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WHO WE ARE

COLLABORATE

MZL is an interdisciplinary artistic practice and studio and is also known as MZL Productions and MZL Space, which promotes work by artists of colour, with a focus on increasing female representation. We have stated this over and over again and will do so again and again. We want to collaborate and challenge the industry status quo. This doesn't mean rebelling without a cause, it means understanding that together we need to make space for something new, and depart from highly insular networks, which in our opinion goes against the point and purpose of the arts.

For those who have worked with us thus far it is no secret that we have incredibly humble beginnings and we have gone out of our way to create work, which is non-commerical, using actors who are at varying stages of their career, with different levels of experience and exposure, and who have often chosen to work with us for free in exchange of the experience and perhaps an acting credit. We do this as part of our grassroots approach to making new work and we want to remain compassionate to the needs of artists from all walks of life, and especially those who face a number of different challenges. This is why we would like to express our immense gratitude to all those who have worked with us thus far and also acknowledge our shortcomings.

Firstly, we are extremely thankful to all those who have made the choice and taken the time to collaborate with us in our earliest days. We know it wasn't easy, and whilst we were able to offer some state-of-the-art facilities at RCSSD and Cambridge University, many times we used Fringe venues and people made personal sacrifices from their homes, particularly during the pandemic, and adjusted their work schedules to be a part of our projects. We couldn't thank you enough for allowing us to continue our work throughout this incredibly challenging and unprecedented time.

Going forward we want to be able to scale up, pay everyone, and not expect artists to work pro-bono, and also widen our reach. We acknowledge that due to the highly experimental nature of some of our earliest work, and the amount of stress our founder, Shreya Tanisha, was under, things didn't always go as nicely or smoothly as we would have liked.

We are growing, and we will iron out all of these issues in future projects. If you have been a collaborator on any of our projects thus far or participated in any workshops and have any feedback, advice, or follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the CONTACT page.

If you would like to work with us in the future please also get in touch via the CONTACT page. 

We look forward to working with and learning from YOU.

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