Chanje graduated with a degree in Theatre and Media studies, and has done vocational training in creative writing as a poet and as a dramatist. She trained in acting, dance and physical theatre. This has lead to a prolific career as a poet, playwright and performance artist. Her ethos has always been to use art as tools for transforming lives.
Chanje has delivered workshops for the next generation of theatre makers. She lead workshops at the national Student Drama Festival in to teach them about devising and making work for the stage. She has also given talks at the university of Bedfordshire on making a career in the theatre industry. She also delivered seminars to performing arts students at the University of Teeside on how to get your work funded by the Arts Council of England and how to get shows commissioned. She is committed to giving knowledge and opportunities to people in marginalised areas.
In her home town Manchester, and also when touring to arts centres around the country, Chanje offers workshops to emerging artists through the orgainsations she is presenting work in. The workshops she delivers vary, from practical workshops such as devising, dramatic writing, as well as offering more strategic sessions on how to establish and maintain a career in the creative industries.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Working with young people has always been important to Chanje because as a young person herself, being introduced to poetry and drama at a young age, literally transformed her outlook on life. She went from hopelessness and despair, to having the courage to dream, and a vision of an incredible life, and the perseverance to see it through. She in turn, is committed to offering this same amount of inspiration to young people of all backgrounds. From excluded young people in PRU’s and in youth offending facilities, right through to young people attending private schools, to enable them to explore the notion of taking a career in the creative industries as a means of living a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
This work is designed to use the arts and creativity as a way of enabling people to have a means of self expression, self empowerment and to improve confidence and communication skills. Chanje has delivered workshops to teenage mothers in sheltered accommodation, to army veterans experiencing homelessness, to people with mental health diagnosis living in the community, as well as to creative writing groups and amateur dramatics groups.