Vision

Our vision is a world in which all refugees are able to participate in culture.

Mission

Our mission is to build theatre and art programmes in Lebanon, focusing on Syrian and Palestinian young adults and children.

Aims

  • 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:

Masharaka

Participation

Children's Theatre

Youth Theatre

Aswat Seenaryo

Showbuilds

Women's Theatre

Party With Seenaryo

Tadreeb

Training

Young Artist Development Programme

Creative Toolkit

Applying Theatre

Early Childhood Education Playkit

Young Facilitators

Taaleem

Education

English Advisory

Creative English

Cultural Trips

Let's Talk About Art

Maktabat Seenaryo

Our Team

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).

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 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. He has been based in Lebanon since August 2016.

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.

Anas Tello | Partnership Manager (Women Now)

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 their Empowerment & Cultural Development Manager. Within this role, he manages the partnership between Women Now and Seenaryo.

Associate Artists

Alongside our core team, Seenaryo works with several Associate Artists on a project-by-project basis.

  • Mohamed Al Junde | Theatre Facilitator 
  • Ali Al Sheikh | Filmmaker & Photographer
  • Somar Al Sheikh | Film Editor 
  • Yassin Amsallakh | Theatre Facilitator 
  • Tim Bamber | Musical Director
  • Amani Burhan | Translator
  • Tory Brykalski | Theatre Facilitator
  • Gemma Clitheroe | Web Front End Developer 
  • Hadi Deaibess | Teacher Trainer & Composer
  • Rami Emad | Translator
  • Mahabba Gharzeddine | Costume Designer 
  • Ibrahim Ghazoul | Theatre Facilitator 
  • Safaa Hafez | Choir Facilitator
  • Marwan Hamdan | Filmmaker
  • Ghida Hashisho | Choreographer
  • Maria Hassan | Teacher Trainer & Recording Vocalist 
  • Jihad Hendawi | Training Researcher & Developer
  • Hashem Kabreet | Teacher Trainer
  • Lea Kradokian | Set Designer
  • Lilian Mauthofer | Photographer
  • Vanessa Myho | Photographer
  • Nour Ouayda | Photographer & Filmmaker
  • Jad Safar | Photographer
  • Tamara Salhab | Communications
  • Clara Sfeir | Choreographer
  • Manal Shakashirou | Theatre Facilitator
  • Yasmine Shurbaji | Choir Facilitator 
  • Corinne Skaff | Choreographer
  • Rania Stephan | Filmmaker
  • Laura Stoker | Photographer
  • Hanadi Sy | Theatre Facilitator
  • Wafa’ Tarnowska | Translator
  • Stefan Tarnowski | Translator & Writer
  • Dominique Tegho | Communications
  • Ellie Vandoorne | Web Designer 
  • Farah Wardani | Women’s Theatre Director 

Trainees

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 Al Junde
  • Manal Shakashirou
  • Rama Shurbaji
  • Yasmine Shurbaji
  • Anas Tello

Shatila Camp | Yaabad Scout Troupe

  • Mahmoud Hakim
  • Jihad Hendawi
  • Nidal Hendawi
  • Aya Madani
  • Mohamed Younes

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.