Hello, my name is Ara. Since arriving in the UK from Iran in 1999 I integrated quickly into British society using my background in theatre, sport (tennis) and teaching to better assimilate my new-found culture. I believe these gave me a unique perspective as an ‘outsider' to understand other people and their perspectives. I used my knowledge and passion for theatre, sport and teaching as vehicles not only to learn and to grow myself, but to encourage others to do the same. I have a BA in theatre and an MA in drama and I am a qualified tennis coach. I work as a theatre director, actor and playwright and have worked with a variety of theatres in London. I like to use my language ability, the performing arts and sports to better express my own inner voice and I am passionate about wanting to help others to do the same!