Meet the Team
Tom is a writer, director and performer who has been making adventurous work for. by and with young people for 10 years. He founded KIT in 2015 with a mission to use Adventures in Learning to improve children's educational engagement and achievement and unlock their creative talent. Tom has written or co-written 15 Adventures in Learning, including Inspiration Days, Arabian Nights and The Astronautical Challenge, which won the 2011 National Charity Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Tom co-created and starred in BAC's Offie-Nominated The Good Neighbour in 2013/14 and was a game designer on the BAFTA-winning educational game Nightmare High. Please click here to see Tom's TEDx Talk: Can Theatre Actually Change Anything?
Lucy Dear is a theatre practitioner, community engagement producer and project manager from London with fifteen years experience of working in the community arts field.
In the UK she has delivered projects at the Young Vic, Theatre Peckham, Poplar Union, Lyric Hammersmith, Unicorn Theatre, Kiln Theatre, The Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse, Bush Theatre, British Museum, Gate Theatre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Chickenshed, Graeae, Green Shoes Arts, New Wimbledon Theatre, Tender, Battersea Arts Centre, Blackhorse Workshop. Internationally she has worked with Faust International and Dramatic English in Hong Kong and the Phillipines.
Harry joined KIT in 2021, and also works as the Company Assistant for KD Theatre Productions.
Alongside working for KIT, he is a freelance director and is part of the Mercury Directors scheme for 2021/22. He studied Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, and graduated in 2015.
Monique joined KIT in 2019 and was launched into its Adventures in Learning by becoming Agent Slate - an agent who works for the Society Against Stories. She is a freelance creative facilitator, producer and administrator, who strives to empower and educate children through alternative education. Working mostly with the visual arts, her community engagement practice and passion for education now crosses multiple forms. She works as a Learning Assistant at the Tate Galleries, a Teaching Assistant with the Floating Classroom, a specialised SEND support worker at the Watermans Arts Centre and a workshop leader at the Brixton Windmill.
Performer, writer and facilitator
Emma Bentley is an actor, writer and workshop facilitator from the Midlands with a fascination of blurring the lines between audience and actor. She is the co-writer and performer of two solo shows (To She Or Not To She and What Goes On In Front Of Closed Doors both Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh runs and subsequent tours). She is currently doing an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a columnist for A Younger Theatre. She has been proudly working with KIT since 2017, as an actor and voice over artist. She is also one of the performers of Nest, a sensory show for carers and pre-walking babies. Her work has been performed at New Writing Nights at venues such as Southwark Playhouse, The Vaults and The Pleasance. You can read Emma's work here: https://www.ayoungertheatre.com/author/emma-bentley/
Anna is an actor, director, and facilitator from Manchester. After graduating in Acting from LIPA, she trained with the Royal Exchange Theatre as a Young Director. She has since appeared on stage and screen including Parade (Hope Mill Theatre), Fearless (ITV), and The Little Prince (Vienna's English Theatre). Working extensively with the Royal Exchange Theatre, she has been Associate Director on The Tempest and Utopia, as well as delivering an array of theatre workshops in writing, voice technique, and play. Anna is currently training in British Sign Language.
Performer, director and facilitator
Performer and facilitator
Aminita Francis is an Actor, Vocal Artist, Composer & Writer from London, her musical & theatrical works have taken her from Battersea to Brazil. Her talents, originally nurtured by subsidised arts programmes, have come full circle as she now facilitates music and performance workshops for young people between her tour dates.
Recent work includes: Critically Acclaimed 'Frankenstein How To Make a Monster' (Battersea Arts Centre & BBC film) & 'The Immersive Great Gatsby' (West End)
Aminita Is thrilled to be taking education beyond the classroom with Kit Theatre, bringing laughter and learning to young people all over the UK.
You can find more of her work here or on social media @AminitaFrancis.
Designer and maker
Kirsty Harris is an artist, designer and maker specialising in installation and performative works. Kirsty makes immersive worlds and experiences in found environments, landscapes and theatres. She has made work for babies aged 6 months and all the ages that come after. She has collaborated with and designed community projects for companies including; Wildworks, Kneehigh, Punchdrunk, Shunt, The Young Vic, Coney, Likely Story Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre (BAC). She has been commissioned to make her own work by; BAC, Southbank Centre, The Discover Centre, National Theatre Wales, The Museum of London, The National Trust, Leeds Castle and other organisations. Kirsty Harris makes things. www.khmakesthings.co.uk
Emma is a product of the European Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford College - which means she does a bit of everything really! Most of her work to date has been as an actor puppeteer on theatre productions such as Les Enfants Terribles’ Alice’s Adventures Underground, Tall Stories’ Room on The Broom (both Olivier nominated) and Pins & Needles Mr Popper’s Penguins and Father Christmas. Emma also works extensively in immersive theatre, for companies such as Punchdrunk, Look Left Look Right, Coney & DifferencEngine. When not performing, Emma can be found teaching yoga, facilitating educational adventures for young people and stilt walking. Emma is also an award-winning voice-over artist and motion capture performer, with credits including Disney & Warner Brothers, and CBBC.
Performer and facilitator
Toby is a theatre maker who was on the BBC Performing Arts Fund ‘Ones to Watch’ list in 2015 & completed a BBC Community Theatre Fellowship with The Old Vic. He is an Associate Artist with theatre-makers Coney and is the Director for their young change-makers company, the Young Coneys. Toby runs Beyond Arts, which uses art to amplify the voices of young people who have experienced cancer and is also one of Julie’s Bicycle's Creative Climate Leaders. www.tobypeach.co.uk
Performer, writer and director
Natalie Raaum is Associate Producer and freelance documenter for KIT. Natalie is Complicitè’s Creative Learning Producer. Recent experience includes working with Punchdrunk Enrichment (2015-18), as project manager for their acclaimed in-school project The Lost Lending Library. In 2013 she started to work with Coney as freelance Assistant Producer, in 2017/18 she produced Coney’s The Droves, a large-scale, site-specific immersive show which was created by young people for an adult audience. In 2018 Natalie produced Marathon by JAMS, recipients of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, the production premiered in the Barbican’s Pit. Natalie was also Project Producer for the production ‘Contagion’ at The Wellcome Trust, a free to play outdoor family game touring the UK in 2017, engaging under-served audiences with health-based science. Natalie graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013.
Performer and facilitator
Hemi was born and raised in Istanbul. He completed his drama training at the Guilford School of Acting. Since his graduation, he acted in various projects in radio, theatre, film, TV, immersive theatre, musicals, Shakespeare, cabaret, commercials, dance and voiceover, his most notable credits including Mamma Mia The Movie, Eastenders E20 and Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse. Hemi runs his own theatre company theatreMania, which provides drama classes to nurseries, for children aged between 3 and 6. To find out more about his work, you can visit www.hemiyeroham.com
Alexandra Donnachie (she/her) is an award-nominated actor-writer, facilitator and theatre maker from South London.
Writing credits include: twenty-eight (DEM Productions); 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle; When We Died (Carbon Theatre).
Acting credits include: 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle (performed with younger sister Kate); Return to Elm House (Battersea Arts Centre); Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BAFTA Winner 2019).
Alex can be heard in several audio dramas for Audible and Big Finish Productions and plays a series regular in Dark Shadows (BFP). She recently wrote an episode for the upcoming season, set for release in 2022.
Performer and facilitator
KIT also employs a large pool of brilliant freelance actor/facilitators. Without their enthusiasm, playfulness and skills, we would not be able to deliver the work.