Meet the Team

Julia

Julia Barton – Director Reveal Theatre

Julia has a myriad of experience over far too many years – engaging with many people, particularly the young from diverse communities. Julia’s background was one of Film and Music in London in the 1980’s. This culminated in Julia working as part of the Team that created, organised and delivered World AID’s Day in 1987…

with such artists as: George Michael, Elton John, Boy George, the Communards, Holly Johnson, and Kim Wilde. Special guests also included: Meat Loaf, Aswad, Bobby Womack, Tom Robinson and many others. From this point Julia realised how the arts could engage with people notwithstanding their race, religion, heritage or gender and when moving to Stoke-on-Trent in 1989 was determined to continue on this path. After bringing her daughters up during the early 90’s Julia has worked in a management and administration capacity at the New Vic Theatre – Borderlines, Planet Sound Community Music Co.

North Staffordshire Racial Equality Council and finally Love Music Hate Racism where she tour managed a “supergroup” curated by Sam Duckworth of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Drew McConnell from Babyshambles, members of The King Blues and Kid British, Mpho Skeef; Jimmy Pursey from Rock Against Racism heroes Sham 69, rappers Low Key and Eslam Jawaad, Britpop legend Lee Mavers from The La’s; and DJ The Last Skeptik.

Taking them to Sziget Festival in Budapest in 2009 which was beginning to see the rise of the Far Right before joining Reveal Theatre full time as Managing Director. Reveal Theatre has allowed Julia to create and manage projects that have challenged many issues that impact on our young people using theatre to explore and challenge issues such as racism, extremism, intolerance, stigma’s connected to mental health and how social media can impact on young people.

Julia’s enthusiasm continues to deliver projects not only in Stoke-on-Trent but with Reveal’s arm extending from Blackburn to her home City of London. Julia looks forward to taking Reveal Theatre forward and ensuring the stability of this wonderful theatre Company before she finally bows out and retires – one day!!!

Peace and Love J x

Dominic

Dominic Meir – Artistic Associate

Trained at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama. Professional work includes mainstream Film, Theatre and Radio. For Reveal, specialising in Prevent and extremism since 2007 including creating the documentary play Silent anger from research and interviews with extremists violent and non-violent…

Delivery of Game On throughout education and other agencies. Lead research and narrative development.

Collaborative work with Keele University PGCE. Researched and co-created the slavery documentary play “Am I Not A Man And A Brother celebrating the bicentennial of the Abolition of Slavery? With the Racial Equality Council and African-Caribbean community of Stoke-on-Trent.

Researched, co-created and directed the documentary play “Homefront Recall”.

Pre-Reveal work included working on participatory projects delivered with and in prisons, young offenders, substance abuse, vulnerable young women’s projects (with Youth Offending Teams) Holocaust Memorial Days (with Holocaust survivors) refugees amongst many others.

Daniel Johnson – Lead Practitioner

Training in Drama Performance & Theatre Arts (BA) and Drama Education (PGCE, QTS) alongside work in industry, Daniel has over a decade of artistic experience. Working for Reveal intermittently since 2015, he has delivered the ‘Game On’ project across a number of schools and communities and is passionate about and committed to using the arts as a vehicle for progressive change…

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Reveal network since 2015. During this time I have delivered the ‘Game On’ project in a myriad of schools in a wide variety of communities. 

During my time training in theatre I have engaged with a number of projects and subjects. Specialisms include theatre directing, acting, documentary theatre and the study of contemporary drama. Credits of staged work include creating, directing and acting in the documentary plays ‘Save Our NHS’ and ‘Hard Times’. These pieces of Verbatim theatre engaged with communities across the country to reflect on and raise awareness of serious social and economic issues facing them, giving a voice to the less heard. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama Performance & Theatre Arts at Staffordshire University in 2015. 

I have also gained a PGCE from Keele University specialising in teaching Drama to pupils across KS4 & KS5. I have taught in a wide range of environments including mainstream secondary schools and sixth forms, PRUs and SEMH schools, specialist EAL schools and SEN departments. This, of course, means I have worked with pupils from extremely diverse backgrounds, ability levels and needs in a multitude of different community settings. Gaining an insight into the mechanics of teaching and pedagogical theory and practice has helped develop my ability to work effectively with young people and continues to be an area of research for myself. 

I aim to commence an MA in Theatre Practice (specialising in Directing) within the next year to further develop my practice. My passion and drive comes from a belief in the arts’ ability to promote progressive change, challenge extreme ideologies and stigma around race, mental health and economic inequality and support young people in understanding themselves, their peers and the world around them. I look forward to working with my colleagues at Reveal to achieve just that. 

Sarah Miller – Lead Practitioner

Sarah started her professional career as an actor/musician straight out of college into a theatre company, with many roles under her belt. She continues her work as a musician to this day…

appearing in several bands and having recorded and toured for many years.

Meantime, she has worked on many community projects for organisations including Planet Sound, Creative Partnerships, City Music Service and was artist in residence at Gallery 37 in Birmingham. She has worked with a varied range of groups within the community, including vulnerable young women, NEETS and young offenders.  She completed her teaching degree during her ten years lecturing in Drama & Music at Newcastle Under Lyme College, specialising in working with adults with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, and worked for eight years as vocal coach & lecturer in Pop Music at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has worked on the Game On project intermittently since 2011 but has contributed towards the honing of the workshop together with training new practitioners and is looking forward to helping develop new projects for Reveal.

Sid Sagar – Support Practitioner

Sid is an actor, writer and facilitator based in London. He grew up abroad and has lived in England since the age of eight. He read History at the University of Bristol. He has a range of credits on stage and screen. He has worked with children and young people in a variety of roles, including as a private tutor, as a volunteer for NCS: The Challenge, and on behalf of British Youth Music Theatre.

Adam Westwood – Support Practitioner

I have been a proud participant of Reveal Theatre’s “Game on” project since January 2020. My studies have consisted of a Higher National Diploma in Performing Art’s and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Drama, Performance and Theatre Art’s at Staffordshire University. Through my studies I have come to develop an understanding of the power of theatre, specifically its ability to facilitate societal change in a tangible and creative manner. I am honoured to be part of the Game On project and to have the chance to collaborate with a team of such diverse specialisms. I look forward to working with Reveal Theatre Company to create a safe space to challenge extremism, engage with communities and participate in creating a more tolerant and equal society.

Carly Smith – Support Practitioner

Carly Smith is a support practitioner on our ‘Game On’ project and lead practitioner on our ‘Creature Workshop’ targeted at Primary aged pupils. Carly completed her undergraduate degree in Drama with French at the University of Northampton before moving on to Manchester Metropolitan University to complete her PGCE in Secondary Drama.

Carly has worked in a range of educational settings since 2011 and is an experienced practitioner across all Key Stages.

In her role as an A-Level and GCSE Drama teacher, Carly has developed a passion for devising theatre and how it can give a voice to the voiceless. Therefore, she is particularly interested in thought-provoking stimuli such the recent #MeToo movement, the role of women in the Second World War, and the darker side of fairytales drawing parallels with politics throughout history.

Carly is excited about the opportunity to work with Reveal and using her skills to help develop and execute other projects for the company. She feels that her experience in executing Process Drama projects will help to encourage students to engage with the workshops and reflect in a productive and helpful way.

Pamela Ndebele – Support Practitioner

I have worked with children in care for lengthy amount of time and my experience in this type of work has enabled me to effectively work with children and young people from various backgrounds. Encouraging the young people I work with to make positive life choices is something I’m very passionate about. This is why I’m extremely proud to be a part of the Reveal Theatre Company team delivering the ‘Game On’ project, engaging with young people to keep them safe from racism and extremism and contributing to positive change within our society.

Bernardo

Bernardo Pezo – Support Practitioner

My name is Bernardo and I come from a sporting background. I am passionate about working with young people with the aim of encouraging them to make positive life choices. I love working on Reveal’s “Game On” project to ensure young people stay safe from extremism.