We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
At the heart of my practice, I listen, advocate for inclusion and utilise creative methodologies to problem solve. I am often inclined to incorporate quantitive and qualitative research to support my findings and use such approaches to promote the evolution of individual projects. Additionally, I use this method to engage with small-large organisations and connect with participants.
With a 13-year career working in the cultural and creative sector and eight years in leadership roles, my continued career goal is to actively work within the creative industry and cultural policy sector to provide a more accessible and inclusive arts sector for all.
I'm interested in collaborating on international projects,
getting stuck into grassroots youth initiatives and join the conversation
that impacts Cultural Policy.
Training: Africa in London - Mentoring
One of seven cultural producers selected to take part in the (pilot) Africa in London mentoring scheme, in partnership with Greater London Authority, British Council and Hatch Ideas. An opportunity that offered 1-2-1 mentoring support that enhanced my knowledge of developing audiences, working international and expanding international partnerships. The in-depth knowledge gained and opportunity to meet other likeminded professionals offered a chance to understand a cross-cultural perspective.
Artistic Director of Curve Creative Dance Company
As former Artistic Director of Curve Creative Dance Company: A brand new contemporary dance company ran by aspiring artists for aspiring artists in association with Buckinghamshire New University - Sara gained invaluable skills in creative management, leadership and accessible communication methodologies.
British Council - IETM Porto Bursary Winner
Sara Dos Santos is 1 of 12 British Council - IETM Porto Bursary Winners. IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network of over five hundred performing arts organisations and individuals working in contemporary performance in Europe and all over the world. With this opportunity, Sara will continue researching her new piece Journey's as well as continue building international partnerships.
Training: SystemsLAB Artist Professional Development Programme
Sara Dos Santos was selected and supported by East London Dance to attend the for the Systems LAB Artist Professional Development Programme supporting mid-career artists. This fantastic programme was curated by Freddie Opoku-Addaie in partnership with Dance Umbrella
Training: British Council Artist Development Programme 2017
Sara is one of eight artist in this year's Artist Development Programme as part of the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase, alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The programme allows Sara to expand her artistic practice, meet international funders, promoters and artists and continue building international partnerships as she delves more deeply into working internationally.
Artistic Director of East London Youth Dance Company
Sara Dos Santos was the proud Artistic Director of East London Dance during 2015-2017. She worked with young people aged 14-18 to develop their technique, performance skills and create high-quality bespoke choreography that was performed at platforms such as U.Dance, Movie It and Physical Justice at Stratford Circus