I’m a playwright and producer hovering between social entrepreneurship, arts and cultural diplomacy.
I’ve created a performance and production concept combining documentary theatre and strategic communication, Voices. Voices is used as a tool for NGO’s, government institutions, companies and individuals to advocate for issues related to human rights.
I have worked in 30 countries, from Afghanistan to the United States, from Sweden to Nigeria, and I have put over 1000 decision makers on stage to portray human rights defenders and women’s rights activists. I also had work produced at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
I frequently lecture, participate on panels, and consult on issues related to cultural diplomacy and the role of arts and culture in society.
As a kid I was always lost in some story or other, imagining I was a detective, a musketeer or an adventurer. As a grown up I found a way to use that imagination in my work.
People lending their voices to other people’s stories is a way to catalyze change, that is what I believe and also what I have seen as a result of the work I do.
Women have begun to speak publicly of their experiences of fighting in resistance movements after 30 years of silence reclaiming their personal history; women have dared to seek help from abusive relationships; politicians have cried and followed up with policy changes – as a result of the documentary storytelling projects that I work with.
I am always looking for ways of creating what someone called ‘sustainable compassion’.
One of the ways is to make people imagine what it is like to be someone else – and what better way than by sharing experiences, stories, and speaking other people’s words?