The Spark appoint new Associate Directors

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:26

The Spark appoint new Associate Directors

The Spark are delighted to announce the appointment of Trina Haldar and Daryl Beeton as our new Associate Directors.

October will be a bright and bold month as The Spark welcomes Trina Haldar and Daryl Beeton into their roles as Associate Directors.

The new Associate Director roles place artists at the heart of The Spark's decision-making processes, working closely with the Director and the rest of The Spark team, Stakeholders and children of Leicester.

The Directors will contribute to new artistic leadership within the city's schools and communities to nurture and protect the arts for children in an era of COVID and enable long-term relevance at this fragile time. Through a process of creative actions, research and consultation they will positively influence the delivery of The Spark Festival 2021, creating new informed programmes that will directly benefit children, schools and families in Leicester as well as the sector for years to come.

Adel Al-Salloum, Director of The Spark said:

"We need to face the current challenges with bold imagination and be prepared to work in ways that are new, inclusive and responsive to the times. The appointment of Trina and Daryl as Associate Directors is very exciting because they understand and embrace the social responsibilities of theatre and art for young people and communities. Their track record is excellent and their creative leadership will ensure we are able to create the most exciting, engaging and relevant multi arts Festival for and with children in February 2021 and beyond."

Meet the Artists

Trina Haldar is the Founder and Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre, established in 2013 in response to the lack of diverse work on offer, particularly for young people.

Trina said

"I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic and passionate team at The Spark. This role is the perfect opportunity for me to dig into all of my skills and experience and reach out to connect with the hearts and minds of children, families and communities, at a time of distance and isolation. To imagine together a future created through equality, positivity and inclusion. I warmly invite you to join us on this journey. I think mine has already started."

Daryl Beeton is a Director and Performer who has worked extensively within the Theatre, Disability and young people's arts sector for the last 25 years. A recognised cultural leader in youth arts participation as well as a high-profile advocate for disabled artists.

Daryl said

"The Spark Arts for Children holds the unique position within the Performing Arts for Young Audiences sector and I'm really excited to be joining the team. We are in unusual and challenging time but this role will allow us to explore new ways to ensure the community of artists, participants, partners and audiences is as rich, diverse and inclusive as we can make it"

Biographies

Trina Haldar is the Founder and Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre, established in 2013 in response to the lack of diverse work on offer, particularly for young people.

As a Director, Trina's credits include productions at Curve Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Tara Arts, Soho Theatre and Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, India. She was recently awarded the Naseem Khan commission with Curve, Bristol Old Vic and The Lowry to develop a new piece of theatre for adults.

A former participant with the National Theatre - Step Change programme, The Optimists with China Plate and a Clore50 SC Alumni. She consults with Theatres to increase representation on and off our stages and has spoken at a number of platforms including the Guardians "Our Nations Theatre" conversations with Lyn Gardner and recently on Radio 4s Front Row programme.

Trina is on the board of Theatre-Rites an award-winning company and leader in the creation of experimental theatre for children.

Daryl Beeton is a Director and Performer who has worked extensively within the Theatre, Disability and young people's arts sector for the last 25 years. A recognised cultural leader in youth arts participation as well as a high-profile advocate for disabled artists.

At the core of Daryl's work is the belief that arts can enrich our lives and those of the communities we inhabit. Daryl is an active advocate for improving the rights of disabled and vulnerable people by promoting access and inclusion within the arts.

Working in this way has required him to be ambitious, imaginative and unorthodox, creating relevant and playful theatre that removes barriers and ensures the engagement for all and across all art forms.

In 2010 he was selected as one of 15 Cultural Leaders creating and producing work in the outdoor arts sector by the Independent Streets Arts Network (ISAN) and in 2013 he was recognised with an Action for Children's Arts Members Award for his commitment to enriching children's lives through the arts.

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