Meet some of our wonderful team below...
John Martin - Artistic Director
Hello. I am a founding member of Pan and have been the artistic director throughout its history. Originally a dancer and actor in a previous life, I trained at Bristol University and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In recent years I have concentrated on using the Arts for Social Change and have been invited by various global NGOs to deliver programmes to aid the rehabilitation of people affected by war, natural disaster and poverty in many countries. I regularly write and teach on issues around interculturalism, creativity and theatre for development both in the UK and abroad. Luckily I have an eclectic bunch of inspired colleagues who all make Pan the special place that it is today..
Shamuna Rahman- Office Manager
I completed my MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths College and was lucky enough to connect with Pan through an internship I was involved with after graduating. The day I walked into the Pan office and had a chat over a cup of tea accompanied with a biscuit, I knew this was the organisation I would love to be a part of!
Supporting human rights and social change is where my heart lies and seeing how the arts can creatively form change made me want to support Pan's cause!
Tess Butler - Project Director
The first time I heard John speak about Pan, I knew - this is what I want to do! (not that I dreamed I would actually end up working here!) I saw the Fortune Group perform at Rose Bruford College having travelled there from Australia to train as an actor. It was amazing to discover Pan was doing my most favourite thing in the world - building community through theatre! Now, 4 years after graduating I get to spend most of my week with Pan running Synergy and more recently, doing creative arts and relationship education workshops in prisons and pupil referral units.
Annabel Rook - Project Director
After graduating from Bristol University in 2001 with BA Hons in History of Art I worked as a professional actor, director, producer and free-lance theatre practitioner for a variety of different organisations. I was particularly inspired by my work in Ghana where I wrote, directed and produced many plays for the NGO Children Better Way in 2008. After meeting John at a Pan event I knew I wanted to work for Pan - an organisation which marries my core interests.. Six years later I am still here and enjoying every minute.
Sue Murray - Development Officer
I was wowed by Pan's work after hearing John talk about the company and its projects whilst studying for an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at City University, London. After a couple of year's enthusiastic volunteer work, when it came apparent that I was here for the long haul, I took a full role in administration and now 'Development'. Having previously worked as an ESOL and primary school teacher, and as Education Officer at the Science Museum and the Ambassador Theatre Group, I have some practical experience of the arts and community sector. I now look forward to spreading the word of Pan's work and ensuring the charity receives the support it deserves.
Melanie Anouf - Project Manager
I completed an internship at Pan in 2010 as part of my MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy course at Goldsmiths College. I never left. I am Project Manager for Weapon of Choice and Fortune. When I am not running projects, I tweet for Pan...are you following us?
Debora Minà - Project Director
I encountered Pan's work during my MA in Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational Community and Social contexts at Goldsmiths College and I had the luck to do my placement with Pan's Refugees Youth Arts Programme.
I felt in the right place and refused to leave! As my background is in Anthropology, I am particularly inspired by the use of theatre to facilitate a dialogue between cultures and how the creative process can contribute to the expansion of our identities. Before coming to London, I worked in Italy with different organisations both as theatre maker and creative facilitator. I provided Pan with a tablecloth: la tovaglia!
Adwoa Dickson - Project Director
Adwoa joined Pan as an actress/story-teller in its early days and has been linked with it ever since. She was instrumental in the growth of the Fortune Group of young adult refugees and this led to her involvement in our work with female Victims of Trafficking, co-founding the Amies group. As this developed her training as a singer came into play and she became the director of the Amies Choir which has had great success both as a means to empower the women and as a joyous performing group.
Adwoa also works as a professional singer and trainer and is in the process of becoming a music therapist.