Seenaryo is a leading specialist in participatory education and performing arts with marginalised communities in the Arab region.
Seenaryo started by doing theatre and choir projects with refugees and local communities in Lebanon. In 2017, we were commissioned to run a needs analysis of schools in the country and it soon became clear that our artistic, participatory approaches were needed not just in the communities we were working with, but much more widely.
So we created the Seenaryo Playkit: a bank of games, songs, interactive stories and classroom management ideas for teachers in Arabic, English and French. The Playkit entered the world as a book, but we quickly realised if we wanted it to include diverse content, develop regularly, and be accessible in multiple countries, an online platform was vital.
Today we train teachers to use the Seenaryo Playkit across Lebanon & Jordan, but we believe it has the potential to become the leading classroom resource for teachers across the Arab region – and beyond.
To learn more about our other work, please visit our main website: www.seenaryo.org.
Chief Operating Officer
Combining a passion for theatre, storytelling and logic models, Naqiya Ebrahim is Seenaryo’s COO and co-creator of the Playkit. She previously worked as Head of Impact & Evaluation and Early Years Scriptwriter at now>press>play, Performing Arts Specialist at Artis Education, and Co-director at Saturday Storytellers. In 2015 she co-wrote and performed in Adventures in Noggle Noggle Land, an interactive children’s theatre production. Naqiya aims to use the arts and play to create a new generation of curious, collaborative, critical thinkers – and has worked towards this goal in London, San Diego, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Victoria Lupton co-founded Seenaryo in 2015. She leads on strategic development and manages the Lebanon team. She has also co-directed several Seenaryo theatre productions including The Metamorphosis After Franz Kafka which toured 12 times around Lebanon, and What’s Far Is Near, which brought together women in Lebanon and the UK via video linkup.
Victoria has worked in and on Lebanon since 2011, first in contemporary art, then directing the US nonprofit SEAL (Social & Economic Action for Lebanon). She has created art projects including the Another Place audio walk which has toured to five countries on three continents; and co-translated two plays for the Royal Court Theatre. She started her working life as an actor, before realising that her strengths lie in acting behind the scenes for a social purpose. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and a Diploma in Acting.
Country Director, Jordan
Lara McIvor is a theatre facilitator, teacher and experienced project manager. She specialises in community collaborations and intercultural work and has gained a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In London and Northern Ireland over recent years she has worked with organisations such as Lewisham Youth Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and Prime Cut and has directed and performed in several theatre productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other fringe venues. Lara has devised and implemented theatre and Creative English programmes for a range of organisations including Yallaa, a social enterprise organisation working with Syrian refugees living in Northern Ireland and for Siren Associates as part of their community policing training programme. Lara speaks Arabic and French and has worked and lived in France, Jordan and Egypt.
Oscar Wood is a music and theatre facilitator, teacher trainer and educational consultant. Since 2004, he’s been Artistic Director of Upstage Performance Group, who deliver Showbuilds in the UK and are a Cultural Partner of Tower Hamlets, implementing borough-wide vocal projects. He was Head of Learning at now>press>play, creating curricular experiences for over 10,000 primary school children in the UK. He was Senior Vocal Lead for Newham Music, London, executing the vocal strategy for the borough from 2014-2016.
Education Manager, Jordan
Sara Ghanma is a theatre actress and aspiring writer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Sciences. An eclectic performer; she is a member of Amman’s first and only Playback Theatre troupe, an organizer of a new literary and musical event called Amman’s Heartbeat, and an amateur blogger. Her work experience spans over different areas such as brand consultancy, music curating, copywriting, and research. Sara hopes to use her voice and writing to advocate for the arts and its potential role in improving mental and emotional well-being, especially in children and young adults.
Seenaryo is a non-profit organisation. Aside from our wide base of clients, the Seenaryo Playkit is made possible thanks to the support of our family of institutional supporters and generous individuals.
Seenaryo is registered in the UK with charity number 1173822
Seenaryo Jordan is an NGO registered under the Ministry of Culture with number: 201903111761
Seenaryo Lebanon has a temporary registration number with the Ministry of the Interior: 20727 (with full registration pending)
To see a full list of supporters for all of Seenaryo's work, please visit our main website