Johanne Rae is a classically trained singer (Mountview Theatre School) and has pursued her love for musical theatre and socio-political, cutting edge drama. For the past two years Johanne has been working for ‘Music In Detention’, delivering singing workshops at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. She is a freelance arts practitioner with a keen interest in delivering arts events for the diverse communities in her hometown, Bedford, focusing on black, multi-ethnic, multi-heritage and gendered aspects of its unique cultural life.
Johanne’s was Roots Co-ordinator for the BBC and Arts Council and performing for Jesse Jackson. Alongside her singing and performative work she is developing a body of text based works and is currently writing a play based in the world of cricket that acts as a vehicle to address the challenges of prostate cancer and dementia in the elderly.
She is additionally Learning and Participation Officer for UK Centre for Carnival arts in Luton and Marketing Manager for Luton’s 40th Carnival this year