ShaRyn Mullens Taylor
When do you first recall feeling a passion for theatre arts?
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of writing, shaping and performing plays for my family, neighbours and at school assemblies. Anyone who would sit and watch really. I had the sense from a very early age that story-telling was a flame that burned at my core and I undoubtedly feel most alive, fulfilled and challenged in the process crafting stories.
What has led you to your role at Fresh?
Being a part of Fresh from its inception I think the question might rather be 'how has Fresh led you to your current life roles?' When I embarked on the concept of an applied theatre company over a decade ago I had a palette of creative skills, a passion for serving those in difficult life circumstances and a core sense that the supportive nature of a creative community could provide something unique to those in need. These same three elements have led to my work in alternative youth education, creating theatre with migrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, for a number of years with young people in South London and teaching Applied Theatre at Deakin University.
What do you find most fulfilling about working at Fresh?
I find investing myself physically, creatively and emotionally in theatre with an 'applied' purpose the most fulfilling aspect of my work at Fresh. For Applied Theatre to be truly transformative it must develop with every project and the people who are involved. It is for this reason that the work we do may be carefully planned but never predictable. The vitality of this organic kind of theatre consistently offers inspiration and the opportunity for personal transformation in the participants and their audiences leads to real transformation. The Fresh form of applied theatre works, it just works and each personal transformation is one step forward in our work toward change on a social scale.