The Ensemble
meet the team behind Seemia

Sara Amini (She/Her)

Artistic Director

 

Sara is from Iran, and is now based in London. She studied BA Theatre Directing at Tehran University and MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also trained with Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat) Theatre Company and Ariane Mnouchkine and Theatre du Soleil.

 

She originally trained as a classical mezzo-soprano singer, also she has experience of folk and jazz singing. As an actress she recently played the lead role in Sinai Orchestra Ensemble's 'Yusuf's' in Berlin. Most recently, she was Assistant Directer to James Hillier for Mike Bartlett's 'Not Talking' at Arcola Theatre.

 

She has guest lectured at Sooreh University and Tehran Art University.

 

Robin Paley Yorke (He/Him)

Performer, Marketing Manager & Co-Producer

 

Robin is a performer, practitioner and theatre makerfrom North East England and works in the North East and London. He trained on BA European Theatre Arts and MA Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford College and Creación at Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, Murcia. During his MA he worked with Song of the Goat Theatre Company. He is also an Associate Artist of Invisible Flash, making work by and for visually impaired people. He has recently facilitated workshops for Graeae, Extant, The Orpheus Centre and performed nationally & internationally, including in Verity Standen's 'Refrain', and Justyna Scheuring's 'Interval' at the Venice Biennale. His recent roles in Extant's 'Rathband' and Hot Coal's 'My Darling Christohper' have both won Off West End ONCOMM Awards 2020. He is a visiting lecturer at Rose Bruford College and has guest lectured at King's College London and The Northern School of Art.

 

 

Charlotte Slater (She/Her)

Performer, General Manager & Co-Producer

Charlotte is an actress, folk singer and practitioner from Sussex and is now based in London. After graduating in 2006 from the University of East Anglia she co-founded DrunkenMasks, a physical storytelling company.  She trained with  Odin Teatret and Song of the Goat and before graduating from MA Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford College. She has worked recently with Shirin Madj in 'Rebirth' and as a visiting practitioner at The University of Kent. In 2018 alongside fellow ensemble member, Cheryl Prince, Charlotte devised and performed 2 original contemporary dance pieces commissioned by BBC World Service celebrating the achievements of 100 women around the world. 

 

 

Maryam Davari (She/Her)

Company Co-founder & Performer

 

Maryam is from Iran where she studied BA Acting at Tehran University. She studied under Hamid Samandarian, Farid Paya and since has worked and trained with Song of The Goat Theatre and Ariane Mnouchkine. She has had roles in several short films such as the BAFTA nominee, 'Only Sound Remains'. She has also made artistic videos and her passion for theatre, has lead her to interview  leading practitioners, such as Odin TeatretHer recent role of Leila in the award-winning 2017 film, 'Undocument' saw her nominated for Best Actress Award at Bucharest Film Awards.

 

 

Cheryl Prince (She/Her)

Company Development Manager 

& Performer

 

Cheryl is based in London. Previously working in the industry as a Casting Director, she studied acting at Mountview before continuing her training with Song of the Goat Theatre, which she combined with two years training at The Actors Temple. She is a performer trained in physical theatre and the Meisner Technique.

 

Cheryl is an Associate Artist with The Actors Temple, collaborating  as both a playwright & lead actress in her play, 'Awaken', which was runner-up for the Park Theatre's Script Accelerator programme. 

 

 

Manuel Lavandera (He/Him)

Performer

 

Manuel studied BA (Hons.) Drama at Escuela de Teatro de La Plata, in his native Argentina. With the Accidental Theatre Group  in Argentina, he performed 'Marat-Sade o The Revolution in a Wheelchair', directed by Omar Sanchez. In 2002 he travelled to England and decided to settle down here with his family.

 

He graduated in MA Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford College training with  Song of the Goat. Recently Manuel devised and performed three solo shows with Britt Forsberg and Theatre21. which have toured across the UK, Spain and Argentina.

 
Our Collaborators

Over the years we have collaborated with some wonderful artists, helping us on our journey in creating our performances.