I’ve been involved with NTW for the last five years in various ways, working for the company for the last four and a half and this experience has been, in everyway, life changing.
In 2010 I was a partner in a community enterprise called ‘Community Helps Itself’ we were based in Butetown, Cardiff. We worked around south Wales, working on various community arts projects.
I studied film and Television at university, after going back to college at the age of twenty-one to re-sit my GCSE’s. After eight or more years of education I quickly became pissed off with trying to get into the ‘industry’ and I then studied ‘Design for interactive Media’.
With help and guidance from an artist called Keith Murrell, myself and three other artists from Butetown set up Community Helps Itself which was, initially, a response to organisations creating project FOR the people of Butetown rather than WITH, hence the name.
I heard an organisation with the words NATIONAL and THEATRE in its name were producing a show in Butetown and were holding a workshop in the youth club. I went along, cynically, but I meet with Devinda, Catherine and John and the rest is history.
For the last three years I’ve been responsible for The Big Democracy Project, which uses art and creativity to instigate political conversation. I leave my post in April 2015 but before that I’m directing a daylong event at the Senedd in Cardiff, which is the culmination of the first phase of the Big Democracy Project.
I wanted to be a part of TEAM panel because I wanted to give back to the company. NTW has been such a great experience for me and I truly believe in the philosophy of the company and as NTW enters the next phase I wanted to try to ensure that the open, welcoming, inclusive company that I have come to love keeps these values at there core.
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