The Theatre Arts Desk of the National Cultural Foundation is manned by the Cultural Officer, Lisa Amanda Cumberbatch. A very familiar name in the industry, she has worked professionally in the Theatre Arts field for the past twenty-five years, since leaving Queen’s College in 1990. She holds a B.A. (Honours) Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and an M.A. (Distinction) in Drama Education and Cultural Studies from University of Warwick, U.K.
Ms. Cumberbatch is a theatre-in-education specialist, teacher, director, writer, and performing artist and has performed in over 30 plays produced in the Caribbean. Her lists of accomplishments include the lead roles in Barbadian plays The Final Truth? (Cross Caribbean Productions), which toured the region in 2003, and The House of Landship (Kickdust Productions), which also represented Barbados at CARIFESTA 2013 in Suriname. She appeared in the German TV movie Betrayal in Paradise (N.D.F., Germany), and has done numerous radio and television commercials.
Ms. Cumberbatch scripted and directed Talk Tent “At De Crossroads” (Stage One Theatre Productions, 1997), the Crop Over Folk Concert (2002) and, more recently in 2014 and 2015, Alleluia Pork Chops and Down in the Arté Farté Gully, for The Gap Theatre. She has lectured at Warwick University, U.K., at Barbados Community College, and at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, U.W.I.
For the past 5 years, since returning from the U.K., she has been the Artistic Director of Stage One Theatre Productions’ Youth on Stage, the summer theatre arts workshop that is celebrating 30 years of using drama, dance, art and music to inspire and transform children and young people; and she was also the Head/Lead Facilitator at Tiger Eye T.I.E. (Theatre in Education), which delivers ‘applied drama/theatre’ programmes across the public and private sectors.
Outside of the realm of Theatre, Cumberbatch was a Party Monarch judge from 2012-2014, and in 2016 she served as a Pic-O-De Crop Final judge.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DESK:
The Theatre Arts Office conceptualises, designs, coordinates and delivers a range of training, research and performance oriented programmes across the dramatic and theatre arts.
From residencies for early career directors, to stagecraft apprenticeships, drama in education programmes, to full scale dramatic productions, we nurture the development of all areas of the art form, including, but not limited to:
|Speech in Performance||Drama/Theatre in Education||Lighting|
|Play Development||Acting||Make Up|
|Dramaturgy||Set Design and Construction||Costume Design|
We advise on and monitor programmes run in collaboration with our various stakeholders and partners (eg. Youth Achieving Results -YAR, with The Community Development Department of the Ministry of Culture); and we lead the coordination of the Theatre Arts component of The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts – NIFCA.
Theatre Arts also works closely with all departments in the Foundation and the wider arts community in the development and production of small and large scale theatre arts events.
Lisa Amanda Cumberbatch is available on email at firstname.lastname@example.org and or via telephone at 417-6626.