Constellation is a Dubai-based theatrical events company.
Established in 2014 by theatre director Liz Hadaway, Constellation brings together a talented international team of actors, writers, directors and drama teachers who are passionate about developing the performing arts scene and local talent in Dubai.
Liz is an experienced theatre director and actress from London, who has worked for major performing arts organisations and events such as the UK NSDF (National Student Drama Festival), The National Theatre Connections UK and The Singapore Arts Festival.
She also has extensive experience as a workshop facilitator running directing and acting workshops in the UK, Portugal, Peru, Singapore and Hong Kong.
She has been lucky enough to have been trained by a number of internationally renowned theatre directors such as Max Stafford-Clark and Lee Breuer. As a director, she has directed for a number of fringe venues in London and also for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As an actor Liz has performed in productions around the UK and was formerly part of Red Room Theatre Company. She has also appeared on TV, in short films, corporate films and advertisements. She toured Belgium and France as part of a TIE company and worked as a TIE actress in Hong Kong.
Liz has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama, an MA in European Theatre and a PGCE in Teaching Drama. She is also a qualified LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Associate Teacher. Liz founded Inspire Productions Dubai in 2012 and became a Director of Constellation in 2014. Liz is the Festival Director of the Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival now in its fourth successful year in Dubai.
Venetia Tiarks is an experienced British actress and is a 2006 Alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles.
With 11 years experience in screen, stage and voice over work, Venetia brings a vast amount of knowledge about the acting industry from LA, New Zealand, The UAE and London.
Some of her career theatre highlights include playing Stella Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” and Rita in “Educating Rita”. Her most recent casting is as the lead Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby”.
Although she has worked on both screen and stage professionally, her love for the theatre is something that has always prevailed and has given her the desire to pass her experience on to others, which is what drew her to teaching. Venetia has taught for the past two years, and has worked with a range of students across all abilities. The skills Venetia has learnt from her time in the industry will give beginners or those continuing, invaluable tools and knowledge on the ins and outs of a plethora of acting techniques.