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Yasmin Sidhwa is the daughter of Zoroastrian Natural Health Pioneer, Dr Keki Sidhwa from Mumbai, India, and English Mother Christine David, who was a teacher. Yasmin was born and grew up in England. Having graduated from Bretton Hall College, Leeds University, she has worked in theatre all her life. She is Artistic Director of Mandala Theatre Company, an Oxford based, national and international touring and training company that creates visceral theatre giving a voice to those whose stories are not heard and making them visible and offers pathways to young people from Ethnically diverse and lower socio-economic backgrounds into the arts.
She has toured nationally and internationally with the Royal National Theatre Company, Tara Arts and Aquila Theatre Companies and worked in Repertory Theatre, Television and Radio as a professional actor and director. Yasmin was Creative Learning Director at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, for 17 years, founding Mesh – a bi-annual International Youth Arts Festival. She received an Oxfordshire High Sheriff’s Award for services to the Arts and young people.
Inspired to live by Kahil Gibrans’ quote: Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.