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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 born director, performer, visual artist and facilitator based in London.

She is of Jewish Yemenite, Ukranian and Polish descent.

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.

She always seeks ways in which her art can reach the audience in an authentic, genuine and intimate way.

Neta leads workshops around producing, theatre in translation and being an emerging artist.

She recently began working as a tutor at Identity School of Acting.

Theatre credits include:

Borders الثياج הגדר (Shout Festival, VAULT Festival Transfer Season, OSO Arts Centre)

Saturnalia (Tower Theatre)

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 visual art exhibited in London and Tel-Aviv.

She is also 1/6 of the international Playground Collective, who were awarded the 4 Nations Fund for their project Hide & Seek: What is Obvious and What is Not in the Public Space?

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 & Stage Manager

Maria is a London-based creative.

Having migrated to the UK from Poland, she went on to study Film at Queen Mary University of London and now works UK-wide across theatre, comedy and music as a producer, stage manager and production coordinator.


She is interested in producing socially-conscious work that engages with topics of migration, identity, folklore and nature.


Stage Management credits include: Borders (Drayton Arms Theatre), English Folk Expo & Manchester Folk Festival 2022, New Nordics Festival (Jackson’s Lane), Anahera (Finborough Theatre), Meat Cute (Chiswick Playhouse, Hen & Chickens Theatre, Bread & Roses Theatre).


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


She now works as a Production Coordinator at Little Wander, Wales' leading comedy production company.

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David Brückner

Associate Producer & Actor

David is a German actor and producer based in London with experience in theatre, film and voice-over.


Trained at University of Arts Bern in Switzerland and won Armin Ziegler Foundation for Talented Young Actors in 2019. He has a MA degree in Expanded Theatre with focus on production management.

He is interested in collaboration that creates intercultural awareness and brings networks together.

David is part of the artistic speed dating Cards on the Table.

Theatre Credits include:
Cinderella (Theatre Ulm), Crime and Punishment (National Theatre Bern), Abraham Tested (National Theatre Bern), Titus Andronicus (National Theatre Bern), The Man without Qualities (National Theatre Bern)



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Cheng Keng

Designer & Tech Expert

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Ethan Cheek


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)

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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Bar Harel


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:

Trampoline (The Cameri Theater), Waiver (Tzavta Theater), Catch 22 (Kibbutzim College), Wool (Kibbutzim College)

Concerta for Eight (Beit Zvi School of Performing Arts)


Adi Gortler

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:

Baghdaddy (Roayl Court Theatre), Jews. In Their Own Words (Royal Court Theatre), Pomona (LAMDA), The Anarchist (Jermyn Street Theatre) Borders הגדר ألسياج (Drayton Arms, OSO Arts Centre)

As placement on RCSSD MFA:

Be My Baby, Mr Kolpert, Foxfinder, X, Three Sisters  (LAMDA)

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)




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Tarik Badwan


Tarik Badwan is a British/Palestinian actor based in London. He has provided a biography in the form of a Haiku:


Tarik Badwan acts

Performing in plays and films

But not always well


Credits include:

The Great (Hulu)

I Came By (Netflix)

Asylum (Camden Fringe)


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Yaniv Yafe


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)

Film Credits include:

First Dates of History (

The Promised Land (Michael Winterbottom)

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Joseph Samimi


Joseph is a British Iranian actor based in London.

He trained at the Oxford School of Drama.


Theatre credits include:

Give Me The Sun (Blue Elephant Theatre)

Borders הגדר ألسياج (Shout Festival, Drayton Arms)

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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Karim Hadaya


Karim is a British-Syrian actor who has a lived experience in the Middle East.


His passion for acting started at a young age, hence enabling him to immerse in the Middle Eastern experience as an artist and a performer. Following his drama training in the UK he went on to do various national theatre tours. His most recent works include a short film that will be going to the festival circuits titled "Beyond the Blue" where he portrayed the character of a Syrian refugee swimmer suffering from PTSD.


Theatre credits include:

Borders הגדר ألسياج (OSO Arts Centre)

Journeys of Destiny (Ava Hunt Theatre)

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Diana Miranda


Diana is a London-based dramaturg, theatre critic and embedded theatre critic from Mexico City. She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Management, and an MA in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She’s a self-proclaimed theatre addict and can be frequently seen touring London’s venues, and is particularly passionate about fringe theatre. As a dramaturg, her methodology is collaborative and outlined by each particular project, acting as an audience representative who holds the artists’ goals at heart.


Most recent credits include collaborations with Ensemble Not Found, Junction Theatre, Rosaleen Cox and Lavan Jeyarupalingam.  

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