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Teaching

Siara is a skilled and experienced drama teacher. 

Siara has ex-students who have gone onto professional training, students working as professional performers and students embarking on professional arts careers as well as students who have used the tools developed in Siara's classes to enhance their communication skills outside of the arts sector.

Many of Siara's students sit Lamda exams in performance, Siara's students have a 100% pass rate with most students achieving distinctions.

Siara's fun, face paced classes are student focused and built to nurture talent and develop crucial communication skills.

Storytelling

I am Mixed – A Doorstep Delivery, 2021-2022

Birth Stories -York St John University, 2019.

​I am Mixed A Cefhill -York Theatre Royal 2020

​Researchers Of The Global Majority - The Institute For Social Justice @ YSJ 2020

​'What Makes You Special?  Explaining disability - Zoom 2020

For more information contact;

siara.illingahmed1@yorksj.ac.uk

Community Engagement in the arts

Collingwood Learning: Smashed Ambassador -2023

Story Makers/Leeds Beckett University: Artist Educator 2021 - Current

Cultural Ecology/Industry Training Project: Mentor/Acting Coach-2020/2021

Confluence Festival 2020: Dramaturg-Community Engagement-2020

Lung Theatre: Community Engagement Consultant/Trojan Horse-2019

Life Amongst Diamond's: Project Lead/Drama Facilitator- 2019

Curiosity Festival: Community Engagement-2017/2018

Doncaster Little theatre: Community Engagement Officer-2014/2016

Testimonials

"Siara brings a fresh perspective to what it means to be mix heritage in Britain today. I have found that her myriad of experiences in the professional creative sector added with her own introspective sensibility is a recipe for really compelling work. Her keenness to nurture emerging (and struggling) arts practitioners, speaks volumes of her own personal struggles in the sector, and how she's turned it into positive and productive energy. She is informed, educated and ambitious; an artist quietly on a mission to upturn the status quo. It is always a pleasure to share space with Siara, and I always walk away richer in knowledge."

 

Madiha Ansari | The Cultural Ecology Project

'I've worked with Siara for a long time on number of really varied projects including delivering schools-based Theatre in Education projects, facilitation, film and media-based projects and also administratively. She's hugely reliable, really likeable, talented and hard-working. She has a great ability to adapt to different requirements and environments, and also to lead others in doing so. Her enthusiasm for her work and life in general is infectious and she's just an all round good egg!'

Lindsay Richards - Collingwood Learning

Siara is a dream to work with, she has a mesmerising focus that allows her to plan all the practicalities, whilst at the same time, you can see her imagining the amazing things that can be created. Her dedication and commitment, not to mention her awesome sense of humour, enable creative exploration and creation to flow from her and those she works with. More than anything she doesn't just do the work, she is the work, her passion for it runs through and through her to the point where you can actually feel it. She brings all she is and more to the table, and it's one of the most thought-provoking, and best dining experiences I've had!"

Jax Lovelock - Jax Lovelock Creative.

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