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We want you to be a part of D-Live!'s amazing journey. We're growing every day with more ambitions and a vision to become a world class Deaf theatre. We are currently looking for new Advisory Board members to join our team. Watch our "Advisory Board Members" video signed by Alex Nowak, an amazing actor who has worked with us. We hope you'll be interested in joining us soon. Please get in touch.
Board of Advisors
Christopher Sacre studied BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture at Wolverhampton
University. His 2010 installation ‘See What This Man Gave Birth to After Using
2000 Condoms in 22 Days’ marked a creative turning point as his work shifted
from more traditional, nature-related sculpture to the conceptual.
Energised by the success of this piece Christopher created a further sculptural
evolution of his ‘condom’ cast work culminating in his solo 2014 exhibition
‘NOTHINGNESS’ supported by Arts Council - winner of the 2014 FPS Roy
Rassmussen Award. Christopher has continued to explore the possibilities of
his sculptural forms whilst pushing his work into unfamiliar territory with
drawings, paintings and prints.
In 2015 Christopher moved into the realm of public art installation with
Aperture Project, a participatory work in Rochester, Kent created in
collaboration with sound artist Stuart Bowditch.
Christopher also works extensively with museums and galleries around the
country delivering creative workshops for both deaf and hearing people since
2000. In 2016, Christopher established SEE and CREATE, enabling Deaf Families
to have greater opportunity to participate in accessible family-friendly creative
events. And co-founded the MESS ROOM, a creative community hub with a
special emphasis on providing access to creative events for Deaf, Blind and
Partially-Sighted people. Based at Sun Pier House in Chatham, Kent it offers a
wide range of creative activities working in partnership with skilled local artists to
ensure diversity and choice in their offer.
Board of Advisors
Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq Is a visual artist and art facilitator. Since 1992 she has
been exhibiting her work in the UK and Internationally and has been showcased
on the BBC, Channel 4 and BSL Zone.
Creating visual art in paintings and installations she explores what it means to be
deaf in contemporary society and as a Deaf woman of Asian heritage the experience
of being a ‘minority within a minority’. Rubbena is continually developing and
refining her practice and often creatively collaborates with other artists and the
public using film music and performance.
Rubbena has over 20 years’ experience in leading creative and PHSE workshops
across the UK giving deaf children opportunities to explore their deaf and cultural
identities through creativity. She also provides workshops and BSL tours in art galleries
such as Tate Modern, The Queen’s Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts. She is a
qualified Arts Award Advisor (Silver).
Rubbena does public speaking at universities and conferences on Deafness,
education and art therapy. She mentors young Deaf people and is passionate
about opening doors for the Deaf Community.
In May 2019 she was commissioned by ITV for’ ITV Creates’ to make an indent
for broadcast of the ITV logo using sign language. This screened on prime-time
TV during 2019 and 2020. Her portfolio of work can be viewed at rubbena.com.
Board of Advisors
Alison Pottinger trained in Technical Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College (where she now works as a tutor) and has 30 years experience as a stage manager. She has worked at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Tricycle Theatre (now the Kiln), the Royal Court; for The Posse, Black Theatre Co-op, Talawa Theatre and on ‘Muhammad Ali and Me’ and ‘STARS’ by Mojisola Adebayo. In 2019 she was part of the stage management team for the all women of colour production of 'Richard II' at the Globe Theatre co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton.
She retrained as a BSL/English interpreter and has been working in that field, mainly in the arts, since 2002. She has been lucky enough to combine BSL and stage management working at Graeae Theatre Company ('Reasons To Be Cheerful'), with the RAMPS consortium ('The Who's Tommy'), Deafinitely Theatre and BAZ Productions (‘The Process’). Recently Ali was stage manager for ‘RED’ at Polka Theatre, the inaugural show in their new building having previously worked there as an interpreter on integrated summer schools.
She is the project manager for Technical Theatre BSL, which aims to encourage Deaf people to take up careers backstage.
Ali is honoured to be on the Advisory Board for DLive!
Board of Advisors
'Martin has always had an appreciation of the Visual Arts (and other generic arts too) and BSL access which has led to him facilitating guided tours for Deaf sign language users and currently piloting a funded project, Digitspace, which will open up opportunities for Deaf people to participate in the arts and cultural sectors outside London, starting with the North East region.
He also is a freelance Architect with his own niche consultancy, roomfactory, undertaking architectural and arts commissions. Furthermore, he is a passionate lifelong advocate of issues concerning mental health and deafness as well as general health awareness for Deaf people.
This year, to beat the Covid Pandemic fatigue, he is now embarking a new exciting challenge of developing an unique art calligraphy project and trying to develop outdoor art tours.’