Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner has been involved in Hackney Empire’s Creative Futures Programme from a young age, first joining it as a 13-year-old through the Youth Forum (now called Young Producers) where she co-produced an under-18s rave and DJ night called Epicentre held three times a year. Through this first exposure to Creative Futures, she joined the two-week Artist Development Programme (ADP) in which she performed as a dancer for four years, also taking on work with associate theatre company Twist, where she performed Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe for three weeks. Wanting to develop her professional skills and to give back to the programme, Jasmyn became a mentor on ADP and was supported to take training so she could become a facilitator, leading the design and delivery of workshops with other young people. Through her experience as a facilitator and mentor she sought to pursue further work offstage, as well as taking part in the Hackney Empire’s Writers’ Room programme run in partnership with the Royal Court. With this newfound passion and skill, Jasmyn took a leadership role with Creative Futures programmes, leading on the writing, supporting the development of ADP productions and taking on an assistant producer role on Alter Ego and a touring mental health event.
Jasmyn is now a producer at the Royal Court Theatre as well as an independent producer, writer and facilitator from East London. She recently was nominated for the ‘Best Producer’ award at the Black British Theatre Awards in 2021 for producing and platforming For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Royal Court Theatre.
Hackney Empire are investors in the West End transfer of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, on which she is lead producer.