LORA KRASTEVA (she/her)
Lora is an artist, cultural producer and activist. She was born in Bulgaria and is now based in Sheffield. She has a background in Political Sciences (with a focus in Latin America) and European Studies and is currently training as a coach and NLP practitioner.
Lora creates devised, socially engaged works with professionals and other community members and has worked with Arts & Homelessness International to advocate for a place for creativity in homelessness provision. Lora is a steering group member of What Next? , a board member of the Sheffield Creative Guild and a founding member of Migrants in Theatre, the movement advocating for a better representation of 1st generation immigrants both on and off stage.
Back in April 2018 she was working at the Arcola where the first ever Global Female Voices was produced, giving birth to Global Voices Theatre which Lora leads, looking after strategy, relationships and fundraising.
If you would like to know more about Lora’s other freelance projects, please visit www.lorakrasteva.com
ROBIN SKYER (they/them)
Robin is a producer, facilitator, actor and social scientist from Merseyside, UK. Specialising in engagement and accessibility to the arts, their work examines how performance, story-telling and artistic expression can have a positive social impact, including influence on pedagogical approaches and the facilitation of political discussion.
Currently, Robin works with Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster as a trainer and consultant, facilitating workshops on intersectionality and mental health. They are an assistant researcher at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, based within the London School of Economics and Political Science, and will begin their PhD studentship at Southampton in October 2022, researching online mutual aid networks and the UK trans community. Robin also works as an access support worker for disabled artists seeking ACE project funding.
With a background in politics and education, Robin worked as Participation Coordinator at the Arcola Theatre, leading on creative projects, courses and productions with young people and hard-to-reach communities in East London. It was here that Robin facilitated the Global Queer Plays weekend, as part of the 2017 Creative/Disruption Festival. This event influenced the creation of Global Voices Theatre, where they are Programmes Producer, leading on project delivery.
ZHUI NING CHANG (she/they)
Zhui Ning Chang is a theatre maker, writer, editor, and educator from Malaysia. Her practice spans the performing arts, publishing, and education, with a focus on intercultural performance, speculative futures, and building support and solidarity through storytelling.
As a theatre director/dramaturg, Zhui Ning has presented plays, musicals, devised work, and audio drama; as a writer, she has written for stage, podcast, nonfiction and fiction. She is a founding member of Migrants in Theatre and carries out facilitation and advocacy work with the British East and Southeast Asian Media Network. Zhui Ning has a dual background in world literature and performance making, and will soon start a PhD at Birkbeck on a CHASE studentship, researching social justice imaginaries in diasporic and transnational Southeast Asian speculative fiction. She also consults regularly with publishers and education institutions in an editorial capacity.
At Global Voices Theatre, Zhui Ning looks after marketing, publicity and communications, and supports the team in administration and project delivery. For freelance work, please visit www.zhuiningchang.com