Ethos

Although we are delivering and working with young people, we want to be facilitators and encourage their responses and ideas. These are always interwoven into the final work. We try to acknowledge the skills that young  have and can tailor the work in consideration of  their personal needs. We are  in inclusive company and actively foster the learning that can happen through this and their shared experiences.To reuse, recycle and reduce with the materials we use as additional resources that compliment and support the practical work.

Mission

To work with young people to develop skills within the arts. To use creativity as a platform to produce all aspects of a show in a week. To work within the mediums of Drama, Dance, Music / Song, Art, Stagecraft, Marketing and Publicity and Front of House. To encourage team work, communication, sharing, giving and developing ideas and leadership. (older members to become Mixers, who support and work with the younger students)

Our safe guarding policy is available for download here and all tutors are DBS checked

The Team

All Mix it! Arts Academies are ran by drama tutors and arts professionals, with the support of previous Mix it! Academy students called ‘Mixers’ and Enter Edem art and theatre production company, bringing together a team with a wide knowledge who passionately believe in the importance of education and performing arts.

Lorrine Fay Douglas
Creative Director

With over 20 years’ experience, Lorrine has worked as a Youth Theatre Leader, Dance and Drama Teacher (Key stages 3, 4 and 5), and a visiting examiner for OCR Drama for 7 years.Her interests in the arts started with youth theatre as a member of H.A.T.S (Highfields Action Theatre, 1981-85) she has performed at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre, County School of Dance and the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. This early community involvement led her to become a Youth Theatre Leader, working for Youth Arts Leicestershire offering weekly youth theatre sessions, a highlight of which was an exchange project to Columbus, Ohio. She regularly attended the Ilfracombe Youth Arts Festival with the group she formed called “Mobius Performing Arts Group” (1998-2003), based at Judgemeadow Community College. She joined the creative team at Leicester Arts in Education for a number of years, producing the popular summer programme a “Play in a Week.” This was successful in encouraging young people to perform, devise, direct and produce their own work.Inspiring young people.

Currently, she is a 6th form tutor, teacher and member of a creative and exciting Drama department. She has been coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Arts Summer School, bringing together over 70 students for a week-long intensive experience. Taken students to perform in the Shakespeare Festival, participated in a pilot scheme with Arts in Education that encourages access to the Arts for Year 9 students, and has hosted a three-day event with The Young Americans (2002-11), providing young people aged 7-19 with an opportunity to learn new performance skills. Significantly, the students who struggle to engage have been able to express themselves and build self–esteem through being part of a different and supportive experience. She actively supports Black History Day and the City wide initiative. She looks to provide opportunities for students to dance and express themselves through workshops, competitions, Navratri celebrations, sharing’s and productions.

Since 2007, she has worked as Creative Director with 2-b Productions on Mix it! a ‘show in a week’ aimed at young people aged 5-18 years. Mix it! builds skills through performance, working backstage, front of house and as Mixers, (Young people who acts as mentors to the younger members. In 2015 Mix it! took a change in direction to become Mix it! Arts Academy and looks to branch out its services and experiences. Lorrine has taught Contemporary Dance and Drama for 2-b Productions and 2-B Performers, choreographing dance pieces for them such as “ssshhh!” (2012) which was performed at the Melton Day of Dance, “Hidden” (2013), performed at 2-b’s annual show – Curtain Up!  and The Dream – 2014.

She has also taught as a freelancer for ‘Moving Together’, and their various Over 55 classes across Leicester. Lorrine has always worked with a range of young people, abilities, cultures and backgrounds. This has seen her plan and deliver the, ‘Love Letters to Leicester’ project in Highfields in 2014, the, ‘Miles from Home’, theatre project at the Y Theatre working with a mixture of vulnerable young people, 2017 and she will be undertaking the, ‘Dear Sue…’, theatre project as an homage to Sue Townsend in 2018.Qualification, training and experience.

Lorrine gained a Diploma in Dance Theatre at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London, in 1989 and a First Class Dance BA (Hons) at De Montfort University, Leicester, in 2012.
Drama and Dance Teacher Youth Theatre Leader Examiner for GCSE Drama

Emma Fay Dawes
Artistic Director

As an artist and director of Enter Edem, Emma project manages a range of diverse art and theatre productions, alongside delivering and creating her own fine artworks for exhibitions, live installations and commercial clients.Emma has had a passion for the arts and her love of theatre design has influenced and spilled into her visual arts practice and vice versa, using paint on the human canvas to create artworks that challenge visual perception and are inspired by philosophy, psychology and symbolism, her Concept Body Fine art has become globally recognisable. Emma continues to endorse the arts through education and play and has been working as a freelance artist since 2011. Emma has been a musical theatre tutor for 15 years, her backgrounds include LAMDA and RADA awards, professional experience within the hair and beauty industry and theatre design. She combined her artistic, theatrical and business backgrounds to work as both a freelance artist and to form Enter Edem, a collective of artists and performers working to create exciting theatre and events throughout the UK. Delivering drama and musical theatre classes for numerous speech, drama and dance schools after being a student of Hinckley Speech and Drama School and Lorrine Douglas during her years at Arts in Education, she continued on to assist, teach and now manages Mix it! Academies with Lorrine as Artistic Director of Enter Edem. Emma also continues to teach drama and performing arts with the Kirby Junior players at the first home of Mix it!, Kirby Muxloe Hall.

Emma’s studio is based in Leicester and holds internship positions for individual artists and Demontfort University students. Partners to Enter Edem include Child First nurseries, Leicester Council Heritage Parks and Rethinkyourmind. Enter Edem is also an associate artist company to Attenborough Arts Centre and breakthrough company for Curve theatre, with touring productions and bespoke work being produced since 2013.Qualifications, training and experience.

Emma Fay, Concept body fine artist 2011 – Present
Artistic Director, Enter Edem 2013 – Present
Drama & Musical Theatre Tutor, 2B Productions 2010-2015
Special effects and body art courses, Carolyn Roper London, Alex Hansen & Johannes Strotter World Body Paint Academy, The Biz Academy 2012-14
Trinity College London, Arts Award Advisor training 2012-13 Managing Director, Riah Studio, Salon & Beauty Spa 2005-2011
Drama tutor, Leicestershire County Council 2009
Musical Theatre Tutor & Director, Jaides Stage Studio 2007- 2009 Drama Tutor, Sullivan’s Speech & Drama 2007- 2009
Drama & Musical Theatre Tutor, Hinckley Speech & Drama Studio 2006-2009
VTCT Certificate in Beauty therapy, Beauty Academy, 2008
RADA, LAMDA Verse & Prose & Acting Medals, Hinckley Speech & Drama Studio 2002-07 VTCT/IIIHHT, H&S, Therapy, Anatomy & Physiology, South Leicestershire College 2006-07
A-Levels & NVQS, Fine art, design, hairdressing and barbering Leicester College 2003-11