Who we are?

All of the workshop facilitators at Advocreate have undergone rigorous training in the drama workshop approaches of Advocreate. All workshop facilitators are experienced in working with people with learning disabilities and have a recent enhanced criminal records bureau check. All of our facilitators also have public liability insurance. We employ workshop facilitators who specialise in drama, music, art and film making.

Director: Nick Llewellyn

Nick Llewellyn Nick Llewellyn has many years of working both in the self advocacy and theatre sectors and is able to apply all of those experiences and knowledge to Advocreate. He set up the company in London in 2007 to further the research and practice that he developed through working at Hijinx Theatre in Cardiff. (www.hijinx.org.uk). As Outreach Officer for 3 years at Hijinx, he developed many one-off, series and larger scale workshops and projects with community and corporate clients focussing mainly people with learning disabilities and carers throughout the whole of South Wales and occasionally beyond. By collaborating with many organisations, Nick developed creative approaches to many of their objectives. In South Wales, Nick worked with Western Power Distribution, Principality Building Society, Learning Disability Wales, People First in Cardiff, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and the All Wales People First, Mencap and many carer groups and day services. Nick was previously a self advocacy supporter for Lewisham Speaking Up (www.lsup.org.uk) where he developed the People’s Parliament and as a user involvement worker in Sutton for Advocacy Partners (now Voiceability).

Nick worked as a TV researcher on a children's BAFTA nominated documentary with CBBC Education entitled 'New Kid in the Class' about the transition of children moving schools in 2002.

Nick currently is the Artistic Director of the theatre company, Access all Areas (www.access-all-areas-uk.org) for adults with learning disabilities. He was previously also the director of Hackney Shed (www.hackneyshed.org.uk), an inclusive children and youth theatre. He is a visiting lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama (www.cssd.ac.uk) where he specialises in working with trainee applied theatre students who want to work with adults with learning disabilities.

Nick graduated from Goldsmiths University with an MA in Performance Making, the Central School of Speech and Drama with BA (Hons) Drama and Education degree and has a Foundation in Mime and Physical Theatre from the Desmond Jones School. Nick has also trained with the Brazilian theatre director and activist, Augusto Boal on the 'theatre and therapy' work of the Rainbow of Desires and with the Touch Trust using sensory therapeutic approaches to working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Nick has a huge passion for this work and vast experience in project managing and facilitating many small and large- scale workshops and projects.

Terry O'Donovan

Terry O'Donovan Terry studied Film and Drama at University of Reading before completing an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a professional performer, who has worked across genres from Shakespeare to contemporary dance, puppetry to new writing.

He co-founded dANTE OR dIE Theatre in 2004 and has performed in and co-produced all of their original productions. As a theatre facilitator he regularly works for Hackney Shed, Theatre Workout, Bloomsbury Theatre, Active-8 and Advocreate as well as a range of other organisations.

 

 

Emi Ozmen

Emi Ozmen Emi has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 10 years. From her first job as a support worker at 18 she has a longstanding commitment to people with disabilities.

Emi's first degree was in Film and in 2009 she completed her MA at the Central School of Speech and Drama in Theatre for the Community and Education.

She has worked as a drama facilitator and advocate for several years, working with companies such as Spare Tyre, Half Moon, The Advocacy Project, the Elfrida Society and The Orpheus Centre.

She currently is the Performing Arts Specialist at Treehouse, a school and charity for young people with autism.

 

 

Gemma Burditt

Gemma Burditt Gemma graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA in Theatre Practice. She then went on to study Animation direction at the National Film and Television School and has since been working as a freelance Animator and Film maker in advertising, short films, music videos as well as corporate and internet media. Her films have been screened world wide and has recently won a silver Lion at Cannes for her rowing boat Commercial for John West.

 

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