Our vision is a world in which all refugees are able to participate in culture.
Our mission is to build theatre and art programmes in Lebanon, focusing on Syrian and Palestinian young adults and children.
- Enable refugee children and young adults to create powerful, high-quality theatre and art
- Empower these groups by enabling them to find their own voice
- Build capacity amongst refugee communities by training young adults in facilitation, leadership, and artistic skills
- Foster social cohesion within and between refugee communities and host groups in Lebanon
- Challenge audiences locally and internationally to reassess cultural assumptions about Syrian refugees – and to promote international dialogue in solidarity with them
What we do
Seenaryo runs a year-round programme of high quality arts participation, education, and training with and for refugees. Our projects include:
Party With Seenaryo
Young Artist Development Programme
Early Childhood Education Playkit
Let's Talk About Art
Victoria Lupton | Co-Director
Victoria Lupton is an arts producer and theatre maker. She has worked as a producer in contemporary art organizations in Beirut and London including Ashkal Alwan, Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire. Her collaborative performance work includes Another Place, an audio walk she created with Syrian writer Doha Hasan which has toured to London, Brussels and Santiago so far; translating the play The Final Return by Ghiath al Mhithawi from Arabic to English alongside Stefan Tarnowski for the Royal Court Theatre; and producing At Home in Gaza and London, a digital theatre project by Station House Opera taking place in both cities. In 2016 she took up the role of Director at SEAL, New York (Social and Economic Action for Lebanon).Theatre; and producing At Home in Gaza and London, a digital theatre project by Station House Opera taking place in both cities. In 2016 she took up the role of Director at SEAL, New York (Social and Economic Action for Lebanon).
Oscar Wood | Co-director
Oscar Wood is a Beirut-based music and theatre facilitator, teacher trainer and educational consultant. Since 2004, he’s been Artistic Director of Upstage Performance Group, who deliver Showbuilds in the UK and are a Cultural Partner of Tower Hamlets, implementing borough-wide vocal projects. He is Head of Learning at now>press>play, creating curricular experiences for over 10,000 primary school children in the UK. He was Senior Vocal Lead for Newham Music, London, executing the vocal strategy for the borough from 2014-2016. He has been based in Lebanon since August 2016.
Anas Tello | Project Coordinator
Anas Tello graduated from Damascus University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. At the start of the Syrian revolution he worked as a civil society worker in Damascus and the surrounding countryside, before moving to Lebanon in 2013. In Lebanon Anas has worked with several local NGOs, focussing on civil society work with Syrians. At Women Now for Development he started out as a psycho-social support worker for children and later became Project Coordinator. Within this role, he coordinates Seenaryo projects in the Bekaa Valley.
Naqiya Ebrahim | Head of Participation
Naqiya Ebrahim is a theatre, dance and yoga teacher based in Beirut since September 2016. She is passionate about using the arts for youth and community development and has worked in this capacity in London, San Diego, Hong Kong and now Lebanon. She has managed and delivered arts projects for various different organisations as well as being hired as an external evaluator and scriptwriter. She most recently worked in London as Head of Impact & Evaluation at now>press>play, Performing Arts Specialist at Artis Education, and Youth Arts Practitioner at Croydon Council. She has specific experience in working with marginalised communities. Visit her website for more info.
Alongside our core team, Seenaryo works with several Associate Artists on a project-by-project basis.
- Tim Bamber | Musical Director
- Amani Burhani | Translator
- Tory Brykalski | Support Facilitator
- Hadi Deaibess | Teacher Trainer & Facilitator
- Marwan Hamdan | Filmmaker
- Ghida Hashisho | Choreographer
- Lea Kradokian | Set Designer
- Lilian Mauthofer | Photographer
- Vanessa Myho | Photographer
- Nour Ouayda | Photographer & Filmmaker
- Jad Safar | Photographer
- Tamara Salhab | Communications
- Clara Sfeir | Choreographer
- Ali ElSheikh | Filmmaker
- Corinne Skaff | Choreographer
- Rania Stephan | Filmmaker
- Wafa’ Tarnowska | Translator
- Stefan Tarnowski | Translator & Writer
Outside of our extensive Training programmes, Seenaryo has worked with 10 dedicated trainees from Shatila Camp and the Bekaa Valley. These trainees are now very much a part of the team, delivering on-going project facilitation, administration and translation support alongside Seenaryo staff.
Bekaa Valley | Women Now
- Mohamed Aljunde
- Manal Shakashirou
- Rama Shurbaji
- Yasmine Shurbaji
- Anas Tello (now Seenaryo’s Project Coordinator)
Shatila Camp | Yabaad Scouts
- Mahmoud Hakim
- Jihad Hendawi
- Nidal Hendawi
- Aya Madani
- Mohamed Younes
Seenaryo works with a variety of partner organisations that support us in delivering our programmes either through funding, in-kind offers of space and equipment, coordination, and/or co-delivery. Our partners include organisations from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Norway and the UK.
Women Now For Development
Women Now For Development is a Syrian grassroots civil society organisation established by Samar Yazbek, a Syrian writer and journalist. Today Women Now is the largest women’s organisation working to empower Syrian women and children through social, economic and cultural participation inside Syria and its neighbouring countries. Women Now are Seenaryo’s principal partners. They work directly alongside us in the coordination and delivery of all of our programmes targeted at Syrian beneficiaries in the Bekaa Valley.
Yabaad Scout Troupe
Yabaad Scout Troupe is a self-organised group of Palestinian scouts in Shatila camp, Beirut. Run by the Hendawi family, the Scout Troupe deliver a variety of activities for Palestinian children and young people including arts participation. The Hendawi family aim to unite children and prepare them for alternative futures that weren’t necessarily available to the camps’ older generations. Seenaryo works with Yabaad Scout Troupe to deliver a yearly Showbuild in the summer, which goes on to tour performances across Lebanon.
Dictaphone Group is a research and performance collective initiated by live artist Tania El Khoury and architect/urbanist Abir Saksouk. Together along with various collaborators such as performance artist and producer Petra Serhal, they have been creating site specific performances informed by research in a variety of places. Dictaphone Group led the delivery of Seenaryo’s Young Artist Development Programme in 2016.
Beirut Art Center
Beirut Art Center (BAC) is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon. An unprecedented initiative in Beirut, the center constitutes a public space that makes art accessible to a large and growing audience of residents and visitors alike. In April 2016 BAC funded and hosted a Seenaryo Showbuild for participants from Uruguay School. Today, for each of their exhibitions, BAC delivers a guided tour and accompanying arts workshop for Seenaryo participants, as well as subsidising the participants’ travel costs from the Bekaa Valley.