Visiting Professional & Education Work

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ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS

Singing Tutor, Musical Director
MA Actors 2016 & 2017
Course Director Dierdre McLoughlin

YARICO EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Musical Director for the Actors’ Company (2016)  & Music Workshop Consultant (ongoing)
Trestle Theatre Company 2016 View the film here
Director Emily Gray

SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVES

Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator, Video Producer, Video Editor
London Borough of Hillingdon Music Hub in partnership with Compass Theatre 2015
Songwriting Commission, Outreach project, Film Production
Commissioned to:

  • Write the words and music for the Dame’s song for Compass Theatre’s production of ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarves’ according to the director’s brief.
  • Deliver an outreach project consisting of primary school devising workshops, where the children created some of their own material as well as learned my song, which was called ‘Perfect Pie’.
  • Make, produce and edit a film of the children presenting their creations and singing their version of the song. The films were then shown every day of the professional show’s run during the interval. 

BBC RADIO 1 ACADEMY

Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator
Part of RADIO 1’s BIG WEEKEND, Norwich 2015
Songwriting Masterclass with special guest star ELLA EYRE
With 30 participants, plus house-band. Facilitated a two-hour songwriting devising workshop which culminated in the creation of a group song that was performed with Ella Eyre.  For more information, please read the press article Masterclass was highlight of academy’s visit’, written in response to the event by singer-songwriter Lisa Redford.

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Between 2005 and 2014, Zara was a Visiting Professional member of staff at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. During that time she worked on numerous shows for the BA Drama & Applied Theatre in Education (DATE) course (definitions below), namely the first-year Directed Production unit, which included the public productions that went to the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno each year as part of the much sought after schools fortnight season. After a restructuring of the unit, there were several smaller DP shows made either in tandem with the Minack show or as separate entities that did Under 5’s tours of Cornwall, featured as part of the Fuse Festival (Medway, Kent), and undertook a school’s tour in and around Oldham, amongst other locations. For BA (DATE), Zara also undertook work on some of the the second-year Playtext units which was a studio-based performance project. Elsewhere at the school she also completed projects between 2008 and 2010 for the School of Professional & Community Development (SPCD). The Directed Productions were devised and created over eight weeks. As well as being MD, Orchestrator, Arranger and composing/writing a vast amount of additional and supporting material for these shows, Zara was responsible for facilitating an intensive two-week period in devised composition and song writing prior to rehearsals, that produced the foundation of musical material and songs for the final production, with the students from the cast who had pre-selected music as their craft specialism. They often included and incorporated a broad range of skills and music performance techniques, including actor-musician work and the use of junk/found instruments.

Musical Director, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator
THE GOOD EGG, 2014
Director Vicky Ireland
for the Oldham Schools Tour (DP)
Musical Director
OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR, 2013
Director Karen Tomlin
for second-year Playtext Unit 
Musical Director, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator
ARABIAN NIGHTS, 2013
Director Joyce Branagh
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Arranger
PETER PAN, 2012
Director Ray Downing
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
ALICE (based on Alice in Wonderland), 2011
Director Gareth White
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Vocal Tutor
SUMMER SCHOOL, 2010
Project Managers SPCD
for Gifted and Talented students from Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER (based on All’s Well that Ends Well. See below for extra notes. This production was set during the French Revolution.), 2010
Director Gareth White
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER (based on All’s Well that Ends Well. This was a simlutanteously run devised production as the one above but with a smaller group of BA first-years. It was created over the same eight weeks and devised from the same source material, but the result was a completely different show inspired by the music and style of the Second World War (Andrews Sisters/ George Formby), 2010
Director Joyce Branagh
for Medway Arts, Fuse Festival Kent (touring)
Musical Director, Vocal Tutor
SUMMER SCHOOL, 2009
Project Managers SPCD
for Gifted and Talented students from Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
THE GREEK, 2009
Director Alex Murdoch
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre in collaboration with Cartoon de Salvo
Musical Director, Vocal Tutor
SUMMER SCHOOL, 2008
Director Chris Stafford
for SPCD. Based on the Weimar Republic, Kurt Weil, Bertolt Brecht & agit.prop theatre.
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
LIFE OF PI, 2008
Director Keith Robinson
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre in collaboration with Twisting Yarn
Musical Director, Composer, Orchestrator
COMMON CHORUS (based on Lysistrata), 2007
Director Gareth White
for second-year Playtext Unit
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
THE GRIMMS’S TALES, 2007
Director Steve Farrier
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
AN ARTIST AND A MARINER, 2006
Director Amanda Stuart Fisher
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre
Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
A TIME MACHINE, 2005
Director Steve Farrier
for RCSSD at the Minack Theatre

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Musical Director
SCENE to SONG Project 2016
Director John Brant
Post-graduate Musical Theatre.
Musical Director, Orchestrator
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA 2014
Director Marina Calderone
2nd-year Actor-Musicians. Abridged version of the show with 28 instruments and 11 performers.
Musical Director
BABES IN ARMS 2013
Director Heather Davies
Post-graduate public show. Bernie Grants Arts Centre.

International Schools Theatre Association

Between 2011 and 2015, Zara was on the artist team for the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA). During that time she worked on several of their international arts events including theatre festivals (listed below), delivering work as part of their exciting Artist-in-Residence programme, delivering masterclasses at their TaPs events (Theatre & Performance Symposium) and delivering teacher workshops. As a global arts organisation, ISTA produces over 50 international arts events each year for young people, teachers and artists and provide world-leading International Baccalaureate teacher training.

Music Ensemble Leader Nist International School
THEATRE TO CHANGE THE WORLD BANGKOK November 2015
Artistic Director Michael Westberg
Four-day theatre festival.
An ISTA Connects Festival. Leading and facilitating devised music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with work made in response to our visits to some of the Community & Social enterprises helping vulnerable children & adults in Bangkok. These visits included a trip to the Concordia Day Care Centre in the heart of the Bang Na Slums. (Around 100 festival participants).
Artistic Director Le Chataigneraie, International School of Geneva
DYING FOR A MUSICAL GENEVA October 2015
Artistic Director Zara Nunn
Four-day theatre festival.
Artistic Director for a devised musical, where three ensembles devised music and songs that were integrated into a final performance piece made using the stimulus of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Lake Geneva. Also responsible for developing the artistic inspiration materials in consultation with the host and in response to the previously agreed starting point. (Around 75 festival participants).
Music Ensemble Leader
CITY OF DREAMS
VIENNA May 2015
Vienna International School
Artistic Dir. Daniel Sarstedt
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece made in response to city of Vienna framed by elements of Freud’s dream theory with around 100 participants.  
Musical Director
BRIDGES
DRESDEN, Apr 2015
Dresden International School
Artistic Dir. Louise Clark
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music across five ensembles for a promenade sharing performance with around 120 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
ART AS ILLUSION
THE HAGUE, Feb 2015
British School of the Netherlands
Artistic Dir. Jess Thorpe
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble culminating in a promenade performance inspired by the work of M.C. Escher across three disciplines with around 60 participants.
Musical Director
THE WHITE STAG
BUDAPEST, Apr 2014
American International School of Budapest
Artistic Dir. Daniel Sarstedt
Four-day theatre festival
Responsible for leading and facilitating devised song and music across four ensembles for a live-streamed performance with around 140 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
HIDDEN
MALTA, Mar 2014
Verdala International School
Artistic Dir. Dinos Aristidou
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive immersive promenade performance with around 120 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS?
COPENHAGEN, Apr 2013
For Copenhagen International School at the Frilandsmuseet
Artistic Dir. Alan Hayes
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive promenade performance with 90 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
GHOSTS IN THE CITY
HONG KONG, Apr 2013
French International School
Artistic Dir. Dinos Aristidou
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble for a site-specific, site-responsive promenade performance with 90 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
LEGEND HAS IT
HONG KONG, Mar 2013
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Artistic Dir. Sherri Sutton
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with 190 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES
JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA, Oct 2012
North London Collegiate School, Jeju Island
Artistic Dir. Jess Thorpe
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with an assigned ensemble to be integrated into a final performance piece with 180 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
BRUSSELS, Feb 2012
International School of Brussels
Artistic Dir. Rebecca Bell
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised drama and song with an assigned ensemble inspired by the work of Renee Magritte to be integrated into a final performance piece with 160 participants.
Music Ensemble Leader
ALL THIS HAPPENED MORE OR LESS
DRESDEN, Nov 2011
Dresden International School
Artistic Dir. Jez Greg
Four-day theatre festival
Leading and facilitating devised song and music with a 26 member music ensemble based on the themes from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Idle Chatter Theatre Company

Between 2008 & 2010 Zara was commissioned to deliver various bespoke music theatre devising projects under her company name ‘Idle Chatter Theatre Company’.

CREDITS

Director, Musical Director, Composer
TURN IT OFF!, 2010 Devised musical commissioned by the school for 60 children in years 4,5 and 6. Based on the theme of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, the piece was devised, created composed and performed from scratch all within 9 days.  
The Bluecoat School, Stamford Supported and funded by Creative Partnerships.
Director, Musical Director, Composer
TELL ME A STORY…2009 Three-day devised music theatre project & performance involving selected students from 8 schools within the Branston extended schools cluster.
Lincolnshire Music Service commissioned & funded by LMS for their Extended Schools provision.
Director, Musical Director, Composer
TELL ME A STORY…2009 Two consecutive two-day devised music theatre project & performance involving selected students from 7 schools within firstly the Stamford and secondly the Spalding extended schools clusters.
Lincolnshire Music Service commissioned & funded by LMS for their Extended Schools provision.
Director, Musical Director, Composer
TELL ME A STORY, SING ME A SONG 2008 Pilot project. Three-day devised music theatre project & final performance at Lincoln Drill Hall.
Monk’s Abbey Primary School in partnership with Lincoln Drill Hall

English Pocket Opera Company

Between 2004 & 2008 Zara worked as a Visiting artist, MD and Workshop Leader specialising in composition, devised opera, and devised music for film for English Pocket Opera Company.

CREDITS

Visitng Composer, Musical Director
THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, 2008 The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music 
dir. Mark Tinkler Six weeks of artist residencies in 14 schools covering five workshop outcomes. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.
Visiting Composer, Musical Director, Co-Director
EPOC at BRENTFIELD, 2006
Six week project involving 240 children from year 3-6 devising and introducing opera  
Visitng Composer, Musical Director
EPOC at THE JUNCTION, 2006 Cambridge
Week-long intensive devised opera based on the themes and story of The Magic Flute. 
Visitng Composer, Musical Director
THE MAGIC FLUTE, 2006 Broadway Theatre, Barking.
dir. Mark Tinkler Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering seven workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.
Visitng Composer, Musical Director
THE MAGIC FLUTE, 2006 Broadway Theatre, Barking.
dir. Mark Tinkler Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering seven workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then either performed in the final professional production or had their outcomes presented/displayed at the theatre.
Visitng Composer, Musical Director
I PAGLIACI (THE CLOWNS), 2005 Millfield Theatre
dir. Mark Tinkler Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering three workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then performed in the final professional production.
Visitng Composer, Musical Director
I PAGLIACI (THE CLOWNS), 2004 Cochrane Theatre
dir. Mark Tinkler Six weeks of artist residencies in 30 schools covering three workshop outcomes, including a devised element. Each school then performed in the final professional production.

Oldham Theatre Workshop

CREDITS

Musical Director, Composer
ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS, 2008
A series of 3 one-day music theatre and devising workshops for primary schools
Musical Director, Composer
THE LINE, 2007 One in July, one in August.
Two separate week-long intensive musical theatre devising projects.
Musical Director, Composer
SUMMER SCHOOL at LIMEHURST, 2006
Week-long intensive musical theatre devising project.
Musical Director, Composer
RED HOT, 2005
Week-long intensive musical theatre devising project.

National Youth Music Theatre

CREDITS

Musical Director, Singing Specialist
AUTUMN OPEN TASTER WORKSHOPS, 2008
Open workshops for students considering auditioning for NYMT.
Musical Director, Singing Specialist
SUMMER OPEN TASTER WORKSHOPS, 2008
Open workshops for students considering auditioning for NYMT.

East-side Educational Trust

CREDITS

Musical Director, Workshop Facilitator
ISLINGTON MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT, 2003 15 week course. Also Lead Facilitator & Co-director for final masterclass day bringing four centres together for a joint performance. 
Final performance: City & Islington College.
Musical Director
MUSICAL THEATRE SUMMER UNIVERSITY, 2003 Week-long intensive for 13-19 year olds. 
Final performance at The Old Vic. 

Other projects (Various)

CREDITS

Vocal Tutor, Musical Director
SINGING FOR FUN, 2009 Designed & delivered a ten-week singing course for onsite employees.
for EnjoyWork.com Chiswick Business Park
Musical Director, Composer
TELLING TALES Cross-cultural education project. Taking traditional stories from Chinese, Indian, and African culture, and devising a retelling of them with four primary school groups during artist residencies. They were then performed in with full costume, lights and set on the theatre’s main stage at the end of the project. Zara also delivered a teachers’ INSET session during this project.
dir. Fiona Ross for Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Education & Outreach department. 
Vocal Tutor
TEENAGE KICKS, 2003 Foundation Theatre Course.
Theatre Royal Bath