Meet the artists who will be working with us for Represent:

Pauline Mayers

Pauline is a multidisciplinary writer and theatremaker. She began her training at the Weekend Arts College and continued with ballet and contemporary dance at the Rambert School, London. After a dance career spanning 15 years, Pauline diversified her practice to include writing and performance. Pauline’s critically acclaimed solo show 2017’s What If I Told You, written and performed by Pauline and directed by Chris Goode, toured the across the UK and was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where it was a shortlisted nominee for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Pauline is an Associate Artist with Leeds Playhouse and Chris Goode and Company.

Khadijah Ibrahiim

Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds and is of Jamaican parentage. She is a literary activist, live artist, theatre maker, producer, and Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors. Educated at the University of Leeds, she has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and an MA in Theatre Studies. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared on many international stages. Her poetry collection, Another Crossing, was published by Peepal Tree Press and premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014.

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Joe Williams

Joe Williams is an actor, writer and historian. Born in Leeds of Jamaican heritage, Joe specialises in theatre in education, community partnerships and historical performances. Joe is a co-founder of Leeds Diasporian Stories Research Group, Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project, Kuffdem Theatre, RJC Dance and others. Following his MA in 2014 from the University of Leeds, Joe developed the Leeds Black History Walk and founded Heritage Corner, Leeds – generating diverse projects on African heritage in Yorkshire.

Laura Rakotonirina

A Malagasy Brummie living in Yorkshire. Laura is a freelance creative arts producer, musician and printmaker who cares about inclusivity across the arts and beyond. She works between Bradford, Leeds and North Yorkshire in the live arts, heritage and music education sectors. 

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Ashley Karrell

Ashley Karrell is a filmmaker and photographer based in Leeds. He graduated from Northern Film School in 2005 and has since produced a broad spectrum of work that includes visual art, commercial and experimental video productions and mass participation pieces. Director of production company Panoptical, Ashley delivers large and small-scale productions at public exhibitions, events and festivals, and pursues work which explores ideas of community, is socially engaging, and internationally minded. His Carnival Messiah story began in 2002 when he captured a cast and crew of 250 using 124 track sound recording and 8 cameras. Ashley directed Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary which has its premiere screening at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in September 2017 and will also be shown as part of the LIFF in November 2017.