Debbie Bandara

Artist | Director | Choreographer | Producer


Her background in Artificial Intelligence has always interested her in technology and electronic sounds, visuals and music. She runs workshops in the U.K and Europe and is always looking to share her passion of dance to others. Her work has been seen at Riverside Arts Theatre, Waterside Arts Theatre, Contact Theatre, Night and Day, Nantwich Arts Festival, Unity Theatre, One World Festival to name a few.


She is the CEO and founder of Forest Tribe Theatre, a producer and theatre maker promoting diversity and positive social change for children and families. Please visit her company site,

Debbie Bandara started her dance career at the Royal Academy of Dance. She went onto further training and learnt different dance styles making her a versatile dancer and physical performer. She is also a qualified teacher and Forest School teacher (Forest Tribe ) and has worked alongside schools to embed dance into the curriculum (DAB Rhythm). She has a wealth of knowledge on teaching dance to all ages and abilities. She has worked alongside The Place, Rambert Dance Company, Masters of Movement, Pineapple Dance Studio, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Madrid in Spain, Grånsfors and Hudiksvall in Sweden. 

Her repertoire is a collection of carefully mastered dance genres from Indian, hip-hop, contemporary, African, Dancehall to physical theatrical dance.


Her choreography is unique and emotive which engage not only the dancers but audiences alike. She reaches out to audiences that may not necessarily experience dance in a theatrical setting.


She has a repertoire of devising and creating pieces for audiences with PMLD, Autism, Neurodiverse and Deaf blind. She has expertise in working with the specific needs of the children and has acquired thought her teaching practice in special schools as well as through her theatre practice. This has led to her working with Folkteatern in Gävle, Sweden. She was also the Associate Director of The Oily Cart and has been leading recent Oily Cart Summer School in partnership with Rose Bruford College (Jeremy Harrison) with the founders of the company, Tim Webb MBE, Amanda Webb, Max Reinhardt.


She also mentors and provides consultation for emerging directors and choreographers to develop work for young audiences and audeinces with ASC and PMLD. 

Forest Tribe Theatre

Forest Tribe is a company that creates bespoke immersive theatre for audiences. In particular, audiences for low-socio economic groups as well as neurodiverse and neurotypical. The company has been project -funded consecutively by the Arts Council England since 2017, and is currently developing new ways of engaging audiences through digital formats. Recently, Forest Tribe has been part of Creative XR cohort, developing UK’s most innovative creative technology for the current climate. The CEO, has a background in Artificial Intelligence and the Creative Sector. She is very aware of the capabilities to merge and form new entertainment that will reach more audiences. Her background in immersive sensory theatre allows her to produce unique creative content that will increase the sector’s growth during the current climate. Forest Tribe also has a strong ethos in sustainability and is keen to sustain new ways to reduce carbon footprint.


Debbie Bandara is the founder of Forest Tribe, set up in 2016, is an immersive company for audiences both neurotypical and neurodiverse, with compelling narratives. Her desire is to make risk -taking and innovative work that reaches new audiences who rarely experience arts and creativity. She has developed her repertoire and explores the power of language through movement. Her work is now beginning to delve into digital tech with her background in Artificial Intelligence, as recently she produced a new immersive digital show for neurodiverse audiences during the pandemic, “New World|” funded by Creative XR.

Please visit her dedicated site to her dance theatre company:

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"Skilfully directed and choreographed by Debbie Bandara, she does a fine job of engaging with the young audience—the gestures are expansive and clear, the expressions and moods always writ large and easy to read. The children’s attention is held throughout by the performances; they are engrossed by the visuals and delighted by the interactive elements." - British Theatre Guide.

Debbie has directed her recent shows including Alluriat and Prince of Fire. ​

She is also a "Leader of Tomorrow" a programme supported by Tiata Fahodzi, 20Stories High, Talawa Theatre, Freedom Studios and RTYDS.


The programme supports and nutures new leaders that represent the diverse society to play a part in leading arts organisations in the UK. 

She has worked at Folkteatern, Gävle Sweden assisting directing a show for audiences with PMLD. The show formed part of a wonderful project SCEN:SE. 

Debbie wrote a blog to describe her repertoire of devising and collaborating work through her own movement vocabulary.



At pre-schools, primary/secondary schools, colleges, universities and adults.

 Debbie teaches dance in Nantwich, Crewe, Sandbach, Cheshire, Manchester and the North West  for adults, college students, youth groups and school children of all ages and abilities.


She offers high-quality, planned tailored-made dance classes for adults and for schools, performances and contests.


The popular team-building workshops, INSET training days, school dance workshops (half/full day) and PPA cover are also offered to explore, expand and enjoy creativity through dance and are in demand in schools.

She offers an eclectic mix of dance styles: street dance, hip-hop, popping, house, locking, African, South Asian, bollywood, bhangra, modern, breakdance, creative and rhythmic.​

She also mentors and provides consultation for emerging directors and choreographers to develop work for young audiences and audeinces with ASC and PMLD.

Concept Video

What happens when you find the missing piece to solve an ongoing curiosity? Do you take it? Reject it because it is too much to handle? Or do something extraordinary... An emotive performance where Debbie takes you on a magical journey.

Supporting Our Dance Community

Debbie dedicates her time to learning and training with the best choreographers. Such dance camps like HDI provide Debbie with training and opportunities to share her innate passion for dance. 

Hollywood Dancer Choice

Hollywood Dancer Choice

Parris Goebel

Parris Goebel

Laure Courtellemont

Laure Courtellemont

Jose Ramos aka Hollywood

Jose Ramos aka Hollywood

Stranden Folkteatern Gavleborg

Debbie can be contacted for directing, movement direction for theatre, choreography, producing, workshops and classes. 

To find out more please contact





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