Jon Oram, Director and Writer
Jon Oram is an internationally renowned leader in the field of Community Plays. He left school, joined a circus and then trained as a drama teacher before training as a Mime with Marcel Marceau and as an Improviser with Keith Johnstone and Theatre Machine. He travelled the world both with his one-man shows and theatre teaching. Jon was Educational Drama Advisor in Norfolk and Theatre Animator for South East Arts in Cornwall, where he wrote and directed for Knee High Theatre. He came to Community Plays in 1982, becoming Artistic Director of Colway Theatre Trust (later to be renamed Claque Theatre) in 1985. Jon has since developed the work extensively, especially in area of the issue-based play, developing the concept of the Social Actor and exploring further the process of involving the community at a deeper level within the work. He brings a distinctive visual style to the productions. His reputation and experience in Community Plays is without parallel, having directed or written almost forty plays across Britain, and introducing the concept of community plays to The United States, Canada, and Finland.
Laura Ratling, Project Manager & Producer
Laura Ratling is a Creative Producer and arts project manager who specialises in socially focused arts projects. Laura has produced and managed ambitious, innovative and participatory arts projects for organisations including British Council, Arts Council England, City of London, Claque Theatre and Emergency Arts, amongst others, working with and within diverse communities. In 2013 she devised and produced the Big Noise in aid of the Big Issue Foundation; a multi-platform arts festival which showcased high profile and emerging artists, explored homelessness and related issues and raised funds for the charity. In 2014, Laura was commissioned by the British Council to produce KLA ART 014 Kampala Contemporary Arts festival, a pioneering month-long public arts festival which celebrated and explored marginalised communities across Uganda and represented the largest arts festival in the country's history. She has also produced a multi-venue arts festival for Oxfam which was recognised as the most successful nationwide as part of their Oxfam project in 2011; she has produced and managed arts festivals, workshops and events for not-for-profit organisations including Arts 4 Human Rights, TransEuropa, Praxis and Bayimba Internations Festival of Arts. Laura is currently completing a part-time MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths College.
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Dino Jacovides, Assistant Director & In Camera Project Manager
Dino Jacovides is a filmmaker and community theatre director. His community work has spanned over sixteen years and he has worked in community settings in the UK and abroad, ranging from hard to reach estates, prisons and schools and pupil referral units; successfully devising and directing countless pieces of work that have had an impact in their settings and included both drama and film.
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