Who We Are

Mindy Raf

Writer, Performer

Mindy Raf is a comedian, actress, writer and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Mindy has contributed to MTV's GIRL CODE, COLLEGEHUMOR, TNT, VH1, The Daily Comedy Network, and the MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME anthology. Her comedy and writing have received accolades from BUST MAGAZINE (“we walked out holding on to our ribs from laughing so hard”), PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (“refreshing”), and BCCB (“pitch-perfect”), among others. She has been invited to perform at the Women in Comedy Festival, SketchFestNYC, NY Funny Songs Fest, SOLOCOM Festvial, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where she was named a festival highlight performing as her popular musical comedy alter-ego, Leibya Rogers. Mindy's debut young adult novel The Symptoms of My Insanity (DIAL/Penguin) is out now. Her critically acclaimed solo comedy show Keeping My Kidneys was named an "LBGT Best Bet" and one of  “20 Stellar Things To Do” by Time Out New York, “hilariously quirky” by Theatre Is Easy, and is currently in production monthly at NYC's Peoples Improv Theatre.


Tara Elliott



Tara Elliott directed the critically acclaimed one-woman show Burq Off! and is a producer of the Gotham Award winning web series Shugs & Fats. With a focus on developing new works, Tara has created and directed educational, community, and professional theater in Russia, Italy, France, Chile, Costa Rica, London, New York, and throughout the U.S. Tara has spent time living and making theater in Chile and fell in love with playwright Pablo Paredess’ prize winning Spanish language play Analfabetas which she translated and directed as Illiterates (Robert Moss Theater). She is also a writer and director of children’s theater, and teaches theater classes in public schools across Brooklyn. She is committed to integrating performing arts into public school curriculum and to bringing arts opportunities to underserved communities. Tara received a BA from Bennington College where she studied dance and theater, and currently a candidate for her MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.


Barry Church-Woods



Barry Church-Woods is a native Scotsman, and has been working in festival, arts, and event management for the past 20 years. Most recently he spent eight years working with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as their Venues & Companies Manager, where he provided universal support services for participants. Since 2009 he chaired their national and international information events, presenting everywhere from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Tuxedo Cat in Adelaide, Barrow Street Theatre in NYC, and The Young Vic in London. Prior to his role within the Fringe Society, he worked as a consultant for the Scottish Government, a Cultural Coordinator for Fife Council and an arts manager for local authorities throughout Scotland. As an artist he was one of East Lothian Council’s Artists in Residence, Artistic Director of The Art of Love Festival in Fife and has worked as an actor, director and producer since 1995. He’s currently developing Unf*ck Yourself, a performance art essay he wrote on equality and Periscope My Suicide, a solo show about cyber bullying. In 2010 he started The Big C, responsible for staging the annual Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the Edinburgh Fringe.


Josef Church-Woods



Josef Church-Woods-is half Swedish, half Kiwi, and an honorary Scotsman. He's been working in marketing, communications and content creation for over 15 years. Joe joined Civil Disobedience full-time as a producer in January 2017, after almost two years with Yard; an award-winning UK digital agency providing expert consultancy around content, search, and digital innovation. After completing his Journalism postgrad in 2001, Joe worked in a range of PR, marketing, project management, content, and digital roles for organisations and brands including Seafood Scotland, Stonewall Scotland, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, TUI Travel, and Diet Chef. Joe has extensive experience of general project management, researching content, writing and editing all sorts of copy, facilitating online communities, and mapping out content plans. Freelance projects include PR and marketing work for Siege Perilous’ 2007 Edinburgh Fringe production of ‘Pericles’; the Civil Disobedience World AIDS Day production of ‘The Normal Heart’; and the annual Big Comedy Gala. Born in Sweden with a dad from New Zealand, Joe has lived in the UK since 1995 and is fluent in Swedish and English.

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE is all about art. We love managing great shows and helping talented performers reach new audiences. In addition to producing theatre, stand up, music, cabaret and performance art, we stage events with a creative twist provide consultancy. With over 15 years of arts management and marketing experience, as well as in-depth knowledge of the international Fringe community, our book of contacts is second to none. wearecivildisobedience.com