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WE ARE HERA

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ToriA Banks

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Toria (she/her) is a director, writer, teacher and producer, who lives with a neurological disability. Before co-founding Hera, she was Resident Director at Trinity Laban for twelve years and led the Foundation Acting course at Arts Ed for five. As a  director and dramaturg she has worked with new writing, old writing and collaboratively devised work. She has also written three plays for rural touring. She has worked for other opera companies including English Touring Opera, the Royal Opera House and formidAbility.

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lindA hirst

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Linda (she/her) is a singer and singing teacher. An internationally-acclaimed mezzo soprano, she is especially known for performances of contemporary music, and has worked with composers including György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze and Judith Weir. She was Head of Voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for 22 years, and is President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society. She has always worked across genre boundaries, and has recorded with The Who, Ivor Cutler, Nonclassical, and others.

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Co-Founder & ASSociate artist

Simone (she/her) is a mixed-race performer, theatre-maker, and administrator. She has sung BVs for artists including Benjamin Clementine; roles for BBC Four and in workshop for the Royal Opera; and is an Extra Chorister at English National Opera. She worked in administration for Cheek by Jowl and Paines Plough, where she led on accessible performances; and is a writer and director of opera, theatre and cabaret. She recently directed her first short film for English National Opera, and is a published playwright.

Everyone who's Worked with US

COMPOSERS

Amble Skuse

Bryony Purdue

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Sarah Taylor Ellis

Yaz Lancaster

Writers

Sabrina Mahfouz

Directors

Adele Thomas

MUSIC DIRECTORS

Lana Bode

Rodney Bush

DESIGNERS

Laura Spark

Libby Welsh

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Kimberley Turford

Rachel Vogler

Yarit Dor

SINGERS & ACTORS

Abiona Omonua

Bryony Purdue

Donna Bateman

Emily Gray

Gweneth Ann Rand

Lucy Jane Parkinson

Maria Friedman

Juliette Koch

Lucinda Scott

Naomi Felix

Samantha Houston

Samuel Thomas

Sarah Minns

Shakira Tsindos

Steph West

Tanisha Spring

Victoria Oruwari

Yolanda Grant-Thompson

PLAYERS

Clarence Adoo

Olivia Fraser

Sonia Allori

Steph West

Dancers

Laura Cantliff

producers

Joe Strickland

TECHNOLOGISTS

Dylan Howells

Stage managers

Sarah Sweet

PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS

Emma Wheeler

Juliette Koch

Olivia Sofia Ferrara

ACCESS SUPPORT STAFF

Dina Rider

Eluned Charnley

Karen Pritchard

Sandra-Mae Lux

MARKETING DESIGNERS

Nat Henderson

OUR TRUSTEES

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