devised and performed original theatre interactions at the Millennium Dome, Science Museum, Transport Museum and Imperial War Museum until 2001.
Since 2008, Sarah has been an assistant facilitator with Crying in the Wilderness Productions. She produced 'The Meeting' at the Warehouse Theatre in 2009 and the ‘Invisible Man’ showcase for Decibel Performing Arts Showcase Festival in September 2011. Sarah has worked consistently on ‘The Trilogy’ as creative producer for the ‘Invisible Man’ Research & Development at the Bush Theatre in 2012 and part-funded ‘Conundrum’ and ‘Sarai’. Sarah produced ‘Sarai’.
Sarah is currently Unit Head of Education and Engagement at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
SARAH’S OTHER INTERESTS: Sarah has been developing her professional digital media and communication skills. She has edited Crying in the Wilderness Productions R&D films and CITWP’s documentary film.