Alex Evans is a visual artist, director and creative facilitator living and working in London. He creates playful and inclusive arts projects with diverse groups of young people, communities and professionals that increase participation, communication and engagement.
Alex studied for a BA in Drama at The University of Hull (2004) and an MA in Visual Language of Performance at Wimbledon School of Art (2006).
Alex has worked in collaboration with numerous organisations across the UK including MK Gallery, Goldsmiths University, Emergency Exit Arts, London Bubble and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has also completed a number of international collaborative residencies and projects in Australia (ATYP, War Crimes 2015), Japan (Tokyo Wondersite 2007), the Maldives (Maldives Whaleshark Research Programme 2013) and extensively throughout Europe (Platform 11+ 2010 – 2017). His complex architectural drawings have been exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK and internationally including the London Art Fair and ART16. In 2016 Alex won a Sydney Theatre Award for his directorial work on ‘War Crimes’ for the Australian Theatre for Young People, he was also nominated as ‘Best Artist’ at the Shorty Awards in New York for his Vine account ‘Alex Draws’. In 2017 he was selected as the first ever Artist in Residence at London’s iconic Tower Bridge, completing a collection of over 40 original artworks an a public programme of events.
Alex is proud to be the Artistic Director of Kazzum, taking on the role in June 2017 after 10 years as an Associate Artist. He is leading the organisation in developing insightful, collaborative projects with vulnerable young people across London.
More about Alex: www.alexanderevans.net
Lauren Irving has over 10 years’ experience of managing creative arts projects and theatre productions that engage vulnerable young people. Her experience includes producing outdoor and site-specific performance and developing successful participatory arts projects with community groups and schools.
Lauren has extensive experience of working with young asylum seekers and refugees and has been instrumental in developing Kazzum’s Pathways Programme.
She is experienced in managing project and company budgets, reporting to statutory and charitable funding bodies, and working on international partnership projects.
Lauren Studied for a BA in Theatre Arts at Brighton University and an MA in Advanced Theatre practice from The Royal School of Speech and Drama.
Lauren is passionate about advocating for the rights of children and young people and feels incredibly privileged to be working with Kazzum.
Lauren-Joy moved into working in the Arts, after more than seven years managing projects for International film studios in the Digital Media Industry.
She gained her BA Hons in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick.
Lauren-Joy has experience of working closely with young people as an Independent Youth Mental Health Advocate and has worked on several outdoor, participatory and community arts projects.
She is a keen supporter of mental health awareness and is passionate about creating space for creative expression, and discussions about wellbeing, diversity and inclusion.
Arji Manuelpillai is a rapper, poet, actor and education practitioner with over 15 years experience of working with some of London’s most vulnerable children and young people. Over the last ten years Arji has specialised in facilitating work with refugee and asylum seeker groups. This has led to him working internationally in refugee camps, immigration removal centres as well as within schools and youth clubs. He is passionate about advocating for the rights of young migrants and has created artistic campaigns and poetry that have been viewed by thousands worldwide. Arji is a lead artist on Kazzum’s Pathways programme and is particularly proud of his involvement in delivering workshops during Refugee Week which have reached thousands of children and young people. This vital work educates students on the issues faced by migrant communities in the UK.
Kazzum Arts Projects with Arji
More about Arji: www.arji.org
Becky Bailey’s world is visual. Born profoundly deaf, BSL is Becky’s first language.
With a background in textiles and printing, she gained a BA Hons in Textiles and Surface Patterns from the University of East London. Becky has worked in Jordan at a Deaf school teaching arts and crafts and has also spent time in Gambia where she helped Deaf adults to produce the country’s first book with GSL (Gambian Sign Language) incorporated into it.
Becky’s most recent practice as an artist, photographer and illustrator has seen her create a published book, used by Frank Barnes Deaf school in North London to help teach children literacy. Her animated short film ‘Little World’ has won awards at the Irish, Australian, USA and Canadian Deaf Film Festivals.
Becky began documenting Kazzum’s workshops with her camera, capturing the process and results of a variety of projects and has since become more involved as an artist practitioner leading screen printing workshops with deaf and hard of hearing students.
Becky is passionate about promoting deaf awareness and encouraging children with communication barriers that they can express themselves creatively and with confidence.
More about Becky: www.beckybaileyphotographer.com
Jon Van Beek
Jon Van Beek is a London-based Designer, Maker and Facilitator. Originally from Nottingham. He graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2009 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Costume, Technical Effects and Make-Up for Performance. His practice is a based on design and making skills that are orientated towards an expanded or social conception of theatre. Youthful and playful, Jon’s work is actively inclusive and often involves working in non-theatre spaces. He has a real interest in Outdoor and Disability Arts and the changing character of UK cities and culture: Every culture tries to create “special” places and events and they use their artistic skills to achieve this. (Ellen Dissanayake)
Most recent Theatre includes BACKGROUND PEOPLE (Martha Pailing, 2018), DIP (Max Calaf Sevé Company, 2018), BINGO LINGO (Wild n Beets, 2017), A SQUARE WORLD (Daryl Beeton Productions, 2016).
Jonathan is an Associate Artist at Kazzum where his recent projects include Fly Your Flag with Young Roots, Brent.
More about Jon: LinkedIn Profile
Amanda Mascarenhas is a Designer and Visual Artist who works in Theatre, Television and Events. She is also a maker and facilitator, creating workshops based on design, art and crafts. She graduated from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance gaining BA(Hons) in Theatre Design. Amanda has worked on various Kazzum projects, recently creating flags with young migrants as part of our pathways project. She also designed a devised performance with Kazzum and Salisbury Playhouse. She likes to work in an immersive and sensory style and implements this into her community and traditional theatre practice. She has worked with companies such as Talawa Theatre, Magic Me, Heart n Soul, Ovalhouse and Soho Theatre. She is proud to be an Associate Artist to Kazzum.
More about Amanda: www.amandamascarenhas.com
Dan Martin has taught, choreographed, mentored, performed and consulted for numerous companies and organisations across the UK leading him to become one of the most influential artists in the South West.
Over the last two years, Dan has been appointed Associate Artist at Kazzum Arts, a Young Professional representative for Swindon Dance, a Young Choreographer South West representative, Board Member for BathDance and a Trustee for the organisation Mentoring Plus.
Dan always brings enthusiasm and a positive attitude to his work and thrives on passing on as much knowledge and experience as he can while continuing to develop himself to help others to reach their true potential to the very best of their ability.
More about Dan: Facebook Page
Nickie is an independent theatre maker best known for playful work that integrates access in a fun and creative way. For Kazzum Nickie has directed Nanna’s Jumble working closely with designer Jon Van Beek to create an immersive jumble sale setting. She also collaborated on the projects Head Space, The Waiting Game and Addressed to A Friend. From 2008 - 2012 Nickie performed in Kazzum’s outdoor show Paper People.
Nickie is a disabled woman who strives to make theatre more accessible and in 2014 she co-founded TwoCan - Gloucestershire’s first disabled-led theatre company.
In 2012 Nickie played Miranda in the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
Directing credits include: The Tempest (Manchester Royal Exchange Young Company) Two Can Toucan, Disability Sex Archives (TwoCan), Bingo Lingo (co-director and performer for Wild N Beets).
More about Nickie: nicolamiles-wildin.com
Lisa Hayes has over ten years’ experience as a drama facilitator and holds a B.A. Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies as well as a Diploma in Physical Theatre Making.
She makes work and delivers workshops for young people across London for companies such as Kazzum, Tender, Emergency Exit Arts and the Lyric Hammersmith.
Lisa has also completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga classes with adults, children and young people.
Lisa has worked across several Kazzum projects but primarily works on Build with their girls and mixed gender groups.
Raph Clarkson is a trombonist, improviser, composer and educator, born and bred in London. He has developed an eclectic musical career, which spans trad-jazz, contemporary jazz, avant-garde improvised music, theatre and performance art, rock/pop, contemporary classical music, ska/reggae, South African township jazz, and salsa.
Raph recently held a place on the prestigious Spitalfields Music Leader Traineeship, and lately he has been involved in educational work curated by English Touring Opera, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has this year been leading projects for Creative Futures, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Mid Wales Music Trust, and Share Music Southwest.
Raph is proud to be an associate artist with Kazzum Arts, and has delivered the recent Seeing Sounds project at Ben Jonson school, bringing together music and visual art as tools for young people with confidence and communication needs to develop their creativity, relationships and sense of belonging.
More about Raph: www.raphclarkson.com
Natasha Cossey is a visual artist, designer and creative facilitator from London. She has worked professionally in collaborative participant-centred projects for the past 14 years with a variety of participants locally, nationally and globally. Natasha is passionate about creating highly visual artworks through accessible workshops. Fuelled by the desire to create art that invites people to engage, play, share and celebrate.
As an Artist, Natasha creates dynamic and safe environments for participants to explore different art practices and techniques drawn from her extensive experience. This approach supports participants to become more articulate in their own creative activism.
Natasha’s experience most recently extends to designing and delivering bespoke projects with leading organisations including Emergency Exit Arts, Kazzum, Artichoke Trust, Cardboard Citizens, Southbank Centre and A New Direction.
Natasha’s art practice is highly visual, empathetic and vibrant, at the core of her work she incorporates the participants imagination and self-expression.
Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso has been one of the lead artists and facilitators on Kazzum's Pathways Programme since 2014. She is also a theatre-maker with a practice in contemporary work in or about the Middle East.
Since 2012, she has been developing intercultural and cross-cultural work with performance artists and playwrights in the UK, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. She is co-founder and co-director of At Home in Gaza and London, a cross-cultural digital performance project bringing together artists and audiences in the two cities. She produced and co-programmed the 2018 AWAN – Arab Women Artists Now Festival in London. In the summer of 2018, she joined Shubbak Festival as their Programme and Engagement Producer.
More about Tahgrid: athomeingazaandlondon.com
Kathryn Corlett combines illustrative and typographic elements in her designs, to create creative, engaging and vibrant artwork. She has been working in the art and design industry professionally since 2005, when she completed her Graphic Design BA (Hons) at Falmouth College of Arts. In that time she has designed artwork for a huge variety of organisations and charities, including four National Portfolio Organisations.
She worked with Kazzum on the 2018 Fly Your Flag - Pathways project, collaborating with groups of young migrants and refugees – plus a team of Kazzum facilitators – to help inspire and guide the young people in the creation of flag designs to represent the organisations they attend. She also developed, from this process, a new design style and branding for Brighter Futures – an advocacy group for young migrants – in collaboration with young people who attend the group.
More about Kathryn: www.kathryncorlett.co.uk