DYSPLA 2013

DYSPLA Festival 11-17 November 2013: Monsters, Mavericks, Mothers 

DYSPLA Festival celebrates the works of dyslexic artists, playwrights, poets, and more. This year, the festival focused on narratives about containment--both metaphorical and physical--with a strong emphasis on female protagonists.

DYSPLA 2013 took place from 11-17 November 2013 at Camden Peoples Theatre.

GALA NIGHT

The GALA Night consisted of Guest Speakers, a debate about dyslexiaWhispering Theatre performances, a screening of the DYSPLAMENTARY film, an exhibition of The Letters Project, an open wine bar sponsored by Barefoot Wine, and delicious finger food.

DEBATE

The debate was chaired by Marcus Warry of the REAL Debate Club. Marcus introduced each speaker and chaired the debate on this year's motion: Dyslexia: Help or Hindrance? 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Benedict Phillips  is an artist, activist, writer and curator.  Benedict’s practice encompasses a broad range of approaches and methodologies often responding to his profound dyslexia as well as researching and reacting to the people and places in which he finds himself. Benedict Philips' work is multidisciplinary but retains photography, sculpture and performance as his central concerns.

He has exhibited nationally, in Europe and in the US working with curators Debra Klomp Ching, Kathy Rae Huffman and Nicola Triscott as well as numerous arts organisations including the V&A, Arts Council England, Arts Catalyst, PVA Media Lab, Beam and MAAP.

Benedict is a co-founder of Field Study (book art & mail art group), Creative Director of Digital Media Labs and has worked as a curator for QUAD (Darby), CUBE (Manchester), and CAPE UK. He has been artist residence for Impression Gallery, Yorkshire Arts Space, Vorwerk Gallery (Hamburg) and Pavilion at PIRO Louisville (US).

Benedict recently published his first book A Benedictionary (2011), the worlds first “lexic to dyslexic dictionary” introduced at the V&A in conjunction with the Arts Catalyst. Benedict has delivered talks at the Cheltenham Science Festival (2011), CIDA ECCE Symposium, isea 2009, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012), Central St Martins, University of Leeds and University of Maryland, (US).
His work is held in private and public collections including the Tate, MoMA (NY) and the V&A.

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Dr. Louise Tondeur  is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA and has a PhD in English Literature from Reading. Her first two novels The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls were published by Headline Review and she has just finished her third. You can read one of her short stories ‘The Swim’ in The View from Here.  Her nonfiction book A Small Steps Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management came out with Emerald in July 2012 and she has recently self-published an eBook called How to Plan a Novel.  She had a poem called 'Voices' published in Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Dyslexic Literature (RASP 2011). Louise has previously taught Drama and English and is now is now a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, specializing in fiction.

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Jon Adams: ‘I play with the transformation and metamorphosis of the 'ordinary' found object or pattern and concepts of ‘hidden’ and 'normality'. Through this I continuously correlate and reference elements of arts, sciences and investigate autobiographical reinterpretation of living with Aspergers/Dyslexia /synaesthesia combined weaving in fragments of hidden metaphor subversion and/or geological sub context. As an artist I play with a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, illustration written word, video, found sound recording, analogue synthesizers and digital sound/visual manipulation, installations, traditional sculpture and 'art in public’. My work represents a unique visual perspective of recording and systemizing history, time and place.

I am currently Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. I started work in 1985 as a book Illustrator after leaving University having studied geology. I found a niche market in geological and science publication and later archaeological and architectural illustration due to my 3D visualization skills. In 1999 I also started writing poetry which has won competitions and more recently exhibited at Brighton Festival in 2011. I also write short verse--‘Twitter poetry’--and keep an active blog on a.n.

More recently I have worked on a range of diverse art/science contemporary projects including Sound from Supernovae for a Leverhulme Residency, creating a ‘geological map' of the Cultural Olympiad in the South-East with Accentuate and the British Geological Survey. As Wellcome Trust artist in residence with The Autism Research Centre Cambridge I composed several Musical works combining fMRI machine noise and analogue synthesis, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst. I am an Area Council Member for Arts Council England south West, Director of AA2A and RSA Fellow.

Visit Jon's field of fragments SoundCloud stream and follow @soundcube

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Chris Arnold didn't discover he was dyslexic until his early 20's, "but finding out explained everything". Ironically, he was working on an advertising campaign to change the way teachers saw dyslexia when they discovered he was dyslexic. Many of his ads for dyslexia have won awards.

Chris is founder of the ad agency Creative Orchestra and mobile specialist agency Comobi2. He has been a board director and Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as many other top ad agencies. He has is a former chair of the DMA Agencies Council and the Creative Council.

Despite his dyslexia, he has written for many publications including the Times, FT, Creative Review, Marketing, and many more, and does a weekly column on Brand Republic. He has also written a book, Ethical Marketing & The New Consumer and is currently writing THUNK, a different way to think.

He lectures around the world on creativity, branding and ethical marketing, and has also appeared on numerous TV programmes talking about brands and ethics, including Working Lunch and Watchdog.

He lives in Crouch End, plays in the plunderphonic band The Perrinormal and is founder and Artistic Director of the Crouch End (Community Arts) Festival. Follow @ecosuperman

 

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Caglar Kimyoncu  is a digital and video artist as well as curator and arts consultant. In the past fifteen years, he has collaborated with artists in a variety of media, including film and video production, website design, theatre sceneography, video and photo documentary, and script development. His practice includes collaborating with and mentoring artists, consulting with international arts organisations and film festivals, and curating digital arts.

His continuing interest is in alternative representations of excluded voices, voices perceived as “other”, whether they be from a sexual, gender, disability or ethnic perspective.

Caglar recently completed COnscription, his first solo exhibition in East London, at the Old Truman Brewery, in May 2013. The project was based on factual research and aimed to promote awareness and discussion around the issues faced by people (including LGBTQ people, disabled people and conscientious objectors) in Turkey and, tangentially, in other countries with conscription. As part of the exhibition, he created a four-channel film using my ‘no-script’ approach with the actors, and exploring collaborative improvisational techniques from start to finish with the whole team.

COnscription was funded by Arts Council England and produced by Filmpro, in partnership with War Resisters International.

Caglar is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Filmpro ltd, a disabled-led film and digital art agency. Filmpro’s mission is to extend the ways of making and experiencing film and digital art, and the diversity and openness of the arts sector. Follow @_caglark

Marcus Warry is passionate about debate, and loves putting on events that challenge people to think deeply and differently about politics, philosophy & life. He's been running the Lansdowne Debating Society for many years, and more recently set up the innovative new REAL Debate Club, which creates immersive environments for REAL debates. Informal, and theatrical in style, the location and setting of the debates is inextricably linked to the topic. During the day he's to found running his Accounting firm Archie & Doris, helping Entrepreneurs get loans through Start Up Direct, and building CAN, a new style of collaborative advertising agency. He found out he was Dyslexic in the last couple of years, whilst trying to tackle a particularly grim exam, whilst he has strong views on Dyslexia, naturally as chair of the debate, he'll keep these to himself (for now!). Follow @realdebates

Y&P

Y&P (formerly known as The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers) is a stylized two-hander inspired by the novel In The Hands of the Taliban. Set in Afghanistan, the play is loosely based on the remarkable accounts of Yvonne Ridley–a British journalist captured by the Taliban in 2001.

Thanks to the support of POET and private funding from Tom Berend, DYSPLA was able to take The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers to the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival.  The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers is an original idea by Greg Ward, made by DYSPLA, directed by bielecki&bielecka, produced by Tom Berend, and was devised and developed using the the WHITEBOX process in 8 workshops. It was part of the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival and played at the Tarragon Extra Space July 3-14, 2013.

Cast: Louise Morell and Derek Horsham. Guest Directors: Pete CainChryssanthi Kouri, and Gary Thomas

MEET THE CAST

Louise Morell ('Y') trained at Drama Studio London and has been acting professionally for 15 years. Her early career was mostly on stage, touring in classical theatre productions and then new writing on the London Fringe. Parts played include: Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew), Lady Capulet (Romeo & Juliet), Gwendolyn Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest) national tours; Paulina (A Winter’s Tale), Catherine Petkoff (Arms & the Man) at Northumberland Castles; Ellen (Vinegar Tom) at Edinburgh Fringe); Dr Mary Guinan (Hi I’m Vince) at Jacksons Lane, Moped (Making Time) at Old Red Lion, Miss Squeezy (East End Chicago) at Stratford Circus, Alex (Awk_word) at Royal Court Studio, Theresa (The Heaviness of Water), and Nancy (Carnage) at Leicester Square Theatre.

Latterly, Louise has worked more on screen, appearing in the BBC’s Crimewatch and Channel 5 documentary The Big Stink. several national ad campaigns, feature films and many short films and corporate videos. She has also done voice-over work and is an experienced corporate role player.

Louise has also produced plays on the London Fringe and enjoys script development work. She is currently the Literary Manager for SundaySurgery, a monthly script development workshop for new writing. As such, she has been instrumental in helping several writers with dyslexia develop their scripts, some of which have gone into full production. Louise is delighted to be involved in DYSPLA.

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Derek Horsham ('P') has worked as an actor in theatre, film, TV, and corporate creative industries for over 10 years. Derek's most recent credit is that of the Meereen Slave Master on the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones (S4). Having worked with directors as varied as David Sullivan(ENO), Guy Ritchie, and Jag Mundhara, he is excited and privileged to be associated with this important event--DYSPLA 2013.

MEET THE GUEST DIRECTORS

Pete Cain is a dyslexic writer and director. He has have previously had some input in the WHITEBOX process and is excited about the prospect of being involved in its further development.

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Chryssanthi Kouri is a theatre and film director and screenwriter with a penchant for visual storytelling and powerful human emotions. She has mainly directed new plays, working closely with the writers, in places such as Theatre 503 and previous DYSPLA Festivals. She also writes, directs and produces short films and music videos. Her recent short "Unrequited" was selected for the Short Film Corner at this years Cannes Film Festival. Chryssanthi also works as an assistant director and has recently collaborated with dreamthinkspeak on their immersive show "In The Beginning Was The End" at Somerset House. In the new year Chryssanthi will be directing the world wide premier of fantasy play "Dragon" and in the meantime she is working on a number of screenplays and plans to make the leap into feature filmmaking soon. For more on Chryssanthi's work have a look at her website. Follow @ChrysKouri

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Gary Thomas is a writer, director, and artist based in London, UK and is proud to be selected as a guest director of this years DYSPLA Festival. He has made 10 short films (including a music video and a half hour documentary) and is currently working on his one man show Hidden as well as writing his autobiography, which is funded by Arts Council England.

Gary has several projects in development at various stages: Hidden--a new one person show; I Wonder How Far I Can Get?--a TV spec; which had a performed reading as part of Mole Valleys Arts Alive Festival with Gary producing/directing;  DEAD--a TV spec (Mark Lever & Gary Thomas);  2 Weddings--spec feature; Inheritance Job--a new script in development.

Gary most recently completed work on The Dog & The Palace, a short film installation funded by Arts Council England. The project won an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The film was produced by Karen Gilchrist and can be seen on his website.

Along with writing, Gary is currently completing his latest wedding comedy short films, The Wrong Date and Dan’s Monologue which are both in post production.

For 18 months Gary was mentored on the Sync South East Leadership Development Programme, and in 2011 his artistic work was given a major showcase at Upstream, which was part of The Brighton Festival.
Other projects Gary has worked on include Driving Inspirations, Sync South East & Upstream, which were funded by Accentuate.

Gary also blogs for Disability Arts OnlineTime to Change, and The Limping Chicken.

THE WHISPERING THEATRE

The Whispering Theatre was launched in 2012 to attract more participation from dyslexics working in the performing arts. This year, we constructed a maze-like structure in the basement of the Camden Peoples Theatre for the audience to explore and seek out the intimate performances. The Whispering Theatre experience is immediate, inspiring  and experienced on a one-on-one basis-- intimate theatre at its very best!

This year's Whispering Theatre consists of plays written by Kellee Farr (Confessions of a Thief), Peter Shaw (Mirrors), and Melanie Hunter (Be Loud).

THIS YEAR'S PARTICIPANTS

Kellee Farr (Writer, Maverick, Mother, or Monster) began her life outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. A student of history, diagnosed profoundly dyslexic, Kellee views the tint of her world with optimism and zeal. She is an avid painter and writer, and pursues a world of color, hope, and fantasy. Best known for her poem on Yale Center For Dyslexia and Creativity, Dyslexic Words. Kellee is a fierce advocate for the dyslexic voice in children and adults alike. Having thousands of connections throughout the world she is a steady resource for dyslexic news sites on the web and individuals. Follow @dyslexicwhisper

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Peter Shaw (Writer, Mirrors) is a writer and playwright from Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. He spends his days writing and editing an international development magazine, and his nights listening to the voices inside his head, then writing down what they say. Peter has an MA in Playwriting from Goldsmith’s College and has written three drama books including Drama out of a Crisis: 20 challenging, fun and inspirational sketches about poverty and justice for BRF. He has had a number of plays performed including Love at First, which toured theatres in Surrey and enjoyed a two-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe. He recently wrote an audio drama, The Salmon, the Coin and the King’s Stone, for Digital Drama and is working on a new play which has already gained interest from a major producing theatre. Peter believes that language isn't a barrier for a dyslexic writer, but people’s perceptions are. Follow @AlkaXS

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Melanie Hunter (Writer, Be Loud) is a playwright and screenwriter from Durham. She dabbles in the wonderfully weird world of face-painting and special effects prosthetics from time to time, and is besotted with two of the world’s best things: creativity, and dogs! But mainly, she has always been a writer. She has graduated from both Northumbria University in Newcastle, and from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London, with degrees in media production, and in writing for the stage and broadcast media. She is not at all bitter about her final MA grade being only 1 mark away from distinction: no, seriously, she never mentions it - honest. She has a few professional credits in short film and stage work, and continues to write for both mediums regularly. She’s passionate about the collaborative nature of performance writing, and thinks that perhaps without DYSPLA, and dyslexia playing a part in story-making, the world would have a little bit less color in it! Follow @JustBeAndLaugh

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Caglar Kimyoncu (Director, Maverick, Mother, or Monster) is a digital and video artist as well as curator and arts consultant. In the past fifteen years, he has collaborated with artists in a variety of media, including film and video production, website design, theatre sceneography, video and photo documentary, and script development. His practice includes collaborating with and mentoring artists, consulting with international arts organisations and film festivals, and curating digital arts.

His continuing interest is in alternative representations of excluded voices, voices perceived as “other”, whether they be from a sexual, gender, disability or ethnic perspective.

Caglar recently completed COnscription, his first solo exhibition in East London, at the Old Truman Brewery, in May 2013. The project was based on factual research and aimed to promote awareness and discussion around the issues faced by people (including LGBTQ people, disabled people and conscientious objectors) in Turkey and, tangentially, in other countries with conscription. As part of the exhibition, he created a four-channel film using my ‘no-script’ approach with the actors, and exploring collaborative improvisational techniques from start to finish with the whole team.

COnscription was funded by Arts Council England and produced by Filmpro, in partnership with War Resisters International.

Caglar is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Filmpro ltd, a disabled-led film and digital art agency. Filmpro’s mission is to extend the ways of making and experiencing film and digital art, and the diversity and openness of the arts sector. Follow @_caglark

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Gary Thomas (Writer for Hidden and Director for Mirrors) is a writer, director, and artist based in London, UK and is proud to be selected as a guest director of this years DYSPLA Festival. He has made 10 short films (including a music video and a half hour documentary) and is currently working on his one man show Hidden as well as writing his autobiography, which is funded by Arts Council England.

Gary has several projects in development at various stages: Hidden--a new one person show; I Wonder How Far I Can Get?--a TV spec; which had a performed reading as part of Mole Valleys Arts Alive Festival with Gary producing/directing;  DEAD--a TV spec (Mark Lever & Gary Thomas);  2 Weddings--spec feature; Inheritance Job--a new script in development.

Gary most recently completed work on The Dog & The Palace, a short film installation funded by Arts Council England. The project won an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The film was produced by Karen Gilchrist and can be seen on his website.

Along with writing, Gary is currently completing his latest wedding comedy short films, The Wrong Date and Dan’s Monologue which are both in post production.

For 18 months Gary was mentored on the Sync South East Leadership Development Programme, and in 2011 his artistic work was given a major showcase at Upstream, which was part of The Brighton Festival.
Other projects Gary has worked on include Driving Inspirations, Sync South East & Upstream, which were funded by Accentuate.

Gary also blogs for Disability Arts OnlineTime to Change, and The Limping Chicken. Follow @GSThomaswriter

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Chryssanthi Kouri (Director for Hidden and Director, Be Loud) is a theatre and film director and screenwriter with a penchant for visual storytelling and powerful human emotions. She has mainly directed new plays, working closely with the writers, in places such as Theatre 503 and previous DYSPLA Festivals. She also writes, directs and produces short films and music videos. Her recent short Unrequited was selected for the Short Film Corner at this years Cannes Film Festival. Chryssanthi also works as an assistant director and has recently collaborated with dreamthinkspeak on their immersive show In The Beginning Was The End at Somerset House. In the new year Chryssanthi will be directing the worldwide premier of fantasy play "Dragon" and in the meantime she is working on a number of screenplays and plans to make the leap into feature filmmaking soon. For more on Chryssanthi's work have a look at her website. Follow @ChrysKouri

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Rustyna Edwards (Actress, Mirrors) participated in the DYSPLA 2011 festival performing in the play Cut Throat by Eleanor Haskins-Griffiths.

Rustyna's works in collaboration with other artists as an actress, dancer, writer, director and film-maker. She has made several short films including Sacrum, which was screened at international film festivals and won several awards. It is represented by The British Council for film (Brit films).

Her theatre and performance work have been shown in site-specific spaces, galleries, and theatre spaces internationally; The Silo and The Stal, Amsterdam, Chisenhale theatre, Potsdam Wasch Hause Berlin, a film for gallery and a live performance work commissioned by The Mexican Institute of Fine Art for X Teresa Art Centre in Mexico City; also performing and making work for The Place, Chisenhale Dance Space, and Turtle Keys in London, and several documentaries (the latest about a Ugandan community for a charity). With over 25 experience in teaching workshops in education and the community--in body work, dance, writing, theatre, and film--to groups from diverse background ages and abilities. She recently worked on The Exposure Project with Immediate Theatre in Hackney--which support at risk young people--leading estate based workshops and training peer facilitators.

As an actress, Rustyna actively looks for roles that portray challenging and interesting representations of women and men. She is in the process of creating a new work for film.

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Nathan Thompson (Actor, Hidden) trained at East 15 Acting School as an actor and writer. His acting credits include Rachel Creeger's Staffroom, The Show Must Go On, Time of My Life and has just recently performed in Anna with Badac Theatre Company in Edinburgh 2013. Nathan has been writing since his late teens where he had two poems published Rivers of Blood and Who Are You? As an adult he has performed and written numerous family theatre shows, written two short films (Release and Moments in Life) and is currently involved in writing his first feature. Nathan was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 22. This is the second year he has appeared in the DYSPLA Festival. Follow @ntacting

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Alexis Coward (Actress, Be Loud) is a dedicated and driven performer with a talent for comedic and dramatic roles. Alexis has a wealth of experience in physical theatre as well as the classics. Alexis’s most recent appearances include the role of Rebecca Steinway in National Xpress at Theatre 503 and as a physical performer in the Art Link’s weekend London. Over the summer Alexis filmed with Sky’s My Chanel 203 the Scenario Project.

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Rachel Waring (Actress, Monsters, Mavericks, Mothers) is a stage and screen actress who studied at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Early in this year, Rachel played The Artful Dodger in the European tour of Oliver Twist. This summer, she has been playing Anne Page from The Merry Wives of Windsor with The Oxford Shakespeare Company. Additionally, this summer, not only was her short film Long Walk Home by Sameer Patel included in the official selection at Rain Dance, but also she celebrated her debut in the feature film, 2012 Fright Fest Headliner The Seasoning House by Paul Hyett.

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Lida WinfieldIn Search of Air? (Video Performance) Lida is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist whose who has performed nationally and internationally. She is one of the core teaching artists at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, teaching both children and adults how to access truth and meaning in their body and words. In her personal creations Lida focuses primarily on solo and duet performance that are rich with movement, text, and visual art.

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Aby WatsonDust Yourself Off and Try Again (Video Performance) Aby is an artist, theatre maker and occasional writer based in Glasgow. She makes original performance works in a variety of contexts, where her practice draws from autobiography and strives to get an honest and reciprocal dialogue going between audience and performer. Aby's work is currently exploring dancing as a natural human expression and rebels against dance being solely a high art form. She believes in reclaiming dance and celebrating it's social and liberating nature as an act of living.

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP & PRESENTATION

The Sunday Children's Workshop & Presentation consisted of a rehearsal and a presentation of The Caretaker by dyslexic children of mixed ages and abilities who are enthusiastic about the performing arts. The workshop focused on script reading, cold reading, and rehearsed reading using performing arts techniques.  At the end of the workshop, parents were invited to watch the presentation of The Caretaker. The positive response was overwhelming.

The Caretaker is a children's production we aim to produce as part of DYSPLA 2014.

DYSPLA TEAM

Lennie Varvarides (Founder/Festival Producer) cannot follow rules, she breaks them like cheap plastic cutlery that will not bend. 'No' is a word that sits uncomfortably on her tongue and when she gets an idea in her head, it is impossible to slow her down.  She makes things happen fast and often with no resources because she believes that anything is possible. There is fire in her belly and you know what that means--it's burning! Follow @msft_production

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Kazimir Bielecki (Multimedia Arts Director) is a visual storyteller who enjoys looking at things and replicating dreams. The Creative Director of successful production agency bielecki&bielecka, Kazimir is continuing to explore all aspects visual storymaking. Follow @bielandbiel

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Amy Schulz (Website Guru) is happily married, living in Florida, and pet-mama to four "furkids" named Olive, Cassie, Millie, and Baby. She designs and develops websites for a living, and is also an actress and Master Acting Class Graduate of The Burt Reynolds Institute For Film & Theatre (BRIFT). Check out her websites at amyhoerler.com and amyschulz.com to learn more. Follow @amyhoerler

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Rachel Creeger (Production Manager) is a writer/director from the Orthodox Jewish Community, and to her knowledge, the only writer from her background creating mainstream theatre in London. Her production company Time2Shine helps community groups to devise original work from concept to performance. Personal credits include An Insomniac’s Guide To Ambulances (The Gatehouse), ESTHER! The Musical (Artsdepot), Staffroom and Paying Attention (Tristan Bates Theatre), plus many commissioned plays for children. She regularly directs new writing for MSFT and production manages the DYSPLA Festival. She was also part of the team behind the highly acclaimed Othello at the Bussey Building. She hosts comedy nights and writes for and performs with vocal harmony group Kol Sheva. Rachel is currently on an arts secondment at the LJCC, focusing on projects including the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival, Poetry In The Park, and The FUSION Children’s Programme. Follow @Time2Shineprods

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Eleanor Wdowski (Set Designer) is a theatre based set and costume designer. She has delivered designs for past productions including Hansel and Gretel (Clonter Opera, 2012), Story of a Mother (Battersea Arts Centre, 2010) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Clonter Opera, 2010). Set design credits also include A Dream Across The Ocean (Hackney Empire, 2013). For the Galleon Theatre Company at Greenwich Playhouse she has designed costumes for Hamlet (2011), A Woman of No Importance (2011), and The Cherry Orchard (2010). Her design for Hansel and Gretel was nominated for Best Design at Manchester Theatre Awards earlier this year.

Eleanor studied at Wimbledon School of Art where she attained a First Class Degree in Theatre 'Design for Performance' along with winning the Vice Chancellors prize 2008. As part of theatre duo 'Hellcat Productions' on graduating, she co-devised 'Guts for Garters' (The Rest is Noise, 2009), 'La Prima Donna' (Latitude Festival, 2009) and 'Lift and Separate' (V&A Museum, 2008).

Eleanor is delighted to be a part of the DYSPLA Festival this year.

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Camille Lesaffre (Theatre Tech)

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Alexia Morris (MUA) is a professional makeup artist with a degree in Media Studies at the London College of Fashion and University of Arts.

She specialized in makeup & hair for TV, film, theatre, catwalk, photography and body painting where she loved being able to escape into the world of art and challege her creativity.

When she finished her studies, she joined Rachel’s School of Theatre running make-up workshops for children; where she had volunteered as a drama tutor; inspiring young students on how to apply make up, encourage and incorporate it into theatre. In addition to teaching she worked with make up , costume and hair at the Brixton theatre where she developed. She also made a student film for Cannes Festival working as a make-up assistant and BT Christmas Carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall as a make-up designer. She decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved around the country to work at the BBC in Cardiff (Wales) and the BBC Pebble Mill (Birmingham) as a costume & make-up designer.

Her professional experience includes working as a make up and costume designer and her work is exclusively created for professionals within the beauty and wellness industries. She can be contacted on alexiamorris@icloud.com

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Sam Barclay (Printed DYSPLA Festival Flyer Designer)

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Anna-Maria Georgiades (Office Manager) was born and raised in Australia. At the age of 12, she and her family moved to Cyprus, where she discovered her passion for acting. She studied acting for three years at Vladimiros Kafkarides Drama School. In 2007, she moved to London to pursue further training and work. She attended the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting (formerly Caravanserai) for three years and the PEM (Perdekamp Emotional Method) training workshops. She has appeared on TV and stage in Cyprus, most recently on stage at Theatro Technis in Grey Foam. During the summer, she played three parts in Nuclear Winter, which was part of the Camden Fringe Festival. In December, she will be appearing in Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma at The Lord Stanley. Follow @_ahmg_

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Paul Anthony Drury (PR Consultant) Action at the intersection of art and advertising. Paul builds brand love and connects content with audiences by using skills across journalism, PR, social media, marketing and cross-platform production.

Paul trained as a journalist and spent four-years in newspapers in the North of England before moving to London in 2007 to work for arts communications specialists Idea Generation – delivering campaigns for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Channel 4, Stella Artois and working form the Edinburgh Fringe for four consecutive summers.

After leaving Idea Generation, Paul worked on projects for the British Council, spent almost a year at film and entertainment specialists Premier and is now working for intergrated communications agency Unity – on creative projects for clients including Hyundai, Baileys and Lucozade. Follow @thisisjukebox

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Hatty Evans (PR Assistant) works in marketing in the world of advertising. With a profound passion for theatre she participated in plays from the age of 5–18 at the Bristol Old Vic, and then went on to pursue drama at University in London, writing, acting and composing music. After being diagnosed as dyslexic at a young age, she has always had a deep interest in how this affects creative practice and can be used in creative methods. She is very excited to be part of the DYSPLA Festival.

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Amanda Hickey studies Public Relations and Theatre at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been studying abroad in London since August and has recently taken on an internship with MSFT. She really enjoys writing and performing, and is loving her London experience thus far. Follow @manderzz24

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Cameron Tagge is a Film and Theatre University student from Los Angeles. He is currently studying abroad in London and working an internship position with MSFT, DYSPLA, Lennie, and the whole crew until late December. Meeting new friends, future coworkers, and experiencing an entirely different culture has been a golden opportunity too good to be true. It's truly a home away from home. Follow @CamTagMe


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