SOPHIA STEPF / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR
grew up in Kassel, Germany, with stints in New Zealand and 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. With her company Flinn Works (Kassel/Berlin) she has won awards for INDIA SIMULATOR™, three META awards for C SHARP C BLUNT in Delhi, as well as the ZKB Patronage Prize for SHILPA - THE INDIAN SINGER APP in 2014. She has created international works with partners like Asedeva (Dar es Salam), Staatsheater Kassel, Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Schnawwl Mannheim& Ranga Shankara Bangalore and the National School of Drama, Delhi. She has developed and taught ‘Intercultural Dramaturgy’ at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig as well as many intensive workshops for professional performers and non-actors, mostly on devising theatre. She was on board of the ITI (International Theatre Institute) from 2012-2016. Since 2003 Sophia has been developing & curating theatre projects for Institutions like Goethe-Institut MMB in India, international theatre festivals (Linz 2009, Vienna Festwochen 2007, Theater der Welt 2005). She currently curates the performing arts festival Schwindelfrei in Mannheim. She lives in Berlin with her family.
LISA STEPF / PERFORMER, CELLIST, DRAMATURG
Lisa Stepf studied cultural studies in Hildesheim, Lüneburg, and Aix-en-Provence. She received a fellowship from Körber-Foundation (Masterclass on Music Education) and from the EU pilot project SPACE for young curators. She lives in Switzerland and works as theatre practitioner, cellist and curator. She is member of the interdisciplinary string quartet Quartett PLUS 1 and of Flinn Works. As a curator she has worked for Radialsystem V (from 2006 to 2009) and the performing arts festival Schwindelfrei in Mannheim. She has developed New Concert Formats for Radialsystem V, Ensemble Resonanz, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Argovia Philharmonic and Zürcher Kammerorchester. Lisa teaches at Musikakademie Basel and Hochschule der Künste Bern.
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
holds a diploma in acting from the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. He acted for several years at Theater Bremen/Moks and Junges Schauspielhaus Hamburg and has been directing plays since 2006. He also writes plays (Paradise Now, Hacking Luleå, foreign angst, Weißes Papier/Blank Paper, C0N5P1R4.CY). In addition to his work for the theatre, Konradin works as a filmmaker for animated films. He collaborates with Flinn Works since 2011 (A Small, Small World, The Power Play, Krishna's Elite, Maji Maji Flava, his solo lecture performance Schädel X/Skull X, Kosa la Vita, the video sculpture and exhibition Mangi Meli Remains and Fear & Fever). http://konradinkunze.de
SONATA / PERFORMER
Sonata aka Debarati Guha was born in Kolkata, her parents are from Bangladesh. She has been living in Germany since 2005. She completed her Masters and M.Phil. in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and worked as an Assistant to the Asia Correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in New Delhi. Later she completed a training program in online, radio and television journalism at Deutsche Welle and has been heading DW's Bengali Service since 2013 and is currently deputy director of the Asia Programme. In her other life she follows her passion for politics and theatre with Flinn Works. She researched for and performs in Songs of the T-Shirt and Gobal Belly.
SUSANA ALONSO / LIGHT DESIGN & TECHNICIAL DIRECTOR
Susana Alonso studied fine arts at Barcelona and finished her studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She did a master in pedagogy of art in the Department of painting of the University of Barcelona and another Master of photography at EFTI, Madrid. In Spain she has worked in the Department of Light at the Opera of Valencia, as well as being responsible for lights in the main theater of Burgos, creating light designs for festivals like the Festival Open Scene, Burgos - New York Choreography Festival or Castilla Folk among others. In Germany she has been working as a freelancer since 2011, in theatres such as the Podewill, Uferstudios or Sophiensaele in Berlin. She has design lights and worked as a technical director for festivals like TUSCH, Tanzzeit, KookMono and others. She has collaborated and continues to work together with artists like Marina Tenorio, Alienor Dauchez, Cora Frost, Vincent Bozek, BigNotwendigkeit, Flinn Works, Mette Ingsvarsten, Jefta van Dinther, Thiago Granato.
MARIT BUCHMEIER, LISANNE GROTZ / xplusdrei Production Office
Xplus3 is a production office for the independent performing arts in Berlin, established in 2017 by Marit Buchmeier and Lisanne Grotz. They have taken over FlinnWorks Management in 2022.
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, Florian Hacke, Javeh Asefdjah, Toks Körner, Abhishek Thapar, Simon Zigah, Lea Whitcher, Isack Abeneko, Sabrina Ceesay, Shabani Mugado, Anne Hoffmann, Cornelia Dörr, Matthias Renger, Quartett plus 1 (Kathrina Hülsmann, Katharina Pfänder, Lisa Stepf), Erik Ndikumana, Alice Harrison, Nirere Shanel, Yvette Niyomufasha, Natacha Muziramakenga, Wesley Ruzibiza, Jennifer Lynn Tune, Crystal Travis
Tobias Krechel, Florian Hacke, Ajay Krishnan, Irawati Karnik, Shivani Tibrewala, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Santanu Bose, Swar Thounaojam
Tilman Neuffer, Louise Mutabazi, Sarita Lydia Mamseri
Markus Becker, Robert Schlenkermann, Mohammed Mustafa A., Niranjan Gokhale, Susana Alonso, Gijs Wisse
Markus Leinhäupl, Thorsten zum Felde, Nikhil Nagaraj, Florian Hacke, Jan S. Beyer, Jörg-Martin Wagner, Matthias Schubert, Stefan Wurz
Isack Abeneko, Wezley Ruzibiza
Video Design Jürgen Salzmann, Julia Gechter, Marc Jungreithmeier, Kivu Ruhorahoza
Stage & Costume Design
Nora Landwehr, Lea Sovso, Corinna Thiesen, Philippe Werhahn, Brigitte Schima, Philine Rinnert, Léa Dietrich, Tatjana Kautsch
Janina Benduski, Carolin Rosenheimer, Isabel Feifel, Veena Appiah, Ilka Rümke, Anna Wille, Julia Gechter, Helena Tsiflidis, Gustavo Fijalkow, Vivek Madan, Gabriel Mzei Orio, Xplus 3 Produktionen
Luisa Bitterlin, Rituparna Battacharya, Shilpa Jagadish, Lea Schreiber, Marie Winnie Wilka, Julia Gechter, Tamara Bodden, Elisabeth Lindig, Alice Harrison, Annekatrin Utke
Technicians, Technical Directors
Jonas Nagel, Stephan Cordes, Ralf Mittag, Anke Fahrensohn, Benedikt Schröter, Susana Alonso, Gijs Wisse
Graphics, Photography, Art Design, Animation
Alexander Barta, Mike Wilfling, Shamik Sen Gupta, Arjun, Benjamin Krieg, Philine Rinnert, Shaizia Jifri, Amani Abeid, Cloud Chatanda, Sharron Mirsky, Malte Stein