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 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.

Naqiya Ebrahim | Head of Participation

Naqiya Ebrahim is a theatre and yoga teacher, community arts manager, and evaluator. 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. 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 Co-director at Saturday Storytellers. She has specific experience in working with marginalised
communities. Visit her website for more info.

Maher Safar | Operations Manager

Maher Safar has worked as a circus trainer, performer, and producer in the efforts of reviving the first social circus and circus school in Lebanon,  cirquenciel. Between 2013 and 2017, he and his team were responsible for the introduction of circus in private and public schools around the Lebanese region. With the rise of the Syrian refugee crisis, Maher and his team used circus as a tool for social integration and intercultural mediation by providing continuing circus training for refugees and hosts communities. His list of collaboration with local and international NGOs is extensive. He has been committed to promoting arts and playfulness as a means of self-empowerment and community-building.