Creative Team

Zory Burner
(Composer & Writer)

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Composer and singer/songwriter studied music theory and played the piano professionally for 10 years (Bulgarian School for Performing Arts), including solo and duo classical concerts every year, then she concentrated on writing music and lyrics, as well as singing. She graduated with a BA in English Philology, and later on with an MA in British Studies, specializing in Film Studies (dissertation: Shakespeare in Film). After having spent a few years of studies in Moscow, with sufficient education and experience in various aspects of music, Zory moved to London to pursue her dreams.

After having worked with several recording studios and put 3 singles on the online market, Zory released her debut self-titled album through her own label, while steadily progressing in the film industry as a film music composer.

The year of 2010 proved very productive in her path as a creative artist: in addition to getting a master's degree, registering a label and releasing an album, Zory has already scored 4 short films, composed the theme and soundtrack to an online mini series, and wrote and arranged the music for her first musical - “Jesus Christ: The Challenge of Love”. Having completed the studio recording of all the 22 tracks (10 instrumentals and the backing tracks of 12 songs), currently she's working towards putting the musical on stage.

Fana Cioban

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Fana has been directing theatre performances internationally since 2005. In 2008 she graduated the University of Dramatic Arts, Targu-Mures, Romania where she received her BA in Theatre Directing, then she moved to England and worked in a Mental Health Institution for a year - a unique chance to experience the abyss and complexity of the human mind. In 2009 Fana was accepted for the MFA Theatre Directing programme at East 15 Acting School. She studied Stanislavsky Method Acting in Moscow at GITIS Institute and Balinese Performance at ISI Denpasar in Bali and graduated the MFA Theatre Directing course in September, 2011.

As a European director, Fana's work is very diverse: an experimental and visionary style of the classics, new writing, devising and physical theatre. Where visual arts, mathematics, theatre, youth and spirituality meet, is her favourite explorable domain. Fana's inspiration can come from a sentence, a myth, an image, a gesture, a tune or written texts by challenging playwrights, such as Peter Handke, Georg Buchner, Martin Crimp, Caryl Churchill, Jean Genet, Harlod Pinter, A.P.Checkov, Bertold Brecht, N.V. Gogol, Willliam Shakespeare, etc.

"I am not interested to reconstruct reality on stage. I am interested to escape reality on stage".

John Collings

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John started writing plays in 1999. He’s the author of 6 one-act and 3 full-length plays, as well as 4 musicals, among other smaller works. He attended a writers workshop at the Fairkytes Arts Centre and a theatre workshop at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, Essex. Since 2008, John has been organising fortnightly free workshops for budding playwrights.

His first play ‘Kelly & Donald’ was staged in the same year at the Lost Youth Theatre, London, and again on the Cambridge fringe by “Naked Stage” in 2008. Amongst his one-act plays are: ‘Wally Waster and the Clean up Fairy’, an environmental play for children, staged at “Planet Havering” in Essex, and 'Barabbas', which has won “The Steyning Play Festival” in 2009. The full-length plays include: ‘Mary‘, directed and produced by the ‘Second Chance‘ Community Art Group in Hornchurch, Essex, co-founded by John Collings; ‘Waste’ first produced by “Act Provocateur” at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in London (2003); ‘Mr and Mrs Poorfamily’, a play for children (2009).

Since 2007, John Collings has started writing musicals: 'Mrs Molly Sweet', produced by Curtain Call Musical Productions in Brighton at the Sallis Benney Theatre (2007, 2008) & at the Underground Theatre Eastbourne (to raise money for Macmillan cancer support); He is also the author of ‘Penny Black’ and “Romeo & Juliet” adapted into a musical, entitled: ’R & J Forever’. In 2009 John wrote a musical, called "Jesus Christ: the Last Seven Days", which laid the foundation for creating a new Christian Music Story - "Jesus Christ: the Challenge of Love".

Mingyu Lin

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Mingyu Lin is a writer/director from Singapore who is currently based in London. She recently graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Over the past four years, Mingyu has been involved with over 20 productions in the capacities of writer, director or producer in Singapore and various cities in the UK (York, Leeds, Edinburgh and most recently in London). She has had extensive experience with both Fringe theatre and as well as in staging large-scale commercial productions. Mingyu is very interested in site-specific work and using the medium of theatre to capture/convey unique and authentic experiences. In her work she likes to experiment with multi-media projections, devised movement and multi-sensorial settings.

Besides her freelance work as a writer/director and producer, she is currently employed with Goldsmiths new Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance.

Her current projects include directorial work for Zory Burner's 'Jesus Christ: Challenge of Love', for Katherine Gibbons' 'Playing Fate', and writing/directing Platform 65's 'Rites and Regulations', both showing at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. In 'Jesus Christ: Challenge of Love', she hopes to portray the gospel message to the audience via an accessible and artistic medium and also to explore the potentialities of the various church spaces this musical story will be performed in.

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