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
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.
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.
Natalie Khoury is an experienced teacher and has been working in the field of refugee education for the last five years. Specialising in education she has completed a Master’s Degree in Education and Development with a focus on quality education frameworks for refugees in protracted contexts. Within Jordan, she has worked on education projects for Jesuit Refugee Services, The British Council and Plan International. Passionate about education, she believes in participatory approaches that promote and include local voices throughout the lifespan of education projects.
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 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 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.