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I have always loved stories. I started writing some about nine years ago and since then I have been trying to understand better how (good) stories are told and how stories can make people feel any kind of emotion (even unpleasant ones).
In my path to reach awareness in storytelling, four years ago I discovered Theatre, which I reckon as a serendipity. Theatre not only allowed me to think about stories but also gave me a sense of belonging which I lacked before.
Now I write stories of any kind but I also work as a director assistant and assistant director.
I love nature, mountains and climbing. I used to be a boy scout leading young people to the discover of landscapes and adventures. I studied International Relations and I volunteered in Peru during two years dealing with social issues as homeless children and indigenous rights. I am interested in environmental protection issues and I am starting to experience biologicl agriculture first hand working on my vegetable garden. I am happy to be part of the project because I feel proud when it come to team spirit and sharing.
I'm a costume designer and I love to see characters coming to life when actors wear their costume and start to feel them a second skin. I work for an NGO with international projects especially with Peru which has come to be a kind of home country to me. After years of travels and experiences in Europe, I am so proud that, this time, Europe is coming to Sarteano bringing ideas and art to share. As in the "Emperor's new clothes" tale, I deeply believe in the freedon of truth and I am looking forward to be part of the project.
Tina Ellen Lee is a singer, actress and producer and currently artistic director of Opera Circus, an experimental opera/music theatre company. She is a director with Robert Golden Pictures Ltd., and a founder and director of the web company Objective Cinema. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has performed in concerts, festival operas, fringe theatre, television commercials and feature films and as a voice over artist. As a performer and producer Ms. Lee toured all over the world with Opera Circus in several of the company's productions and has produced all of their work. Her work with Nigel Osborne has led her to establish partnerships with other arts organisations and NGO's in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria and the Netherlands both for the creation of new work and to continue to explore the use of the arts and culture to encourage inter cultural and ethnic understanding. In particular she supports the work of the youth theatre company FETUS and the Youth Theatre in Srebrenica. Opera Circus was based in London for fifteen years, which has led to a number of successful community projects in the region, most recently, the Youth Cultural Exchange Project Simply Human between Bridport and Srebrenica as part of the EU Cultural Project Wake Up.
I have been in theatre for a while. I write, direct, do the set-up. I manage the lights for my plays and I teach my actors how to be at ease on stage. Lately, I have been putting everything in my car and I have been driving miles and miles just to bring my stories to those who want to hear them; and the language of my stories is not always the same as the one of those who listen. But that is fine for me, because I hate barriers, limits and boundaries. One of the quote I am most proud of says:
"BE CAREFUL NOT TO STOP PEOPLE OR YOU WILL END UP STOPPING STORIES TOO'"