Our team on the ground is constantly evolving. For each project, we work with a different set of professionals, depending on the matter at hand. Below are the key individuals that are involved with the running of the organisation as a whole.
Itab Azzam Co-founder
Itab is a London-based Syrian producer. Her extensive work for television includes the award winning BBC and PBS series Exodus (Broadcast, RTS and Liberty awards) and the BBC's Syrian School, the series East West, and Bizarre Foods: Syria for the Travel Channel. She co-produced and co-directed OAF's We Are Not Princesses, a film documenting the journey of four Syrian women rehearsing and performing Antigone. She is the Director of Sabbara, a social enterprise empowering Syrian women through economic employment and psychological support.
Hal Scardino Co-founder & CEO
Hal began his career as a film actor in Los Angeles and New York in the early 1990s. He started to develop an interest in theatre as the years went on and, after much coming and going between the US and the UK for work and education, he settled in the UK in 2010 and began working as assistant producer at The Tricycle Theatre in London. Soon after leaving the Tricycle, Hal acted in and executive produced the independent film 'The Show', directed by James Alexandrou. In 2013 he co-produced 'Syria: Trojan Women' in Jordan and in 2014 he co-founded the Open Art Foundation, a UK-based charity and the organization behind the internationally-acclaimed theatre project in Beirut, Lebanon, 'Antigone of Syria'. The film that was made during that time, 'We Are Not Princesses', is currently in post-production. He recently starred in the film 'Searching For Ali Wallace', to be screened at November's 2016 Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival.