Migrant theatre makers commissioned for Projekt Elevate

Alongside Projekt Europa we are excited to announce we’re commissioning migrant theatre makers Tina Hofman, Carlota Matos and Butshilo Nleya as part of Projekt Elevate.

Projekt Elevate will support a total of nine migrant artists from across the UK to develop ideas for co-created work with local communities, in a first-time collaboration between Projekt Europa and The Mercury, Rose Theatre and Royal & Derngate.

Following an open call-out, Projekt Europa will provide artistic and dramaturgical support as the artists develop their project concepts. These commissions will broker new relationships between the artists, the theatres and their communities, with a view to seed new co-created productions by migrant artists across the country.

Artistic Director of Projekt Europa, Maria Aberg, says: “These artists represent everything Projekt Europa stands for – a diverse, multilingual and truly international selection of theatre makers from all over the UK who are committed to making bold work guided by curiosity and authenticity. We are thrilled to champion and support these extraordinary migrant artists to connect with local communities and create collaborative, ambitious theatre for our times.”

 Our Artistic Director, James Dacre, says: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Projekt Europa and Tina Hofman, Carlota Matos and Butshilo Nleya as part of Projekt Elevate. We look forward to supporting these three remarkable artists in developing their work over the coming months.”

 Tina Hofman

Tina works as a performer, director and producer, and is an Artistic Director of Notnow Collective (www.notnowcollective.com). She prefers creating experiences over telling stories and is curious about the space where inherited trauma joins a riotous celebration. Tina experiments across disciplines, with movement as her primary tool and she often works in Croatia, and in the Croatian language. She is a Resident Creative at Curve Theatre, Leicester, and one of the co-founders of Migrants in Theatre movement. Currently she is investigating immersive audio with Kinicho Studio, co-creating BOSA – a site-specific installation about arriving and settling in for Birmingham 2022 Festival, and developing her solo work Lucid Interval for a May 2022 UK premiere.

Carlota Matos

Carlota is a Portuguese theatre maker, director and facilitator based in Bristol. She works with young people, communities and artists, focusing on inclusive practice, access and social change. With a background in physical theatre, her practice explores themes of migration, language, identity and mental health. Carlota is interested in making experimental performance with people who are not normally on stage, challenging conventions and broadening perspectives. She is dedicated to breaking down barriers and increasing representation in theatre.

Butshilo Nleya

Butshilo is a Theatre of the Oppressed trained Zimbabwean playwright, director, percussionist and storyteller whose work centres on community, heritage and African theatre for often marginalised and overlooked groups labelled as ‘hard to reach’. His approach to co-creation is embedded within all his work across themes such as home and belonging, social justice, hope, diversity and decoloniality. He has been shortlisted for the Woven Voices Prize and has recently been commissioned by York Theatre Royal, Theatre Temoin and Derby CAN. His work with sanctuary seekers is supported by Maison Foo Theatre, Theatre Deli, Sheba Arts and York City of Sanctuary.

About Projekt Europa

Founded in 2020, Projekt Europa is an international theatre company making new work by migrant theatre makers for local and global audiences. We make theatre from an international perspective, exploring new sustainable ways of collaborating across borders. We are resident company at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, and from this base we originate, develop and produce our work.


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