Naomi Cortes in association with Mindspray Young Ambassadors
Different aspects of Naomi’s work as a highly skilled theatremaker - devising, writing and storytelling - combine to create accessible and engaging workshops for all. Beginning with discussion and sharing of ideas, focussing on a either a suggested theme or current topic, she begins to introduce the craft of writing - whether for theatre, another type of performance such as poetry, or even giving a presentation.
During the pandemic, Naomi’s creative writing project with residents at the YMCA London City and North continued. In person, she led a series of workshops, inspired by her love of poetry, where participants were encouraged and supported to voice the challenges they experienced personally during the Covid crisis and their optimistic ideas for the future.
Naomi has devised a series of workshops with Brent’s Young Ambassadors, collaborating with international graffiti artist Pride. Using poetry techniques including acrostic and blackout poetry, as well as free-verse writing, the young people explored feelings about injustices highlighted across the globe. Inspired by their passion for change, Naomi supported them in developing their work into a package of performance poetry titled ‘Statements of Change’.
She also delivered a series of play writing workshops with Lancaster Youth Centre, an inclusive club that caters for young people with special educational needs. Working with a group of young people, she introduced them to the ideas of story construction and characterisation, with each participant creating a series of short scenes, which were presented at Soho Theatre.
“Naomi is an exceptional theatre maker, performance coach, and facilitator, who draws upon a wealth of professional skills, and culturally informed approaches to inspire groups and individuals to work collaboratively towards achieving their intended goals – and much, much more!
Every project is researched in depth, and designed with purpose to provide a structured, yet flexible framework for transformative results, guaranteed. Simply put, Naomi is an absolute joy to work with, and alongside”.
Errol Donald, Founder - Mindspray