Our team is spearheaded by:
Lauren Prakke is a lecturer, writer, advisor and curator of contemporary art. She is chairman of The Whitechapel patrons. She founded and chaired The Tate Young Patrons, the fastest growing group at the Tate from 2007-2012. As the founder of Prakke Contemporary, her work has focused on nurturing emerging artists and producing projects such as the critically acclaimed PLAY, which took place in an enormous deserted townhouse in Mayfair and was produced in collaboration with Paradise Row. She proudly serves as co-chair of Women for Women International’s Leadership Circle in the UK. Lauren hails from Manhattan, New York and made her way into the art world after a successful career on Wall Street and in The City. She has also had a longstanding passion for literature and theatre after earning degrees with honours in 19th century English literature.
Lauren co-produced, along with Michelle Yue, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer in 2012, a groundbreaking, one-night-only performance in London’s West End which raised over £160,000 for charity. The sell-out play featured performances by Thandie Newton, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler, Trudy Styler, Myanna Buring, Neneh Cherry and others.
Michelle Yue is an independent design consultant and co-founder of Restless Buddha. A large portion of Michelle’s philanthropy is directed towards improving the lives of women and children. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Women for Women International (WfWI) UK, an NGO which works in eight countries to help women survivors of war rebuild and transform their lives. Michelle is also Co-Chair and Trustee of The Millby Foundation, which works to advance women’s and children’s causes, with particular interest in the empowerment of disadvantaged women and girls. Michelle also serves on the board of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation, a Hong Kong-based philanthropic organisation which promotes Chinese arts and culture and supports Buddhism and Buddhist studies. The Foundation’s projects in the UK include a gallery of Buddhist sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Emperor’s Secret Garden (in collaboration with The Prince’s Charities Foundation), and the Buddhist Film Festival at The Barbican. Michelle is also passionate about cancer research and is Chair of Foreign Sisters UK, which brings awareness of the vital work of Cancer Research UK to the international community in London.
Our Think Tank:
Marcus Warren is a writer, director and filmmaker. Marcus released his first feature film The Heavy, starring Vinnie Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Christopher Lee, in early 2010 in cinemas across the UK, and is now working on his follow up films, The Pitch and Of Flesh and Blood as well as developing future projects. Marcus has also directed music videos, worked on hit television shows including ‘In Living Color’, and worked as director/cameraman for international press coverage of various studio productions and actors including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Anthony Hopkins. Marcus currently divides his time between London and Los Angeles and was the creative director for Restless Buddha’s inaugural production A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.
Amber Hsu is a wordsmith, designer and artist. She was a member of the East Asian Unheard Voices Writer’s Program at the Royal Court Theatre and has been invited to join their writers’ studio groups. She was also on writing attachment at the National Theatre Studios to adapt a script by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright/novelist Gao Xingjian. She has also exhibited photography, illustration and sculpture, and has helped costume and style rock bands and Royal Opera House sopranos. Amber also produces Sounds of Solace, an annual music event for Solace Women’s Aid–a London-based, non-profit organisation that provides refuge and assistance to women and children affected by domestic violence.
Jenny MacDonald of Ness Valley Productions has over 10 years of experience producing fearless and thought-provoking plays whilst working with the finest emerging writers and creative teams. Jenny has produced both in the West End and Touring, including the critically acclaimed, Time Out ‘Best Show in London’ BASH by Neil LaBute directed by Tamara Harvey at Trafalgar Studios, and Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall. Jenny has also worked in film and television, and produced the short film Last Laugh, written and directed by Sue Dunderdale (Head of RADA) and starring Frances Barber and Doreen Mantle. Jenny was the Associate Producer for Restless Buddha’s inaugural production A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.
Our Thank Tank:
RESTLESS BUDDHA WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING COLLABORATORS: