odie Marshall set up A Mind Apart Theatre Company Limited in 2008 after finishing her degree in Drama at Lincoln University. Having found her love from the Brazilian social and political theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, Jodie’s directing often leans towards bringing unheard voices out for the audience to hear whilst encouraging them to look deep into themselves. Jodie encourages her actors to stay true to their characters, whilst bringing historical themes and texts into the present, questioning current political and social themes in our society. She has experience of working with a wide range of abilities and ages and adapts her directing according to what her actors need. She also has experience training adults in a range of theatre and teaching techniques, including her own techniques and methodology created and used within A Mind Apart.
Much of her directing has been done within her own theatre company, A Mind Apart, and with community dance and theatre groups in Brazil. This has included directing Forum Theatre, physical theatre and text based pieces for a range of audiences. She has successfully coached and trained various students into some of the top UK drama schools.
Jodie has a strong passion for social fairness and justice, which has helped to ignite the fire for her work both here and abroad, both in theatre and with social enterprises and cooperatives and charities. She has a Masters in Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management with Sheffield Hallam University, and also works with other arts and youth organisations, offering consultation and mentoring.