ABOUT US - MEET THE TEAM “Community Vibe was set up in 2006. Prior to this I have worked in the arts and health sector  for over 18  years as an artist, facilitator (or gofer), a manager, presenter, a health care professional…. you name it, as long as it is legal, I have almost  probably done it. From an early age I have always had an active interest in the arts and how they can help people to communicate and have a dialogue about things that matter. People call me a social innovator maybe because I am down to earth and have always been very enthusiastic and passionate about working with people with different backgrounds and abilities. I just call myself Rachel but will answer to most things…. One of the most important factors for my work is to wake up every morning and to be happy and excited about making a difference with the work that we do”. Jan has a background in teaching Performing Arts, Drama and Creative Writing in schools, prisons and adult education. She is Birmingham Poet Laureate 2011-2012 and the only person to come third in the Manawatu International Playwriting Competition in New Zealand twice. She has published plays and a book of poetry ‘Empty Talk!’ and was a Writer in Residence at HMP Swinfen Hall and a former Board member of Birmingham REP Theatre. Jan is an experienced workshop leader, mentor and writing retreat facilitator. “What does it mean to be Writer in Residence at Community Vibe? It means joining in and listening with care in projects and taking a particular interest in the use of language, both spoken and written. It can mean offering starting points to initiate writing and the spoken word, plus giving ideas for their development. Supporting participants with their writing and giving feedback, gathering writing and recording discussions from whole groups and shaping and editing that work into scripts, poetry and/or song lyrics is also part of the brief. Being Writer in Residence can also mean writing specific new work and researching literary references for projects”. Jan Watts Poet and playwright Rachel Green Artistic Director Gary spent a number of years as an actor before joining Community Vibe in 2006. His background is Theatre, although his work with the company includes composing and producing music scores, soundtracks, video art, writing and devising, design, workshop facilitation and research. In spite of the fact that Gary’s work involves technical equipment, he would like to point out that he is “not in love with technology” (in other words, he’s not a geek!) and believes that artistic creativity comes first and foremost from within a person and not the software gubbings of a supercomputer. Gary Archer Digital Media Manager Back to ABOUT US We commission a range of other local artists and specialists to work with us, as required, for the needs of each project. Our base staff remains the same, but we employ other approved workers on a freelance basis to inject new flavour into our work.  To VOLUNTEERS supported by © Community Vibe   2017   All Rights Reserved Daniel David Webber Workshop Leader Daniel has been involved in devising and delivering Drama workshops for the last nine years. He has experience working in schools and universities, with youth and community groups and professional Drama companies.  He also acts writes and directs extensively across The Midlands. Kirsty Mitchell Actor and Facilitator Kirsty is a professionally trained actress and has worked on a range of health and arts projects within the West Midlands. The projects have involved utilising a range of eclectic and exciting tasks within the disciplines of acting, directing, film-making, schools workshops, facilitating and marketing. Kirsty has a wealth of experience across a broad range of creative activities and projects.