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|Fellowship Participant - Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh|
Born in Tabriz (Iran) Nazli has lived internationally from a young age with her parents first settling in Paris (France) then in London followed by Edinburgh. Nazli has made her home in the North East of England and celebrated ten years there in September 2017.
Graduating 1999 BSc Hons in Media Technology from the University of the West of Scotland (University of Paisley), specializing in digital filmmaking, online content creation and management, and developing online learning resources.
From 2000 development of freelance portfolio directing for theatre, screen, and radio. Awarded an Arts Council England Trainee Directorship at the CURVE (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) in 2001 – 2002. Staff Director at Derby Theatres (Derby Playhouse) 2002-2003. Associate Director Theatre Workshop Edinburgh 2005 – 2007. Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Director on the BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts and MA in Performance at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2003 – 2007.
Artistic Director (CEO) and Founder of ZENDEH, an award-winning national touring Theatre Company “connecting the personal with the political” since 2004. Awarded an Amnesty International Commendation Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005. ZENDEH is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation based in Newcastle, working nationally, internationally, and locally.
Since 2010 across the United Kingdom consultancy, coaching and facilitation in topics including Creative Case for Diversity and Equality, Leadership and Future Visioning, Change Management, Directing for the Stage, and Ethical Business Modeling.Initiating founder member and facilitator of Creative Case NORTH consortium since 2011. Board membership of cultural organisations: ZENDEH, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Artistic Directors of the Future, Common Cause AHRC University of Liverpool.
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