Creative Producer
Lennie Varvarides

An award-winning writer and director, Lennie Varvarides is a first generation Cypriot, born in London to immigrant parents and brought up in the rag trade. Lennie studied Visual Arts at UAL and has an MA in Writing for Performance from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As an Award-Winning Filmmaker, Lennie is the Director and Creative Producer of DYSPLA, a studio producing the work of Neurodivergent storymakers. Funded by the Arts Council England, DYSPLA produces film, theatre and installation and is an advocacy for the Neurodivergent creative advantage. As Creative Director, Lennie runs DYSPLA_Chat, a peer-to-peer monthly gathering of like-minded Neurodivergent creatives, to discuss Neurodivergent creativity, methodology, and strategy.

Lennie has been a panel guest of several reputable organisations, including the BFI (Busting the Bias, 2018), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2020), The Royal Television Society (Challenging the Status Quo, 2021) and Earls Court Film Festival (2021). She was chosen as one of the UK’s Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women by Women Beyond the Box in 2019 and selected by the British Dyslexia Association to share her profile of being a Neurodiveregent Creative as part of the Dyslexia Awareness Week, 2021. Currently Lennie is a member of the The Liberty Festival’s Advisory Group, the Mayor of London’s flagship programme celebrating D/deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent Artists. She is delighted to be nominated for the Stereotype Buster category at Genius Within’s Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards (2022).

Lennie loves experimental, multi-disciplinary work that incorporates installations, immersive theatre and moving image work to sculpt the space. She is particularly curious to see how far the role of the audience can be pushed in the live art area. After completing a six-month placement with WFTV, Lennie now not only mixes up art forums in her work but can also cross between the commercial and art world like a mermaid.

I am proactive as an artist; writing, producing and directing many DYSPLA projects including the Arts Council England funded ‘You Will Fail Her’, which was selected for the Shape Open 2018 and exhibited at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

Author of expectations has been selected for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 and also screened at the Sxrvxve Exhibition, New York, in January 2018.

Washed Up Babies has been shown at 10 festivals around the world and has been officially selected for the International Award the the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival 2018.

Other works include ‘The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers’ commissioned for the Toronto Fringe; ‘Y&P’ for the Monsters Mavericks Mothers Festival at the Camden Theatre; and commissions for Spaced Festival; B-side Festival and Media Trust.