Melissa K Eveleigh
A theatre practitioner, director, writer, trainer and manager, Melissa’s experience and expertise combines practical application with theory, design and management across the disciplines of applied theatre, communication, radio for development, policy interaction and research.
10 years experience in the SADC region
Melissa has 10 years experience working in Southern Africa, using the arts and communication for development, with an extensive repertoire of success, and specific knowledge about governance, justice, HIV & AIDS and women’s issues, in Malawi in particular.
New strategies for the use of arts for positive change
Co-Founder and Creative/Executive Director of award-winning NGO Nanzikambe Arts, Melissa developed and implemented national programmes for culture and development, applying various theatre and performing arts processes and communication methods for positive individual and community change; notably establishing a national community-based activator network for good governance and HIV/AIDs prevention that employs a combination of arts and social research process, and conceiving and directing a series of performances and high impact policy dialogue programmes.
Interactive communication and cultural development
Since 2010, Melissa has founded the Arts Lab, a programme for cultural development in Zimbabwe for Savanna Trust, and currently works as a consultant in the SADC region providing training, research, programme development and direction for theatre and performing arts initiatives, and interactive communication for good governance, HIV prevention, womens rights and rule of law, enhancing public voice, strengthening accountability through action-oriented awareness raising and people centred communication campaigns.