Sara Alkins is an actor, singer, project manager, writer and dramaturge. She works with young people, adults with disabilities, older people, community members in their own communities and anyone else who would like to perform or be heard. Sara is lead singer for Les Vegas and the International Playboys of Rhythm, a ten piece swing band and also a member of Commoners Choir. Sara believes in the power of theatre and performance to transform lives, unite communities and lift the spirits. She has worked with communities in Leeds, Scunthorpe and Edinburgh.
Sara uses drama and storytelling to explore issues and subject areas to increase participants’ insight. She designs and delivers bespoke drama sessions. She has wide experience of partnership working across statutory, voluntary and community sectors to produce shows, tours and workshop events. She was director of the Life Act for Open Minds Theatre Company in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Life Act is the performing company for Adults with Learning Disabilities. Sara trained volunteers to facilitate sessions and support the actors.
She has a degree in Politics from York University and an MA in Theatre Studies from he University of Leeds. She has delivered a series of lectures at Leeds Becket University on the Youth and Community Work BA. Her work as a writer and performer has been produced with West Yorkshire playhouse, Red Ladder Theatre, Leeds Youth Theatres and Leeds City Council, and she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Sara delivers friendly, creative, performance-based sessions based on improvisation and ‘forum theatre’ methods for Red Dress, with community groups, schools, universities, theatres and theatre companies. She is First Aid trained and has a current enhanced DBS.