actREAL's social mission
actREAL is committed to doing work that has a social benefit, working with and within the community to enhance understanding of current issues and social tolerance. We aim to encourage community cohesion, dialogue across difference and to provide knowledge and activities which promote understanding and well-being. Company profits will be reinvested to further our work and provide best value for researchers, schools, and community groups that we work with.
Ida Persson is the Creative Director at actREAL. With many years of experience in theatre and comedy writing Ida devises and executes actREAL workshops and rehearsals as well as developing the practical material based on academic research. Ida holds a law degree and an MA in Film & Television Studies from Warwick University as well as an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace, Costa Rica.
Vanessa Hughes is the Research Director at actREAL. Vanessa has over five years’ experience working in research at Oxford University, Goldsmiths College (University of London), the Council of Europe and the Migrants’ Rights Network. Her role at actREAL is to engage academics, researchers, schools and community groups to develop new projects, to support Ida in devising workshop materials and design and carry out evaluations. Vanessa holds a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Durham, an MA Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and an MRes Sociology from Goldsmiths University. She has several publications including Narrating Home (Lambert Academic Publishing), No Way Out, No Way In (Research Paper, COMPAS) and Citizenship and Its Others (co-authored) (Palgrave Macmillan).
The actREAL Advisory Board is composed of experts in relevant fields, providing guidance and advice to support us in delivering the best possible programmes.
• Professor Bridget Anderson (chair), University of Oxford
• Jordana Berk, Old Palace of John Whitgift School
• Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths, University of London
• Joseph Kenneway, Messenger Marketing
• Lorraine Kingsman, Learning Consultant
• Vicky Kingsman, University of Oxford
• Emma Newcombe, University of Oxford
• Clifford Oliver, Arc Theatre
• Miou Pothast, Chartered Accountant
“I have just seen more learning this evening than there is in a whole curriculum”
Nick Clark, Middlesex University
Act Real Productions Limited • Company Reg No. 09464975 • Registered in England and Wales • Registered Office: 26 Violet Way • Oxford • United Kingdom • OX4 7WE