About my position
The Performing Arts Officer is elected by students in March each year. I am both responsible for managing the Mermaids Performing Arts Fund and for representing all performing arts societies at the Union level. Mermaids is responsible for the financial and logistical support of over 12 productions a year, as well as a substantial set of productions sent to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We operate as a fund which supports student performance projects that are financially and logistically viable and which have educational and engagement merit. As the Performing Arts Officer, it is my responsibility to represent the interests of the performing arts community at the Union level and advocate for their interests in the decisions made by the Association Councils.
How my position affects you
Mermaids allows students to develop and execute their performing arts / theatrical visions in a completely student-run and developed fashion. It strives to provide experiences in the broad ranges of roles available in a cast, crew, and production team, and we also manage one of the United Kingdom's three completely student run theatres, the Barron Theatre, which is a resource that we make use of to the fullest extent. We also give students the opportunity to perform on the international stage thanks to our sending shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. On Councils, I strive to ensure that the performing arts are given the attention and support they deserve to ensure that all of the incredible societies have the same opportunities to support the specific part of the performing arts world that they capture. Additionally, we support special student projects, which have the aim of filling a particular niche of the performing arts world.
I am originally from Rome, Italy, but I have been living in the USA for some years. I study Arabic and IR, and I have always been passionate about theatre. It has brought be so much in my time before University, and thanks to Mermaids I was able to continue that passion, and so I wanted to do my part in making Mermaids more accessible, open, and transparent.
Groups I lead
I'm the President of Mermaids Performing Arts Fund. This also involves leading Mermaids' Affiliated Societies Presidents Forum. Check out Mermaids' website and Facebook for updates.
My manifesto pledges
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