We’re thrilled to introduce the trainees on our Citz Futures Traineeship scheme – pairing trainees with professional mentors to produce live theatre.

Our Citz Futures scheme was announced as part of our Spring & Summer season launch, alongside Chris Sonnex’s first production for Cardboard Citizens, Bangers, which will be running at Soho Theatre from Tue 14 June to Sat 2 July. The scheme creates paid opportunities for our trainees to work on a professional production while learning from industry professionals.

The Citz Futures trainees have been working on Bangers over the past few months alongside their professional mentors. They are:

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Cristina Espejo-Vindel (Set Design)

Cristina trained in sceneography as part of an MA in Performance Design and Practice, and joined Cardboard Citizens as a Member since the start of the Covid pandemic. She has previously created animations and live-action film for our London on Lockdown project, and contributed to the development of Every Person Wandering.

Cristina has been mentored by Zoe Hurwitz.

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Michelle Baker (Costume Design)

Michelle has been a long-term Member with Cardboard Citizens, having trained as a Theatrical Costume Maker and previously developed creative arts skills at Core Arts, the Mary Ward Centre, and Mind. She is being “very open-minded and trying out something new” with the Citz Futures Traineeship scheme!

Michelle has been mentored by Ellie Roper.

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Terell Gayle (Directing)

Terell started as a Member with Cardboard Citizens through our Act NOW project; going on to perform with the company in the Violet Nights tour, which included performances at Rich Mix and Southbank Centre, and in the interactive film Light and Shade. Terell has previously trained in facilitation with Cardboard Citizens, leading to his interest in directing, and also writes and performs music as Paradox – which you can listen to on Spotify!

Terell has been mentored by Chris Sonnex.

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Iane (Stage Management / Production)

Iane has previously worked with Cardboard Citizens as part of our Outside the Box programme with The Outside Project, the LGBTQIA+ homeless shelter. They are really keen to learn about theatre, with Bangers being the first time they have worked as part of a production team. They are also very interested in visual arts, having started making collages through the Covid pandemic, which will soon exhibit as part of an open-call exhibition at Espacio Gallery. Through their visual art work, they have formed a collective with other QPOC artists.

Iane has been mentored by Laura Whittle and Zara Janmohamed.

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Jermaine Anderson (Lighting Design)

Jermaine previously trained in the National Theatre Young Technicians scheme and worked at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Apart from their interest in lighting design and technical theatre work, he is also an actor, dancer and model – you can find out more about his work on his Instagram page.

Jermaine has been mentored by Martha Godfrey.

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Citz Futures is supported by The Foyle Foundation.