Hello! I’m Cassi, I’m an actress, singer and theatre-maker from Croydon, passionate about new writing in theatre and opera. My creative practice focuses on collaborating with others to create original work which champions global majority voices; and reimagining classic material in ways that create artistically fulfilling opportunities for womxn.
I trained at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously studied Music at the University of York. I am a member of Orange Tree Theatre’s Writers Collective; ETT Forge producers’ network; Paines Plough’s Re:Assemble Dramaturgy Programme and an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre.
In 2019 I partnered with Soho Theatre to produce my debut play Shuck ‘n’ Jive, co-written with Simone Ibbett-Brown and published by Oberon Modern Plays. In 2020 I co-founded Speaks of Rivers – a black womxn-led physical theatre company who use puppetry, spoken word and music to create original stories for young audiences. Speaks of Rivers’ debut show The Fourteenth Stop premiered as part of Upstart Theatre’s DARE Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall in February 2021 and has since toured to Camden People’s Theatre and Arcola Outside.
Directing credits include: Consensual (ALRA Theatre); The Birds (ALRA South); Wonderland – A New Musical (Workshop, University of Winchester); Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Grand Opera House, York). As Assistant Director: The Flock (Dir. Guy Jones, Chichester Festival Theatre); Baylis Youth Company Summer Project (Dir. Pete Cant, English National Opera); Britten’s Albert Herring (Dir. Simone Ibbett-Brown, Harrow Opera)
Writing Credits include: The Fourteenth Stop (Arcola Outside; Camden People’s Theatre; Shoreditch Town Hall); Shuck ‘n’ Jive (Soho Theatre); The Next Jessye Norman (Tristan Bates Theatre)
Dramaturg Credits include: The Flock (Chichester Festival Theatre); Miss Gyrus (VAULT Festival); BLAQ (Workshop); Wonderland – A New Musical (Edinburgh Fringe)
Performance credits include: Princess Di in Tony! (Park Theatre); Madame Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera (UK & Ireland Tour); U/S Radio 1, Radio 2, The Moon in Caroline, or Change (Playhouse Theatre, West End); Lucy Parsons in Haymarket (Actors’ Church, Covent Garden)
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