SOPHIA STEPF / CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR
grew up in Kassel, Germany, with stints in New Zealand and later Canada where she studied at Toronto's York University. She holds an MA in dramaturgy for theatre and media from the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. She is also a qualified Anti-Bias and Betzafta trainer. Since 2001 Sophia has been writing and directing contemporary theatre, exploring the friction between globalisation, cultural identity and local realities. She has won several German awards for INDIA SIMULATOR™ and three META awards for C SHARP C BLUNT in Delhi, as well as the ZKB Patronage Prize for SHILPA - THE INDIAN SINGER APP. Sophia regularly teaches the course ‘Intercultural Dramaturgy’ at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. Since 2003 Sophia has been developing, curating and teaching theatre projects for the Goethe-Institut MMB in India, and for several international festivals (Schwindelfrei 2014, Linz 2009, Vienna Festwochen 2007, Theater der Welt 2005). In 2007 Sophia founded Culture for Competence with Anja Schütze and regularly conducts seminars and workshops on theatre, theatre pedagogy, global learning, democracy and transcultural competence. She works with a wide variety of clients, from the educational, government and cultural sectors. Since 2012 Sophia has been on the board of the German ITI (International Theatre Institute). She lives in Berlin with her family.
LISA STEPF / CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PERFORMER
Lisa Stepf was born in Kassel, Germany, and studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim, Lüneburg, and Aix-en-Provence. She is an actor and performer, working on numerous productions including those of Flinntheater (1999 to date), at Stadttheater Aachen (Municipal Theater Aachen), and Stadttheater Hildesheim (Municipal Theater Hildesheim). She has worked for the Goethe-Institute, and the performing arts centre Radialsystem V (from 2006 to 2009) where she was a project curator, and managed the 10-day festival, Hybrid Arts Fest – Close overlayAustralia, during Asia-Pacific-Week in 2009. Lisa is also a cellist and founded the interdisciplinary string ensemble Quartett PLUS 1 in 2005 for which she creates and directs an annual production. In addition she has recorded CDs with Apparat and Ellen Allien. As a member of the band, Goja Mars, she is among the award winners of the Creole World Music Contest 2009 (Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein). In 2010/2011 she received fellowships from the Körber-Foundation (Masterclass in Music Education) and from the EU pilot project SPACE for young curators. She curated the series ‘Offbeat’ for the ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg for their 2013/2014 season. Lisa has been based in Berlin since 2006, and has also been teaching yoga since 2009.
ANDI OTTO / ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER, MUSICIAN
Andi Otto is a composer and performer of electronic music based in Hamburg. He has released four LPs as 'Springintgut' and plays international concerts. Live on stage he performs with a unique, self-made instrument. The sensor-extended cello bow called 'Fello' has been developed with the support of STEIM in Amsterdam since 2007. He has recently toured his music to Japan, India and Nigeria, and the many field recordings found on those trips always find a way back into his compositions. Andi Otto is writing a PhD thesis on the history of sensor-based electronic musical instruments, teaches regularly at the University of Arts Bern and the Humboldt University Berlin. The subject of his research is interfacing concepts in electronic music, and the changing role of the physical body in code-based arts. He is also a co-founder of the Pingipung record label in Hamburg, and as a DJ hosts a regular event at Hamburg's Golden Pudel Club.
KONRADIN KUNZE / WRITER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER
was born in Freiburg, Germany. Following his acting studies (MA) at the Hannover University of Music and Drama, he became a company member at the Theater Bremen/Moks. When the Junge Schauspielhaus Hamburg was established, he joined the company as an actor and went on to have his first works as a playwright produced there. Since 2009, he has worked as a freelance actor, playwright and director. His play, foreign angst, premiered in 2012 at the State Theater Wiesbaden, and has been showcased at the play-writing market in Heidelberg as well as in the play-writing market of Berlin’s annual Theatertreffen festival. In addition to his work for the theatre, Konradin works as a filmmaker for animated films, and is part of the film collective la gamine volante. Konradin received the German Animation Screenplay Prize for his screenplay, Die letzte Welt (The Last World). Most recently he directed Wajdi Mouawad’s play, Scorched, and his own project, Hacking Luleå, at the Junge Schauspielhaus Hamburg. He also directed Lothar Kittstein’s Die Bürgschaft, Wajdi Mouawad’s Die Durstigen, David Greig’s Gelber Mond, his own play Blank Paper and Tamta Melaschwili's Abzählen, all for Theater Bremen/Moks. Konradin has been a member of Flinntheater since 2011.
FLORIAN HACKE / PERFORMER, WRITER
Florian Hacke trained as an actor (MA) at the University for Music and Theatre Rostock. Additionally, he attended workshops with Théâtre de Complicite in London, and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. In 2003, he joined the Lübeck City Theatre ensemble, where he performed in over 35 productions. He first started working with Flinntheater in 2009 devising the "India Simulator", which was performed in Kassel, and at festivals in Hamburg, Heidelberg and Berlin. For the subsequent production "The A-Casting", he wrote in the author's team. In 2011, he originated and played the part of “Fritzsche” for one year in Udo Lindenberg's "Beyond the Horizon" at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. In 2013, he joined the original Berlin cast of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s "War Horse" at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, playing over ten different parts in rotation. In addition to his work as an actor, Florian has directed numerous plays and teaches drama technique at the Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg. As a writer, he has worked for Flinntheater, finished a book of poetry, and created a variety of songs. He was awarded the first price for his short film about his lack of dialect at the Munich Film Festival 2013 (which can be found on youtube!). Currently, he is performing, teaching, and creating a comedy web series, as well as a short film, both in pre-production. He is a trained singer, plays the violin, cooks well and is very much delighted to be part of the Flinn family.
MD PALLAVI / PERFORMER, SINGER
Pallavi was born in Bangalore, raised in Goa and returned to Bangalore as a teenager. Being born into an artist's family she has started to sing and act from childhood. She has a BA in Hindustani Classical Music and an BA in English, Psychology and Journalism. She performs Sugama Sangeet in Karnataka very regularly for audiences between 500 and 30.000 people. She regulary records songs for Kannada Films and has won several awards including the Karnataka State Award. She has acted in many theatre productions and recently in the Indo-German coproduction Boy with a Suitcase, directed by German director Andrea Gronemeyer. She has acted in the National Award winning Indian English film 'Stumble' directed by Prakash Belawadi and in another National Award winning Kannada film 'Gulabi Talkies' directed by Girish Kasaravalli. She recently completed a film making course from Gutenberg, Sweden and is now also venturing into filmmaking.
LEA WHITCHER / PERFORMER
Lea Whitcher was born 1987 in Switzerland, studied BA and MA Acting at the Zurich University of the Arts, where she won scholarships from Migros Kulturprozent, Fridl-Wald-Stiftung and Armin-Ziegler-Stiftung. Since 2012 she is a freelance actress on stage and film, and a collaborative devisor of original work. Her part in „Boy with a suitcase“ at the „Nationaltheater Mannheim“ took her on a tour around India. She then collaborated with „Flinntheater“ with their production „Krishna's Elite“, which opened in HAU Berlin in 2013. Now a member of „Flinntheater“, she is preparing for the second collaboration, „Rana Plaza (AT)“. In Zurich she Co-founded the company „Hitzkopf“, which will soon be seen in the „Cabaret Voltaire“ in Zurich, and is exploring the meaning of „ovaric country music“ with her comedy duo „The Whiskey Sisters“.
MARIE WINNIE WILKA / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Marie Winnie Wilka was born in Kassel, Germany, and studies „Directing the Arts“ in Hildesheim, previously she studied German Philology and Philosophy in Marburg, Germany, and Poznan, Poland. Since 2011 she completed several internships at Thalia Theater Hamburg, including productions by Luc Perceval and Herbert Fritsch, as well as a production by Martin Schulze at the Kasseler Staatstheater. In 2013 she participated, amongst other performances, as an actress in the production of „Hauptsache Arbeit“ (by Sybille Berg) at the Marburger Landestheater. 2014, she accompanied the interactive performance "We Are the Play" by director Chang Nai Wen as assistant and translator for German and English. 2016 she co-founded the theater collective „edgar&allan“ in Hildesheim. With their production "Family Synthesizer" the collective took part on the „Schredder Festival“ 2016. Marie accompanies Flinn Works since 2011 and worked on the productions „The A-Casting“, „Shilpa - The Indian Singer App“ and „Songs of the T-shirt“.
EHRLICHE ARBEIT - FREELANCE OFFICE FOR CULTURE / PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
ehrliche arbeit – the name means “honest work” in German – is a platform for performing arts. Founded in 2006 and based in Berlin, we provide infrastructure for independent projects. Our work includes the development of artistic concepts, project development in combination with project and production management, press and public relation work, dramaturgy, consultation on strategic and financial development in the arts, cultural policy analysis, as well as text production and translations. We also teach workshops and seminars, as well as coach and provide one-on-one consultation. We work with individual artists, temporary group structures, permanent ensembles, collectives, institutions, festivals and programs in Berlin and beyond. We are a collective – no hierarchies, same salary for all.
ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture are Anka Belz, Janina Benduski, Anna Mareike Holtz, Nina Klöckner, Sandra Klöss, Andrea Oberfeld, Elena Polzer and Ilka Rümke. Junior Partners are Theresa Pommerenke and Anna Wille.
Daniel Stock, Maxim Mehmet, Dorothea Klein, Anne Wagner, Peter Wagner, Janine Tuma, Anika Steinhoff, Dirk Witthuhn, Barbara Seifert, Beatrice von Moreau, Alexander Aue, Betty Freudenberg, Babette Vangerow, Thorsten zum Felde, Christoph Scheuerle, Ariane Senn, Amadeus Gollner, Stefanie Frauwallner, Verena Plangger, Karolin Heß, Abhishek Majumdar, David von Westphalen, Javeh Asefdjah, Toks Körner, Ade Bantu, Abhishek Thapar, Sonata, Sabrina Ceesay, Jan S. Beyer, Isack Abeneko, Shabani Mugado
Tobias Krechel, Florian Hacke, Ajay Krishnan, Irawati Karnik, Shivani Tibrewala, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Santanu Bose, Swar Thounaojam
Markus Becker, Robert Schlenkermann, Mohammed Mustafa A., Niranjan Gokhale, Susana Alonso
Markus Leinhäupl, Thorsten zum Felde, Florian Hacke, Nikhil Nagaraj, Jan S. Beyer
Video Design Jürgen Salzman
Stage & Costume Design
Nora Landwehr, Lea Sovso, Corinna Thiesen, Brigitte Schima
Janina Benduski, Carolin Rosenheimer, Isabel Feifel, Veena Appiah, Ilka Rümke, Anna Wille, Julia Gechter
Luisa Bitterlin, Rituparna Battacharya, Shilpa Jagadish, Lea Schreiber, Marie Winnie Wilka, Julia Gechter
Technicians/ Technical Directors
Jonas Nagel, Stephan Cordes, Ralf Mittag, Anke Fahrensohn, Benedikt Schröter, Susana Alonso
Alexander Barta, Mike Wilfling, Shamik Sen Gupta, Arjun, Benjamin Krieg
FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES
- Alexander Barta
- Andi Otto (Springintgut)
- Culture for Competence
- Dirk Witthuhn - Schauspieler, Sänger, Autor
- Dock 4 Kassel
- ehrliche arbeit - freies kulturbüro
- Indian Ensemble
- Konradin Kunze - Regisseur, Autor
- Nora Mansmann - Autorin Regisseurin
- Quartett PLUS 1
- theater wrede+
- Theatre Professionals
- Tobias Krechel - Regisseur
- WELL being Stiftung
- Theater im Bahnhof