MISSION

We love theatre: we love film. Most of all, we love working with people. Magnetic Island was formed to bring together young, hungry, emerging creatives to share their craft and collaborate on boundary-pushing theatre and film. We want these projects to constantly challenge our notions of humanity and what is possible; to create something that latches onto our collective memory and creates lasting social and global change. In pursuit of this, our artistic endeavours aim to first, entertain, but also move towards something greater; art that has the ability to shape our collective future for the better.

VISION

Our artistic vision centres around the concept of story; the sharing of experiences to communicate, inform, inspire but most importantly, entertain. The creation of these productions will stem from an environment that nourishes the collective visions and cultures of us as individuals; people from around the world with different backgrounds and stories to share. Our narrative-based work will be inspired by the people and communities whose stories get lost in the noise of commercial media and content. Magnetic Island is here to share these stories; one stage, one screen, one story at a time.

TEAM

        LOUIS AKIHITO BLAIR

       ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Louis has worked as a writer, director and actor in London since 2016. Hailing from Australia, he originally performed with the Genesian Theatre Company and studied at various Australian institutions including many years with award-winning director Benjamin Matthews and renowned American acting teachers Larry Moss and Margie Haber. He has since continued to study and work with Lawrence Mitchell at HOME Studio, London, as well as undertaking a second degree in playwriting.

 

In 2018 he co-founded That Lot, an independent theatre company dedicated to creating gritty, witty theatre set across the London landscape. Fostering new talent, That Lot most recently hosted Millennium Men, an evening of short plays showcasing the work of emerging directors, writers and actors. From this collection, many of these productions have now been developed into full-length plays including Louis’s own play, Our House,.

Louis’s past productions include: Far From The Madding Crowd, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Go Back For Murder (Genesian Theatre Company), Care Not, Fear Naught (Temporarily Misplaced Productions), Shirley; Or The Inexplicable Question of God's Actions, Black Rainbow (Kathy Petrakis Productions), The Importance of Being Earnest (BEST Co), Sarah, Sky & Seven Other Guys (Liver & Lung Productions) and films The Suicide (Lines Pictures & Open Eye, San Francisco, U.S.A), I Am Wallace (Rec'n'Roll), and Brutally Honest Love.

        ELENA NOVELLO

       EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Elena is an Italian actress who has worked extensively in theatre in Italy and the UK. She trained in Italy since the age of six in acting, singing and dancing at the Rudolf Steiner School and Art Voice Academy before joining various theatre companies performing in Venice and Verona under the artistic direction of director and dramaturg Gloriana Ferlini at the Teatro Accademico, Castelfranco Veneto. 

 

She moved to London in 2012 to pursue her acting training at the University of Roehampton where she graduated in 2017. She continued her training with Laurence Mitchel at HOME Studio, London and in Copenhagen, Denmark as assistant director for a CISPA production of The Cherry Orchard. She has been leading workshops on movement and Commedia dell’arte and satire at the University of Roehampton and for other theatre companies. 

Past productions include: Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Not for Alll The Money in The World by L. Scifoni (NFTS), Antigone (Teatro Accademico) As You Like It (Teatro Don Bosco).  

        REBECCA WING

       MARKETING MANAGER

 

Rebecca is not an actress but instead uses a strong background in marketing and design, combined with a love for performance and entertainment, to bring a unique perspective to the company.

 

Born and raised in the UK, her love for performance began at the age

of five when she started gymnastics. She went on to compete 

internationally for Great Britain, 

reaching the pinnacle of her career in 2008 when she competed at the Beijing Olympic Games.  

 

After retiring from international sport, she went out to Stanford University where she got her degree in Product Design, as well as earning a digital marketing qualification through

Squared Online, an online course developed and run by Google. She moved back to London in 2016 and is now Studio Manager for a London-based marketing agency where she manages the creative studio as well as running the operations across the agency.

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