Tasnim Siddiqa Amin
- Age: 25
- Borough: Tower Hamlets
- First placemewnt: Stratford Circus Arts Centre
- Second placement: Sadler’s Wells Theatre
- Role: Community Arts, Learning and Engagement at Sadler’s Wells and Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Born in Bangladesh, my mother and I relocated to Stepney Green when I was two years old. As a child of immigrants of Muslim heritage my existence has always felt political. Growing up in relative poverty and in a climate of Islamophobia you would perhaps expect a sad story about my childhood, but it wasn’t because, we lived in a community which was steeped in pride of multiculturalism. My challenges came with the death of my father when I was twelve, homelessness at nineteen and a mental health breakdown a year later. Nonetheless, I still managed to thrive thanks to young people’s schemes such as Shakespeare Schools Festival and the Brady Arts Centre.
I graduated from Birkbeck University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and History. At university, I immersed myself in creative projects; I co-ordinated exhibitions, directed and performed theatre, attended life-drawing, started a salon and wrote for student newspapers. I also worked as a cleaner, a waitress, a tutor, and a teaching assistant. Arts and education were my main commitments and so, when this opportunity came, I felt like it was made for me!
As part of STEP I am most looking forward to learning how arts organisations are run, and giving back by assisting communities through the arts, especially those who come from similar backgrounds as myself: BAME, queer, and working class.