Persis Jadé Maravala
Persis Jadé Maravala is Artistic Director of multi-award-winning interactive theatre and digital arts company ZU-UK. Ethnically Iranian/Yemeni/Indian and raised in East London, Maravala is committed to reclaiming public spaces to reduce barriers to audience participation and fairer opportunities for working-class people. Recent work focuses on mediating relationships between strangers through the use of sound and instruction-based performance.
Persis-Jadé is currently developing Radio Ghost – a ghost hunt in a shopping mall. Her work has been commissioned by LIFT Festival, FACT Liverpool, Southbank Centre, Summerhall, British Council, Macau International Festival and the Brazilian Ministry for Culture. In 2021 Persis-Jadé was a keynote speaker at FutureFest and inaugural recipient of the Stephen Joseph Award for “groundbreaking work that widens the scope and imaginative possibilities of live and multimedia performance, her experiments with audience engagement, and her exploration of topics of direct relevance to diverse audiences in contemporary Britain”.