Meet Our Team

Junction Theatre is a beautiful mix of Middle Eastern, international, migrant and British artists all working together to create engaging performances and feature untold stories.

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Neta Gracewell

Founder & Artistic Director

Neta is an Israeli director, performer, visual artist and writer-translator based in London.

Neta believes that empathy is key, and that art has the power to foster that empathy between people and communities, creating space for mutual learning and social change.

In her creative works she interrogates the relationship between the audience and the performance, and the unique opportunity for a delicate moment of connection to happen. She always seeks ways in which she can reach the audience in an authentic, genuine and intimate way.

Theatre credits include:

Borders الثياج הגדר (Shout Festival, 2021) 

Walking Home (Cake Theatre podcast), @iContact:Mirror Talk (Camden People's Theatre, international tour), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Bilhaa Theatre), Let Us Be Here Next Year (Teatronetto Festival of Monodramas, Jaffa Theatre)

Neta is also a multidisciplinary artist, her most notable project being the interactive dance installation So Close created during lockdown. Her works with face masks exhibited in London and Tel-Aviv.

Neta is an alumna of MA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Maria Majewska

Associate Producer

Maria is an experienced producer and stage manager.
She is interested in producing socially-conscious work that engages with topics such as migration, identity and the environment.
She is also the co-founder and producer of Patch Plays, a theatre company focusing on animal ethics and sustainability.

Stage Management credits include: New Nordics Festival (Jackson’s Lane), Anahera (Finborough Theatre), Meat Cute (Chiswick Playhouse, Hen & Chickens Theatre, Bread & Roses Theatre).

Producing credits include: Birdie’s Adventures in the Animal Kingdom (Harrow Arts Centre), Patch Plays @ the Greenhouse Scratch Night (The Greenhouse Theatre).

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Ethan Cheek

Associate Designer

Ethan is a queer performance designer with experience in theatre, film and assisting established designers.


Ethans work views theatre as a collaborative machine which binds together multiple art forms. Art is firstly emotive, rather than initially intellectual. As such, his design process concentrates on providing strong, visceral moments which evoke meaningful and powerful emotions from the audience to engage them as active consumers of each narrative.

Credits include: Les Misrables (Associate Designer, Mountview)

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Joseph Samimi

Actor

Joseph is a British Iranian actor based in London.

He trained at the Oxford School of Drama.

 

Theatre credits include:

The Merchant of Venice (CLF Art Cafe), Pool no Water (Royal Court),

Wonder Winterland (SOHO theatre),

The Winters Tale (Oxford School of Drama).

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Yaniv Yafe

Actor

Yaniv started acting at the age of 6 and has been part of multiple youth theatres.

Trained at Drama Centre London and The Boris Schukin Theatre Institute in Moscow.

 

Yaniv is part of Make it Beautiful Theatre Company.

 

Theatre Credits include:

The Dream Machine – long-form comedy improv (The Space Theatre, White Bear Theatre), Black Tea (short film), European tour with White Horse Theatre, Three Sisters (The Boris Schukin Theatre Institute), The Winter’s Tale (Drama Centre London)

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Bar Harel

Associate Sound Designer & Composer

Bar Harel is a sound designer, composer and singer songwriter based in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
She composes and designs music and sound for different theater, film, TV, animation and games.
She's fascinated by the connection between sound and movement, and the way different aspects of the creation come together as they become a complete one.

Theatre Credits include:

Catch 22 (directed by Danielle Levi, Kibutzim College), Silenced Water (Bilhaa Theatre).

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Cheng Keng

Associate Designer & Tech Expert

Cheng Keng is a theatre artist originally from Taiwan and currently based in London. He finished his Scenography MFA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since 2016, he has worked as a set and lighting designer/ technician in Taiwan and started to expand his work to video and other medium in theatre. Apart from theatre, He is keen to work with installation, interactive technology and new media in museums and galleries.

Theatre Credits include:

Extremist (Dir. Rikki Beadle Blair, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

@iContact: Mirror Talk (international tour)

Island 99 (International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival)

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Elysia Qiu

Associate Writer & Director

Elysia Qiu is an award winning writer, director and theatre-maker, writing and creating between the East and the West.

Her writing practice feeds her performance work and vice versa. Her first published novel ‘Being and Nothingness’ was adapted from a theatre performance which she wrote and directed.

Elysia holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick and a MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Theatre Credits include:

Being and Nothingness (Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Also Art Festival 2018)

@iContact: Mirror Talk (international tour)

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Adi Gortler

Associate Movement Director

Adi Gortler is a London based movement director, director, performer, and teacher. Originally from Tel Aviv, she has trained in theatre directing, physical theatre, devising new work, and actor coaching. She has 12 years of experience practising and teaching Yoga. She is interested in creating work collaboratively, amalgamating different experiences from her heritage in movement and sports with the world of art and the performer's movement identity.

She's currently completing her MFA in Movement Directing and Teaching.

Theatre Credits include:

As Movement Director

Be My Baby, Mr Kolpert, Foxfinder  (LAMDA, 2021)

Alice, The Belle's Stratagem (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

As Director

I See in Colour

(International Children's Theatre Festival, Haifa, 2020)