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“Boundless Theatre to me means no limits.”

Ashley, Boundless Adviser 

The Boundless Advisory Group is at the heart of everything we do. To keep us in check and to ensure we are being ambitious with our plans we have advisors made up of teenagers and young adults who are drawn from different backgrounds and interests and across the UK.

“It’s happening right in front of you, you can’t press pause, you can’t stop.”

Fin, Boundless Adviser

Our Advisors meet with us regularly to share with us what they think about the world, and the work that we create. We talk about big ideas, attend events and discuss what excites us most about being young today. In return we offer mentoring, support for creative projects and resources that build resilience.  We have a dedicated budget that is spent by the Advisory Group directly each year and are always looking for new ways to break down boundaries between arts organisations and young people.

2020/21 Advisory Group

Natalie Chan Advisory Group

Natalie is a producer from Hong Kong and now based in London. Alongside producing, she works in the fundraising team for Creative Youth Charity and is a recipient of the Blackbaud Scholarship for pursuing a part time MA in Philanthropic Studies at the University of Kent. Recent highlights include working with BFI Network to deliver fundraising workshops and producing Dumbledore Is So Gay which won the VAULT Festival’s Origins Award 2020. She previously trained as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503 and worked as Box Office Deputy Manager for Pleasance Theatre Trust.

 

Twitter: NatalieNat_Chan

 

Cherry Eckel Advisory Group

Cherry is a London-based writer, director, performer, and spoken-word poet. Her work often explores identity, family, and universal anxieties. She is interested in creating work that is relevant, empowering, electric, and blurs boundaries between disciplines.

 

Web: https://cherryeckel.weebly.com/

Instagram: cherrytheeckel

Twitter: cherrytheeckel

Jordan Freud Advisory Group

Jordan is a multi-disciplinary and open-minded creative who believes that Theatre, TV, Film and music have the power to move people and change lives. He enjoys great stories. And he believes that shared watching and shared experiences are the way to open conversations/taboos. Whilst currently working full-time as Raw TV‘s  Talent Assistant – where he meets some of the most talented people in the industry – Jordan watches widely and retains his foot in the theatre door as a Boundless Young Advisor with his peers. He’s also a member of Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum . Moreover, Jordan’s a passionate advocate both for building ‘creative access’ into culture, and access and inclusion within the workplace. Alongside his own career ambitions (along the factual editorial/development routes, which will hopefully segue with directing or producing theatre and TV drama / feature films) Jordan audaciously hopes to be a Junior Board Member and learn how else he can give back to other companies in time.

Rather than writing (*typing*) in the third-person, Jordan thinks he’s funnier and/or comes across lighter in person!

 

Instagam: @jordanfreud1

Emilia Hargreaves Advisory Group

Emilia has been a part of the Boundless Advisory Group for a while now, and since completing the Certificate of Higher Education at East 15 Acting School in 2018, she has spent the majority of her time creating. Now training at MN Academy, Emilia spent her time in lockdown writing and developing stories and spoken word pieces, as well as composing music. Prior to lockdown, Emilia worked as a Drama Teacher at multiple local drama schools across Ealing, including Questors Youth Theatre and Yourstage Drama.

Emilia is also currently constructing her own series of short devised pieces, which incorporate her musical compositions with pieces of spoken word and physical theatre.

 

Instagram: emilia.hargreaves

Twitter: emiliaharg

Aaron Kilercioglu Advisory Group

Aaron is a Turkish/Canadian theatre & film-maker based in London. Recently, he was shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Prize, and won the Methuen Drama ‘Other Prize’. He is a member of the Royal Court Agitator Programme, and an Emerging Writer at the London Library.

 

Instagram: aaronkil

Twitter: aa_koglu

Clíona Malin Advisory Group

Clíona is an Irish writer and director based in London. Her work engages with feminism and climate activism, often mixing disciplines. Clíona recently graduated from Brunel University London with a BA in Theatre and English, and she is now working at Jerwood Arts as Team Assistant alongside developing her theatre-making practice.

 

Instagram: clionama

Twitter: clionamal

Simon Marshall Advisory Group

Simon is a playwright, poet and facilitator based in Derbyshire. His work champions disadvantaged people accessing the arts; acting as a co-producer for Learning Disabled theatre company Hubbub Theatre, as a creative mentor for care-experienced young people, and working on city-wide initiatives in Derby for young people’s creativity.

 

Twitter: veryrareSimon

Julia Pilkington Advisory Group

Julia is an actor and theatre-maker based in London. She recently graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Master’s in acting, where she was a recipient of the Embassy Scholarship. She is a keen actor-deviser and co-created with Poltergeist Theatre the sell-out show Lights Over Tesco Carpark (Pleasance, New Diorama). She recently enjoyed playing a chorus part in season two of Boundless Theatre’s audio-drama, Radio Elusia.

 

Twitter: JuliaPilkington

Finlay Ross Russell Advisory Group

Fin Ross Russell is one of the original members of the Boundless Theatre Advisory Group and has been delighted to support the organisation in several different unique and exciting capacities over the course of the last four years. Fin is also the co-founder of Island Life Productions, having founded the company with his sister in 2011. Since then, he completed his BA in Drama, Applied Theatre & Education from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Following a year working at Chichester Festival Theatre as the theatre’s Education Assistant, Fin moved up to Edinburgh where alongside running the company, he is a freelance workshop facilitator for Edinburgh City Council, LYRA & Strange Town. He is the co-director of the UK Centre of the International Theatre Institute and communications director of the organisation’s Network for Emerging Arts Professionals.

 

Instagram: islandlifeproductions

Twitter: FinNomad

Sadhana Narayanan Radio Elusia Season 2 Writer

Sadhana is a member of the New Vic Youth theatre, working on projects such as the 2019 National Youth Theatre Connections show ‘The Sad Club’ and Heritage Lottery funded Dorothy Clive project. She’s also a contributor on the Voice magazine, an online platform for young people interested in art, culture and politics. 

Pronouns: she/her

Ghena Badhwar Advisory Group

Gehna Badhwar studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway. Since graduating in 2019, she has worked at the Bush Theatre as a marketing intern. She is also a National Youth Theatre company member and is currently part of the Lyric Hammersmith Young Company and wants to continue to be a part of meaningful conversations surrounding the importance of inclusive theatre.

 

Instagram: ghenabadhwar

Twitter: ghena_b

Liam Stone Advisory Group

Liam is an energetic, passionate and determined creative artist from Birmingham. Liam has trained at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and Peer Productions and is looking now to develop as an actor, specialising in  contemporary theatre. He joined the Advisory Group with the hope that his opinions will help shape the most important of topics for theatre.

 

Instagram: liamstone__

Tapiwa Cronin Advisory Group

Tapiwa is an energetic, ambitious content creator and filmmaker based in London. Having graduated from the BFI Film Academy and recently being named a Vlogstar finalist she is keen to explore more creative media as well ways to dismantle of barriers which face young creatives.

Harry Drane Advisory Group

Harry is a drag artist & performer and actor based in London. Harry’s work centers on themes of drag, queer art/performance, LGBTQ+ community, history, representation & activism. After graduating in 2020 in BA (Hons) in Acting from Arts University Bournemouth he has since joined National Youth Theatre, and currently has his solo show ‘Everybody Knows Judy’ commissioned by Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival to be on stage June 2021. He is currently rehearsing with Lyric Hammersmith Young Company to perform ‘Heart of Hammersmith’ a community theatre project to be on stage at the Lyric in August 2021.

 

Instagram: harry.drane

Twitter: HarryDrane_

Maja Lach Advisory Group

Maja is a young, passionate, and enthusiastic stage manager based in London. Originally from Poland, she’s never lived this close to the sea and has been consistently cold since 2018. She’s currently in training at Rose Bruford College and working towards an intrinsically accessible and sustainable theatre-making, rebranding theatre as a space open to all.

 

Instagram: majalahahah

Tolu Fagbayi Advisory Group

Tolu Fagbayi  is an artist, writer and musician. She has BA Acting degree and is also in the process of writing her first play which explores the identity and intersectional feminism.

Tolu is an energetic, passionate and professional artist and person who strongly believes equality in all areas especially within the arts.

 

Instagram: toluafagbayi

Aisling Lally Advisory Group

Aisling is a creative based in London/York. She completed a foundation year in acting at the Oxford School of Drama before studying English and History at the University of York. She has written plays for the York Theatre Royal, Mountview Catalyst Festival and the National Student Drama Festival, and was recently shortlisted for the Screen/Play Award with Sky Studios and Box of Tricks Theatre Company, Hope Mill Theatre’s Through the Mill Prize, and the Silent Uproar Writers’ Support Program.

 

Instagram: aisling.lally

Gabriele Uboldi Advisory Group

Gabriele is a director, playwright and dramaturg based in London. He is an European artist with a focus on formal experimentation, mediatised theatre and queer performance. He has recently co-founded Undone Theatre, whose first London show will debut this September, and  is currently on the MA Text and Performance course at RADA and Birkbeck.

 

Instagram: gabrieleuboldi

Twitter: gabriele_uboldi

Xiggy Holding Advisory Group

Xiggy is a Biomedical Sciences student based in London. They enjoy writing about people making connections in unlikely circumstances and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They don’t have much experience of working in theatre, but they love to watch, and they hope to continue to do so while they study neuroscience.

Artwork by Xiggy.

 

Instagram: holx.001

Betty Williams Advisory Group

Betty is a London based Northern facilitator and theatre-maker. Betty began their career in the Arts through the National Youth Theatre. Before this, they worked in Sales as an Executive Team Trainer and worked in TV & education for ITV’s Emmerdale. After two gap years, they enrolled at East 15 Acting school, where they discovered their passion for facilitation and applied theatre. After achieving their Certificate of Higher Education, they began their BA degree at The Royal Central School of Speech, studying Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. They are presently Student Elect Year Rep, working with faculty to ensure cohesion during the pandemic, they sit on the LTSE board meetings & are an active member of the Eco Society. Alongside this, they currently volunteer with refugees with The Compass Collective & teach English Literature at Coach Bright.

Growing up in a multicultural working-class household and being queer, they know the importance of an intersectional space & have a particular passion for bringing this into their work. Having been a secondary carer for their dad, and as a disabled person, they aim to create inclusivity in their practice.

Arwen Taylor Advisory Group

Arwen is a student based in Cornwall. She is currently studying Drama at a GCSE level and loves to write, watch movies and act. She has never been a part of an advisory group like Boundless’  before, but is really enjoying it and can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Image provided by Arwen 🙂

 

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