Meet our team of Project Associates and Visiting Project Associates.
They work closely with teachers and students to weave together artistic discipline, creative pedagogy and subject knowledge to positively impact teaching and learning approaches.
Mikey Bharj is an actor/screenwriter/director/editor/musician and award-winning stand-up comedian from London, United Kingdom.
Born in Harrow (London), Mikey propelled to comedy in his early teens. During his education, Mikey worked as a professional comedian on the comedy circuit, touring universities and comedy clubs throughout London & Europe. In 2008, Mikey landed his first role in The Bill playing an unstable young man who falls victim to racial profiling Since then, Mikey, continued to pursue his craft for screen acting professionally.
In 2012, Mikey won the London Comedy Store’s prestigious King Gong award, winning an opportunity to open for Hollywood actress Sarah Silver during her UK appearance. In 2017, Mikey co-wrote TV-Show Pranksterz for ITV2, which focused on creative hidden camera pranks designed to test the general public on social issues. In 2018, Mikey joined as a scriptwriter for BBC on the animated Sitcom Sticky, created by Fonejacker creator Ed Tracey and starring Tom Hardy, Kavan Novak and Javone Prince.
In 2019, Mikey played the role of Ice Medic in the Terminator sequel opposite Mackenzie Davis (BlackMirror) in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by legendary Tim Miller (Love, Death and Robots/ Deadpool). Mikey has been dedicated to working with many communities. In 2019, he was awarded The Jack Petchy Award for “Outstanding Work with Young People”, given out to only one candidate per year.
Since 2020, Mikey teaches a popular Online Drama Workshop every Sunday on Eventbrite in association with The Greater London Youth Foundation, a registered charity, as well as providing Screen Writing and Video Editing tutorials, in association with Soapbox Islington Youth Centre, a digital learning centre for young people. Currently, since January 2021, Mikey produces a podcast streamed across all platforms entitled, The Mikey Bharj Show, in association with The Greater London Youth Foundation, interviewing fascinating influential people who inspire young people to do great things.
Bruno is an actor, musician and facilitator. He has been featured in tv commercials including Tesco's Christmas advert, 2020 and Sky One’s television series Delicious alongside Dawn French, Emilia Fox and Iain Glen. Bruno is the leading artist and project director for all of Pan Intercultural Arts Weapon of Choice’s (WOC) work in alternative provision.
He is an experienced practitioner with a passion for making sure young people are heard. He’s deeply committed to working with young people that have been excluded from mainstream education. Bruno has led artistic residencies in Pupil Referral Units for over 5 years. He was at the forefront of Pan’s first venture into school residencies and has delivered projects in Haverstock School, Hampstead School, Acland Burghley, Saint Gabriel’s College and several workshops in The UCL Academy, Highbury Grove School, Sacred Heart School and City Heights to name a few. Bruno never gives up on young people and believes that they all have potential to be successful leaders. He combines youth work values and principles, artistic excellence and a belief in all young people in his practice.
He has experience training young people to facilitate support groups and believes in giving meaningful responsibility and experience to young leaders.
Anyebe Godwin is an Actor, Writer and Facilitator who trained at Rose Bruford College.
As a Facilitator and Director Anyebe has worked at Company 3, Theatre Peckham, The Unicorn Theatre, The Kiln Theatre, Yard Theatre and Generation Arts.
Theatre credits include, Foxes (Defibrillator Theatre/Theatre 503), Amsterdam (Actor’s Touring Company, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Orange Tree Theatre), Little Baby Jesus (JMK Award 2019 Orange Tree Theatre), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (UK Tour, Touring Consortium and Rose Theatre Kingston); Manifesto (Oval House), Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios/Hampstead Theatre), Serious Heroes (Old Vic New Voices).
TV includes: Dreaming Whilst Black, Autopsy: Last Hours of Notorious B.I.G.; Doctors and The Evermoor Chronicles.
Jordana Golbourn is a Community Theatre Maker. For over a decade her work has taken place in schools, theatres and women's prisons across the U.K., New York, Thailand and Germany for companies such as Almeida Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation.
Her work draws on the personal, community and political narratives of the artists she collaborates with, celebrating their individuality and imaginations with a process driven by play, curiosity and honesty.
Lerato is an Applied Theatre Facilitator and Creative Educator, specializing in work with refugee and asylum seeking communities.
Lerato spends most of her time designing alternative education curriculums for various cohorts of young people, with organisations such as Springboard Youth Academy and Street Child United, as well as delivering regular applied theatre workshops across London, in collaboration with The Kiln Theatre, The Arcola and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust.
Lerato is passionate about the positive impact the arts can have on young people, and it's ability to enhance not only their development, but also their understanding of the world around them. At the heart of her practice, Lerato strives to use Drama and the arts as a tool for sustainable and critical social change.
Sheryl has over 20 years experience of delivering and coordinating a variety of education and arts projects within statutory, community and voluntary settings across London. She has worked as a Participation Manager, Freelance Theatre Director and Facilitator. Sheryl thrives on working in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that the creative process is effectively delivered and participants can wholly engage, enjoy and transform.
Sheryl has successfully worked with diverse communities; delivering projects within schools and arts organisations - National Theatre Education and Roundhouse Studios. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and University of East London. Sheryl is a Trustee of Little Fish Theatre Company.
Vicky is a freelance theatre director and community artist based in London. She has worked extensively with venues and companies across the UK in both professional and community settings including: Donmar Warehouse, The Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Clean Break and Theatre 503. She is an Associate Artist for Jerwood Arts and Lead Artist of In Her Strength (a long-term theatre project for women with an experience of homelessness). Vicky loves working with young people, and has led creative projects in schools, PRU’s, young offenders prisons, youth theatres as well as internationally with refugee artists. www.vickymoran.co.uk
TD. Moyo is a director, teacher, performer and South London activist with a Masters in Contemporary Performance Practice from the University of Kent.
She believes in theatre's capacity to illicit genuine change and social reform and is the Artistic director of Mwarsha Featre, a community-based theatre company for emerging work and social engagement. Most recently, she has worked on new work at the National, the Royal Opera house and the Royal Court.
TD. Moyo has extensive experience working within theatre and community participation and is a passionate advocate for accessibility and transparency within the theatre industry.
Everybody deserves access, the more diverse theatre becomes the better our creative output will become. TD has produced and directed workshops around the country tackling social issues such as Gun and Knife crime, drug abuse and gentrification. TD believes in dope stories, writing which challenges and conversations which travel from stages to living rooms.
She is currently a resident director at the Almeida Theatre.
Her theatre and opera credits include:
As director, theatre includes: Kind Regards (Royal Opera House [virtual]), Caste-ing (Noveau Riche/Barbican),Dark & Lovely (Rose, Kingston); 32 Peak St. (Tristan Bates); Fifty Years (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Mind Body & Soul (Bussey Building); Dolla (Aphra Studio, University of Kent).
As writer & director, theatre includes: Don’t Kill Kola (Lyric, Hammersmith), FEELS (Lyric, Hammersmith); Jungle [& producer] (Courtyard); Scene (UK tour).
As resident director, theatre includes: The Doctor (Almeida/Tour).
As Associate/Resident/Assistant director, theatre includes: AFTERLIFE (National),The Knife of Dawn (Royal Opera House),Beyond the Cannon (RADA),The Doctor (Adelaide Festival, AU)Scenes with girls (Royal Court),The Diary of Anne Frank (Headlong); Lovebirds (Aphra Studio, University of Kent).
TD is currently a resident director at The Almeida.
Joseph Prestwich is an actor, improviser, and theatre-maker from Blackpool, Lancashire. He is Assistant Director at ShakeItUp Theatre, a company that specialises in improvised Shakespeare, and he performs regularly in their flagship show at venues across the UK.
His improvisation skills have taken him from Poland to Pentonville Prison, where the company runs a educational improvisation programme for inmates. Joseph also works frequently with German theatre company Theater Frankfurt as an actor and translator. His first play, "Goethe + Christiane", has been performed in the UK, Italy, and most recently, at an online theatre festival in Germany.
He is currently finishing a PhD thesis on German theatrical culture in Britain at King's College London, and has taught on the German Studies course there.
Nadège is a writer and assistant drama facilitator and director for the RADA Youth Company. Nadège has recently received a London Writers Award for her forthcoming novel The Spirit of the Ceiba Tree and funding from Arts Council England. For over eight years, she has taught, coached and mentored children and young people who have been marginalised from mainstream education. Nadège uses writing to support young people to develop their voices, cultivate a creative way of engaging with and making sense of the world around them, gently guiding them in the direction of their curiosity. In her writing, she explores generational trauma and the parallels between collective and individual experiences of overcoming. Her forthcoming novel explores the legacies of colonisation, land and memory and questions where healing can be found in 2014 London.
Amy is freelance Dance Artist and Educator whose work is grounded in a Contemporary dance technique. She initially trained at Roehampton University, gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies before going on to complete a graduate internship at Trinity Laban conservatoire.
She specialises in delivering inclusive dance in education and cross-curricular dance projects in schools across London. Working both with schools independently and in partnership with large arts organisations such as TrinityLaban, Royal Academy of Dance, Young Vic and Greenwich Dance. She is a skilled facilitator and educator who is driven by her passion for dance and movement. Her delivery focuses on creatively facilitating participant’s ideas to lead lively, fun, and engaging sessions, whilst championing her artform in an energetic and inclusive way. Beyond the school setting Amy works in a range of community and inclusion settings where she teaches dance in grassroots community classes, contemporary technique, and dance for health projects. Amy believes passionately in the power of dance to transform lives, build confidence, communication skills, teamwork and self-esteem.
As a choreographer (for both young people and professionals) her work has been shown at venues such as The Place, Bonnie Bird Theatre (Laban), Southbank Centre, Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith), Chisenhale Dance Space, The Painted Hall (Greenwich), Eltham Palace and The National Maritime Museum.
Vincent Shiels is a South London based actor, director, teacher and therapist. He brings with him a wealth of teaching experience, having taught in Primary and Secondary schools, 6th Form Colleges, Stage schools, Drama schools and Spotlight. Born in Ireland he trained at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Gaiety School of Acting before moving to London to study The Science of Acting under the tutelage of Sam Kogan. As a performer Vincent has performed in theatre, on television, film and radio in Ireland, throughout the UK and mainland Europe. Recent projects include productions for Apple TV, the BFI and BBC Radio.
Directing work includes productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Theatre Connections plays at The Albany Deptford and the Minerva in Chichester, The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith and The Bridewell, London. Vincent has also written numerous plays for young people in schools which have been performed at the BAC.
Vincent is a qualified play therapist, having trained with Place2Be in London. He works with groups of SEN students and provides one to one sessions dealing with mental health issues.
Vincent is passionate about using the creative arts to help students find their natural talents and learning how to express themselves.