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The Writers’ Lab course is designed and led by Lakesha Arie-Angelo, Chris White and Jules Haworth, with guest artists leading masterclasses at different stages over the programme.
Here’s a little background on our key Writers’ Lab leaders:
Lakesha is Soho Theatre’s Associate Director.
Work as a Director includes Shuck ‘n’ Jive (Soho Theatre) Summer Fest (The Bunker), soft animals (Soho Theatre), The Hoes (Hampstead Theatre), Alive Day (Bunker Theatre) for Pint Sized Plays, AS:NT (Theatre503 – as part of Rapid Write) and Prodigal (Bush Theatre – for ‘Artistic Directors of the Future Black Lives: Black Words’). Work as Assistant Director at Soho includes The One; Touch; Blueberry Toast and Roller Diner (2017 West End Wilma Award for Best Comedy).
Work as a playwright includes Graveyard Gang for Tamasha Theatre’s associate company; Purple Moon Drama (Richmix, Poplar Union and community tour) and is currently developing a piece for the National Youth Theatre’s Shout Out Loud project 2021.
Lakesha’s previous work as Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough includes P’Yongyang; Treasure and Vibrant 2015 Festival of Finborough Playwrights. During the residency at the Finborough, Lakesha was awarded the Richard Carne Trust sponsorship.
Chris is a freelance director and dramaturg specialising in international collaborations, Shakespeare, new writing and projects with young people.
As a dramaturg he’s led several playwrighting projects for Synergy Theatre, worked extensively as a script reader and developed plays with a number of writers including Hassan Abdulrazzak, Satinder Chohan, Hannah Khalil and Hayley Wareham.
Chris’s productions of new work in the UK include Gutted by Sharon Byrne (Marlowe Canterbury, then touring), bottled by Hayley Wareham (Vaults), Booby’s Bay by Henry Darke (London/Bristol/Cornwall), Scenes from 68 Years and Plan D by Hannah Khalil (Arcola/Tristan Bates), The Sale by Lluisa Cunille (Chapter, Cardiff), Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), Trouble and Wonder (RSC).
Chris is an Associate Practitioner for the RSC, directing large scale projects across the UK. He has also led residencies on Shakespeare across the world and in 2016 was invited to be the first foreign director to work with the ensemble of the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. His subsequent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been playing in repertoire for four years and toured across China. He directed the premieres of Trouf in Tunisia, Hard Places in India, and the English language premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Truth in France. Productions in Italy include Fewer Emergencies by Martin Crimp at Teatro Litta and The Suicide at Teatro Della Contraddizione, Milan.
Jules is Soho Theatre’s Creative Learning Producer, looking after Soho Theatre Labs and outreach programmes for artists to develop their skills.
She has run playwriting workshops and talks with Soho Theatre, Talawa Theatre, Graeae, Rich Mix, LGBTQ+ Arts, Sour Lemons, Gendered Intelligence, Traverse Theatre, Live Theatre, Somerset House and in schools and colleges in London.
As a dramaturg, Jules has worked on award-winning plays including Brute by Izzy Tennyson (Underbelly), Muscovado by Matilda Ibini (Theatre 503) Villain by Martin Murphy (Underbelly, Kings Head Theatre), On the Edge of Me by Yolanda Mercy (Soho Theatre and Tour), Quarter Life Crisis by Yolanda Mercy (Soho Theatre and Tour), Wonderboy by Ross Willis (Bristol Old Vic), Dust by Milly Thomas (Soho Theatre, Trafalgar Studios), Algorithms by Sadie Clark (Pleasance, Soho Theatre) and Little Miss Burden by Matilda Ibini (Bunker Theatre).
Jules also co-runs the networking group Theatre Queers and her play Pigeon Steps was longlisted for the Adrian Pagan Award 2014.