VISITING PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATION WORK

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Singing Tutor, Musical Director

MA ACTORS, ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS 2016-2017

Course dir. Deirdre McLaughlin

 

Musical Director

YARICO EDUCATION PROGRAMME, TRESTLE THEATRE COMPANY 2016

View the film here

dir. Emily Gray

MD for the Actors’ Company 2016 and Music workshop consultant (ongoing)

Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator

LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON MUSIC HUB in partnership with COMPASS THEATRE 2015

 

Songwriting Commission, Outreach project, Film Production

Commissioned to: a) Write the words and music for the Dame’s song for Compass Theatre’s production of ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarves’ according to the director’s brief. b) Deliver an outreach project consisting of primary school devising workshops, where the children created some of their own material as well as learned my song, which was called ‘Perfect Pie’. c) Make, produce and edit a film of the children presenting their creations and singing their version of the song. The films were then shown every day of the professional show’s run during the interval. 

Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator

BBC RADIO 1 ACADEMY, (part of the BIG WEEKEND), NORWICH 2015

SONGWRITING MASTERCLASS, with special guest ELLA EYRE

Songwriting workshop

30 participants, plus house-band. I facilitated a two-hour songwriting devising workshop which culminated in the creation of a group song that was performed with Ella Eyre. 

For more information, please read the press article ‘Masterclass was highlight of academy’s visit’, written in response to the event by singer-songwriter Lisa Redford. You’ll find it here

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama 

Between 2005 and 2014, Zara was a Visiting Professional member of staff at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

During that time she worked on numerous shows for the BA Drama & Applied Theatre in Education (DATE) course (definitions below), namely the first-year Directed Production unit, which included the public productions that went to the Minack Theatre each year as part of the much sought after schools fortnight season, and also for the second-year Playtext unit. Elsewhere at the school she also completed projects between 2008 and 2010 for the School of Professional & Community Development (SPCD).

BA (DATE) first-year Directed Productions: at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno for school’s fortnight, for the Under 5’s Tour (Cornwall), at the Fuse Festival (Medway, Kent) and for the school’s tour (Oldham)

The Directed Productions were devised and created over eight weeks. As well as being MD, Orchestrator, Arranger and composing/writing a vast amount of additional and supporting material for these shows, Zara was responsible for facilitating an intensive two-week period in devised composition and song writing prior to rehearsals, that produced the foundation of musical material and songs for the final production, with the students from the cast who had pre-selected music as their craft specialism. They often included and incorporated a broad range of skills and music performance techniques, including actor-musician work and the use of junk/found instruments.

BA (DATE) Playtext: A second-year studio performance unit.

CREDITS

 

Musical Director, Arranger, Composer

THE GOOD EGG, 2014

dir. Vicky Ireland

for the Oldham Schools Tour (DP)

Musical Director

OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR, 2013

dir. Karen Tomlin

for second-year Playtext Unit 

Musical Director, Arranger, Composer

ARABIAN NIGHTS, 2013

dir. Joyce Branagh

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre

Musical Director, Arranger

PETER PAN, 2012

dir. Ray Downing

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre

Musical Director, Arranger, Composer

ALICE, 2011

based on Alice in Wonderland

dir. Gareth White

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre

Musical Director, Vocal Tutor

SUMMER SCHOOL 2010

for Gifted and Talented students from Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster

for SPCD

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER,  2010

based on All’s Well that Ends Well.

See below for extra notes. This production was set during the French Revolution. 

dir. Gareth White

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER,  2010

based on All’s Well that Ends Well.

This was a simlutanteously run devised production as the one above but with a smaller group of BA first-years. It was created over the same eight weeks and devised from the same source material, but the result was a completely different show inspired by the music and style of the Second World War (Andrews Sisters/ George Formby) 

dir. Joyce Branagh

for Medway Arts, Fuse Festival Kent (touring)

Musical Director, Vocal Tutor

SUMMER SCHOOL, 2009

for Gifted and Talented students from Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster

for SPCD

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

THE GREEK, 2009

dir. Alex Murdoch

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre in collaboration with Cartoon de Salvo

Musical Director, Vocal Tutor

SUMMER SCHOOL, 2008

Based on the Weimar Republic, Kurt Weil, Bertolt Brecht & agit.prop theatre

dir. Chris Stafford

for SPCD

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

LIFE OF PI, 2008

dir. Keith Robinson

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre in collaboration with Twisting Yarn

Musical Director, Composer, Orchestrator

A COMMON CHORUS, 2007

Based on Lysistrata

dir. Gareth White

for second-year Playtext Unit 

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator

THE GRIMMS’S TALES, 2007

dir. Steve Farrier

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre 

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator

AN ARTIST & A MARINER, 2006

dir. Amanda Stuart-Fisher

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre 

Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator

THE TIME MACHINE, 2005

dir. Steve Farrier

for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre 

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

CREDITS

 

Musical Director

SCENE to SONG Project 2016

Post-graduate Musical Theatre.

dir. John Brant

Musical Director, Orchestrator

THE BEGGAR’S OPERA 2014

2nd-year Actor-Musicians.

dir. Marina Calderone

Abridged version of the show with 28 instruments and 11 performers.

Musical Director, Orchestrator

BABES IN ARMS 2013

Post-graduate public show. Bernie Grants Arts Centre.

dir. Heather Davies

International Schools Theatre Association

Between 2011 and 2015, Zara was on the artist team for the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA). During that time she worked on several of their international arts events including theatre festivals (listed below), delivering work as part of their exciting Artist-in-Residence programme, delivering masterclasses at their TaPs events (Theatre & Performance Symposium) and delivering teacher workshops.

As a global arts organisation, ISTA produces over 50 international arts events each year for young people, teachers and artists and provide world-leading International Baccalaureate teacher training.

For more information about ISTA, please visit their website: www.ista.co.uk

CREDITS

 

Music Ensemble Leader

THEATRE TO CHANGE THE WORLD

BANGKOK November 2015

NIST International School

Artistic Dir. Michael Westberg

Four-day theatre festival

An ISTA Connects Festival. Leading and facilitating devised music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with work made in response to our visits to some of the Community & Social enterprises helping vulnerable children & adults in Bangkok. These visits included a trip to the Concordia Day Care Centre in the heart of the Bang Na Slums. (Around 100 festival participants).

Artistic Director

DYING FOR A MUSICAL

GENEVA October 2015

Le Chataigneraie, International School of Geneva

Four-day theatre festival

Artistic Director for a devised musical, where three ensembles devised music and songs that were integrated into a final performance piece made using the stimulus of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Lake Geneva. Also responsible for developing the artistic inspiration materials in consultation with the host and in response to the previously agreed starting point. (Around 75 festival participants).

Music Ensemble Leader

CITY OF DREAMS

VIENNA May 2015

Vienna International School

Artistic Dir. Daniel Sarstedt

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece made in response to city of Vienna framed by elements of Freud’s dream theory with around 100 participants

Musical Director

BRIDGES

DRESDEN, Apr 2015

Dresden International School

Artistic Dir. Louise Clark

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music across five ensembles for a promenade sharing performance with around 120 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

ART AS ILLUSION

THE HAGUE, Feb 2015

British School of the Netherlands

Artistic Dir. Jess Thorpe

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble culminating in a promenade performance inspired by the work of M.C. Escher across three disciplines with around 60 participants.

Musical Director

THE WHITE STAG

BUDAPEST, Apr 2014

American International School of Budapest

Artistic Dir. Daniel Sarstedt

Four-day theatre festival

Responsible for leading and facilitating devised song and music across four ensembles for a live-streamed performance with around 140 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

HIDDEN

MALTA, Mar 2014

Verdala International School

Artistic Dir. Dinos Aristidou

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive immersive promenade performance with around 120 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS?

COPENHAGEN, Apr 2013

For Copenhagen International School at the Frilandsmuseet

Artistic Dir. Alan Hayes

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive promenade performance with 90 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

GHOSTS IN THE CITY

HONG KONG, Apr 2013

French International School

Artistic Dir. Dinos Aristidou

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive promenade performance with 90 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

LEGEND HAS IT

HONG KONG, Mar 2013

Victoria Shanghai Academy

Artistic Dir. Sherri Sutton

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with 190 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA, Oct 2012

North London Collegiate School, Jeju Island

Artistic Dir. Jess Thorpe

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with 180 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

BRUSSELS, Feb 2012

International School of Brussels

Artistic Dir. Rebecca Bell

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised drama and song with an assigned ensemble inspired by the work of Renee Magritte to be integrated into a final performance piece with 160 participants.

Music Ensemble Leader

ALL THIS HAPPENED MORE OR LESS

DRESDEN, Nov 2011

Dresden International School

Artistic Dir. Jez Greg

Four-day theatre festival

Leading and facilitating devised song and music with a 26 member music ensemble based on the themes from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Idle Chatter Theatre Company

Between 2008 & 2010 Zara was commissioned to deliver various bespoke music theatre devising projects under her company name ‘Idle Chatter Theatre Company’.

CREDITS

 

Director, Musical Director, Composer

TURN IT OFF!, 2010

Devised musical commissioned by the school for 60 children in years 4,5 and 6. Based on the theme of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, the piece was devised, created composed and performed from scratch all within 9 days.

 

The Bluecoat School, Stamford

Supported and funded by Creative Partnerships.

Director, Musical Director, Composer

TELL ME A STORY…2009

Three-day devised music theatre project & performance involving selected students from 8 schools within the Branston extended schools cluster.

Lincolnshire Music Service

commissioned & funded by LMS for their Extended Schools provision.

Director, Musical Director, Composer

TELL ME A STORY…2009

Two consecutive two-day devised music theatre project & performance involving selected students from 7 schools within firstly the Stamford and secondly the Spalding extended schools clusters.

Lincolnshire Music Service

commissioned & funded by LMS for their Extended Schools provision.

Director, Musical Director, Composer

TELL ME A STORY, SING ME A SONG 2008

Pilot project. Three-day devised music theatre project & final performance at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Monk’s Abbey Primary School in partnership with Lincoln Drill Hall

English Pocket Opera Company

Between 2004 & 2008 Zara worked as a Visiting artist, MD and Workshop Leader specialising in composition, devised opera, and devised music for film for English Pocket Opera Company.

CREDITS

 

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, 2008

The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music 

dir. Mark Tinkler

Six weeks of artist residencies in 14 schools covering five workshop outcomes. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.

Visiting Composer, Musical Director, Co-Director

EPOC at BRENTFIELD, 2006

Six week project involving 240 children from year 3-6 devising and introducing opera

 

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

EPOC at THE JUNCTION, 2006

Cambridge

Week-long intensive devised opera based on the themes and story of The Magic Flute. 

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

THE MAGIC FLUTE, 2006

Broadway Theatre, Barking.

dir. Mark Tinkler

Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering seven workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

THE MAGIC FLUTE, 2006

Broadway Theatre, Barking.

dir. Mark Tinkler

Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering seven workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

I PAGLIACI (THE CLOWNS), 2005

Millfield Theatre

dir. Mark Tinkler

Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering three workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then performed in the final professional production.

Visitng Composer, Musical Director

I PAGLIACI (THE CLOWNS), 2004

Cochrane Theatre

dir. Mark Tinkler

Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering three workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then performed in the final professional production.

Oldham Theatre Workshop

CREDITS

 

Musical Director, Composer

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS, 2008

A series of 3 one-day music theatre and devising workshops for primary schools

Musical Director, Composer

THE LINE, 2007

One in July, one in August.

Two separate week-long intensive musical theatre devising projects.

Musical Director, Composer

SUMMER SCHOOL at LIMEHURST, 2006

Week-long intensive musical theatre devising project.

Musical Director, Composer

RED HOT, 2005

Week-long intensive musical theatre devising project.

National Youth Music Theatre

CREDITS

 

Musical Director, Singing Specialist

AUTUMN OPEN TASTER WORKSHOPS, 2008

Open workshops for students considering auditioning for NYMT.

Musical Director, Singing Specialist

SUMMER OPEN TASTER WORKSHOPS, 2008

Open workshops for students considering auditioning for NYMT.

East-side Educational Trust

CREDITS

 

Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator

ISLINGTON MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT, 2003

15 week course.

Also Lead Facilitator & Co-director for final masterclass day bringing four centres together for a joint performance. 

Final performance: City & Islington College.

Musical Director

MUSICAL THEATRE SUMMER UNIVERSITY, 2003

Week-long intensive for 13-19 year olds. 

Final performance at The Old Vic. 

Other projects (Various)

CREDITS

 

Vocal Tutor, Musical Director

SINGING FOR FUN, 2009

Designed & delivered a ten-week singing course for onsite employees.

for EnjoyWork.com

Chiswick Business Park

Musical Director, Composer

TELLING TALES

Cross-cultural education project. Taking traditional stories from Chinese, Indian, and African culture, and devising a retelling of them with four primary school groups during artist residencies. They were then performed in with full costume, lights and set on the theatre’s main stage at the end of the project. Zara also delivered a teachers’ INSET session during this project.

dir. Fiona Ross

for Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Education & Outreach department. 

Vocal Tutor

TEENAGE KICKS, 2003

Foundation Theatre Course.

Theatre Royal Bath

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