NETHERLANDS
Pleun Peters | Rotterdam
...studied at the Theatre School in Amsterdam and graduated as a theatre maker and teacher. She works for the education department of Theater Rotterdam and develops workshops, makes performances with youngsters and is a mentor for young talents. Besides that Pleun works as a freelance art mediator at TENT Rotterdam and makes her own (installation) performances. The core of all her work is the need to create spaces where new encounters take place and where people see the world in a different perspective. 
HUNGARY
Eszter Gyevi-Bíró | Budapest

I am drama and movemant trainer, director of children's and youth theater performances, currently primarily I work as theater education coordinator for the Kolibri Children and Youth Theater. On the other hand, I teach drama and physical theatre in Nemes Nagy Art School.
In September 1995 I started to deal with this field. I believe the high Child and youth performances at professional level can be a dialogue as the basis for the relationship between the Theater and the Youth of today. I think it is important that the focus of our programs on learning is well defined, interpretable and it can be linked to the school curriculum. Being not just a theatrical experience I can also know myself as a creative man, but also a more creative person to continue the dialogue in me. I have a son, so as a parent I feel responsible for today's child and youth theater life, creating communication with children.  

ENGLAND

Nathan Powell | Liverpool

...is a Writer and Director, making new work that invites people into the theatre with open arms and a smile. He aims to make work that feels accessible to people that are not regular theatre goers, whilst giving regular theatre goers an exciting night of something new. A large part of his work is creating with young people. Nathan is an advocate
for the benefits of engaging with the arts and a champion of young people's work.

Credits include Macbeth at the Orange Tree Theatre, Headz for 20 Stories High, Takeaway at The Hackney Attic.
FRANCE

Noémie Laurens Besace | Paris

...was born in Gennevilliers, in the suburbs of Paris. After obtaining a bachelor's degree with theater option, she continued her studies at the University of Paris VIII in information and communication sciences, specializing in cultural mediation. During her studies, she practiced project management within a student association by organizing an intercultural festival within her university, as well as an intercultural mission in Togo in 2008 in association with an NGO. In the same time, she was a dancer in a company during all her teenage (classical, contemporary, modern jazz, street dance, ballroom dance, french cancan, cabaret ...) She was trained to actor in 2 major Parisian schools: Acting International with professionals coming from big schools of different countries and the Studio Pygmalion according the method of the Actor’s Studio.
Currently she is an actress, pedagogue and project manager in the artistic company La Transplanisphère. She works as a professional actress since 2009 and leads some theater and video workshops to young people between 10 and 20 years old for 2 years.

ITALY

Gabriele Marchioni | Bologna

...started working with La Baracca in 1999. He is workshop leader, director, actor, author and graphic designer of the company. His experience as workshop leader begins in 2001, when he starts to develop specific theatrical workshop projects in collaboration with several schools in Bologna and in the surrounding area. He is the author of 19 shows, and an actor in most of these. Since 2012/2013 he is also in charge, together with Bruno Cappagli, of ErraBANDA, a two-year training project for young people between 14 and 25 years old, aimed at producing and presenting a production to students of secondary schools.
 Enrico Montalbani | Bologna

...is a workshop leader, actor, set designer, illustrator, author and graphic designer. He started collaborating with La Baracca in 1994, and since 2010 he directs and coordinates the theatrical group “Icaro” in Medicina.
GERMANY
Nelly Köster | Gelsenkirchen
Nelly Thea Köster has been working for years at the interface between art and society. Her motivation in working with professionals and amateurs is constantly fed by her interest in the implementation of "social sculpture" (J. Beuys). The expanded concept of art is based on the assumption that every human being "can contribute to the well-being of the community through creative action and thus have a plasticizing effect on society".
Nelly Köster's experiences of the changeability of society through the coming together of different people with their creative energy, gained in her practical work, prove themselves again and again in her work as a theatre-maker and musician.

Studied theatre pedagogy and art history at the FH-Osnabrück/location Lingen/Ems and at the Hogeschool voor de Künsten Arnheim, NL and the FH-Münster.
Foundation of the label cantina publica, projects in the field of directing, choreography, music, performance in cooperation with: Schauspielhaus Bochum, Trance Express, fringe ensemble, Städtische Bühnen Münster, Samir Akika/UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS.

Nelly Köster works as a musician and freelance theatre maker and heads the EUROPEFICTION group at the Consoltheater.
She lives in Wuppertal and Berlin.
Carina Langanki | Herne
*1990 in Bochum, successfully completed her training as a state-certified sports and gymnastics teacher in 2014 and has been studying social work at EVH Bochum since March 2015. Since 2005 she has been regularly seen in productions at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. Through various internships, she has gained a wide range of experience in the areas of directing, dance and theatre pedagogy. Since 2011 she has regularly staged and choreographed dance and theatre plays. Together with Emel Aydoğdu she leads the theater collective transkript´09 GbR.
Since 2018 she has been a theatre pedagogue at the theaterkohlenpott Herne, directing youth clubs and leading the europefiction group Herne together with Florian Heller.
Florian Heller | Herne
Florian Heller studied theatre-, film- and media sciences and German literature in Frankfurt am Main. He is a founding member of the performance group ARTY CHOCK, which since 2009 has realised a variety of mostly site-specific projects. After assistantships (among others at the festival „Frankfurter Positionen“) he was hired as a dramaturg by the Hessisches Landestheater Marburg in 2011, where he also developed the immersive film noir project “Money Talks”. In 2014 he went to Essen where he worked as a dramaturg for the Theater und Philharmonie Essen (TUP). Here he worked among others with director Jörg Buttgereit, sputnic and initiated the development of the mixed reality game “Der Spalt”. Since August 2018 he works as a freelance dramaturg and author.
Sandra Sanchez | Bochum
Sandra Sánchez Herrero *1980 in Essen. Studied theatre science and social science at the Ruhr University Bochum. As a freelance artist (director/dramaturgist) she has directed at theatres (Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum; Grillo Theater Essen; viktoriatheater), schools and in international projects.
Sandra Sánchez Herrero has been trained by the Academy of Cultural Education as a trainer for diversity-conscious cultural education projects. Since 2010 she has been working as a theatre pedagogue for the Junge Schauspielhaus Bochum in the youth art project pottfiction.
This season she is going into international cooperation with the Theater Rotterdam as part of Europefiction for the Junge Schauspielhaus Bochum.
Miriam Michel | Dortmund
Consciousness and individual perception of the human world is the starting point for Miriam Michels artistic work. For fourteen years she has been working as a stage director, performance creator, art educator and dramaturg. She studied theatre studies, sociology, and American studies in Mainz which has shaped her approach to working with professional actors as well as amateurs. In 2006 she founded dorisdean, a post-inclusive performance-art-collective. She also works as a teacher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Folkwang Universität der Künste and researches her artistic positions in fine art collages. Miriam Michel supports the European charter of the human rights; she lives in Bochum with a toothless cat.
Lisa Heigl | Dortmund
Lisa Maria Heigl, born in Bochum, completed her bachelor's degree at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences in the field of social work and "play and theatre pedagogy according to BuT". Then she completed her master's degree at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences in the field of "Culture, Aesthetics, Media".

During her studies she carried out several children's and youth theatre projects, including a "Culture and School" project as part of the production of the KJT Tintenherz, "Culture Makes Strong" projects in the Saalbau Witten and the "Language Camp 2016" project at the Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen.

She was an assistant at the KJT for many years, both in dramaturgy and theatre pedagogy. From 2012 - 2016 she worked as a performer in various theatre plays.
In October 2014 she worked as a marionette player for the film project Cabaret Crusades III by Wael Shawky in the Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf.

From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a freelancer/teamer in the fan project Dortmund - area (Signal Iduna Park) "Lernort Stadion". With the beginning of the 2016/17 season Lisa Maria Heigl is a theatre pedagogue at the KJT Dortmund. 
Vera Grugel | Hamm
Vera Grugel finished studying Theatre pedagogy at HS Osnabrück in 2012. In her bachelor theses, she looked at two current projects of legislative theatre, a theatre form founded by Augusto Boal. Since 2008, Vera Grugel works as a freelancer in a wide range of theatre projects. In 2016, she joined the team of HELIOS Theater in Hamm. Her focus working with young adults and children is to enable them to find their own theatrical expressions and to leave their marks in the world, following Augusto Boal: “We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.”
Barbara Kölling | Hamm
Born in Wanne-Eickel in 1963, Barbara Kölling is director and artistic director at HELIOS Theater. The hallmark of her oeuvre is multi-disciplinary collaboration with actors, puppeteers, composers, choreographers, and dancers. As a guest director, she has worked in Berlin, Dresden, Brunswig as well as Budapest, New Delhi and Cape Town.
She has been promoting and nurturing the HELIOS Theater’s profile as children’s and youth theatre with strong national and international presence for many years; e.g. by developing concepts for the “hellwach” festival, for symposia and conferences dealing with current issues of the children’s and youth theatre, as well as by collaborating in projects as “Theater von Anfang an!” and the European network “small size”. From the beginning in 2008, she was involved in the conception and creation of the youth art project “pottfiction” and in the development of “europefiction”.
 

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