About the Seethrough Theatre Group

Who We Are

Julia Evangelista - Founder & Director

Julia Evangelista - Founder & Director

SEETHROUGH Theatre Company is the result of a dream and many years of hard work by its Founder and Director, Julia Evangelista. Julia is an educator who is passionate about people and the arts. Her background is in drama, acting, photography and dance; she has worked for more than 15 years both in Brazil and the UK as a freelance actress, creator, developer, coordinator and workshop facilitator. Julia has also collaborated with many well known institutions, including: Eastside Educational Trust, Theatre Centre, Barbican Centre, Peoples' Palace Projects in London; and Galpao Aplauso and Nós do Morro in Brazil. Her work involves coordinating, creating and delivering arts projects with children, young people, adults, elders and community projects. Julia specialises in a number of creative skills, such as storytelling, Theatre of the Oppressed, Commedia Dell'arte, performance making, improvisation, creative writing, Brazilian folklore, and mask making. In her work, integration, inclusion and participation take primary importance. She believes that participants need to be given the chance to fully collaborate in all phases of the creative process to foster their sense of ownership.

Julia is a fully qualified Montessori teacher, has an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths University and has studied Commedia Dell'arte under the Italian Master, Antonio Fava. Dividing her work between the UK and Brazil, where she works with under-supported young people in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, she brings her unique perspective to bear on all her projects.

Joao Andre da Rocha - Director Associate

Joao Andre da Rocha - Director Associate

Joao was born in Brazil and has worked in the UK since 2005. A fully trained primary school teacher with a BA in Drama from PUC University in Brazil, João has extensive experience across all age ranges in using Combined Arts to teach Brazilian culture and performance making.

Joao has worked with Nós do Morro in Brazil and People’s Palace Projects and Theatre Centre in the UK. He has also developed projects for organizations such as Shoreditch Trust, Barbican Centre, Arts Council, Young Vic and the British Council. He has been speaker and workshop leader in schools through the world, including Berkeley University in California/USA, Leeds University/UK and Soros Foundation in Azerbaijan.

Saskia Fischer - Collaborator

Saskia Fischer - Collaborator

Saskia lives in London spending her time writing stories, making videos and taking photos. She has Indian and Dutch origins and grew up in Brussels. After studying media in Philadelphia, she worked for a number of years with community groups around the US as an organizer, challenging the media’s active collusion with social injustices. She is interested in the power of representation through media, and has explored this theme through making documentaries about community projects, teaching young people video making skills and working in experimental theatre.

Bettina Fernandez - Collaborator

Bettina Fernandez - Collaborator

Bettina was born in France to French and Uruguayan parents. Trained at Central Saint Martin's in London, she has been designing/making costumes and painting for fifteen years. With enthusiasm and a love of learning, she has extensive experience in working with children. She also has knowledge of juvenile development and special needs with training through The New Learning Centre.

Bettina has a great interest in the areas of ecology and cultural diversity, and specialises in using local, found, natural, everyday and recycled materials, making the ordinary becomes extraordinary!

Madeleine Shrimpton - Collaborator

Madeleine Shrimpton - Collaborator

Madeleine is a performer, singer and drama practitioner. She lives and works in London. After graduating from the University of Exeter in 2007, where she studied Drama, Madi worked in the Film and TV industry as well as the renowned film installation artist Isaac Julien. After that Madi decided to turn her attentions to her own performance practice and the community arts. She has worked with companies such as Wildworks, Eastside, GroOops, Actionwork, Headbangers and Actor Factor.

Ciara Rose Brennan - Collaborator

Ciara Rose Brennan - Collaborator

Ciara is a community theatre educator and facilitator with a passion for sharing the gift of the performing arts with children and young people. After graduating from University of Exeter with a drama degree, Ciara has worked with theatre in education companies and educational organisations such as Value Theatre, Artis, Eastside Educational Trust, Rainbow Drama and the Arts Award. She has worked in various settings including schools, theatres, hospitals and pupil referral units.

Eduardo Padilha – Collaborator

Eduardo Padilha – Collaborator

Eduardo Padilha is a Brazilian artist that works and lives in London. He studied art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie ( Amsterdam), on the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), and on the Chelsea College of Art & Design (London). He specializes in working with children and young people, creating collaborative arts work and has developed many projects on the field of arts and education.

He works with found materials and reassembled them to reflect the urban experience where private and public domain intersect. Padilha manages a program of events at his flat council in Borough called BalinHouseProjects.

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