The Bare Team

 Artistic Director: Malaika Cunningham


Malaika Cunningham (Artistic Director), a theatre maker, facilitator and political researcher. She has recently worked with Cardboard Citizens, Daniel Evans (The Effect, 2015) and Invisible Flock (Control, 2016). She completed the Clore Emerging Leaders course in Spring 2015. She is motivated by the belief that art and theatre can provoke lasting social change through encouraging imagination, empathy and stimulating deeper conversations. She is currently studying for a PhD with the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity about participatory theatre and democratic spaces.

Twitter: @MalaikaEliza

 Head of Writing: Joe W

Joe has been the playwright for all The Bare Project’s own productions. Last spring he was selected to participate in FUSE at Sheffield Theatres and as a result his play Volcano was staged in the Crucible Studio. He has recently been accepted onto the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting Group. His writing is informed by his academic interest in the human mind. He studied for his master’s in Cognitive Studies at the University of Sheffield. Together with The Bare Project he has worked with academics/mental health practitioners from all over Europe to create plays about psychiatric disorders.

He’s not on Twitter…

Associate Artists

Sarah Lewis

 Sarah joined The Bare Project to design ‘Time Passes. Listen.’ – then she got hooked and is now a fully-fledged member. As a freelance prop and puppet maker as well as designer for theatre, film and events, the task of transforming a vast old Woolworth into a warren of magical spaces was happily taken in hand. Being a Sheffield girl, Sarah is particularly motivated by the community engagement element of Bare’s work in the city. Outside of The Bare Project, her most prolific theatre design employment has been with Nottingham Playhouse, for whom she has created eighteen separate designs, ranging from main stage and festival productions to youth and community pieces. Other past projects include event design for UKTV Dave; set design for a Toploader music video; and her own business Sarah Makes Puppets.

Find her on Twitter at @SarahELewis_ 

Will Monks

Will Monks is Head of Lighting at Birmingham based Frontseat Media. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, specialising in lighting design. He has previously worked with The Bare Project as the lighting designer for  How To Survive the Blitz and Other Things, Bardo and Time Passes, Listen. Other works include Caroline Horton’s Islands (Summerhall, Edinburgh), Wattle and Daub’s The Depraved Appetite of Tararre the Freak (Tobacco FactoryNew Diorama), touring technician with Battersea Arts Centre on their Collaborative Touring Network.

Lee Affen

Lee Affen is a composer, music producer and sound designer from Manchester, now based in Lancaster. His passion for music has led him to work in bands, write for singers and compose for theatre, film and dance. Lee’s recent work has seen him composing for the dance piece The Thief, The Fox and The Phoenix and also for the Bare Project’s immersive theatre piece, How to Survive the Blitz and Other Things. Lee also delivers music workshops with an ‘issue’ based focus. The State of Flux project saw him working with young people with mental and physical health issues. Lee ran music workshops leading to a final exhibition of their work. Other projects include working with the participants of the Homeless Action Centre in Lancaster to create a score for their theatre piece, Scrooge. Lee’s current work includes young people’s project Time and Tides with the focus on bereavement.

Rose Gray

Rose trained as an actor at The Arden School of Theatre in 2012 and first joined The Bare Project in 2014 as a performer in Time Passes. Listen. Although based in Manchester, Sheffield is like a second home to her and since working on the first project with The Bare Project she’s joined the company since as the Narrator in Bardo and in their most recent production, How To Survive The Blitz and Other Things. Since graduating Rose has worked with various local, national and international companies and artists such as Girl Gang Manchester & Sheffield, Slung Low’s Lucy Hind, The RSC, and Sergel’s Square Stockholm amongst others.

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