Chantelle Burley

Co-organiser & Chair of trustees

Chantelle is a freelance drama educator and storyteller who works with groups of children and young people throughout the UK. She gained a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a MA in Educational Theatre and English Language Arts at New York University (NYU). After her studies at NYU she was accepted onto the Activist for Social Development Fellowship at the All Stars Project in New York City and afterwards worked as a Program Coordinator for their flagship Talent Show programme.  She currently works as an Artistic Project Leader at Haringey Shed, a Storyteller at Discover Children’s Story Centre, and a Director for the Primary Shakespeare Company. She also works as a Stage Manager and Director for Shakespeare Schools Foundation, and a Drama Practitioner for The Challenge Network. She manages all of this work alongside her main passion: All Stars London.

Brian Mullin

Co-organiser & Trustee

Brian is a playwright and dramaturg, who also has a long history of work in grassroots and community-based contexts. Born in the United States, he worked from 2004-2009 with the All Stars Project Inc. in New York City, helping to build Youth Onstage!, a free theatre programme for young people based out of the ASP headquarters on 42nd Street. There Brian learned the All Stars’ revolutionary performance-based approach to youth development. In the UK, his work as a writer and dramaturg has been developed and presented at leading venues including Battersea Arts Centre, High Tide Theatre Festival, the Orange Tree and Theatre 503 (where he was a writer-in-residence from 2015-16). Brian teaches writing at the City Literary Institute, St Marys University and on the National Theatre’s New Views programme. He has led drama-based workshops for comapnies like Shakespeare Schools Foundation, the Tricycle Theatre’s Minding the Gap project and Synergy Theatre Company. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale, an MA Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths and was a 2001 Rhodes Scholar.

Board of Trustees

Anjalika Bardalai

Chief economist, THeCityUK

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Anjalika manages the economic research programme at TheCityUK, the membership organisation representing UK-based financial and related professional services. Prior to joining TheCityUK in 2014, she spent 12 years with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), holding a number of different managerial and analytical roles in the company’s New York and London offices. Anjalika also spent two years with Eurasia Group, the political and economic risk consultancy, overseeing the company’s South Asia-focused macroeconomic and political analysis. She has spoken at conferences in around a dozen countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas; has appeared as a commentator on broadcast media channels including CNN International, CNBC and the BBC; and has been quoted in leading print media in the UK, US, India and elsewhere.

Anjalika has degrees from New York University and Imperial College Business School (ICBS), and has also studied at the London School of Economics and Sciences Po (Paris). She also had professional dance training, so has seen first-hand the value that performance skills have outside the theatre. Anjalika first learned about All Stars in New York and is thrilled to be able to help the organisation grow here in the UK.

Elena Dina Boukouvala

founder, Play Is Hope

Originally from Greece, Elena holds master's degrees in Drama Therapy and Counseling of Children and Young People. She is a trained psychologist and performance activist. Her own organisation Play is Hope is a transcultural collective built in response to the current refugee crisis.  Starting in Greece, her work has moved throughout Europe and around the world, in collaboration with grassroots organisers - refugees, migrants and locals - building groups and creating possibilities for play and performance across borders. Elena first encountered the All Stars methodology as a member of the East Side Institute's International Class. She worked with Chantelle and Brian as one of the first and most dedicated volunteers for All Stars London, bringing her expertise to performance workshops at the Talent Shows and her enthusiasm for organising to outreach work on the streets of Poplar.

Dr Gregory Pasco

post-doctoral Researcher, institute of psychiatry, psychology & neuroscience, kings college London

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Greg is a researcher who specialises in studying autism. In addition to research, he has been a speech & language therapist, working mostly in Tower Hamlets in community clinics and special schools. He has long been aware of the work of the All Stars Project, Inc., in the United States, and is excited about the opportunity to help build the work of All Stars London.

Our work would not be possible without the dedicated teams of volunteers who help to staff our events, organise our trips and produce our Talent Shows.


We are also grateful for the support of the parents, donors and community leaders in Poplar and across London who are helping us to expand our work.