Hayley Konadu

Hayley Konadu

Assistant Director at Generation Arts and Tricycle Young Company

  • Location: London
  • Freelancer: Available

About

I am an actor, writer and workshop facilitator making theatre with and for young people.

I am currently a Facilitator with responsibility for the training at Generation Arts. This is a programme which provides free training in acting and theatre making for young people aged between 19-25 who are marginalised and at risk (NEET). In addition to this i’m a freelance Assistant Director for the Tricycle Theatre’s Young Company assisting on two shows for their annual Takeover Festival in March 2016.

As a theatre maker I love to create stories and explore the different mediums of how they can be told and experienced. I am very much interested in new writing and adaptations of classical texts.

Recently I’ve been interested in experimenting how speeches written for stage can be successfully captured on screen and still have an impact. I want to explore how the actor can be emotionally connected to the material on screen as they would on stage. One my main ideas is to explore how to recreate the live shared experience of theatre digitally. To experiment and create new forms of storytelling and performances that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting.

Due to the nature of my current work with youth at risk i have become very passionate in creating work which shines a light on the ‘unheard voice’. For me, these are individuals who are socially excluded or marginalised from society. People who are often ignored or stigmatised because of their socio-economic background in particular. My desire is to create a digital platform for young people to perform monologues which deal with topical issues in their generation 

Previous Work and Opportunities

In 2014 i was one of the 12 winners of the Create & Inspire competition. Create & Inspire is a competition that aims to discover talented young artists in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. The competition was open to 16-25 year olds, and we had to submit a creative piece in response to the title “The World is not black and white”. The prize was a 2-week creative journey in Brazil.

In Brazil we explored the country's vibrant landscape and creative scene by collaborating with local arts and social organisations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Serra do Cipó, Cachoeria and Salvador da Bahia. We collaborated with local arts and social organisations to develop the key skills of leadership, communication, and creativity.

Also in the year of 2014 i had the opportunity to take part in a cultural exchange project in Saudi Arabia with the National Youth Theatre. This involved me and group of young theatre makers delivering drama workshops to the women and children. In addition to this I also got the chance to perform my own writing in Saudi and a subsequent piece of devised work at the Vaults Festival (2015).

 Acting Credits

Theatre credits include: If Chloe Can (Ambassadors Theatre) Tomorrow Never Happened (Vaults Festival) Kilburn Passion (Tricycle Theatre) Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival) The Class(National Youth Theatre) Team Welcome Ceremonies (National Youth Theatre)

Work History

Assistant Director - Tricycle Theatre Young Company

Oct 2015 - Present

Peer Facilitator - Generation Arts

Oct 2014 - Present

Education

Drama - DRAMA BA HONS - University of Essex

Sep 2009 - Jul 2012

Skills

  • Acting
  • Facilitation
  • Dance
  • Movement
  • Pitching/presenting and proposal writing

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