Through theatre and play, we support marginalised people to be powerful agents of their own lives and positive contributors to their societies


  • Facilitate the creation of powerful, high-quality performances
  • Support individuals in building social skills, life skills, and wellbeing
  • Foster social cohesion within and between refugee communities and host groups
  • Facilitate intercultural understanding within the Arab region and with countries outside of it
  • Increase employment opportunities and professional capacity within teaching and facilitation
  • Transform teaching and learning to become child-centred, engaging and inclusive

Seenaryo in 2019

Our Team

Core Team

  • Myriam Ali-Ahmad
    Education Manager

  • Lama Amine
    Senior Arts Manager

  • Louay Dawaime
    Arts Manager

  • Naqiya Ebrahim
    Chief Operating Officer

Myriam Ali-Ahmad is a community theatre performer. Since 2018, she has been a Board Member, Performer and Communications Officer for The Red Bridge Ensemble for Community Theatre who specializes in Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed among other forms of community arts, and take on community-based projects with various vulnerable communities. She has worked in many projects with different non-profit organisations as a Project Coordinator, and also has experience as a Life Skills educator. In 2017, she has worked as a Researcher and Project Coordinator in a community-based research project “Mashrou3 Insan” using participatory theatre. Myriam holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the Lebanese American University and is interested in combining psychology and community arts for community building and psychosocial development.

As the Senior Arts Manager in Lebanon, Lama Amine manages all of Seenaryo’s theatre and music programmes in country. She has also directed or co-directed flagship Seenaryo productions including What’s Far is Near and I see my ghost coming from afar. Lama is a performer, choreographer, movement director, teacher and activist. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Movement Directing and teaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is part of TNT British Company and she performed in the world premiere of My Sister Syria. She has worked as a movement director, and a physical theatre tutor with first and second year BA students at CSSD and Saint Mary’s University. In 2016 she worked on RISE production with The Old Vic New Voices as an assistant movement director. In 2015 she was selected to participate in Home Grown Theatre Project, a collaboration with the Kevin Spacey Foundation in Sharjah, UAE. Lama has worked on two operas with Robert Wilson in New York. She has also been a dancer with Sima Dance company in Dubai.

Louay Dawaime is an actor and a playwright with a bachelor’s degree in firefighting and public safety. After University, Louay began work as a freelance actor, facilitator and trainer in various organisations and NGOs across Jordan. Louay is one of the founders of ‘Stage for Training and Development’ and continued to work there as head of training. Louay is passionate about using arts in local communities and the power of art for change.

Combining a passion for theatre, storytelling and logic models, Naqiya Ebrahim is Seenaryo’s COO and co-creator of the Playkit. She previously worked as Head of Impact & Evaluation and Early Years Scriptwriter at now>press>play, Performing Arts Specialist at Artis Education, and Co-director at Saturday Storytellers. In 2015 she co-wrote and performed in Adventures in Noggle Noggle Land, an interactive children’s theatre production. Naqiya aims to use the arts and play to create a new generation of curious, collaborative, critical thinkers – and has worked towards this goal in London, San Diego, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Jordan.

  • Sara Ghanma
    Education Manager

  • Rana Jalkh
    Arts Manager

  • Victoria Lupton

  • Lara McIvor
    Country Director

Sara Ghanma is a theatre actress and aspiring writer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Sciences. An eclectic performer; she is a member of Amman’s first and only Playback Theatre troupe, an organizer of a new literary and musical event called Amman’s Heartbeat, and an amateur blogger. Her work experience spans over different areas such as brand consultancy, music curating, copywriting, and research. Sara hopes to use her voice and writing to advocate for the arts and its potential role in improving mental and emotional well-being, especially in children and young adults. 

Rana Jalkh manages several of Seenaryo’s theatre programmes on the ground in Lebanon, in particular micro-projects in response to the Beirut explosion. Previously Rana has worked with Goethe Institute and Hammana Artist House as a Production Coordinator. She has worked as an Assistant Director and editor for several films and commercials. She has participated in several theatre workshops/plays. In 2019 Rana travelled to Berlin and took part in six Physical Theatre workshops; she wants to continue her artistic journey, exploring more and more the wonders and beautiful adventures of theatre.

Victoria Lupton co-founded Seenaryo in 2015. She leads on strategic development and manages the Lebanon team. She has also co-directed several Seenaryo theatre productions including The Metamorphosis After Franz Kafka which toured 12 times around Lebanon, and What’s Far Is Near, which brought together women in Lebanon and the UK via video linkup.

Victoria has worked in and on Lebanon since 2011, first in contemporary art, then directing the US nonprofit SEAL (Social & Economic Action for Lebanon). She has created art projects including the Another Place audio walk which has toured to five countries on three continents; and co-translated two plays for the Royal Court Theatre. She started her working life as an actor, before realising that her strengths lie in acting behind the scenes for a social purpose. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and a Diploma in Acting.

Lara McIvor is a theatre facilitator, teacher and experienced project manager. She specialises in community collaborations and intercultural work and has gained a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In London and Northern Ireland over recent years she has worked with organisations such as Lewisham Youth Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and Prime Cut and has directed and performed in several theatre productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other fringe venues. Lara has devised and implemented theatre and Creative English programmes for a range of organisations including Yallaa, a social enterprise organisation working with Syrian refugees living in Northern Ireland and for Siren Associates as part of their community policing training programme. Lara speaks Arabic and French and has worked and lived in France, Jordan and Egypt.

  • Dima Nustas
    Education Manager

  • Oscar Wood

With a deep passion for educational development in Jordan, Dima has diverse experience managing large scale education projects in schools and universities since 2014, working with British Council Jordan and later, INTERSOS. During 2018 she worked with Syrian refugees in south Amman and helped 95% of out of school children get back on track with their education. In 2019 she volunteered in the Erasmus plus program in Bulgaria and started off her own V-Cope project to motivate youth in Jordan to volunteer abroad and work on their personal growth. With Seenaryo, Dima will continue the journey of working towards a generation that has access to quality education and is able to achieve their full potential.

Oscar co-founded Seenaryo in 2015. Co-creating the Seenaryo Playkit is an achievement eclipsed only by his frequent and judicious additions to the organisation’s global risk register: “fun and safety share at least one letter” is a mantra he’s still working on.

Oscar is an educational entrepreneur, consultant, lecturer – but most of all, a teacher. In 2011, he co-founded now>press>play who deliver immersive audio experiences to over 60,000 UK children. He’s been artistic director of Upstage Performance Group since 2004. Oscar is also a children’s composer and conductor, and has led choirs in venues like the Barbican, Southbank Centre and London’s Olympic Park. He has lectured in education at the IOE, Christ Church Canterbury and the University of Cumbria.

Board of Trustees

  • Antonio Gould

  • Lily Harriss
    Trustee & Treasurer

  • Lina Khatib
    Trustee & Deputy Chair

  • Nikhil Alexander Khosla

Antonio Gould is the Executive Director of Teach Monster Games. They are a non-profit educational technology company helping over 2 million children learn to read each month and now expanding into other areas of learning and development. Previous to this Antonio has 20 years experience delivering a wide range of projects across web, mobile, social, games and software for brands, broadcasters and charities. More information at www.teachyourmonstertoread.com / www.usbornefoundation.org.uk.

Lily Harriss is the Director of Development & Alumni Engagement at the Royal College of Music, London. She has an impressive track record in fund raising and high performance team development. The wealth of experience and history of accomplishments that Lily brings to the role include the establishment and leadership of the Development and Communications Team for Picture our Future: The Campaign for Dulwich Picture Gallery. During the campaign, which had a total goal of £20 million, Lily personally managed the completion of over £18.5 million in gifts and pledges.

Her other achievements at Dulwich Picture Gallery include the overseeing of multi-million pound gift agreements (including a pacesetting £13 million family contribution and a £6 million corporate bank strategy), leading strategic planning exercises, writing business cases, and aligning funding practices with strategic goals. Lily has also trained staff in a variety of fundraising and management practices with a focus on good business practice.

Lily’s most recent roles have included Director of Development at English Heritage (Interim), Director of University Fundraising at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, and Strategic Counsel for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

Lina Khatib is the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House and is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs in the international media. She previously directed the Carnegie Middle East Center and co-founded and led the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In a former capacity she was an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London and published 7 books including Image Politics in the Middle East (2013), Lebanese Cinema (2008) and Filming the Modern Middle East (2006). Prior to that she worked as a radio presenter at Radio Lebanon in Beirut. Outside of her current work in policy, she co-founded the World Metal Congress and is currently developing a theatrical performance about Middle East politics, besides occasional visual art and millinery projects.

  • Salim Salama

  • Zoe Tyndall
    Trustee & Chair

Zoe Tyndall works for Hackney Council, supporting teams around the organisation to manage complex change. Previously she worked in the social enterprise sector – leading OxFizz, an educational social enterprise which has raised over £1m for good causes. Before that she worked in social investment: in Haiti, for Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ international fund Yunus Social Business, and then in the UK via the social investing arm of the Charities Aid Foundation.  She is also a trustee of The Advocacy Academy, an organisation supporting young people from marginalised communities in South London to become political activists and campaigners.