Emilia Teglia is Artistic Director and one of the founding members of Odd Eyes Theatre. She has written and directed the majority of the company’s productions. Her practice focuses on the dynamics of communication across cultures and on their surrealist, often tragicomic by-products. An advocate for diversity as a philosophy of life, her mission is to enable cultural exchange through creative communication between individuals from every socioeconomic background, country and walk of life.
After training in Stanislavski-based acting techniques in Italy and London, Emilia travelled Europe working in theatres of all scales and scopes, from Teatro dell’ Opera Donizzetti in Bologna to public squares and festivals such as Glastonbury.
In 1999, due to an (un)fortuitous spell of homelessness in London, she got to know Cardboard Citizens and was lucky enough to train with Augusto Boal, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed. It was the beginning of the ongoing collaboration as Associate Artist with the company. Most recently, Emilia took the role of Assistant Director to Adrian Jackson on the acclaimed production Cathy.
Odd Eyes Theatre was born from Emilia’s experience with Cardboard Citizens, matured over the course of her BA Theatre Studies and MA in Cultural History degrees.
Emilia’s credits include work as freelance playwright and director with companies in the UK and abroad including Theatre503, Gate Theatre, Tyatro Barbone, London Metropolitan University, Vital Xposure. She regularly lectures in dramaturgy, writing and alternative theatre practices at colleges and universities in the UK and internationally.
Find out more about Emilia and her work: www.emiliateglia.net
Jo Salkilld is currently Producer at Bryony Kimmings and a member of the Development Committee at the New Diorama Theatre. She is an independent Arts Consultant, specialising in fund-raising, tour-booking and helping arts organisations restructure, manage change, and improve their operation and procedures. Jo has thirteen years of arts management experience and a thorough knowledge of the subsidised sector. She has built companies from scratch, planned and developed new arts buildings, produced and booked over fifteen productions, overhauled financial management and procedures, and seen several arts organisations through cuts in subsidy to strong and independent futures. Jo is a highly successful fund-raiser and is also trained in mentoring.
Kirstin has a wealth of experience in arts management. She currently works as a Team Lead for Sydney Agency Xpand, on site at Google (Creative Lab). Prior to this Kirstin was Co-CEO with national arts and disability peak body Arts Access Australia, and transformed Vulcana Women’s Circus, Brisbane into a successful social enterprise during her time as their General Manager.
Her passion lies in arts management and leadership across a range of industries, including experience working with Queensland Museum and Sciencentre (Australia), the BBC (UK), The Lowry (Salford, UK) and Urbis (Manchester, UK). Kirstin has an excellent track record as a grant writer and fundraiser and is a registered Grant Assessor with the Australian Federal Government Ministry for the Arts and a Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts.
Kirstin is an experienced artist and facilitator delivering workshops across a variety of art forms including radio, photography, film, journalism, visual arts, textiles, web design, drama and performance.
Kirstin divides her life between the UK and Australia. In her spare time, she enjoys being upside down and performing at spoken word events.
Jacqueline Steinmetz is currently at Queen Mary University leading on the development of a new career mentoring programme for 14 academic schools within Science & Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
Jacqueline started out as features writer for one of the main television broadcasters in Germany. In 2002, she moved to London and co-founded the Vertigo Film Club in Leytonstone – a cinema and exhibition space hosting poetry and performances.
In 2011, Jacqueline fundraised and managed the Sanctuary Voices Chorus, a platform for music and knowledge exchange that connects London choirs with migrant, refugee singers, and co-produced the site-specific opera The Secret Consul at Limehouse Old Town Hall. With this production she combined the work of professional opera singers with the input of asylum-seeking singers, recruited in collaboration with Praxis Community Centre in Bethnal Green.
In 2012, she started working at the Barbican, looking into new support structures for artists based in the UK, also managing specific community outreach projects. She established various educational performing arts projects, such as I Only Eat Yellow, a creative learning project to enhance children’s literacy and communication skills via their sense of smell.
Flora Herberich is a producer working predominantly in circus. After working 10 years as a performer and artist, Flora decided to cross over to the other side and work with artists and venues to create, develop and tour circus in the UK. She has worked with leading sector organisations like the Roundhouse and Crying Out Loud and is currently Director at Pitchbend Circus and Associate Artist artist at Jacksons Lane, North London’s home of circus.
Flora first came across Odd Eyes Theatre when Mimbre invited her to see #Haters during its first tour in 2015. She applied to join the Board in 2016 and is happy to be influencing interesting and politically relevant work.
Letizia Mele is Drama and Creative Movement Lecturer at Newham College.
Letizia graduated in Performing Arts at De-Montfort University. Since 2004 she implements dance-theatre techniques in her work with people with learning disabilities and with elderly participants in care homes.
Nicholas Claridge is co-founder of Odd Eyes, and previously programme manager at Leighton college, a provision for young people with Special Educational Needs. Nick uses drama in educational settings, primary, secondary schools and colleges. Working with students that are experiencing, or have experienced challenges with education, and helping them to get back on task and achieve their potential.
A keen sportsman, Nick is also the education and curriculum development co-ordinator for Action Youth Boxing Intervention. An organisation that uses boxing, well-being and discussion as an early/preventative intervention, or to help young people that have already fallen into gang life and out of education, or those struggling to engage in education.
She is currently Enterprise Manager at Peter Bedford Housing Association where she oversees the charity’s social enterprise portfolio and creative learning programme. She is a skilled project and programme manager with a wealth of experience in service development and social enterprise.
Jennifer studied Theatre Science at the University of Bergen, Norway and spent two semesters studying performance art and physical theatre at the University of Kent in the UK and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Jennifer has a passion for supporting people and communities to thrive and a special interest in theatre and community cohesion.