Sitara Theatre opened its doors in October 2008. In the last eight years over 120,000 children have enjoyed a Sitara performance. With an intimate theatre space, lights, sound and puppets and masks made by UK puppet artist John Barber, the magic of Sitara was born. It soon became apparent that schools were also looking for performing art workshops that related specifically to the curriculum. In September 2012, Sitara Workshops opened offering a range of more age-specific performing arts workshops.
Sitara believes that it is important to create a working environment where every employee feels a valued part of the team and where creativity and self-expression is encouraged. Sitara’s all women team are committed to creating a magical experience for children, teachers and families.
Emma writes, directs and performs in the theatre productions. She also devises and directs the workshops. With a Theatre Studies MA from Leeds University, Emma worked in the UK for 10 years as a professional actor, specializing in Young People’s theatre and Theatre in Education. In Egypt, Emma gained 10 years experience in teaching and education management, before opening Sitara. When Emma was little she was a right goodie-two-shoes and never got into trouble. She became naughtier as she got older. She always wanted to be an actress and started writing plays starring herself from an early age! Emma is a mother of two girls, is addicted to reality TV and diet pepsi. Her favourite food is the humble potato. She is always losing things....
John designs and makes all Sitara’s puppets and masks, as well as designing most of the sets and costumes. John completed his MA in Theatre Arts at The Workshop Theatre, Leeds, and has since toured in theatre both nationally and internationally. As well as his extensive theatre work, and work as a celebrated puppet maker and animator, John has also worked as an actor in tv in shows such as Coronation St, Emmerdale, Cold Feet, Mathematical Eye, Close Up North and Fun and Games. John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and film and is famously untidy. He once had a tin of carrots that remained in his living room for over two years. Honest. This is a true story….