Our vision is a world in which all people are able to express themselves in order to reach their full potential
Using a participatory, arts-based approach, our mission is to equip all people in Lebanon and Jordan with the tools to collaborate, think critically, and become resilient as individuals and in their communities
OUR AIMS ARE TO:
- 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
What we do
Seenaryo runs a year-round programme of high quality arts and education for refugees and the communities that host them. Our projects include:
Youth & Children's Theatre
Aswat Seenaryo Choir
Nabad: Young Facilitators
The Metamorphosis: Integration Project
Staging Sisterhood: Women's Theatre
Chief Operating Officer
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 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.
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.
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.