The International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF) was formed in 1975 by Equity. ICAF was, and continues to be, made up of individuals representing all sectors of the performing arts and entertainment industries who, while offering a diversity of knowledge and experience, share the same commitment – to campaign on behalf of overseas artists facing oppression and emergency aid situations.
Since its inception, ICAF has taken up the causes of artists and groups of artists from many countries all around the world who have faced either censorship, exile, persecution, imprisonment, torture or even death. Each case is assessed individually, impartially and apolitically and all decisions taken are based purely on professional and humanitarian considerations.
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Ros has Chaired this Equity committee for 15 years. We campaign on behalf of artists worldwide who have faced either censorship, exile, persecution, imprisonment, torture or even death. We are currently delighted to hear that the Jos Repertory Theatre in Nigeria with whom we have close links, feels able to perform again.
Formerly The International Performers’ Aid Trust (IPAT)
Ros is a Trustee of this charity which grew out of ICAF. Groups come to us or are suggested to us when they have practically nowhere else to turn. Our organisation enables performers to eat, access medicines and have somewhere safe to live.
Since the death of our beloved Hon President Alan Rickman we are delighted to welcome co-hon. presidents Celia Imrie and Bill Paterson
Ros has been involved with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff for many years, as an actor and until 2019 was Vice-Chair of the Board.
The Sherman’s Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan, directed her first play with us – Romeo and Juliet, which created a great buzz in Cardiff and has won great reviews. The Arabian Nights was her first Christmas show in the main theatre.
The Sherman’s production of Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen and directed by Rachel O’Riordan had huge success at The National Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Festival and on tour and was seen in New York in 2017. We also co-produced with Manchester Royal Exchange, Paines Plough, Bristol’s Tobacco Factory and The Royal Court.
London Dramatic Academy is a conservatory providing a14-week acting programme for American students run by Fordham (New York) University. Ros is a regular member of faculty teaching Audition Technique. Unfortunately its future is now uncertain.
Ros was a founder actor and Board member of this Cardiff-based company.
“Theatr Pena is a unique venture not just in Wales but within Britain as a whole. The artistic mission is to re-present classic drama with an emphasis on women” Adam Somerset, Reviewer, Theatre in Wales/Wales Arts Review.