45 Landells Road,
Telephone: 0786 689 1648
Contact: Suzanne Gorman
Maya Productions creates theatre that reflects and celebrates diversity. Our vision is of a world where people of all ages, abilities, cultures and classes can contribute to theatre.
Maya Productions was established in 1994 under the leadership of Sita Ramamurthy and Christopher Preston, to advocate in the debate for greater representation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers, directors and performers.
Maya’s work engages our senses, takes us to new places, makes us laugh, cry and imagine. Maya has a global sensibility, of those who may not live next door, but with whom we will connect to across the world. It works with artists who passionately want their work to enable change. New Writing is fundamental to its artistic product.
Based in London, but with strong connections in the north of England, Maya produces full scale productions and tours of new work. This work is seen in London, tours nationally, and at times internationally. Maya supports writers and theatre makers to develop their ideas through dramaturgy and script/play development opportunities.
It also runs arts participation projects for a wide range of community groups. Education and participation is an important strand in its touring work.
Key to Maya’s mission is the mentoring of young and emerging BAME and diverse theatre practitioners and supporting them onto the next stage of their arts practice development.
Suzanne Gorman is the Artistic Director and visionary for MAYA Productions. Suzanne has been a professional theatre artist for over 20 years, was previously Education Director at Soho Theatre and has worked for arts organisations across the country including Sheffield Theatres, Immediate Theatre, Shared Experience, Kali Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. One of the aspects Suzanne brings to Maya is her unique ability to empower people to explore and share their stories. Her work has been described as “Triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition.” – Guardian on The Honey Man – **** stars
Previous Maya productions directed by Suzanne Gorman include:
In Time by Shireen Mula : A multi-media theatre piece exploring aging and dying. Scratch performances at The Oval House in 2013
“a truly wonderful piece – touching, moving, funny, real” (audience comment)
Babel Junction by Akkas Al-Ali, Samina Baig, Michael McMillan, Stacy Makishi & Jessica Smerin : An ambitious piece of work bringing five writers from different faith and cultural backgrounds together to write a play exploring communities and landscape of Hackney. Performed at The Bullion Rooms, Hackney Empire.
‘stirring performances… courageous too’ Time Out, Critics Choice
‘Deserves a bigger and a better stage’ Asian Gigs