In Current Production

Cindy-Jane Armbruster

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Freshly graduated from the East15 Acting and Contemporary Theatre course (BA), Cindy has a passion for all forms of theatre, ranging from classical drama to physical comedy, via cabaret and corporate roleplay. As a founding member of Playades along with the original cast of Blue Beard Babes, she enjoys devising and dancing on the edge of "not knowing" - collaborative exploring, playing, discovering.

She has special soft spot for Shakespeare, contemporary theatre, and radio plays.

Recent credits include Microwave (Lucy Skilbeck), Henry V (Carl Heap), A Quiet Life (Alex Murdoch) and Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Shelley King); and the short film A Slippery Slope (Mariana Serapicos).

Persephone in and translator of Airswimming (2016/17)
Creation and performance of Horu Fröiä (2015/16)
Asteria in Penthesilea (2013)
Assistant Director of The Most Dangerous Toy (2012)
Catherine Parr in Blue Beard Babes (2011)

Fabienne Imoberdorf

Switzerland
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Fabienne Imoberdorf ist in Visp geboren und aufgewachsen. Sie erhielt ihren ersten Geigenunterricht an der Allgemeinen Musikschule Oberwallis bei Cornel Borse und in Sion bei Tibor Varga. Durch diverse erste Preise bei Musikwettbewerben im In- und Ausland motiviert, entschied sich Fabienne für ein Musikstudium (Grundstudium Instrumentalpädagogik und Rhythmik in Lausanne, Konzertklasse in Bern).

Nach mehreren Jahren in festen Orchestern machte Fabienne eine zweite Ausbildung in der Pflege, fand jedoch bald wieder zur Musik zurück. Aktuell absolviert sie einen Master of Advanced Studies in Musikpädagogik, ist seit 15 Jahren Mitglied des Kammerorchesters concertino, spielt seit über einem Jahrzehnt mit ihrem Oberwalliser Streichquartett mehrere Konzerte im Jahr, unterrichtet an der Allgemeinen Musikschule Oberwallis, engagiert sich als Präsidentin der Kleinen Kulturreihe Oberwallis, sowie bei kulturellen Anlässen mit und für Kinder, spielt in mehreren Projektorchestern und ist seit zwei Jahren mit dem Walliser Theaterensemble PLAYADES unterwegs.

Musik und Spiel (Dymphna Day) in Airswimming/Luftschwimmen (2016/17)
Musik und Spiel in Horu Fröiä (2015/16)

Beat Jaggy

Beat Jaggy

Als Autodidakt in diversen Rockbands holte Beat Jaggy sich die ersten Erfahrungen als Schlagzeuger.

Nach Abschluss des Lehrerseminars widmete er sich dem Studium der klassischen Perkussion bei Pierre Metral in Sitten und Genf. Als Schüler von Pierre Favre kam er mit bekannten Grössen aus der Musikszene zusammen. Weiterführende Studien führten ihn zu Udo Dahmen, Jose Cortillo und Andrea Schneider.

Beat Jaggy ist Lehrer für Schlagwerk an der Allgemeinen Musikschule Oberwallis.

Er arbeitet als Schlagzeuger bei Projekten veschiedenster musikalischer Stilrichtungen. Zusammen mit Alex Rüedi ist er Leiter einer Jugend BigBand und eines Jugend Rock- und Jazzorchesters. Er ist Gründer des Schlagzeugensembles „schlagfertig“, mit dem er seit Jahren dem Publikum immer neue Seiten des Schlagwerks aufzeigt.

Als Musiker interessieren ihn besonders Projekte, die gewohnte Grenzen überschreiten und überraschende Partnerschaften eingehen. So nahm auch seine Tätigkeit als Komponist und Arrangeur ständig zu, da es selten Literatur für die speziellen Instrumentalensembles gab, die er für Projekte oder Konzerte zusammengestellt hat. Es entstanden im Laufe der Jahre eine Vielzahl von musikalischen Werken für verschiedenste Formationen.

Ein weiterer Zweig seiner Tätigkeit ist die Kreation von Licht- und Multimedialen Projekten. So zeichnete er unter anderem verantwortlich für die Lichtgestaltung der Tanzprojekte „After Effects“ und „Endless“ von Arthur Kuggeleyn oder für die multimediale Umsetzung der Musik „die Planeten“ von Gustav Holst.

In den letzten Jahren hat er sich vorallem dem Aufbau des Kulturhauses „ZeughausKultur“ in Brig-Glis und seines Projektes „CarillonPlus – Kirchenglocken auf Abwegen“ gewidmet.

Light design and tech for Airswimming (2016)

Eva Mann

Switzerland
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Eva is an errant thespian. She trained as a Theatre Director at East 15 Acting School (London) and GITIS (Moscow) after gaining an MA in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Tübingen. She works as a freelance director, actress and teacher.

Eva has a passion for classics, Yiddish theatre, devising and adaptations - for theatre that transcends national and linguistic borders. Directing credits include Got, Mentsh un Tayvl (New Yiddish Rep, NYC), Romeo and Juliet (Anton-Chekhov-Theatre, Taganrog, Russia), Resurrection Blues, The Difficult Man (both Cellar Theatre Basel), Relatively Speaking (Töpferei Zürich), The Path Not Taken (naTo Leipzig), Blithe Spirit (Weinlandbühne Andelfingen) and Don Camillo & Peppone (Theater Buochs).

During her studies, Eva was East 15's delegate to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Young Directors Workshop and co-directed a scene from Othello for the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Festival. Eva has equally received scholarships for the Russian Theatre Union's Summer School in Zvenigorod and Lincoln Centre Theatre's Directors Lab in NYC.

Director and translator of Airswimming (2016/17)
Creation and performance of Horu Fröiä (2015/16)
Director of Penthesilea (2013)
Director of The Most Dangerous Toy (2012)
Director of Blue Beard Babes (2011)

Lilian Naef

Switzerland
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Lilian Naef wurde am 29.10.1963 in Burgdorf geboren. Nach ihrer Schauspielausbildung 1984 -1988 am Konservatorium in Bern (heute HKB) war sie an der Freien Volksbühne in Berlin engagiert; es folgten Stückverträge an verschiedenen deutschen Theatern. Sie ist Gründungsmitglied der Geschwister Pfister (Salzburger Stier 1992.) Seit 1995 arbeitet Lilian Naef als freiberufliche Schauspielerin hauptsächlich in der Schweiz in eigenen und «fremden» Theaterprojekten und beim Film. 1999-2002 war sie als Schauspielerin und Regisseurin am Luzerner Theater tätig und 2002-2006 leitete sie das Theater Marie in Aarau. 2007 erfolgte die Gründung des Vereins EcouteVoir mit Veronika Minder und Cristina Achermann. Unter diesem Label entstanden Theaterprojekte, Lesungen, Filme und Ausstellungen im Raum Bern.

Lilian Naef unterrichtet auch Atem-, Stimm- und Sprechtechnik an diversen Fakultäten der Uni Bern und privat und ist Mitglied des Geschichten-Home-Delivery-Service. Seit 2007 hat sie ausserdem einen Lehrauf-trag als Kommunikationstrainerin an der Berner Fachhochschule für Gesundheit. Zur Zeit arbeitet sie als Gast am Konzerttheater Bern.

Sie ist in verschieden Schweizer Filmen, z.B. als Frau Pfarrer in Herbstzeitlosen oder jüngst als Barbel in Heidi, zu sehen. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Bern.

Spiel (Dora) in Airswimming/Luftschwimmen (2016/17)

Marianne Weber

Switzerland
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Marianne Weber stammt aus Bern, wo sie am Konservatorium die Ausbildung zur Schauspielerin begann, die sie nach einem Geschichts- und Germanistikstudium fortsetzte und mit der paritätischen Prüfung in München abschloss.

Feste Engagements führten Marianne Weber nach Zürich sowie an das Stadtthea- ter St. Gallen. Seither als freischaffende Schauspielerin tätig, produzierte sie auch eigene Theaterprojekte und gründete zusammen mit zwei Partnern 1998 DAS Theater an der Effingerstrasse in Bern.

Ihre Theatererfahrungen gibt Marianne Weber unterrichtend weiter, unter anderem als Dozentin für Auftrittskompetenz an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft in Zürich. Kürzlich ergänzte sie ihre Ausbildung durch einen Masterabschluss in Theaterwissenschaft.

Dramaturgie- und Gastspielbetreuung von Airswimming (2016)

In Past Productions

Maria Alexe

Romania
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Originally from Romania, Maria graduated from an MA course at East 15 in 2011 and has since then appeared in theatre productions, and short films in the UK. She is a founding member of Playades along with the original cast of Blue Beard Babes and has a great love of classical theatre, while also having been part of musical, pantomime and devised shows. Recent credits include Oedipus at the Blue Elephant with Lazarus Theatre Company and appearances in The Miniaturists shows at the Arcola Theatre.

High Priestess in Penthesilea (2013)
Lou von Salomé in The Most Dangerous Toy (2012)
Anne Boleyn in Blue Beard Babes (2011)

Lara Barbier

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Lara is a producer/director for Green.TV, where she makes short documentary videos on sustainability issues. For the last two years Lara has been exploring drama through evening courses at the City Lit and earlier this year she was part of the ensemble of Judgment in Nuremberg, directed by Sally Knyvette, to raise money for Paul's Cancer Support Centre. Penthesilea will be her first foray into working as an AD.

Assistant Director of Penthesilea (2013)

Romina Boldasu

Romania
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Romina has a BA in Acting and is just finishing her MA at East 15 Acting School. For two years, she was part of a movement-based theatre company in Romania. Since coming to London a year ago, she has performed in A Mouthful of Birds, Illyria and A Dream Play, as well as the devised Rhapsody in Two parts, written by a Lady. Skills are: Mime, Stage Combat, Violin, Dance and Singing.

Catherine Howard in Blue Beard Babes

George Bull

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Depending on who's asking, George hails variously from England, Tanzania and Texas, and to simplify matters further, he spent his teens living in India and Malaysia. After winning a first BA Film & Theatre from the University of Reading, George moved to London to pursue acting. He has been active on the fringe, taking on roles in The Cross Project (Rock Theatre); Get Aladdin! (Above the Stag); Mad Women and All Hidden (Barefaced Theatre); and Crime and Corruption (Theatre Collection). Most recently, George premiered and toured Absent Theatre's On Beauty to Avignon, France. Penthesilea with Playades will simultaneously be George's Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut and UK swan song, as he leaves for the States this September to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

Diomedes in Penthesilea (2013)

Tim Carey-Jones

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Tim Carey-Jones trained at Rose Bruford College. His past theatre credits include Wastwater, Attempts On Her Life, No Wonder, The Victorian Crown and J+C. He toured North Germany in 2012 with a showcase entitled Café Friedrich.

Tim has received additional training in screen acting, and has a strong passion for film and television that he hopes to pursue. His film credits include Dreams, The Stranger and Corpsing.

His passion is comedy, having delved into the realms of stand up, improvisation, sketch and also trained in various methods of Clown.

He has experience in adaptation and directing, having successfully put on his own adaptations of 1984, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Lolita whilst studying English & Drama at Manchester University.

Alexander Clifford

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Alexander has recently graduated from the relatively new institution, the Blackpool School of Creative Arts, gaining sufficient and extensive knowledge in the fields of naturalism, expressionism, theatre of the absurd and Epic theatre. As a relatively new industry actor Alexander has portrayed a variety of colourful and challenging characters while in training. Such characters include: Sir John Falstaff, Johannes’s Puntilla, Charles the second and Stanley Kowalski.

As a long standing member of the National youth theatre, Alex has participated in a variety of workshops and auditions, as well as the desire to work with the practically engineered companies frantic assembly and Complicite.

Socially, Alexander participates in a high range of athletic sports including: sprinting, badminton, football, tennis and rock climbing. He feels his involvement with sports will undoubtedly keep him on his toes for gruelling challenging physical work required in theatre. His singular connection to the film industry was the National Film School portraying the part of Elvis; a love struck geek.

With this being his first Edinburgh Fringe project, Alexander is looking forward to taking in the atmosphere of such an involving festival, and wishes his fellow performers good luck.

Alice Frick

Austria
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Alice Frick studied acting and business in Austria. In 2007 she started doing Comedy and performed her two one-woman stand-up shows in Austria and Germany. After spending one year in Los Angeles she moved to London where she is now getting her MA Acting.

Catherine of Aragon in Blue Beard Babes

Samuel Humphreys

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Samuel a dual national of Canada and Great Britain, initially trained at Red Deer College in the colleges Theatre Studies program and then at Master of Arts in Acting for TV, Film, and Radio at East 15. Since graduating he has appeared in a mixture of theatre, including a double bill of Shakespeare and a variety of short films with the occasional side job in other medias. He has a particular interest in history, film, scriptwriting and radio.

Odysseus in Penthesilea (2013)

Jiin Jang

South Korea
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Jiin Jang has trained and worked as an actor in both South Korea (Seoul) and the UK (Chichester, London) since 2003. She also worked for a Production Company in South Korea. She just finished her studies for an MA Acting at East 15 Acting School and is now working in London.

Jane Seymour in Blue Beard Babes

Lauren Karl

USA
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Lauren Karl was a Theater and Performance studies Major at the University of California Berkeley. She has acted in Los Angeles in films and television, and her voice can be heard in TV commercials and over the radio. She is currently receiving her MFA at East 15 and is involved in numerous international acting projects.

Anne of Cleves in Blue Beard Babes

Jamie Laird

Scotland
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Jamie trained at Drama Studio London (2010-2011). He most recently played Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Minack Theatre, Cornwall). Over the last year he has appeared in King Lear (Rose, Bankside), Abandonment (New Diorama), Cranes (Cockpit) and Regretting Dialogue (Arcola). Screen credits include Crimewatch (BBC) and The Wee Man (Carnaby films), as well as a number of corporate and short films. Please have a look at www.jaimielaird.com for more details!

Friedrich Nietzsche in The Most Dangerous Toy

Rayyah McCaul

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Trained at ALRA, Rayyah has toured Europe with companies such as The Vienna’s English Theatre (A Perfect Match) and the European Arts Company (Animal Farm). In the UK she has played venues such as The Leicester Haymarket (Mine) and West Yorkshire Playhouse (A Doll's House). Rayyah has always had a strong interest in physical theatre and her movement background secured her the role of the ethereal Indigo Fairy in the hugely successful Pinocchio, directed by Benji Reid of Breaking Cycles. Always up for a challenge, Rayyah most recently performed in site specific comedy, I Love Oldham, in a real charity shop, and involved spontaneous interactions with the passing townsfolk. Her screen credits include features in short film A Tragedy (Lady Macbeth) and TV comedy Life in Entertainment (Jasmin Poors). Excited at the prospect of playing the Queen of the Amazons, Rayyah has been jungle trekking through Hampstead Heath… and although many a prospective specimen found, her research into cannibalism stopped at eating widgety grubs.

Penthesilea in Penthesilea (2013)

Laura Milani

Italy
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Italian born Laura Milani trained in acting in her home country and in the UK. She has worked in numerous projects both on screen and stage. The certified Yoga teacher has a strong interest in movement-based work and Physical Theatre. She has just graduated from an MA course at East 15 Acting School and is currently performing in “The Emperor and the Galilean” at the National Theatre, London.

Movement Director for Blue Beard Babes

Anna Stefanic

USA
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A Midwestern U.S. transplant to New York City, where she trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Both an actress and a musician, theatre credits include Viola in Twelfth Night, Hecate in Macbeth, Isabella in Measure for Measure and one third of Hamlet in Hamlet. Apart from her forays into classical and experimental theatre, she makes her living as a children's musician and piano teacher.

Musician for The Most Dangerous Toy

Victoria Tyrrell

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Victoria Tyrrell trained at Drama Studio London having gained a scholarship, and has since focused on pursuing her passion for the stage. She has most recently been performing for Wales’ National Theatre and presenting her weekly TV series Show Brazil for Sky 203’s ‘My Channel’. Her stage credits include Sum Zero (Hammersmith Lyric), Awkward Turtle Flips the Bird (Chapter, Cardiff), Lauren in The Audition (Barons Court Theatre), Natalya Stepanovna in The Proposal (The London Theatre), West End Songbook (Kenneth More Theatre), National Tours for Frantic Theatre, and performances for Future Cinema.
Screen work includes short films, commercials, regular presenting on Sky 863’s SmartLive Casino and various other corporate clients.
As Victoria turns 27 she will be playing the role of 14-year old Wendy in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre this Christmas!

Prothoe in Penthesilea (2013)