Paul Zetter


helping organizations tell better stories


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I have been working in development for over 25 years. Ten years with the British Council in the UK including assignments in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. I was then Assistant Director of the British Council in Vietnam for five years covering the arts, information, web and communications.

Since 2003 I’ve been a freelance educator influenced by the tutelage of theatre director David Glass and his arts in development creative practice. I specialise in dynamic, creative training,  workshops and projects that focus on participation, team-building, problem solving, organisational dynamics, relationships and creativity.

I started filmmaking and photography seriously in 2005 and since then my films have appeared in festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Australasia. I specialise in making films for the development sector helping organizations harness the power of the stories they tell everyday and to find new audiences for them. I also run participatory filmmaking and photovoice workshops for addressing development issues especially with young people.

I was awarded a gold medal for services to blind people by the Government of Vietnam in 2005 and was chosen as an Inspiring Internationalist by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 2008. I also gained the Certificate for Independence through Education in London, under the groundbreaking educator Janet Wyatt, that focused on progressive educational techniques for people living with disabilities.

I am an associate artist of The Forge, a forward-thinking participatory arts organization based in the Northeast of England.

My passion is music. I play jazz piano and have made several CDs of original music. I also write jazz concert and CD reviews and occasionally compose music for my films.

I’m married and have two children, one girl and one boy.