Trybe House Theatre is a newly formed company working primarily with young black men to actively build resilience and self-wellbeing, using theatre as the supportive outlet. Our core team consists of experienced practitioners in the fields of theatre, mental health, project delivery and funding. In addition, Trybe House Theatre is actively building partnerships with established organisations such as schools, youth organisations, theatres and mental health services.
Meet Our Team
Philip J. Morris
“Whilst growing up in Croydon, I can recall there being spaces where young people could gather together, have fun and make new discoveries. As time went on those spaces those quickly dissolved and were huge losses to local communities across the UK. As a black man I also acknowledged how important it was to find a space again where I could express myself, hear about other people who may have had similar experiences to myself and understand more about a mental health journey. When working at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre started Lightpost Theatre Company – A space where those experiences that I had missed when hitting later adolescence, could be created for other young black men.
After my time at The REP, I still maintained the vision of creating more hubs regionally where young black men can learn, grow and be nurtured through theatre. I am someone whose mental health has been tested on many occasions, but I have been fortunate to have a tribe around me.”
Was previously Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre and is currently an Artistic Associate at Company Three. He was previously Senior Youth Theatre Director (The REP). He has gone on to direct and deliver work on behalf of the National Theatre, The Young Vic and Paines Plough.
“I am a healthcare professional with a passion for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. I’ve spent my career working with vulnerable and often marginalised young people who experience mental health difficulties. I’ve seen how self-expression and self-identity can be an integral part of positive wellbeing and development. I’m passionate about changing stigmas and stereotypes. It is essential that our communities are able to access areas of society that have previously been closed to us.
I’m excited about young people from diverse backgrounds engaging in theatre, and smashing down the invisible barriers in our society.I know that representation means EVERYTHING! As a healthcare professional, I recognise the difference it makes to see people that “look like you” in positions of influence. I want to empower and inspire young people to realise their potential and achieve their aspirations, goals and dreams. And I believe theatre can be used as a unique platform for positive mental health and wellbeing. It’s an important creative arena for self-expression and discovering self-identity, and it can help our communities to thrive”
Chenube – Ruth Bailey
“With a background in musical theatre, I’ve been extremely grateful to find both a physical and mental release through my passion for the arts, participating in various projects, on and off screen and stage. However, I also recognise a deep need for more spaces that contribute to better diversity within the arts industry. I believe we should be providing particular groups and individuals with the right setting in which to flourish, surrounded by like minded people who may share similar backgrounds and experiences.
My mental health journey has been a complicated and sometimes lonely one. My want for these young black men that we go on to nurture, is for them to feel they not only have a creative outlet, but that it’s achieved through the support of a strong tribe. To me, Trybe House means having and feeling a sense of belonging, especially for those who can be somewhat ‘othered’ in today’s society.
Overall, my professional background has allowed me to engage with my community and see, first hand, the impact of high quality arts and cultural experiences. It’s been inspiring to see what participants and audiences are ready and willing to achieve – something I’m determined to continue to support.”
IS currently working as a Producer for Greenwich Dance. She is also a member of a Latin- styled dance company who perform regularly around the UK as well as internationally. Chenube was previously Graduate Intern at Trinity Laban for the Learning and Participation (Dance) Team, where she co-produced a number of youth projects and performances.
We are seeking to establish strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations to ensure our impact is wide-ranging and sustainable.