Lillie Stoute - Artistic Director
Lillie has been a Drama and Movement Therapist since 2005 working with young people/children and women in the social care sector. She had worked with women in the criminal justice system in a creative arts and education setting; as a social worker, youth worker and employment and mental health specialist. Lillie completed the Playback Theatre core training in January 2006, and was invited to join London Playback Theatre Company in April 2007. Since this time Lillie has continued to enjoy, be challenged and inspired by Playback Theatre.
Andi Haase - Artistic Director
Andi is from Argentina and has been involved with theatre and education for many years. She trained as a Physical Education teacher before travelling and moving to London. She has performed and toured with Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company, and trained in Forum Theatre and other theatre techniques. Andi co-founded Tierra Theatre Company, producing, performing and teaching in Spanish. She joined London Playback Theatre in 2012, and is deeply enjoying the challenge of responding to real stories and improvising within this inspiring company.
Veronica Needa - Founder
Veronica is a theatre professional and has been a playback practitioner since 1991. A graduate of the School of Playback Theatre in 1995, she was President of the International Playback Theatre Network (1997-2003), and teaches internationally. Co-founder of London Playback Theatre she is also director of True Heart Theatre, serving the UK Chinese community, and Coordinator of the School of Playback Theatre (United Kingdom).
Agnieszka was born in Poland, where she gained degrees in Cultural Studies and Pedagogy. She has lived in Hackney for last 13 years, from where she completed a BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance at University of East London, and works as an event organizer and facilitator, committed to creating community-based experiences for both artist and audience. Having trained with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, she has a deep interest in organic, embodied performance work, and believes in powerful function of theatre to transform our lives, in the collective capacity to make meaning.
Belinda is a dramatherapist (Roehampton, 2014), creative facilitator and performer. She works in the NHS and freelance, specialising in forensic (offender) mental health, and working with those who have experienced trauma. She is a certified practitioner of Playback Theatre (School of Playback Theatre UK, 2018), and passionate about people sharing their stories as an act of power, connection and healing. Alongside Playback, Belinda performs as a musician, storyteller and clown, and spends a lot of time doing Tai Chi.
Alexus currently works as a youth mentor for young people with challenging behaviour and learning difficulties. Alexus has her degree in Psychosocial Studies from Goldsmiths University. Following that, Alexus went on to do her 1st year certificate training in Psychodrama at London Centre for Psychodrama, and intends to complete the rest of the training. She uses the training gained from work experience in addition to creativity to work dynamically with young people. After moving to London from the USA, Alexus has performed in shows across London, including the Roundhouse. Due to her passion for mental health, Alexus also works as a therapist assistant for OH Services where she is responsible for the social media management and co facilitating workshops. Outside of her professional commitments, Alexus enjoys writing blogs and poetry to publish on her own upcoming page and projects.
Charlie qualified in arts psychotherapy in 1996 (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education) and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She has also trained in Lecoq based physical theatre approaches and, in 2005, Charlie founded Moving Pieces Physical Theatre Company - a unique arts based mental health approach which integrates arts psychotherapy, physical theatre and body based approaches to working with trauma. Since 2009 she has worked in collaboration with the London International School of Performing arts on developing the integral theatre pedagogy aspect of the school.
training with the company
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