Coming soon is a new series of mentoring programs that encourage creativity through socially and politically driven artistic engagement to challenge twenty first century perceptions of living, creating and envisioning a more equitable human existence.
All Zena’s facilitation and mentoring is focused on core dynamic liberatory pedagogical praxis, providing safe and fertile spaces for transformative creative self-expression and learning. They aim to:
• encourage complete individuality in style and originality
• develop personalised creative practice and flow
• explore issues from contemporary & cultural polemics to autobiography memoir
• empower the artist/participant to engage with the many ways poetry/spoken word serves for well being, cultural expression and artistic dissident exploration.
• provide performance techniques for the beginner to advanced poet
“Zena was consistently guiding me to find my own style of writing and presentation. This felt quite radical and spacious, and gave me a lot of freedom and confidence to write in my own way without getting caught up with a ‘style’ or ‘structure’ that did not belong to my voice or mode of expression. Zena instilled a lot of confidence in my process through our discussions and has been supportive in my arts practice in general by taking a personal approach to mentoring and being an active listener.”
Live Artist and Theatre Maker, Ria Hartley
“Zena is process orientated which enables you to learn key skills instead of just working towards an outcome: you learn step by step but not through passive listening, it’s by doing. This means she not only teaches, she shows you how to teach. At the end of the process, you not only have the skills to think about your work, you have the skills to create the work, you have the language to represent your work and you also walk away with the ability to impart what you have learn.t”
– Poet, Climate activist, Mbali Vilakazi (SA)
“I felt that Zena was able to gauge me as an artist and understand my ambitions very quickly. This was really important for me as it allowed my development to move at a faster pace. Us both being on the same page meant that the mentorship was always moving in the right direction.
– UK Hammer and Tongue Nations Slam Champion, Solomon OB
“You supported me by allowing me to truly be free in the creative process and giving me confidence in my own voice. You also provoke me to look more in depth at the themes that I tackle. Writing therefore becomes a process where I discover, learn and grow.You have been supportive by inspiring me to write hard hitting content and giving me access to perform at venues and showcase my work.”
– Young author for Mental Health and Well Being for Young People, Poet and emerging multi-media Poetry Project developer, Annie Rockson
Zena also engages regularly in workshops and masterclasses in schools, community and grassroots organisation, arts galleries, educational institutes and theatres internationally. She facilitates self-devised workshops in creative writing and performance – Live Literature, and arts coaches individual
Engendered for age groups 16 -75+, the workshops and masterclasses are cultured to encourage the growth of individuality in creativity thus empowering the participant’s voice.
Check the Workshops/Master Classes dropbox on the Education link above to discover more.
Facilitation, Mentoring, Education.
Manchesters Contact Theatre Young Creatives
Poet in Residence at The Poetry Society – London,
Winnipeg University – Cananda,
The Arvon Foundation,
Apples and Snakes poetry organisation
Mentoring for BBC Radio 3, 4 and BBC 1Xtra,
Battersea Arts Centre,
The Shizuoka Theatre – Japan
Podim Moaziek – The Netherlands,
The School of English and Drama,
3 Faiths Forum
The Albany, Deptford,
Pop Up Festival of Stories