I am Tyan; an actress, writer, teacher and a creative freelancer for Dramagical Entertainment. Dramagical Entertainment is a children's entertainment company based in North West London that I own and manage. I also own a non profit community interest company Dramagical4all. Both companies provide entertainment for children of all ages in many different settings.
As a member of The National Youth Theatre I was exposed to many different community based projects during my teenage years. Meeting people from all walks of life inspired me to thrive as a young actress as well as exploring the political, social and cultural voices within the artistic world. In 2018 with funding from the National Lottery I decided to create workshops for my local community bringing children together, exploring culture and diversity. It was so rewarding to be able to create a space my own children could also participate and be a part of, making friends within the community with others their age. I started to become very popular in Brent and Camden being asked to create regular workshops, the most popular being a storytelling workshop to under 5s in local libraries. In January 2022 "Stories and Rhymes with Tyan" was created because many parents felt regular accessible workshops would be beneficial to their children's development and wanted to pay for this service. This term time musical storytelling workshop helps every child reach their need for personal expression, a feeling of equality and brings parents and carers together as a community! We sing, sign, dance, play, create wonderful pieces of art and I tell a story with a message to remember for ages 6m - 4 years. The wonderful thing about having a community interest company too is that funded places can also be provided through sponsorship for those on low incomes or with special circumstances who may not be able to afford a place for the full term.
After completing my degree, I entered the teaching world where my aim was always to help the younger generation combat issues just as important as academic studies. Whist on my teachers training I worked closely with the special educational needs and English as an Additional Language departments, completed an introductory course in play therapy and shadowed a therapist using these skills to mentor children and staff members. This is where a lot of my expertise comes from when creating many of my workshops. I also taught hearing babies, toddlers and their parents/carers sign language as a communication aide. I am an advocate for signing for both communication and inclusivity for children with additional needs. I have found British Sign Language very useful when working with children and have been able to communicate with a wider community (eg. CODA) and so I study BSL and have some qualifications in the subject too. I love to share signs with everyone and encourage them to learn; being diagnosed with hearing loss myself in both ears in my adult years its made me more aware that everyone should learn this skill. Creating workshops celebrating diversity and promoting equality is another passion of mine; for children to learn about each other’s cultures and parents too. I have created and delivered many workshops for all different age groups, collaborating with educational centres, health professionals, councils, libraries and museums which deal with themes such as hair, race, manners, family dynamics, friendships, love, kindness, loss of a loved one, well being, worry, heroes of ethnic backgrounds, role models and channeling your inner King and Queen.
Community projects are my passion! This is why having a community interest company to provide free services for children is so important to me. Some of you may have seen me before at a community event or maybe at a little ones birthday party with my rainbow scarves flying through the air leading the fun, because I provide party entertainment through my limited company for little ones aged 5 and under at the weekends.
It’s fantastically rewarding for me to be able to provide a safe space for children to explore who they are with no judgement and full freedom of expression. So get booking and join a class, spread the word, tell your child's teacher so I can make an appearance at their school, or book a birthday party or entertainment for your event!!!
Smiles and Best Wishes