Helen Nelder trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She is a community playwright, director, speaker and mother. Her plays are developed through extensive research and improvisation.
Helen’s acclaimed first play, w@rn, is a story of domestic abuse, based on a combination of personal experience and research. Since 2000 the play has been performed extensively for police, social services, local councils and to members of the legal profession, in support of events addressing the issues of domestic abuse.
Helen’s next community play was developed with Brighton Young Carers about their experiences and was performed for parents and members of the local community. It was rewritten for Slough Young Carers with the support of Creative Partnerships Slough and performed at The West Wing again to parents, local councillors and MP’s.
Helen has worked in schools, using her anti-war play ‘What I Just Shot’ to teach citizenship and media. She has also been a writer in residence at St Andrew’s Primary School in Brighton.
In 2005 Helen developed the w@rn DVD Resource Pack. She continues to raise awareness through speaking at events about Domestic Abuse.
Helen is currently working on a new radio play and lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.