Through theatre and play, we support marginalised people to be powerful agents of their own lives and positive contributors to their societies
- 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
Seenaryo in 2020
Education Resource Developer
Myriam Ali-Ahmad started off as Seenaryo’s first ever Education Manager in Lebanon; having moved to the States, she now supports the team on developing tools and resources for the Playkit. Myriam is also a community theatre performer. Since 2018, she has been a Board Member, Performer and Communications Officer for The Red Bridge Ensemble for Community Theatre who specialise in Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed among other forms of community arts, and take on community-based projects with various vulnerable communities. She has worked in many projects with different non-profit organisations as a Project Coordinator, and also has experience as a Life Skills educator. In 2017, she has worked as a Researcher and Project Coordinator in a community-based research project “Mashrou3 Insan” using participatory theatre. Myriam holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the Lebanese American University and is interested in combining psychology and community arts for community building and psychosocial development.
Senior Arts Manager
As the Senior Arts Manager in Lebanon, Lama Amine manages all of Seenaryo’s theatre and music programmes in country. She has also directed or co-directed flagship Seenaryo productions including What’s Far is Near and I see my ghost coming from afar.
Lama is a performer, choreographer, movement director, teacher and activist. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Movement Directing and teaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 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 The 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.
Louay is responsible for coordinating all of the Arts Projects for Seenaryo Jordan. Louay has directed more than six children’s performances with Seenaryo and co-directed the youth performance Four O’Clock. Louay started his professional life as a Fire Safety Engineer but both before and after he has been pursuing his passion for acting and play-writing, gathering more than six years’ experience in the field. He has worked on a number of TV productions and has worked as a trainer and theatre coach for several NGOs including Questscope, Action Aid and Yaroub where he was the director of partnerships. Louay is one of the founders of Stage For Training and Development and worked as a director and trainer there for several years. Louay is passionate about using the arts in local communities and believes in the power of art for change.
Chief Operating Officer
Combining a passion for theatre, storytelling and design thinking, Naqiya Ebrahim is Seenaryo’s COO and co-creator of the Playkit. She leads on Seenaryo’s communications, impact reporting and finances as well as managing development of the Playkit app. She co-designs Seenaryo’s training and resources for teachers and facilitators.
Naqiya previously worked as Head of Impact & Evaluation / Early Years Scriptwriter at now>press>play, Performing Arts Specialist at Artis Education, and Co-director at Saturday Storytellers with Croydon Council. In 2015 she co-wrote 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’s role as Education Manager spans over several areas of work covering; logistical and personnel coordination of Playkit trainings; training and overseeing our Playkit trainers; client and partner communication; as well as research and content development. Sara also supports communications and evaluation processes.
Sara’s life outside of Seenaryo is just as eclectic! Sara is a theatre actress and aspiring writer with a BSc. in Management Sciences. She is a member of Amman’s first Playback Theatre Troupe, an organiser and host of a literary and musical event called Amman’s Heartbeat, and an amateur blogger. Her previous work experience has been in music consultancy and curating, copywriting, brand management, and research. Sara hopes to use her voice and writing to advocate for the arts and its role in improving mental and emotional well-being, especially in children and young adults.
As Seenaryo’s Administrator based in the UK, Eleanor is responsible for social media, finance and supports on general operations for the organisation.
Prior to joining Seenaryo, she supported projects in Syria and Libya at IFIT, an NGO that facilitates sustainable transitions in fragile states. Eleanor became interested in art as a tool for change whilst completing a BA in Arabic and Spanish. She wrote her dissertation on Palestinian resistance theatre and has volunteered at the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival and the Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture.
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.
JordanLara McIvor established Seenaryo’s work in Jordan and has been leading the team there as Country Director since 2018. Lara also supports across the organisation on evaluation and development of training plans resources for both arts programmes and the Playkit. She has co-directed Seenaryo youth theatre productions including Turned Into Stars and a commissioned piece on sexual and reproductive health and rights entitled Four O’Clock. Lara also co-directed the first women’s theatre production in Jordan, The Door Between Us.Lara has been creating theatre and performing from an early age, specialising in recent years in community collaborations and intercultural work. After her degree in French and Arabic and her Masters in Applied Theatre, Lara was able to combine her passion for working with different communities and her commitment to theatre and worked with organisations such as Lewisham Youth Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and Prime Cut productions in London and Northern Ireland. Lara has also supported organisations working with Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland by developing and delivering Creative English and Theatre workshops.
With a deep passion for educational development in Jordan, Dima Nustas has diverse experience managing large scale education projects in schools and universities since 2014, working with British Council Jordan and later, INTERSOS. During 2018 she worked with Syrian refugees in south Amman and helped 95% of out of school children get back on track with their education. In 2019 she volunteered in the Erasmus plus program in Bulgaria and started off her own V-Cope project to motivate youth in Jordan to volunteer abroad and work on their personal growth. With Seenaryo, Dima will continue the journey of working towards a generation that has access to quality education and is able to achieve their full potential.
LebanonAli Samra has a great passion for arts and education; combined together they are the embodiment of the Playkit, which is his main focus as one of Seenaryo’s Education Managers in Lebanon. Ali is an artist and performer and he aspires to be an installation artist. Ali joined The Red Bridge Ensemble in 2018 who specialise in Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed among other forms of community arts. He also joined Clown Me In in 2018 under the “We must Clown” project. Ali is an administrative assistant and a trainer with Steps – Civil Company for Change that works on creating transformational strategic moments in the process of community empowerment and change. Ali is a theatre graduate from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture.
Oscar Wood 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.
Board of Trustees
Antonio Gould is the Executive Director of Teach Monster Games. They are a non-profit educational technology company helping over 2 million children learn to read each month and now expanding into other areas of learning and development. Previous to this Antonio has 20 years experience delivering a wide range of projects across web, mobile, social, games and software for brands, broadcasters and charities. More information at www.teachyourmonstertoread.com / www.usbornefoundation.org.uk.
Trustee & Treasurer
Lily Harriss is the Director of Development & Alumni Engagement at the Royal College of Music, London. She has an impressive track record in fund raising and high performance team development. The wealth of experience and history of accomplishments that Lily brings to the role include the establishment and leadership of the Development and Communications Team for Picture our Future: The Campaign for Dulwich Picture Gallery. During the campaign, which had a total goal of £20 million, Lily personally managed the completion of over £18.5 million in gifts and pledges.
Her other achievements at Dulwich Picture Gallery include the overseeing of multi-million pound gift agreements (including a pacesetting £13 million family contribution and a £6 million corporate bank strategy), leading strategic planning exercises, writing business cases, and aligning funding practices with strategic goals. Lily has also trained staff in a variety of fundraising and management practices with a focus on good business practice.
Lily’s most recent roles have included Director of Development at English Heritage (Interim), Director of University Fundraising at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, and Strategic Counsel for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).
Trustee & Deputy Chair
Lina Khatib is the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House and is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs in the international media. She previously directed the Carnegie Middle East Center and co-founded and led the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In a former capacity she was an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London and published 7 books including Image Politics in the Middle East (2013), Lebanese Cinema (2008) and Filming the Modern Middle East (2006). Prior to that she worked as a radio presenter at Radio Lebanon in Beirut. Outside of her current work in policy, she co-founded the World Metal Congress and is currently developing a theatrical performance about Middle East politics, besides occasional visual art and millinery projects.
Alex Khosla works for Aikya Investment Management, researching and investing in companies in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Previously he worked in similar roles at Stewart Investors, AXA Framlington and UBS Investment Bank. He is also a trustee at Angel Shed, an inclusive children’s theatre company in London. Alex is a CFA Charterholder.
Trustee & Chair
Zoe Tyndall works for Hackney Council, supporting teams around the organisation to manage complex change. Previously she worked in the social enterprise sector – leading OxFizz, an educational social enterprise which has raised over £1m for good causes. Before that she worked in social investment: in Haiti, for Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ international fund Yunus Social Business, and then in the UK via the social investing arm of the Charities Aid Foundation. She is also a trustee of The Advocacy Academy, an organisation supporting young people from marginalised communities in South London to become political activists and campaigners.