Emily
Jess
Milla
Aishwarya
Bella
Sam
Kate

Emily Madghachian
Kids' Theatre Works! Founder

Emily first moved to Dubai as a young girl with her family in 1982. With an enthusiasm for Drama and Theatre that started at a young age, Emily decided to fuel her passion for the dramatic by studying for a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada where she earned her Honours degree.

It was whilst at University that Emily realized her enthusiasm for Drama lay in helping to nurture children's creative ideas and to bring out each child's unique potential. She is a firm believer that drama is instrumental in developing life skills and preparing them for a successful and fulfilled life.

In 2002 Emily began to provide after school Creative Drama workshops at various Dubai Primary Schools. Not content with only reaching children at certain schools Emily went in search of a venue where all children could come and experience the power of play.

In 2006 Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre opened its doors at Mall of the Emirates and Kids' Theatre Works! found it's base.

Jess Mitchell
Drama and Acting Instructor

Jess was born and raised in the Middle East; starting her journey into the Dramatic Arts with Kids’ Theatre Works back in 2005 at the age of 12. As one of Emily’s first teaching assistants she was able to experience first hand how improvised theatre nurtures creativity and instills core values into young minds.

After six years of involvement with Kids’ Theatre Works including attending classes, assisting with younger ones, performing and creating costumes and props for the annual ‘The Works’ showcase she moved to London in 2011 to peruse a degree in Drama at Kingston University.

After graduation Jessiny decided to use her expertise to work closely with children and young people to establish a caring and supportive environment for them to develop their life skills in a creative & fun way. This involved youth work initiatives with Young People Cornwall. Jess delivered quality outreach youth work that engaged young people, facilitated issue-based workshops and supported them in a creative capacity introducing dance workshops and other means of creative expression.

In November 2016 Jess decided it was time to return back to her roots and happily re-joined the Kids’ Theatre Works team, this time as their Theatre Instructor. Jessiny is thrilled to be returning to the place where her love of theatre was born and is excited to be a part of working with the next generation of creative minds!

Milla

Milla has trained and worked as both a performer and a theatre educator with young people for many years, in Australia the United States and the UK.

Originally from Australia, she holds a Bachelor of Media (Writing) including a major in Drama Performance from Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as a Diploma of Arts in English Literature and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from The University of Sydney. Milla’s studies in Psychology connect with her passion for both Drama Therapy and Applied Theatre, where Drama is used as a tool in specific social contexts. She has worked extensively with young people who have behavioural needs or are struggling with school life. In the UK, she has trained with Oily Cart Theatre Company who produce theatre for young audiences with complex disabilities and also Geese Theatre Company who use theatre in criminal justice settings.

In the United States, Milla has interned with the wonderful Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle and trained in Acting for Film with New York Film Academy. She has worked as an actor and facilitator in Theatre-In-Education across hundreds of schools in London and directed and taught theatre across the school system in Australia for many years. She has completed Shakespeare training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.

Milla loves kids and is excited to help young people in Dubai find their voice through Theatre.

Aishwarya Shivkumar
Bollywood Scene Works Instructor

Aishwarya (Aish) has choreographed and performed in Bollywood movies, at renowned award functions and corporate events in the UAE. She has a wealth of Bollywood dance experience which she can’t wait to share with you! These classes are high energy and lots of fun and will leave you with a smile on your face. As a trained dancer, she headed a commercial bollywood dance troupe for six years and now creates her own successful dance productions.

Bella Gambalan
Office Coordinator

Our wonderful Office Coordinator, Bella graduated in De La Salle University with Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Business Management. She has worked as a Treasurer and a Bank Teller at corporations in the Philippines.

Bella then made her move to Dubai in 2006, as she took on the title of Finance Technician at Wild Wadi Waterpark. She also has experience working as Guest Relation Executive at the Burj Al Arab Hotel as well as doing Office Administration Manager for Clean Swift Co. LLC.

We were delighted to have Bella join our team in 2014 as Office Coordinator. She is a whizz for all of our administrative needs and would be happy to help you whenever you pop into the office. Bella also has a 7-year-old son called Wadi who is very excited to take up Dramatics class this year with KTW!

Sam Rowberry
Drama and Acting Instructor

Living and working in the vibrant and eclectic theatre scene in Liverpool I was lucky enough to tour Italy leading Drama Workshops and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It was here I got the bug for working with young people and directing them forward in their confidence, creativity and career. As a Drama teacher in England and the UAE for over 5 years I have developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the amazing benefits Drama has for students of all ages and abilities. My talent lies in bringing out the best in young people and helping them on their journey to success.

​Kate Gammelgaard
Client and Venue Relations Co-ordinator

Kate is a fun-loving marketing and media professional with over a decade of experience.

Though originally from Denmark, she has spent the last 14 years in Dubai and Austria on a journey that has equipped her with a mixed bag of skills within education, fashion, technology and broadcast media.

Most recently, Kate headed musical content and presented the morning show on Pearl FM, the Middle East’s first radio station for children. Having kept families company with her child-centric edutainment, she has a special understanding of how various mediums can infuse a positive influence in the young minds of today.

As the newest member of KTW, Kate is excited to be part of a team that is shaping the UAE's creative youth.

Emily

Emily first moved to Dubai as a young girl with her family in 1982. With an enthusiasm for Drama and Theatre that started at a young age, Emily decided to fuel her passion for the dramatic by studying for a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada where she earned her Honours degree.

It was whilst at University that Emily realized her enthusiasm for Drama lay in helping to nurture children's creative ideas and to bring out each child's unique potential. She is a firm believer that drama is instrumental in developing life skills and preparing them for a successful and fulfilled life.

In 2002 Emily began to provide after school Creative Drama workshops at various Dubai Primary Schools. Not content with only reaching children at certain schools Emily went in search of a venue where all children could come and experience the power of play.

In 2006 Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre opened its doors at Mall of the Emirates and Kids' Theatre Works! found it's base.

Jess

Jess was born and raised in the Middle East; starting her journey into the Dramatic Arts with Kids’ Theatre Works back in 2005 at the age of 12. As one of Emily’s first teaching assistants she was able to experience first hand how improvised theatre nurtures creativity and instills core values into young minds.

After six years of involvement with Kids’ Theatre Works including attending classes, assisting with younger ones, performing and creating costumes and props for the annual ‘The Works’ showcase she moved to London in 2011 to peruse a degree in Drama at Kingston University.

After graduation Jessiny decided to use her expertise to work closely with children and young people to establish a caring and supportive environment for them to develop their life skills in a creative & fun way. This involved youth work initiatives with Young People Cornwall. Jess delivered quality outreach youth work that engaged young people, facilitated issue-based workshops and supported them in a creative capacity introducing dance workshops and other means of creative expression.

In November 2016 Jess decided it was time to return back to her roots and happily re-joined the Kids’ Theatre Works team, this time as their Theatre Instructor. Jessiny is thrilled to be returning to the place where her love of theatre was born and is excited to be a part of working with the next generation of creative minds!

Milla

Milla has trained and worked as both a performer and a theatre educator with young people for many years, in Australia the United States and the UK.

Originally from Australia, she holds a Bachelor of Media (Writing) including a major in Drama Performance from Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as a Diploma of Arts in English Literature and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from The University of Sydney. Milla’s studies in Psychology connect with her passion for both Drama Therapy and Applied Theatre, where Drama is used as a tool in specific social contexts. She has worked extensively with young people who have behavioural needs or are struggling with school life. In the UK, she has trained with Oily Cart Theatre Company who produce theatre for young audiences with complex disabilities and also Geese Theatre Company who use theatre in criminal justice settings.

In the United States, Milla has interned with the wonderful Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle and trained in Acting for Film with New York Film Academy. She has worked as an actor and facilitator in Theatre-In-Education across hundreds of schools in London and directed and taught theatre across the school system in Australia for many years. She has completed Shakespeare training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.

Milla loves kids and is excited to help young people in Dubai find their voice through Theatre.

Aishwarya

Aishwarya (Aish) has choreographed and performed in Bollywood movies, at renowned award functions and corporate events in the UAE. She has a wealth of Bollywood dance experience which she can’t wait to share with you! These classes are high energy and lots of fun and will leave you with a smile on your face. As a trained dancer, she headed a commercial bollywood dance troupe for six years and now creates her own successful dance productions.

Bella

Our wonderful Office Coordinator, Bella graduated in De La Salle University with Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Business Management. She has worked as a Treasurer and a Bank Teller at corporations in the Philippines.

Bella then made her move to Dubai in 2006, as she took on the title of Finance Technician at Wild Wadi Waterpark. She also has experience working as Guest Relation Executive at the Burj Al Arab Hotel as well as doing Office Administration Manager for Clean Swift Co. LLC.

We were delighted to have Bella join our team in 2014 as Office Coordinator. She is a whizz for all of our administrative needs and would be happy to help you whenever you pop into the office. Bella also has a 7-year-old son called Wadi who is very excited to take up Dramatics class this year with KTW!

Sam

Living and working in the vibrant and eclectic theatre scene in Liverpool I was lucky enough to tour Italy leading Drama Workshops and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It was here I got the bug for working with young people and directing them forward in their confidence, creativity and career. As a Drama teacher in England and the UAE for over 5 years I have developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the amazing benefits Drama has for students of all ages and abilities. My talent lies in bringing out the best in young people and helping them on their journey to success.

Kate

Kate is a fun-loving marketing and media professional with over a decade of experience.

Though originally from Denmark, she has spent the last 14 years in Dubai and Austria on a journey that has equipped her with a mixed bag of skills within education, fashion, technology and broadcast media.

Most recently, Kate headed musical content and presented the morning show on Pearl FM, the Middle East’s first radio station for children. Having kept families company with her child-centric edutainment, she has a special understanding of how various mediums can infuse a positive influence in the young minds of today.

As the newest member of KTW, Kate is excited to be part of a team that is shaping the UAE's creative youth.