2011 TEAM

The 2011 tour of 3rd Ring Out was created by:

Zoe Svendsen: Director
Simon Daw: Director/Designer
Sophie Larsman: Producer
Carolyn Downing: Sound Designer
Elena Pena: Associate Sound Designer

Scott Brooksbank: Performer
Lucy Ellinson: Performer
Pradeep Jey: Performer
Stefanie Müller: Perfomer

Martin Ross: Technical Stage Manager
Kirsty Gillmore: Stage Manager
David Russell: Technology Consultant
Nick Weldin: Technology Consultant
Jonathan Goodacre: Marketing and Fundraising Manager
Kate O’Connor: Assistant Director
Anna Long: Assistant Designer


Zoe Svendsen: Director

Zoë Svendsen is a director, translator and researcher who has worked internationally on a range of intercultural performance and installation projects with artists from Italy, Peru, Somalia, Pakistan and Berlin. She participated in the Berlin Theatertreffen International Forum in May 2009, working with Armin Petras and Andreas Koschwitz from the Maxim Gorki Theater. Zoë’s association with Berlin began in 1997 with a residency at Theater o.N./Zinnober. Zoë’s most recent international project was the Enparts workshop Il Corpo Elettrico, working with other artists from around Europe to create an interdisciplinary performance, incorporating dance, video, CGI, motion-capture technology and sound, for the Contemporary Music Festival of the 2009 Venice Biennale.

As director, she collaborated with composer and musician David Paul Jones to create a stage version of Brecht’s short story, Four Men & a Poker Game (in association with Northern Stage, November 2008, developed with Grid Iron, Cove Park and the National Theatre Studio). In 2008 Zoë assisted Belgian director Luk Perceval (Schaubühne/Thalia Theater) for a workshop with actors at the RSC; translated Ödön von Horváth’s Don Juan Comes Back from the War for a residency at the National Theatre Studio and completed the NT studio director’s course. She recently translated Felicia Zeller’s latest play, Kaspar Häuser Meer, for the National Theatre Studio, and assistant-directed a new musical version of the film It’s a Wonderful Life for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

In 2009, Zoe was made the inaugural Research Fellow in Drama and Performance at the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge, where she is developing practice-based performance research projects. Zoë recently completed a PhD thesis on the relationship between the conditions of practice and aesthetics in theatre, exploring space and translation at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London.


Simon Daw: Director/Designer

Simon designs set, costume and video for theatre and dance productions and creates video and performance installation works for galleries and for the public realm. Commissions include his interactive web/performance piece Wave Structures presented at the Aldeburgh Festival, his video/performance work Sea House (Aldeburgh Festival & Venice Biennale) and Hopefully it means nothing… (Aldeburgh Festival & National Theatre).

As co-director of the arts company Scale Project, Simon created an ambitious investigation into the New Towns Movement resulting in a site-specific performance using the former Town Hall in Harlow, Essex inspired by the stories of the Town’s first residents. This work became the inspiration for further performances at The Arches, Glasgow and in a nuclear bunker in Novosibirsk, Siberia (supported by the British Council).

In collaboration with Zoe Svendsen, Simon worked with the Peruvian company LOT Teatro and UK based artists (supported by the New Wolsey Theatre) which culminated in a performance at Bentwaters airbase in Suffolk.

Simon’s set and costume designs for theatre include Triple Bill: Dna/Baby Girl/The Miracle and The Enchantment (Cottesloe, National Theatre), Lost Monsters (Liverpool Everyman), Romeo And Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Hampstead Theatre), Dolls (National Theatre Scotland, Tramway, Glasgow), Julius Caesar (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), kebab (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs & Dublin International Festival), Elling (Bush & West End), French Without Tears (ETT), Not The Love I Cry For (Arcola), Aladdin And The Enchanted Lamp based on Philip Pullman’s book at the Bristol Old Vic, Jackets (Young Vic/Theatre 503), The Bodies by Peter Flannery (Live Theatre, Newcastle), Rutherford And Son (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Tall Phoenix by Chris O’Connell (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Romeo And Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and the Albery), Adam And Eve (TPT, Tokyo), six plays for the Imprint Young Writers Festival (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Astronaut (Theatre O, Barbican Pit and UK Tour), Rafts And Dreams and Across Oka (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester), Relatively Speaking, The Witches, Everyman and Habeas Corpus(Northampton Theatres), Under The Curse and Tragedy: A Tragedy (Gate Theatre).

Recent design for dance includes Bloom choreographed by Aletta Collins for Rambert Dance Company and The Stepfather choreographed by Arthur Pita for Candoco.

Supported by the National Theatre Studio, Simon has led workshops exploring the use of reactive technology and performance with particular emphasis on motion tracking, wearable sensors and online data mining.

Simon studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and Glasgow School of Art followed by a Postgraduate Degree at Motley Theatre Design Course, London.

www.simondaw.com


Sophie Larsman: Producer

Sophie is a freelance director and producer.

She has previously worked in the indoor & outdoor arenas in both the UK and India, and has produced for Nutkhut, Paines Plough (Tiny Volcanoes, UK & International tour 2010; Come To Where I’m From: Mumbai; Darklings R&D, Mumbai), and The Mayhem Company (Elephant 21, Theatre Local, Elephant & Castle shopping centre). She has directed productions for Millpond Media (When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet, Southbank; A Latesummer Night’s Dream, Westbrook Manor).

Sophie is one half of Independent Productions (IP). Founded in 2010 with Leo Wood, IP exists to enable the creation of the most exciting and diverse theatrical work being made in the UK today, and present it to the widest possible audience. Current clients include Metis Arts, Wildworks, curious directive, Jericho House and Metta Theatre. She previously worked for Arts Council England in their Diversity Team.

She trained at Birkbeck College – MA (distinction) Creative Producing for Theatre & Live Performance and the University of York – 1st class BA in English / Writing & Performance.


Carolyn Downing: Sound Designer

Carolyn’s Sound Design credits include: Dimetos (Donmar Warehouse), All My Sons (Schoenfeld Theatre, New York), Tre Kroner – Gustav III (Royal Dramatic Theatre, Sweden), State Of Emergency, The Internationalist, Habitats, Under The Curse (Gate Theatre), Ghosts (Young Vic Theatre, Wilson Brothers Project),Dirty Butterfly (Jerwood Director’s Award, Young Vic), Othello (Salisbury Playhouse), Moonlight & Magnolias (Tricycle Theatre), Flight Path (Out Of Joint),Absurdia (Donmar Warehouse), Topdog/Underdog (Sheffield Crucible Studio), Oxford Street, Alaska (Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs), Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika (Headlong Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company – Swan, Stratford, Tricycle Theatre, London & Davidson College, NC), A Whistle In The Dark, Moonshed (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Hysteria (Inspector Sands), Project D: I’m Mediocre (The Work Theatre Collective), Arsenic and Old Lace (Derby Playhouse), The Water Engine (Theatre 503, in association with The Young Vic), Blood Wedding (Almeida), Gone To Earth (Shared Experience), Waiting For The Parade (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Stallerhof, A Doll’s House, The Double Bass, The Provoked Wife and Mongoose (Southwark Playhouse), The Watery Part of the World (Sound And Fury).

Carolyn’s associate sound design credits include: Some Trace Of Her (Royal National Theatre), Harvest (Oxford Playhouse), The Overwhelming (Royal National Theatre), O Go My Man (Out Of Joint) Macbeth (Out Of Joint, National and International Tours), Forty Winks (Royal Court Theatre), By The Bog Of Cats(Wyndham’s Theatre) and Fix Up (Royal National Theatre). Other credits include Assistant to the Sound Designer on Billy Elliot: The Musical and No.1 sound operator on Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.


Elena Pena: Associate Sound Designer

Sound design credits include: Gambling (Raz Shaw – Soho Theatre), The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC), Quimeras (Edinburgh International Festival, Playhouse), The Internationalist (Gate Theatre – Assistant Sound Designer), Unbroken (Gate Theatre), Plasticine (Southwark Playhouse), The House of Yes (Birmingham School of Acting), Under Milk Wood (Northampton Theatre Royal), Love & Money (ArtsEd), Building Babble (Attic People), Fish Story (People Can Run), Punch and Judy Redux (Dissentertainment). Sound credits Include: Festival of Firsts, Summer Collection, Helen Chadwick’s Dalston Songs and Voices Across the World, ROH Linbury Theatre. She began her theatre career with Paco Peña’s Flamenco Dance Company touring to major international venues, from the Sydney Opera House to London’s Royal Festival Hall.


Scott Brooksbank: Performer
Theatre: includes Hamlet, The Seagull, Round 2, Cymbeline, As You Like It (The Factory), Macbeth (Baz Productions), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jagged Fence), 3rd Ring Out (Metis Arts), Now is the Hour (Hill St theatre, Edinburgh), Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), The Proposal, The Bear, The Bald Prima Donna, The Misanthrope (Sevenoaks Playhouse), The Disappearance (Terror 2006 at The Union), Robin Hood, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors (Creation Theatre Co., Oxford), Question Mark (Odd Sok Productions), Clean (Terror 2005 at The Union), Moonjourney (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Take Two (Upstairs At The Gatehouse),  Soldiers, Happy Family (Finborough Theatre), Treasure Island (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Electra, Peribanez (Cambridge Arts Theatre), A Paradise For Exiles (British Embassy, Rome), Springtime (Theatre Europe), Lost In Peru (Camden People’s Theatre), Hamlet (European Theatre Group), Laundry (Etcetera Theatre), Theseus & The Minotaur (Moveable Feast)TV: Seven (Phil McIntyre Productions)

Radio: Winner of the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award 2002. Numerous radio plays include Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Brideshead Revisited, The Tears Of War, Maigret, Blue Veils & Golden Sands, Peeling Figs For Julius, Stalingrad Kiss (All BBC), The Anonymous Venetian (Pier Productions)


Stefanie Müller: Performer

Associate Director, Hoipolloi

Stefanie studied at the University of Basel and trained at Jaques Lecoq’s International School of Theatre in Paris.

Since co-founding Hoipolloi in 1994, Stefanie has designed and performed in all but one of the company’s productions, touring throughout the UK and Europe, as well as the USA and the Philippines. Hoipolloi’s most recent large-scale show was The Doubtful Guest – co-produced with Theatre Royal, Plymouth for their main stage, before touring nationally. Stefanie has also designed and co-directed Hoipolloi’s recent award-winning collaborations with Hugh Hughes – Floating, Story of a Rabbit and 360.

Recent work outside Hoipolloi includes Drive In Deco for Part Exchange Company in Plymouth, Superheroes with Elena Penga in Athens, Correspondence, The Forgotten War, and Peacemaker for Menagerie Theatre Company, The Red Ladies with The Clod Ensemble, Jewel in the Lotus for the Crow Show and others,. Stefanie has also worked in France and Switzerland as an actress, designer and workshop leader. Most recent teaching includes Drama lecturer at St Mary’s University in Twickenham London and Theatre Design at the Cambridge Scool for Visual and Performance Arts.

Lucy Ellinson: Performer
Lucy is a performer-practitioner with a special interest in devised, experimental and queer performance and new European writing. An associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe, she regularly collaborates with Unlimited Theatre and writer/director Chris Goode. Lucy makes solo work, supported by Theatre in the Mill/Development Lab and also mentors young and emerging artists. She was nominated for the ‘Best Solo Performance Award’ as part of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival 2009 for her role in the UK premiere of Land Without Words by Dea Loher, directed by Lydia Ziemke.

Recent performances include: Who you are (Chris Goode/Tate Modern), Consequences (Mapping4D/The Place/BAC/Forest Fringe), Two Perspectives(Divided Skies Festival/Soho Theatre), They only come at night (Slunglow/BITE/The Barbican), Land Without Words (Shunt/ETB:Berlin/Edinburgh), UK premiere of Monsters by Niklas Rådström (Strawberry Vale/Arcola Theatre), Presumption (UK/Europe/Asia touring) and Homo Ludens (international co-production with Tig7/Schillertage 09) both for Third Angel. Lucy is a member of the UK’s first allgirl boyband: northstar.

She has been involved in short periods of research and development and devising for ’3rd Ring Out’ before performing in the piece on tour.

Pradeep Jey: Performer
Pradeep trained at Rose Bruford College and is based in East London. He has been working regularly in theatre and in corporate training for ten years. In 2009 he filmed video sequences for Opla Company’s acclaimed physical theatre / video installation production One Dimensional Man which has been touring in Tel Aviv (www.one-dimensional-man.com). London credits include Volpone at Wilton’s Music Hall, Berezina at the The White Bear, The Lodger at Pentameters and four productions at the Space (www.space.org.uk), where Pradeep is a member of the Artistic Committee and directing The Shape of Things in September 2010. Pradeep is also an Associate Director for Arc Theatre (www.arctheatre.com).

David Russell: Technology Consultant
David is a founder and director of altFusion (www.altfusion.co.uk) who are an innovative, passionate and very experienced group of software developers based in Cambridge. Their aim has always been to simplify IT and show organisations how they can use it to improve their business and underlying processes. Naturally in this day and age they are skilled web site builders and mobile app developers as you’d expect. However because they are all formally trained software engineers with many years of experience they are capable of dealing with more esoteric software development projects and have frequently done so.
In particular they enjoy working with companies like Metis (www.metisarts.co.uk), it allows them to stretch their skills creatively; arts organisations are usually in a position to take more risks than other types of organisations. It gives altFusion the chance to develop new technologies and techniques that can then be adapted to more mainstream businesses. As an example of this they are currently pioneering the use of the Microsoft Kinect hardware as a presentation/demonstration tool and expect this to become mainstream over the next few years.
altFusion are based in central Cambridge, have been operating for over six years and have close ties with the various Cambridge design and development communities e.g. CamCreative, Refresh Cambridge and others. If you have any software development requirements then there’s a good chance they can help you. For more information please see their web site www.altfusion.co.uk or email info@altfusion.co.uk.

Nick Weldin: Technology Consultant

Nick works at the Rix Centre based at the University of East London, looking into technology that may help people with learning difficulties to get involved in what is happening online and on the computer in front of them. He is also Senior Technologist for Tinker It! working on various technology projects, often related to Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Other projects include work with Paddington Arts, Oily Cart Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre


Jonathan Goodacre: Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Jonathan Goodacre is a manager, trainer and consultant specialising in marketing and audience development, event management, fundraising and project design. He is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and works regularly for the Arts Marketing Association, BoxSmart, Metis Arts, Cambridge Wordfest and Hoipolloi Theatre. He has served on several boards and committees including as Chair of Hoipolloi Theatre and written for the Journal of Arts Marketingand Arts Professional. He takes a strong interest in arts and culture in continental Europe having been involved with Audiences Europe Network, Trans Europe Halles and the Fondation Marcel Hicter.

Jonathan also works voluntarily on community initiatives such as the Mill Road Winter Fair, Cambridge and for the SIN Cru Hip Hop arts collective. Prior to becoming a freelance consultant and manager, he worked for the York Festival, then for ten years (1990 – 1999) at The Junction, Cambridge before moving on to Eastern Touring Agency and Momentum Arts. From 2003 – 2007 he set up and worked on the highly acclaimed Southend-on-Sea Being Here arts regeneration project and was co-author of the book which came out of that project about participatory arts projects, Turning the Tide (2007).


Anna Long: Assistant Designer

Anna Long trained at Central St Martins, London and has gone on to work with International Theatre groups in the UK and France. Work to date includes; Lift Festival 2007 SouthBank/Stratford, A Winter’s Tale 2008, Dartington Playgoers, Madame de Sade dir Yukio Mishima, (Culture Bourges). She has worked as production assistant for Sharon Marsdon Lighting designer, (Milan 2007) and artist Judith Cowan (Finnegan’s Teeth, Kingscross 2009).

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