Roselyn began working as the Village Storytelling Centre’s Finance Officer in June 2018, having previously worked for SAY Women for 11 years as Finance Administrator. As well as loving being a mum, Roselyn also enjoys swimming and jogging and has taken part in several 10k and Half Marathon events over the years.
Originally from Ayr, Shona trained in London in Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to intern with the National Theatre of Scotland and work with the York Theatre Royal as Creative Education Associate. She built her portfolio as a Storyteller throughout this time and completed her performance training with the Jacques Lecoq School. In Paris Shona worked as a family guide in the Louvre Museum with Paris Muse Education Group. In 2015 she co –founded and ran ESL story company Teatro Fósforo in Sao Paulo, Brazil working with educative and cultural bodies to encourage creative engagement with language learning. In 2017 she moved her base back to South West Scotland and is feeling very much at home with the Village.
Helen worked as a freelance Drama Artist & Facilitator for many years before her work as a Senior Arts Manager in PEEK where she developed the award winning Create and Thrive programmes. She joined The Village as Executive Director in February 2018 and brings with her a firm belief in the power of the arts as a tool for social change, positive well-being and bringing people & communities together.
Before joining us at The Village Storytelling Centre, Joanne worked with the ‘Gie’s’ Peace Project’ as a drama tutor in 2013, providing weekly drama workshop sessions creatively exploring the issue of Sectarianism. Joanne has a fantastic ability to reach people of all generations with her enthusiasm and unique delivery style.
With a storytelling style described by one parent as “vigorous,” when it comes to performance Sam delights in the big, the silly and the playful, with an unending stream of silly voices. Sam is also passionate about using the art form to develop imagination, creativity and self-reflection leading successful workshops and projects in schools and prisons, with people affected by homelessness and with people seeking asylum. Since beginning work at The Village, he has developed a special interest in using storytelling to help organisations assess and evaluate themselves and their services, and tell their stories.