ARTISTIC AND STRATEGIC DIRECTOR
Vicki studied Drama at The University of Guelph in Canada.
She has worked as a professional theatre director, workshop leader, drama teacher, production manager and stage manager in Canada, Japan, Italy and the UK.
She has worked as a freelancer in London since 2007 with a number of companies such as: Cardboard Citizens, Sydenham Arts Festival, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Venture, Glyndebourne and Face Front Inclusive Theatre among others.
Julia studied Performing Arts - Acting at UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before recently completing an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. She joined Hackney Shed in March 2016 as a volunteer.
Julia has worked as an actress, producer and teacher with various companies in Rio. Since she moved to London in 2015, Julia has been delivering drama workshops and directing plays in schools, besides being a support facilitator at Outside Edge Theatre, working with people in recovery from addiction.
LEAD ARTISTIC WORKSHOP LEADER
Anna originally joined Hackney Shed as a volunteer in 2011 and is a workshop facilitator with a particular interest in inclusion and SEND.
Anna works with young people with additional needs (and their families) in projects to support well-being and increasing independence.
Anna studied Film and Theatre at University of Reading before completing an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has led drama workshops across the UK and written, devised and performed her own work in various venues and festivals
HACKNEY SHED + CO-ORDINATOR
Barry is an actor with an interest in devising and collaborative work, and has performed in venues such as the Arcola, the Pleasance and Shoreditch Town Hall as well as tours of Ireland and the UK. He studied Contemporary Arts (Drama with Dance) at Manchester Met. University before completing an MA in Acting at Art Ed London. He also has lots of experience in event organisation, including work at the BFI, helping organise their film festivals.
As a facilitator, Barry has worked in schools and theatres across London, and also teaches on the Youth Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Operations and fundraising manager
Sarah has been involved as a volunteer with Hackney Shed since 2003 and since April 2007 has held the position of Hackney Shed Administrator and Fundraiser.
Sarah qualified as a primary school teacher specialising in Drama and English at University of Reading and then went on to teach in London for five years before re-directing her career back towards theatre and the arts.
Having undertaken various voluntary roles for arts organisations, including Hackney Shed, she has gained extensive experience in theatre and the arts. Sarah is also Education Officer at The Little Angel Theatre in Islington – a theatre dedicated to puppetry.
“Hackney Shed has become a big part of my life over the years and I feel extremely proud to be part of an organisation that offers such high quality theatre workshop and performing experiences to all children and young people in the local community – No barriers!”
After growing up with a love for theatre Marian studied (wait for it) Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf studies at the University of Reading. This started a passion for inclusive and integrated theatre
Since graduating, Marian has co-founded and co-directs Handprint theatre; a deaf and hearing theatre company which focuses on creating theatre that is accessible to both deaf and hearing integrated audiences. Not segregating but allowing all to see performances which communicate across language, disability or culture. Handprint devises many accessible, visual theatre performances and theatre in education workshops using signtheatre, puppetry, physical theatre, clowning and a combination of anything they can get our hands on!
Marian has completed basic core training in Playback theatre and has a Level 2 in British Sign Language (BSL).
“Hackney Shed is a great place to work, with such a talented, skilled team and a fantastic group of young people. Everybody who comes is included straight away and given the chance to create theatre. Seeing the pride and enjoyment of what is achieved by the young performers is always a highlight!”