Alexandru Istudor is a Romanian-born theatre director residing in London. Originally from a Transylvanian town he initially moved to London to study and he trained on the MA in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
He developed a particular interest in internationalism in theatre from early on while still being a directing student, with a particular focus on German and Eastern European inspired theatrical traditions and practices.
He’s the winner of the 6th edition of the National Contest for Young Theatre Directors and Designers Award (the equivalent of the JMK in the UK) organised every year by the Craiova National Theatre in Romania.
David Furlong is Mauritian-born, bilingual French-English actor and artistic director of Exchange Theatre. Trained in Paris National Theatre of Chaillot, he has since established a 20 years career in London, in plays, street theatre, devised pieces and films. He’s also been directing, producing and supporting works around bi-lingualism for 15 years. He was Young Vic Jerwood director in 2021. He’s also an experienced deviser exploring in particular the decolonization of representations and invibilised mixed-identities. (Noor, The Great Experiment with Border Crossings, The Cat in Reboots, Tempests at the YV). He’s also “race & allyship” trainer for Maya productions.
Italian-born Lara Parmiani is an actor, dramaturg, director, facilitator, and founder of LegalAliens, a Theatre of Sanctuary company dedicated to platforming migrant artists, exploring the intersection between migrant and international, and experimenting with new methodologies of translation for stage.
Her credits as performer with LegalAliens include Neither Here Nor There (Soho Theatre Studio), The Return (St. James Theatre Studio; Camden Fringe); Poker Face (TACT, Trieste; PACTA, Milan; Voila Festival; Kings Head), Closed Lands (VAULT), Shapeshifting (Migration Matters Festival).
For LegalAliens’ Community Ensemble she’s directed Ali in Wonder(Eng)land (The Space), The Box We Tick (Collage Art), Who Am I? (Engine Room).
Nick Ishmael-Perkins began his stage career in Barbados as a teenager. He lived in Southern Africa using theatre for development in a number of education campaigns in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. He started Wretched Theatre in 2017 with the intention of creating multicultural work on stage.
Nick is an alumni of the Vault Directors programme and Black Gay Ink. He was selected as an Innovator by Artistic Directors of the Future. His show ‘A Dozen Things I’d Rather Be’ will be touring nationally in 2023.
He has a Masters in Anthropology and has published a number of articles about communicating science as well as contributing to an anthology on the history of drag performance around the world.
Originally from Denmark, Trine Garrett (she/her) is Co-Artistic Director of Foreign Affairs, a small theatre company based in east London that focuses on translation, intercultural exchange and collaboration, and performance in unconventional spaces.
Directing credits include: The Wetsuitman by Freek Mariën, translated by David McKay; Where I Call Home by Marc-Antoine Cyr, translated by Charis Ainslie and The Warmhouse by Anna Bro, translated by Paul Russell Garrett.
As an experienced teacher and workshop facilitator, Trine leads the company’s creative learning programmes and she runs masterclasses and workshops rooted in the company’s practice.
Youness Bouzinab is a Moroccan, Greek and Belgian dramaturg, theatre-maker and performer interested in Internationalism and Multilingualism.
He trained on the BA (Hons) Acting, Collaborative and Devised Theatre course at Royal Central, where he worked with Complicite.
Since graduating, he has worked as a dramaturg (Night Just Before The Forests), a cultural embedded critic (Where I Call Home) and as a performer (Pirates of Salé (National Theatre Studio), Fatherland (Lyric Hammersmith), What They Forgot To Tell Us (And Other Stories) (BOLD Elephant) and The Wetsuitman (Trine Garrett, Foreign Affairs, Rose Lipman Building).
He’s also a member of MENA Arts UK and Equity’s Non-UK Born Artists Network Casting Working Group.