Iskandar Sharazuddin

Learning & Engagement

Iskandar is an award-winning British Southeast Asian (BESEA) playwright, theatre-maker, and educator. He teaches across secondary and higher education as an acting tutor and visiting creative practitioner. Iskandar works with Arts Educational Schools London for the School of Acting and is a visiting creative practitioner at Oxford School of Drama and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. For PWG Iskandar has developed and led creative learning programmes / performances for our work with the BBC Proms, Theatre Orchard, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He has been a core member of the company since 2013 as both a performer/puppeteer and as a workshop leader.

Iskandar regularly facilitates long-term creative learning programmes. From 2013 – 2016 he was an artistic resident at Haringey 6th Form College, where he worked with students from key stage 4 to 5 across a series of workshops developing new theatre. He has worked in secondary schools developing bespoke workshops and programmes for the past five years most recently with the physical education departments at South Hampstead High School and Francis Holland School Sloane Square. More recently Iskandar has been developing a new play with young people from an African and Caribbean mixed heritage background in East London. He works closely with community and education partners to reach across cultural and socio-economic barriers ensuring his theatre workshops are accessible to a wide number of community participants. Iskandar has guest taught creative writing with Chichester Festival Theatre for community participants and developed an acrobatics module for higher education with the London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance (LAGAD) delivered to students at London Studio Centre.

Iskandar was formerly based in Perth, Western Australia where he co-founded award-winning theatre company, Ellandar Productions in 2010. Through Ellandar Productions he has produced / commissioned new writing for over a decade and is passionate about inclusivity. Iskandar has produced work for festivals and independent seasons across Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is passionate about platforming work by and about British Southeast Asians, female-led creative teams, and the diverse British-Muslim diaspora.

Recent selected credits include: Finding Melania by Denise Stephenson (Camden People’s Theatre); [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva ] by Nemo Martin (VAULT Festival – Origins Award Winner); Tiger Mum by Eva Edo (Soho Theatre – Soho Rising);

As a playwright & dramaturg Iskandar is interested in how we bridge the gap between a colonised theatre culture and new audiences and how we need to reimagine classical canon to be more inclusive. He is an alumnus of the writing programmes at Soho Theatre and the Criterion Theatre Trust and a playwriting lab at the National Theatre of Great Britain. Iskandar is the 2014 recipient of the Tony Craze Playwriting Award née Soho Theatre Young Writers’ Award for his play ’The Life of Cardboard’. He has been long and short listed for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize, Off West End Adopt a Playwright Award, and the Old Vic 12.

Recent selected credits include: (un)written • (un)heard (Fringe World Festival Western Australia – Dance & Physical Theatre Award); Post-Mortem (Assembly Festival, Edinburgh, The Blue Room Theatre & Holden Street Theatres, Australia); Silently Hoping (Arcola Theatre, VAULT Festival, and Applecart Arts); If & When (Soho Theatre / Oxford School of Drama); and The Apologists (VAULT Festival & Omnibus Theatre, London and The Old 505 Theatre, Sydney).

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