"Justine de Mierre is a Storyteller, a skill which she also uses as a Theatre Maker, Consultant and Singer-Songwriter. She has a BA in Psychology from Cambridge and graduated in acting from Drama Studio London.
After 5 years performing in community and touring theatre she set up Ladder to the Moon, an innovative interactive theatre company in South London. With Ladder she created, directed and performed work in shopping centres, on the streets and ground breaking character residencies in working hospital wards and elderly care units.
In 2007, she completed the prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship – including leading a visioning process with the Royal Albert Hall’s senior management and completing the first academic research into the nature of Interactive Theatre.
In 2010 she completed a project training librarians in multi-sensory storytelling for children with special needs for Bag Books, and has worked with a variety of groups of children with learning difficulties using both storytelling and theatre.
In addition, she has worked as a Business Link consultant for a variety of arts and other charities in the Eastern Region.
From 2008 to 2012, she devised book-themed ‘Storyplaytime’ sessions for the under 5s for Puffin Books, to celebrate the anniversaries of several classic picture books including The Moomins, Peepo!, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar – all of which have been sell-out sessions at book festivals across the country.
In 2015 she founded and became Chair of The East Anglian Fabulation - a collective of East Anglian Storytellers and was founder and organiser of The East Anglian Storytelling Festival 2015 and 2016 - which she instigated in order to put her passion for making storytelling relevant and exciting for new audiences into action.
Her multi-faceted storytelling practice So… what’s the story? ranges from the Storyplaytime and Adventure Tots sessions she creates for under 5s, to adults-only pub story nights and the rock ‘n’ roll and storytelling duo Darklove, to her Business Narrative consultancy work. She tells regularly at pubs, festivals, schools, libraries and parties and runs the Tapas and Tales Storytelling Night at the King’s Head, Woodbridge.
She also brings her storytelling sensibilities to her work as a singer-songwriter, performing as a solo artist, with her band and in the band Red, Dread and Fred across East Anglia.
She is a keen bellydancer and lives in Suffolk with her three children - who are only too happy to be her guinea pigs for practice tellings!"