Elinor is Artistic Director and co-founder of Tmesis & Physical Fest. She has performed in or directed, all of Tmesis Theatre’s past productions, touring nationally and internationally for the past 16 years, receiving critical acclaim for the work and the contribution and development of physical theatre through the international festival, Physical Fest. Elinor also works as a lecturer at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), is a trained yoga teacher and has worked as a Director or Movement Director for many companies nationally and internationally, including, Leeds Playhouse, 20 Stories High, Box of Tricks, Lizzie Nunnery, Peepolykus, Fadunito, Bandart Productions, Surge Festival and the Everyman and Playhouse.
MEET THE TEAM
Claire Bigley is a producer, project manager and arts consultant born and based in Liverpool. For 15 years Claire worked in Halton (Runcorn / Widnes) initially as a Community Arts Officer, was one of the team behind the successful capital build of The Brindley and programmed, as Principal Arts Officer, the space for 10 years. Claire has worked extensively with a wide-variety of companies and artists on how to explore long-term development and resilience of their organisation, curate tours and worked with venues and company’s on audience development and experience. Claire has worked on That’s Amore, Happy Hour and Beyond Belief for Tmesis Theatre and as producer of Physical Fest from 2014.
We work with a diverse variety of freelance performers for our productions. If you are interested in auditioning for Tmesis, sign up to our mailing list here!
Here are some of the performers we work with regularly….
Mariana is a Portuguese actress and theatre maker based in Liverpool. She’s passionate about working in physical theatre, clown and film. She’s an ESMAE (PT) graduated in Acting and studied Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels as an Erasmus student.
Since she was 15, Mariana has been performing across Europe, collaborating with directors such as Elinor Randle (UK), Jeroen Maes (Belgium), Moncho Rodriguez (Spain), Nuno Cardoso (PT) and Radar 360 (PT). She has experience in musical theatre, street theatre, puppet theatre and Theatre in Education and was part of the Tmesis Training Company. Mariana also creates her own original devised work that explores contemporary issues.
Mariana performed in Wicked Women and Memoria for Tmesis Theatre.
Originally from Greece, Eleni trained at Laban (MA in European Dance Theatre Practice) she also has a BA in Dance and Live Art and a Foundation in Circus Arts. Eleni is a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer. She has collaborated and performed internationally with choreographers such as Tmesis Theatre (UK), Company Victoria (Belgium), Interkunst (Germany), Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (UK), Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (UK), Protein Dance (UK), Retina Dance (Belgium) and has performed for the Olympic and Paralympics Ceremonies in Athens 2004 and London 2012 amongst others. Eleni is the Co – Artistic director for Levantes Dance Theatre which is recognisable for its quirky visual style of work. Eleni has performed in Variations of the Heart, That’s Amore, Happy Hour, Beyond Belief & Memoria for Tmesis Theatre.
Jennifer is a performer, choreographer and Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performing Arts at Teesside University. Originally from Canada, she performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for five years, touring across North America. Since moving to the UK nine years ago, Jennifer has worked with choreographers of international acclaim, including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gary Clarke, Rosie Kay, and Liam Steel. She danced in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Jen is also co-director of Fully Booked Theatre who create interactive dance theatre performance for children. Jen has performed in That’s Amore, Happy Hour, Beyond Belief & Memoria for Tmesis Theatre.
Originally from Spain, Samuel Duran is a freelance performer whose career started with the company La Tourne Teatro while studying drama at ESAD in Valencia. He toured around Spain with this company for five years before moving to the UK permanently. Samuel then began working as an emerging artist for Hope Street Limited, which opened the doors to the industry in Liverpool. Specialized in physical theatre with a mixed background in acting, dance and acrobatics, Samuel has worked with Hope Street Limited, Action Transport Theatre, Tmesis Theatre and Theatre Temoin in the UK and with Brouhaha in Cuba. Sam’s most recent performance was in ‘Memoria’ with Tmesis Theatre for Physical Fest.
Charles Sandford is a London born visual artist and performer, his artistic journey began at Kingston University in 2007 where he studied Fine Art and began developing a practice that combines sculpture, performance, and film. After practicing as an artist and exhibiting nationally Charles took his Masters at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating from RADA in 2015 he joined Animikii for their production of ‘Origins’, Took the title role in Luvas Theatre’s ‘Titus Andronicus’, performed with artists Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson at Tate Britain and is developing new theatrical works with Theatre Re, Edens Cave and Volya Theatre. Charles has performed in Walking Upright and Beyond Belief for Tmesis.
COMPOSER / MUSICIAN
Meike Holzmann is a freelance musician, composer, tutor, facilitator and musical director, writing and producing music for theatre, dance and film in UK, Germany, South Africa and France since graduating with a degree in music at LIPA in 2001. She is also a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performing and recording piano, bass, percussions, guitar and vocals with bands in UK and Germany since 1990. Highlights of her work as a composer include a collaboration with award winning South African choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy in Cape Town for the show “Ukwakha” in 2016, supported by Arts Council England’s Artist International Development Fund, and the commission of five movements for string quartet “Heart Variations”, performed by the acclaimed Liverpool String Quartet across the North West of England in 2014.
Meike has worked with Tmesis Theatre on Wolf Red, Variations of the Heart, That’s Amore, Happy Hour, Beyond Belief, Walking Upright and Wicked Women.
Stephanie is a Set and Costume Designer based in the north west. She graduated from LIPA 2016, with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Theatre and Performance Design. Stephanie aspires to create visually absorbing designs to draw the audience into the narrative, by complimenting and challenging the perceptions of storytelling. Her recent design credits include: Daydream Believers (Tmesis Training Company), Walking Upright, Beyond Belief, Wicked Women & Memoria (Tmesis Theatre), The God Delusion (The Blue Box Theatre), Dark Night Ends (Liverpool Tour) and as an assistant designer for Party Skills for the End of the World (Manchester International Festival).
Chris has collaborated with Tmesis on the majority of our productions since 2010. His works include: Beyond Belief, Happy Hour, That’s Amore, Variations of the Heart, Wolf Red and The Dreadful Hours (Tmesis Theatre); Waiting for the Late Miguel Romero (FUEL/Unity Theatre Liverpool); An Anatomy of Grappling (Slung Low); The Track of the Cat (C Venues/Eugene O’Neill Festival, California); Red in Tooth and Claw (Lime Pictures/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse/Channel 4); Red (The New Works/Theatre 503). He is also Artistic Director of the Theatre in the Rough Festival, former Producer for Albert Dock Liverpool’s annual Heritage on the Dock festival, and a script reader for Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. He trained at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds. He is published by Nick Hern Books and Lancaster Litfest.
Laura Lannon is a freelance stage manager and technician. She studied production arts at the City of Liverpool College (2012) and went on to become the technical trainee at The Unity Theatre in Liverpool (2013). She has toured shows around the country, at the Edinburgh Fringe, has worked within YEP (Young Everyman & Playhouse), as well as festivals including Physical Fest and Homotopia. She has recently been touring internationally with Beastie (Lone Twin.)
We are proud to be overseen by a very experienced and talented board of directors: Peter Flaherty (Managing Director – Marbury Consulting), Mike Furniss (Project/Programme Manager), Sarah Lovell (Lead Officer – Culture Co-ordinator, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority), Sarah Ogle (Marketing & Communications Director at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres), Deborah Newton (MA Performance Practice Course Leader- The Arden) and Graeme Phillips (Former Artistic Director of Unity Theatre).