Jonathan Banatvala

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Course Director, MA Creative Media Scheme and MA Cultural Management

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Jonathan Banatvala is Course Director for the Theatre Practice: Creative Producing (BA Hons) and Creative Media Industries: Cultural Management (MA) courses. He is  Artistic Director of Moving Theatre one of  the UK's foremost independent producers of international collaborative work and was described by the European Cultural Foundation as the "UK's leading exponent of bilingual theatre.". Recent research practice include:

  • "The Mechanics; Carmen – an exploration of the well known story through five different media by five different international companies (funded by EU Culture 2007 and the Arts Council)
  • 45rpm; a partnership based season of new writing inspired by iconic 70s rock and pop musicians, presented as a festival of readings at The Garage, Norwich.
  • Troilusand Cressida a co-production with the Lado Meshkishvilli theatre in Kutaisi of a bilingual adaptation in Georgian and Russian of the Shakespeare play with interleaved verbatim monologues capturing the experience of those caught up in the Georgian / South Ossetian conflict; First presented at the Tbilisi International Theatre festival.  Funded by the European Cultural Foundation "A ground-breaking adaptation")
  • TheWorks; a season of bilingual radio dramas created with partners in Ireland, Austria and Romania and which won The Grand Prix Marulic (2007), Prix Marulic (2009), New York Radio Festival award. It was also nominated for the Prix Europa. Funded by EU Culture 200 programme and the Arts Council.

He is additionally a director of Stirfried Films (www.stirfriedfilms.com) and their Executive Producer on the film Deep Water (Winner Rome Festival 2006 Best Documentary award) He was formerly a co-director at Greenwich studios; tour director for the National Theatre's "Breaking Boundaries" festival and Associate Director with  Bristol Express Theatre Co. "almost unique in its ability to discover writers of significant talent" (The Independent).  He has  sat on the board of trustees for Dual Control International, The Independent Theatre Council National Executive and the Small Scale Touring Council. He has also lectured in Arts Management at Birkbeck College, University of London and was visiting lecturer in Theatre Studies for London Metropolitan University.

Jonathan Banatvala is Course Director for the Theatre Practice: Creative Producing (BA Hons) and Creative Media Industries: Cultural Management (MA) courses. He also teaches on the MA in Creative Media Arts and has taught at LSBU on the BA (Hons) courses in Creative Writing, Arts Management English and Drama and Performing Arts Courses. He was formerly a Visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck College and London Metropolitan University.

Recent research practice includes:

"The Mechanics; Carmen – an exploration of the well known story through five different media by five different international companies (funded by EU Culture 2007 and the Arts Council)

45 rpm; a partnership based season of new writing inspired by iconic 70s rock and pop musicians, presented as a festival of readings at The Garage, Norwich.

Troilus and Cressida a co-production with the Lado Meshkishvilli theatre in Kutaisi of a bilingual adaptation in Georgian and Russian of the Shakespeare play with interleaved verbatim monologues capturing the experience of those caught up in the Georgian/South Ossetian conflict; First presented at the Tbilisi International Theatre festival.  Funded by the European Cultural Foundation "A groundbreaking adaptation")

The Works; a season of bilingual radio dramas created with partners in Ireland, Austria and Romania and which won The Grand Prix Marulic (2007), Prix Marulic (2009), New York Radio Festival award. It was also nominated for the Prix Europa. Funded by EU Culture 200 programme and the Arts Council.

Current research projects include:

Beyond Waves – an exploration into the potential of transnational virtual Performing Arts Centre

Runnin' Wild – practice based research into the work of  Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles

Nude in a Wheelbarrow – an exploration of unlicensed UK theatre work 1737 – 1968.

Jonathan's courses have been deeply integrated in the professional industry and he has collaborated with both The Royal National Theatre Archives and Tara Arts Group to deliver company taught modules. He is also a member of:

BAFTA

Theatre Managers Association / UK Theatre

Jonathan sits on the boards of South Bank Theatres, The St Germain Trust, The Community Project Ltd, the Shawfield Trust. He is additionally a director of Stirfried Films (www.stirfriedfilms.com) and their Executive Producer on the film Deep Water (Winner Rome Festival 2006 Best Documentary award). He was formerly a co-director at Greenwich studios; tour director for the National Theatre's "Breaking Boundaries" festival and Associate Director with  Bristol Express Theatre Co. "almost unique in its ability to discover writers of significant talent" (The Independent). He has  sat on the board of trustees for Dual Control International, The Independent Theatre Council National Executive and the Small Scale Touring Council.

 
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