Our vision is a world in which refugees have an autonomous voice and feel able to use it

Our mission is to transform the life chances of refugees by using the arts as a tool for personal development, academic achievement and community building


  • Facilitate the creation of powerful, high-quality theatre and art by refugees
  • Build capacity amongst refugee communities by training young adults in facilitation, leadership, and artistic skills
  • Embed new models for learning by developing creative resources and training teachers to use them
  • Foster social cohesion within and between refugee communities and host groups
  • Challenge audiences locally and internationally to reassess cultural assumptions about refugees – and to promote dialogue in solidarity with them

What we do

Seenaryo in 2017

Seenaryo سيناريو is an arts and education charity that works with refugees and local host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. We believe that artistic projects and participatory education support personal development, academic achievement and social cohesion – and allow people’s voices to be heard. Follow us / share our work / donate online at: www.seenaryo.orgFeaturing programmes delivered in partnership with Women Now For Development | Film by Ali Shaikh & Somar Shaikh | Music by Seenaryo

Gepostet von ‎Seenaryo سيناريو‎ am Samstag, 27. Januar 2018

Seenaryo runs a year-round programme of high quality arts participation, education, and training with and for refugees. Our projects include:



Youth & Children's Theatre

Aswat Seenaryo Choir

Women's Theatre


Creative English

Cultural Trips

Maktabat Seenaryo



Kindergarten Playkit

Young Facilitators

Young Artists

Applying Theatre

Creative Toolkit



Party With Seenaryo

The Scene From The Bekaa

Choir Exchange

Our Team

Lama Amine | Operations Manager, Lebanon

Lama Amine is a performer, choreographer, movement director and teacher based in Beirut. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Movement from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD). 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 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.

Naqiya Ebrahim | Head of Participation

Naqiya Ebrahim is a theatre and movement facilitator, community arts manager, and evaluator. She most recently worked in London 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. She is passionate about using the arts for social development and has worked in this capacity in London, San Diego, Hong Kong and now Lebanon. Visit her website for more info.

Victoria Lupton | Co-Director

Victoria Lupton is an arts producer and theatre maker. She has worked as a producer in contemporary art organisations 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).

Lara McIvor | Country Manager, Jordan

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 Wood | Co-director

Oscar Wood is a 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 was 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.

Associate Artists

Alongside our core team, Seenaryo regularly works with the following Associate Artists on a project-by-project basis:

Mohammed Abdoolcarim | Digital Advisor
Hassan Akoul | Theatre Facilitator
Fida Al Waer | Set Designer
Amani Burhan | Translator
Gemma Clitheroe | Web Front End Developer
Ahmed Dalati | Choir Facilitator
Hadi Deaibess | Teacher Trainer & Composer
Rami Emad | Translator
Mahabba Gharzeddine | Costume Designer
Safaa Hafez | Choir Facilitator
Maria Hassan | Teacher Trainer & Recording Vocalist
Ghida Hashisho | Choreographer & Set Designer
Jihad Hendawi | Theatre Facilitator & Playkit Developer
Nidal Hendawi | Theatre Facilitator
Hashem Kabreet | Teacher Trainer
Nivine Kallas | Choreographer
Chrystele Khodr | Nabad Theatre Director
Tania Khoury | Trainer
Aya Madani | Theatre Facilitator
Yassin Msallakh | Theatre Facilitator
Nisreen Motiwalla | Graphic Designer
Rasha Otabashi | Choir Facilitator
Abir Saksouk | Trainer
Petra Serhal | Trainer
Clara Sfeir | Choreographer
Ali Shaikh | Filmmaker & Photographer
Somar Shaikh | Film Editor
Manal Shakashirou | Theatre Facilitator
Yasmine Shurbaji | Choir Facilitator
Corinne Skaff | Choreographer
Rania Stephan | Filmmaker
Hanadi Shabta | Theatre Facilitator
Wafa’ Tarnowska | Translator
Stefan Tarnowski | Translator
Anas Tello | Partnership Manager (Women Now)
Farah Wardani | Women’s Theatre Director
Mohammed Younis | Theatre Facilitator


Past collaborators include:

Mohamed Al Junde | Theatre Facilitator
Tim Bamber | Musical Director
Tory Brykalski | Theatre Facilitator
Ibrahim Ghazoul | Theatre Facilitator
Mahmoud Hakim | Theatre Facilitator
Marwan Hamdan | Filmmaker
Ghida Hashisho | Choreographer
Lea Kradokian | Set Designer
Lilian Mauthofer | Photographer
Vanessa Myho | Photographer
Nour Ouayda | Photographer & Filmmaker
Maher Safar | Operations
Jad Safar | Photographer
Tamara Salhab | Communications
Laura Stoker | Photographer
Dominique Tegho | Communications
Ellie Vandoorne | Web Designer 

Our Partners

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 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

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.