My name is Bethan Dear.
I am a writer, director, performer and theatre maker. I am the artistic director of Jackdaw Theatre. I am a feminist and I am proud to identify as a woman. I believe deeply in equality for all.
I am passionate about telling stories. I love stories. A lot.
Jackdaw was formed in 2011 by Amy Clamp, Holly Seager, Ben Karakashian and me. At the time we all lived and worked in London. We have since taken our own individual and successful paths in the arts industries around the UK and beyond.
I am now living and making theatre back in Wales, where I began my life. Jackdaw is now an open collective that works with the local community and professional artists. We employ new artists for each project that we run, create, produce or co-produce.
Stories have the power to create or to destroy. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we are told about ourselves, the stories the world tell us, about one another. The stories our culture or society tell us, have a truly magical power. They need to be continually rewritten, retold and heard.
My name is Bethan Dear and I am storyteller.