Who We Are
A little bit about us…
Outspoken Arts was founded by Chetna Pandya and Endy Mckay who have over 11 years experience in the performing arts and media industries. They have used their exposure to the industry to draw in a collective of collaborators who now form Outspoken Arts. As established actors and facilitators they recognised the power of performing arts and believe people of all ages and backgrounds should have access to this.
Throughout their careers they have delivered numerous workshops to a diverse range of groups. They are passionate about utilizing their communication skills as performers to engage participants in an exciting and dynamic way.
Outspoken Arts guarantees this unique method of delivery. This is why at Outspoken Arts all our workshops are led by a variety of working professionals who have a passion to inspire and share their skill. All of our facilitators are DBS checked. DBS certificates are available on request.
Endy McKay – Co-Founder & Creative Director
Endy trained at Mountview Theatre Academy, graduating in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Acting. She has since worked nationally and internationally in theatre, television, film and radio and she is a regular in Channel 4’s Bafta award winning comedy series Peep Show. Credits include the recent Alan Bennett’s People tour for The National Theatre, Parents with Sally Phillips for Sky Television, The Lover by Harold Pinter for The Gale Theatre of London and Barbados, Black and White Riot for BBC Radio 4 Drama, Julius Caesar, The Two Gentlemen of Verona Royal Shakespeare Company, White Open Spaces Soho Theatre and The National Theatre Sweden, Comedy of Errors for Ludlow Festival, BBC’s Money with Nick Frost and ITV1’s three part drama Murderland starring Robbie Coltrane.
Endy begun much of her work as a facilitator whilst working as a performer at the RSC. She went on to work extensively with their education department both in the UK and the US, specializing in Shakespeare workshops, audition technique and acting classes. Since then Endy has run a variety of theatre and film projects with much of her work centering around community groups at risk of social exclusion. She has run workshops for numerous institutions including the BRIT School, Hackney Learning Trust, Lyric Hammersmith, Arcola Theatre, The RSC, The Barbican, Hackney Empire, Salusbury World, Northampton County Council and various schools, universities and PRU’s nationwide. Endy also runs regular workshops with ESOL and Refugee groups and directs for Tricycle Young Company at Tricycle Theatre. Endy has made several films with the Travelling Community in Brent and the Bangladeshi and Afro Caribbean communities in Northampton.
It is a belief in the arts’ ability to communicate, integrate and empower that continues to be at the core of her work.
Chetna Pandya -Co-Founder & Creative Director
Chetna trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Acting. She has since worked nationally and internationally in theatre, television, film and radio. Recent credits include Toast of London (C4), Line of Duty-Series 2 (BBC2), Down Dog (Feature film), Much Ado About Nothing RSC (Nominated for Whats On Stage Awards), The Thick Of It BBC, The Westbridge Royal Court Theatre, Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror C4 & semi regular in BBC1‘s Casualty. A Disappearing Number with Simon McBurney’s Complicite was the recipient of The Evening Standard Award, Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Play. In 2010 the show travelled to New York, India and the West End, as well as performing in the NT Live broadcast.
Chetna’s work as a drama facilitator has always been rooted in accessing the performer.Her work varies from corporate based to working extensively with groups at risk of social exclusion.
Most recently she has been working with Complicite’s creative learning team delivering workshops for the Barbican Box & Actors Guild. Chetna is also an audition workshop panelist at Central School of Speech & Drama for the Collaborative and Devised strand of the 3 yr acting course.
Other places of work as a drama facilitator include – Barbican Theatre Education, Generation Arts Future stage project, Wind & Foster, Tricycle Theatre education, Playing Up (NYT), London Met University, Royal Shakespeare Company, Harrow youth offenders, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Theatretrain, Marlborough mental health institute, Diverse City and extensive work in mainstream, PRU’s and SEN schools across London and nationwide.