The Creative Learning Team
Dinos Aristidou is a writer and freelance artist specialising in work with educators, communities and young people, in the UK and internationally. He has experience working with all age groups.
He was Writer in Residence at the Chester Gateway, commissioned to write the city’s millennium production in collaboration with young people and members of the community.
He has written a number of plays for young people including hIDe for Contact Young Actors, Manchester, 18/6 for Sherman Youth Theatre, Cardiff, and Alcestis for Cheshire Youth Theatre. His commissions include Eurydice’s Women for International Women’s Day in Vienna and Orpheus for the Nuffield in Southampton. Dinos collaborated with community groups and young people to write and direct a community production for Watford Palace Theatre.
He wrote Bloom for Forest Forge Theatre Company in 2012 and Leaves on a Line: Lost and Found, touring in March 2015.
Creative learning experience:
Dinos taught Writing for Performance at the University of Chester and he has run workshops for young writers at primary and secondary level. He was leader of New Writing’s South Portsmouth Writer Squad for two years, working with a group of young people to develop their writing. He is currently running the ‘Writing for and about theatre’ project run by New Writing South and Theatre Royal Brighton. This is a yearlong programme for young people 16-25 interested in writing for theatre. He has run workshops for teachers on creative writing and literacy and is a curriculum advisor and teacher trainer for the International Baccalaureate. He is also a validator for Artsmark.
How Dinos can work with you:
Dinos can offer workshops on all genres of writing, particularly playwriting, and can offer workshops on creative learning, active learning strategies and approaches to excavating text. He is experienced in encouraging reluctant writers to create work they are passionate about and in mentoring young writers.
I learnt a lot by watching his fascinating mind maps with photos, his terminology and most of all the positive way in which he reacts and responds to students work..everything is genius!!! The students grew so much in self confidence. Highly entertaining, enlightening and productive! Loved it!
Tatiana Breger, Secondary Teacher, Danube International School, Oct 2011
Thank you for finding Dinos to be our creative writer - he inspired our children. They responded well to his light professional touch - they all vied for his attention and wanted to produce their best for him......The pupils were all very enthusiastic to write..... One pupil commented that they could not wait for their teacher to see how much their writing had improved when they returned to class.....Finally, the pride that the pupils felt was very clear, when they saw their work presented in the original and imaginative way that Dinos had created; it was heart warming to see.
Denise O’Flynn, Primary Teacher, Corpus Christi School, Portsmouth, Nov 2011