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Hazel Roy is an international  freelance theatre director , writer, actor and dance practitioner, who previously worked as an arts consultant, theatre manager, local authority arts officer and disability arts advisor.

February - May 2015: Currently running 3 dance classes weekly for older people and an Intergenerational project in Manchester (INTERGEN) taking retired volunteers into local schools. She is also contributing to a number of peace events in Manchester, and was featured in a film on  the suffragettes Those Dangerous Women made by the Clapham Film Unit.

Fom February - April 2014 Hazel Roy worked for Moradokmai Theatre in Thailand in a detention centre in Songkhla province . This involved  dramatising a Thai story which had won the South East Asia Writers Award, and was subsequently performed for a Literary festival  in Bangkok, Patumthani and Kurat (Salmans small world) .

She also contributed to peace events during 2014 as part of the No Glory in War campaign. June - November 2014 she undertook the marketing  for Feelgood Theatres touring production of Not About heroes in the UK and France before a West End run. She also taught on a Shakespeare project based around The Tempest tin Nepal Nov December 2014. 

 In  April 2013 she directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Moradokmai Theatre Troupe in Thailand.  In June 2013 she directed and adapted  a site-specific production of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw for the 2013 Didsbury Arts Festival.

Audience comments on The Turn of the screw 

...A truly impressive and wonderfully atmospheric production

..the staging and performances were tremendous - the gathering storm clouds and stormy wind added an extra sense of drama really was brilliant - some directors should be forced to watch this to see how it is done!

Thank you for a fabulous experience yesterday! I felt so privileged to be intimately engaged in your masterly story telling. Every cast member was perfect in their role, and the direction was imaginative and sensitive. This was a major triumph for you and the festival. More please!

 Didsbury Life said

The acting was superb, both from adults and children. Never hammy, never over-the-top - simply very, very, very good, and there were sufficient moments when, as an audience, we jumped. .....

This will inevitably be one of the DAF 2013 highlights - and as well as the actors, special mention must go to the director, Hazel Roy, who brought together the group of professional actors, drama students and school children, especially for this adaptation for the arts festival. If you haven't managed to get tickets, you've missed a real theatrical treat. "

 In August 2012 she directed The Thread for Little Moments Theatre and compiled an event called Carry Greenham Home for the 3rd Annual Peace Festival in Manchester to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first mass womens demonstration at the USAF base at Greenham Common with Maxine Peake and Greenham women. This has now been converted into a one hour radio play and is to be archived at the US University of Massacheusit

In September 2012 she organised a UK tour for the Moradokmai Theatre Troupe from Thailand.

 In October - November  2011 she directed a childrens version of The Tempest  for Tamil village children at Aikiyam School Auroville Tamil Nadu South India.

 She has directed two other productions in Thailand,  a Thai version of Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist in April 2011 and in February - March 2010  The Caucasian Chalk Circle for the Moradokmai Theatre Troupe. In November 2010 a production of  The Messenger: Spirit of Nina Simone jointly conceived and written with Annette Reis (who played Nina) and directed by Hazel opened at the 2nd International Theatre Festival in Kathmandu Nepal. The production toured the UK in October 2010 for Black History Month and is available for further tours.

In 2008 Hazel directed Eloquent Protest (an artists response to war) for the first International Theatre Festival in Nepal. The production originally conceived with Caroline Clegg Artistic Director of Feelgood Theatre Productions appeared in the West End from 2006-9  every Armistice Day hosted by veteran political campaigner Tony Benn and  Roy Bailey. In 2009 Hazel founded Artists for Peace a collective of performing artists writers and musicians working with Stop the War and produced the first Manchester Eloquent Protest in November 2010 under its auspices. She has written the source material for a CND Peace Play in a Day which was  launched in Secondary schools in September 2010 as part of the Manchester Peace and Justice Festival. A small extract from that work was performed to the Mayor of Nagasaki when he visited Manchester in November 2010.

Theatre links with Nepal began in 2002 when she worked on a pioneer young peoples theatre project called SCREAM (Supporting Children's Rights through Education the Arts and the Media) about child labour for the International Labour Organisation with Sunil Pokharel Artistic Director of Aarohan Theatre. The subsequent play Rivers of Shame was premiered in Kathmandu in May 2002 and was the subject of her book Three Months in Nepal: A story of Travel Teaching and Child Labour published in 2008. Interest in international arts work has also taken her to Croatia with Extant the first UK company managed and run by Blind actors, Brazil where she trained with Augusto Boal'sTheatre of the Oppressed and in India with Janasanskriti. 

She is a UK consultant for the Nepal charity Children and Youth First set up by a former pupil in Nepal and an ex-rag picker both involved with the ILO project in 2002, and a founding trustee of the UK charity New Futures Nepal which helps  disabled and orphaned children. The latter charity   celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2013 and has raised £1,000,000 in its first decade. She co-ordinated the 2008 Nepal Himalayan Festival in Manchester and a UK tour promotion for classical Nepalese musicians Sukarma. She returned to Nepal in October 2008 to undertake a challenge trek in the Annapurnas on behalf of New Futures Nepal.

A member of the Foundation for Community Dance Hazel runs weekly dance classes called Dance for Everyone in Withington,  has taught dance to adults with obesity and health problems (Big Dance) and devised a handbook on seated dance for Greenwich PCT. She has collaborated with Bisakha Sarker a classical Indian dancer on a Summer School in Dance and Poetry.

She has worked extensively as a disability access consultant and Audio Describer for a wide range of organisations and won an RNIB 'See Hear' Award in 1998. She oversaw an ACE audience development research project for Blue Eyed Soul, an integrated dance Company in 2008 and has worked extensively in the field of disability arts since 1979 when  she set up North West Shape (now Full Circle Arts) a pioneer arts and disability organisation. 

She was Stockport MBC's first Arts Officer (1987-9) and General Manager for the Library Theatre Company (1989-93). In 1993 she helped devise an HND in Arts & Event Management at Bournemouth Institute and worked as Development Officer for "Walk the Plank" the only theatre company based on an ocean going ship.

She has been a visiting lecturer over the last 20 years at Manchester University, Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University in Theatre, Drama & Arts Management. Prior to this she worked as an FE Lecturer in Sociology in Birmingham.

 She participated in a study tour to Palestine in November 2013. Also  Pastors for Peace caravan breaking US sanctions to take goods from Canada US and Mexico to Cuba in Summer 2008 and from November 2008 spent five months working her way round SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand researching material for a new book.

She is a social and political activist, lives in Manchester UK and has four grown up children and two grandchildren.