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Welcome to Diverse Voices

We provide an extensive selection of workshops ranging from training in performing arts skills and techniques to tackling various relevant issues using drama. Another way we address these subjects is through our various TIE Performances. Our theatre in education performances use comedy as a tool to engage the audience, while presenting serious issues through easily identifiable characters they can relate to. We tailor make our performances to address specific requirements and subject matters and have had great success and positive feedback touring the following productions.

Code Madness
After party
Heartless

Our Team


  • Dwayne
  • Alex
  • Ariete
  • Leonie
  • Simone
  • Scott

Dwayne Gumbs

Dwayne Gumbs is a talented writer and actor, born and raised in East London. After a short spell at Anna Schers drama school, he became involved with locally based drama groups that enabled him to nurture his natural talents in song writing, script writing, directing and acting...    more »

Alex Williams

Alex trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School gaining experience in drama and music. As well as a classically trained pianist and self taught saxophonist Alex is a professional actor and writer with experience in TV, film and theatre. He has performed at some of the UK's most prominent venue's...    more »

Ariete Santos

Ariete Santos is a trained actress with over 10 years’ experience in the field. She was trained in Stratford Royal youth theatre from a very young age and went onto college in her teenage years to do A-level Performing Arts. She later went on to study at ‘Identity’ drama school...    more »

Leonie Elliott

Leonie Elliott trained at The Harris Drama School for film, television and theatre since the tender age of six. Her acting career began at the age of 8, when she appeared in several television commercials and children’s TV series. Leonie made her stage debut in the UK tour of “Annie” – the musical...    more »

Simone Watson

Simone Watson has always been inspired by the arts. She first trained for 2 years at The Brit School of Performing Arts, before undertaking a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester, where she graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in 2006...    more »

Scott Bloodworth

Multi instrumentalist Scott studied at The Institute for Contemporary Popular Music Performance, he is a classically trained pianist and has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of artists & bands over the last ten years in the U.K & Europe...   more »

Partners and Sponsors


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Clients Testimonials


Brentford School For Girls In June 2012 Diverse Voices were invited to Brentford School for Girls to run a Dance and Drama workshop as part of Media Arts Week. They were professional, enthusiastic and had built a memorable relationship with the students.  The team did a fantastic job creating an inclusive environment and inspiring the young people involved in their workshop to discover their inner creativity...   view all »
Lammas School Logo I have used Diverse Voices on numerous occasions over the past four years. They came highly recommended by the PSHE, Citizenship and Community Cohesion leads in the borough and I have always found their work to be of the highest quality and the highest value. They have supported work directly in Drama and PSHE, two areas for which I have had responsibility. They present thoughtful, intelligent and (most importantly) accessible work that engages the students and enhances their learning and understanding...   view all »
Barclay Primary School Logo Just a huge thank you to you and the other members of your team for the highly successful Anti Racism Workshops you ran in our Year 5 and Year 6. You took the issues that we raised as a school, turned them into playlets and dealt with them sensitively in the format of performance, workshops and performance with changed outcomes suggested by pupils. There is always a very fine line in educating on a subject such as this and you did this exceedingly well...   view all »
London Borough of Newham Diverse Voices have delivered two performances at our Pupil Referral Unit and on both occassions staff and students gave positive feedback. We found the performances to be very current, relevant and the delivery was pitched perfectly for our cohort. The performers were very skilled in encouraging the students to engage in both the performances and the workshops that followed...   view all »
London Borough of Waltham Forest Logo To whom it may concern Diverse Voices has been working with us at the KS3 PRU for over a year. They provide a reliable and well planned drama programme which compliments our curriculum. Sessions are well structured and lead. Our pupils thoroughly enjoy taking part. As well as providing opportunities for English Speaking and Listening National Curriculum Level Assessments, these sessions build towards performances which are then shared with the rest of the school....   view all »
London Borough of Islington Logo 'At first I was unsure of how the children would respond to the Diverse Voices programme, since they all suffer low self-esteem and have difficulties with conflict, which poses a challenge when they are all together in a group, but I was very pleasantly surprised! Dwayne and Alex proved to be excellent facilitators, with strong presence, and they established respect from the children very quickly. Most importantly, the children showed immense enjoyment and complete engagement each session....   view all »
Babcock Partners in Education Diverse Voices are a unique theatre company - hugely creative and adaptable. The group have performed and facilitated workshops around risk taking behaviours in a variety of settings including our annual Teen Voices Conference. They have the ability to engage extremely effectively with young people including some of the most vulnerable and challenging. The drama experience they provide is consistently of a high standard, engaging and relevant to young people...   view all »