Odd Arts prides itself on a team that has shared values and an openness to learn from one another and everyone we work with. Every team member is bursting with creative talent, from script writing to acting, directing to film-making, performing to visual arts.
We all have a passion for theatre that makes a difference to the world around us.
Become a volunteer? We have ongoing recruitment of volunteers and work experience participants.
Odd Arts is a CIO governed by a Board of Trustees who offer vast expertise, insight, commitment and support to Odd Arts. Their skill-sets and experience come from different sectors including: Criminal justice; education; psychology; charity; fundraising; marketing/PR. Our Board of Trustees is looking to appoint new members, including a Chair.
We have a particular interest in people who we believe help to address current Board gaps/needs including: Diversity; Arts. Please use our contact page to express an interest.
Empower people to change their lives
Odd Arts is working tirelessly to address the challenges of a society facing increasing division, violence & isolation.
Odd Arts gives people the skills, hope, voice & confidence to make positive change to their own lives.
Rebecca co founded Odd Arts whilst still at The University of Manchester studying Drama after being inspired by her work and training with the ‘legend’ Augusto Boal in Brazil. Rebecca has a keen interest in using interactive and participant lead theatre performances to tackle radicalisation, youth violence and aggressive behaviour.
Char has a wide variety of office admin and marketing experience and joined Odd in Jan 2018. With a passion for social media Char enjoys keeping our audiences updated on current projects when she is not dealing with very important budgeting spreadsheets! Char also runs her own crochet blanket business on the side.
Cath is Odd Arts’ Cultural Partnerships Champion. Cath graduated from the University of Manchester in 2018 and has since pursued arts facilitation opportunities in Education and the Criminal Justice System. Most recently she worked on our pioneering Consent and Sexual Violence project. Cath believes passionately in the transformative power of theatre and loves working on Odd’s issued based workshops – especially when witnessing the positive effects they have on participants in Prisons and Secure Care Units.
Jo is a an Artist/Photographer and Writer/Director of short films, who loves all forms of storytelling, creative activism … and acrobatics. Jo has over 20 years experience of youth work and arts facilitation and has a passion for using the arts to make change.
Meg is Odd Arts’ Continuing Professional Development Lead. Meg studied Contemporary Performance and Theatre at MMU and it was here that she discovered the transformative power of Boal’s Forum theatre. Meg has spent years performing, directing and facilitating with groups all over the world, but nowhere is quite like Manchester. She loves to find the comedy in every situation, even the more difficult, studying clown with Gaulier and comedy improv with the Maydays. Fascinated by people and how they choose to relate, Meg is also a relationship coach, using Marshall Rosenberg’s methods, a touch of theatre and a whole heap of playfulness.
Barney is an actor, director and creative mind. He studied Acting at Manchester School of Theatre (MMU) and since graduating has worked predominantly in theatre, He is a strong believer in the power of expression and its ability to empower people and improve lives. He enjoys watching the sunset, pineapple on pizza and his beloved Manchester United!
Jess is Odd Arts’ Education Champion. Jess studied acting at UCLAN and always enjoyed facilitating drama in community settings and schools alongside her studies. Since graduating she has performed and facilitated performing arts throughout the UK. Jess loves adapting to different settings with people from age 4 all the way up to adulthood!
Jai is Odd Arts’ Youth Voice Champion. Jai has worked with young people for over 19 years. He trained as an actor at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts after 3 years at Lambeth College. Most of his experience has been with excluded groups and children from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds. Jai is a big supporter of the idea of using arts and the offspring of their tools, in all it’s forms, as a gift for all to enjoy. Originally from Brixton south London, Jai has a vested interest using music and poetry in the spoken form to inspire a positive resolution.
Curtis is an actor, writer and director based in Manchester. With over 12 years industry experience Curtis now uses his skills to tell the stories of and represent the disenfranchised in our society, working with various theatre companies, film-makers and, of course, Odd Arts.
Emily is Odd Arts’ Youth Justice & Resettlement Champion. Emily is a creative facilitator and performer. After studying Drama at The University of Manchester she went on to lead theatre projects with various community groups across the UK. Emily is a passionate about delivering workshops to those who may have had little exposure to drama and the arts.
Leila is Odd Arts’ Diversity Champion. Leila is a performer, facilitator, writer and theatre-maker, originally from Brighton. After studying European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford, she went on to create the blog Fleiling Through Life and set up her own theatre company, Soup-Stained Arts. Leila is passionate about squashing gender inequality, tackling climate change and jam doughnuts.
Courtney is a film enthusiast who has been making short films since 2005. After completing a degree in theatre studies and performing arts, Courtney turned his attention from the stage to the screen. He is passionate about sharing his skills with young people and creating pieces that challenge and inspire the local community.