Meet the Board
Suha Al-Khayyat – Artistic Co-Director
Suha is an expert freelance consultant working in the field of health and role play. She works with a number of agencies including Simpatico and Lyric Hammersmith. She has been one of the Artistic Directors of Little Fish since it was created and during her time with the company has written, directed and devised by the company. She has also worked as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of project management and delivery in the sector.
Alex Cooke – Artistic Co-Director
Alex founded Little Fish with Suha in 2008 after a number of successful Arts Education Projects with Big Fish Theatre, West Sussex County Youth Theatre & Breakout TIE. Although the company takes up a lot of his creative energies in writing and directing, he also occasionally works as a freelance validator for the Artsmark programme and as dramaturg; ATC’s Handbag. He also has over a 15 years of experience in the sexual health and drugs education field, which fed the early direction and focus of the company.
Ben Miles is one of the founders and Creative Director at Full House Theatre. After graduating from Central Ben quickly established Full House; which is now one of the countries leading companies creating work specifically for children and their families. With the audience always at the forefront, Ben aims to create theatre to enrich young creative minds, delight young audiences, and nurture a lifelong connection with the arts.
Stephen is a qualified social worker and teacher who has worked for many projects that work with vulnerable young people including Streetwise, CLASH, Albert Kennedy Trust & the Metro Centre. Through his 35 years in the sector, Stephen has considerable experience of working with groups at risk of social exclusion and brings a thorough understanding of the many needs of young people.
Dr Amanda Stuart Fisher has been teaching at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1999. Prior to this, she taught drama and dance at a secondary school in Haringey, before moving into the field of theatre education in 1996 when she worked as Education Coordinator at the Royal Court Theatre. She subsequently worked freelance as an applied theatre specialist on a number of projects, including playwriting in schools at Hoxton Hall (funded by Carlton) and Seven Sacraments by Neil Bartlett (Artangel/Gloria Theatre Company, 1998). In 1997-1998 she also worked as a drama workshop leader at a mental health centre in East London. Amanda‘s areas of specialism include playwriting, verbatim theatre and theatre of testimony. Her applied theatre work is both practical and theoretical, focusing currently on the use of stories derived from lived experience and the ethics of practice in this context.