Established since 2006 Diverse Voices Entertainment performs and facilitates inspirational T.I.E programmes and performing arts based activities for children and young people alike. The core theatre in education programmes are developed to support the National Curriculum, school community cohesion programmes and other education initiatives.
Diverse Voices works with Schools, PRUs, young offenders, community groups, local authorities and regional organisations to deliver a diverse range of arts and issue based activities through highly engaging, fun and interactive means allowing young people to achieve excellence through enjoyment. We employ a large number of artists including actors, dancers, musicians, and workshop facilitators to deliver a wealth of projects, working with in excess of 5,000 young people each year.
We pride ourselves on delivering tailor made performances and workshops which cover curriculum areas, or explore important issues; such as help with preparation for exams, peer pressure, bullying, drug abuse, gang culture, crime, sex education and prejudice. Using current role models the performances offer the audience an array of easily identifiable characters, whilst delivering serious, thought-provoking and motivational messages.
Diverse Voices have worked extensively with the Change for Children team/healthy schools, specifically writing and performing for the annual Teen Voices Conference. Through this we have built up a very strong relationship with the schools and PRUs in Waltham Forest, and regularly deliver workshops in and out of the school environment. We have worked closely with Hillyfield primary; a beacon school in the borough for community cohesion, in developing programmes for gang/crime awareness and preparation for secondary school. We also work closely with local organisations for specific desired outcomes. Diverse Voices is quickly becoming recognised for performing specially devised plays and forums on various subjects. These have included facing exams, peer pressure and bullying. Diverse Voices has also completed a number of successful workshops and on-going mentoring schemes in schools, pupil referral units, youth clubs and after school clubs across the Borough, with tailored drama activities to meet the specific needs of youths.
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... more »
Alex trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School gaining experience in drama and music. As well as a classically trained pianist and self taught... more »
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... more »
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... more »
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)... more »
Multi instrumentalist Scott studied at The Institute for Contemporary Popular Music Performance, he is a classically trained pianist and has had the... more »
Nicola Waxler has over 12 years experience working in Secondary and Primary schools, sports clubs, youth groups and community settings across.... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
'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 »
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 »
Diverse Voices connect to young people with a rare ease, and use their engaging and entertaining skills with subtlety, to draw young people’s thinking and behaviour towards life-affirming choices.
They offer a unique and effective way for drama and the performing arts to foster social and emotional... view all »
As head of cpshee, the performance and workshops covered a whole range of issues that we needed covering in terms of the curriculum. A great deal of what was mentioned managed to explore the key aspects of sex education and drugs education. The performance also developed into issues around peer pressure, gangs, self-esteem and self image, as well as mental health issues... view all »
DIVERSE VOICES provided a program of workshops for our students here at Constance Bridgeman Centre Redbridge, for 12 weeks. Their focus, which we had previously agreed, was to address relevant issues for 14 – 16 year old students – peer pressure, bullying, lifestyle choices etc. They quickly developed positive relationships with the students and were able to encourage them to engage the in classroom based activities, including role play and discussion... view all »
Diverse Voices have delivered two performances at our Pupil Referral Unit and on both occasions the 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 »
In August 2013, Diverse Voices joined forces with the Youth Offending Service’s Voices in Partnership (VIP) group to plan and deliver peer led group work to young people in the criminal justice system. Over six weeks, Diverse Voices and the VIP formulated an interactive drama and discussion based programme on healthy relationships. This is the first peer led group managed by entirely by young facilitators who had also gone through the criminal justice system and the project proved to be a great success... view all »
Diverse Voices worked closely with our Year Nine students and delivered an excellent and truly inspiring six week workshop with a final five star performance with the young people of Stoke Newington School. The students and teachers where blown away when students and Diverse Voices performed a play that they had written about the different scenarios young people are faced with in school, and life. We would definitely welcome them in again... view all »
We first met Alex and Dwayne from Diverse Voices in early 2012 and were immediately impressed by their passion and enthusiasm to share their love of drama with young people in an inspiring and motivating way. They came along with 3 others and performed at our Keep the Peace event in Hackney and blew away the audience with their drama performance about the effects of living life in a gang. It was funny and real and everyone... view all »