A tiny seed was planted in the heart of Natasha (Ramsay) Kawasaki when she was just a child. Upon discovering the world of theatre, she quickly became fascinated. By the time she was 11, Natasha had produced and directed several pageants and Christmas plays with her cousins and neighborhood friends. As Natasha grew, so did her passion for the theatre. She also discovered that she had a love for working with children and thus decided to explore the idea of combining both interests.
In between high school and university, Natasha took a year to explore and experience the world of theatre in London, UK. During this time, she volunteered with Chicken Shed Theatre, an inclusive theatre for children. It was through exposure to this company that Natasha finally was able to connect her passions with reality. She fell in love with the philosophy of inclusion and knew in her heart that she wanted to bring this innovative method of theatre back to her homeland, Barbados.
When she was 19 years old, Natasha launched “Kids Take the Stage”, a drama summer camp for children that ran for three weeks each year. These summer camps were met with much enthusiasm and served as the spring board for what would soon become a full time children’s theatre company. Natasha studied theatre arts at university level and upon graduating, returned home to Barbados to fulfill her dream. In January 2004, she officially launched Barbados’ first inclusive children’s theatre company — Mustardseed Productions Inc.
Drama workshops were initially held under a big shady tree at St. Gabriel’s School, with a handful of eager children. Workshops were also conducted under the breezeway at St. Angela’s School and on the playground at Erdiston Primary School.
Today, we have expanded from two classes a week to eight classes a week. The Mustardseed family continues to get bigger and bigger sharing and spreading the philosophy of inclusion.