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Theatre Arts

Lisa Amanda Cumberbatch

Lisa Amanda Cumberbatch, Cultural Officer, Theatre Arts with responsibility for Theatre and Performance

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.

Crop Over Folk Concert 2016

Crop Over Folk Concert 2016 – Barbados Ah Come From

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.

2016 Award Winners

NIFCA Theatre Arts 2016 Award Winners – Barbados Youth Service


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 PerformanceDrama/Theatre in Education
ProducingSpecial EffectsSound
Play DevelopmentActingMake Up
DramaturgySet Design and ConstructionCostume Design
DirectingStage Management
Community Theatre
Emerging Directors

Matthew Murrell and Renelde Headley, Emerging Directors

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 lisa-cumberbatch@ncf.bb and or via telephone at 417-6626.


NIFCA Theatre Development Workshop

NIFCA Theatre Development Workshop

CropCrop Over Folk Concert 2016

Crop Over Folk Concert 2016 – Barbados Ah Come From


NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble – “South”, Museum of London, Docklands, UK

Drama in Education

Drama in Education component of the Folk Concert 2016

 Drama in Education

Drama in Schools

Drama in Schools Programme

Drama in Education

Drama in Education – Teacher Training

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