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The Leningrad Siege
Two Sisters and A Piano
JOSÉ SANCHIS SINISTERRA PLAYWRIGHT
Born in Valencia Spain 1940, José Sanchis Sinisterra has become one of the most influential dramatists of his generation. In 1960 he created the Theatre Study Centre at the University of Valencia, which was to last until 1966 and until 1989 he held various Professorships in Theatre Studies and Hispanic Literature at the Universities of Barcelona and Valencia. He has been Professor of the Theatre Institute of Barcelona since 1971.
In 1977 he founded El Teatro Fronterizo in Barcelona, where he continues to be the director to this day. From 1981-84 he presided over The Association of Alternative Culture and since 1988 has been the Director of the Sala Beckett (part of El Teatro Fronterizo). He has taken part in and led numerous International theatrical forums in Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy and Chile. He has published various literary articles on the theatre in Primer Acto, Cuardernos para el diálogo, Estudios Escénicos, Cuardernos de Pedagogia, Pipirijaina, El Público and Pausa.
He is the author of over thirty plays, both original works and adaptations, and has been the recipient of several theatre awards throughout the Spanish speaking world.
CATALINA BOTELLO - COMPANY FOUNDER/ACTRESS/TRANSLATOR
Catalina is an Anglo/Mexican performer who trained at the Drama Studio (scholarship) after having initially trained and worked as a dancer. She founded OUT OF THE BOX in 2000, producing and acting in the company's first production Ay, Carmela! by the Spanish playwright José Sanchis Sinisterra (Dir Gerry Mulgrew); Edinburgh Festival and National UK tour, and later in the critically acclaimed sell out show Two Sisters and a Piano by Nilo Cruz, directed by Paola Dionisotti.
Theatre in the UK includes: Summer and Smoke, Leicester Haymarket, Reynard the Fox (an adaptation of the John Masefield narrative poem), Edinburgh Festival and Young Vic. Recording and performance of the Crusaid production of Nine, Harriet Bösse in Michael Meyer's play about August Strinberg, Lunatic and Lover at the New End Theatre. Headmistress in Daisy Pulls It Off, and Bell-Bell in Sue Townsend's Bazaar and Rummage. Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Dorinda in The Beaux Stratagem, and Ernest in Labiche's farce, The Happiest of the Three.
Film: Whodunnit for the London Film and Video Development Agency, director Ming Wong. The Wall (Dir Alan Parker), The Ink in the Well (Dir Anton Corbjin) and The Arrival Dir David Twohy). Worked with Baz Luhrmann as his dialogue coach in his film Romeo and Juliet starring Claire Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Translations: Ay, Carmela! by José Sanchis Sinisterra (with Nilo Cruz), El cerco de Leningrado, (The Leningrad Siege) by José Sanchis Sinisterra (Arts Council theatre translation award).
ROD WOODEN - CO-TRANSLATOR AND PLAYWRIGHT
Plays include Your Home in the West, which won the 1990 Mobil International Playwriting Competition and the 1992 John Whiting Award, has been performed by Manchester Royal Exchange and Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, and toured nationally by Live Theatre Newcastle. Other plays include Smoke (Manchester Royal Exchange and Amsterdam Toneelschool), High Brave Boy (Northern Stage, Newcastle; Theatre Studio, New York; 505 Theatre, London), and an adaption of Moby Dick for the RSC (Stratford and London). His work for BBC Radio includes Medea Media and an adaption of Saint Exuperys Flight to Arras. He now lives in Colombia.
MARK ROSENBLATT DIRECTOR
Mark Rosenblatt is Artistic Director of Dumbfounded Theatre, currently an Associate Company at the Young Vic. As a director his work includes, Arthur Schnitzlers Professor Bernhardi in new version by Samuel Adamson (Dumbfounded & Oxford Stage Company/The Last Waltz Season at the Arcola Theatre), CP Taylors Bread and Butter (Dumbfounded and Oxford Stage Company/Southwark Playhouse, Scottish Tour and Tricycle Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Thelma Holt Ltd & Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK No 1 Tour), The Tempest (National Theatre 'Shakespeare Unplugged' Tour and Cottesloe), Somerset Maughams The Circle (Oxford Stage Company and revived for UK No 1 Tour with TEG & Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford), A Passionate Woman (Royal Theatre Northampton). Marks adaptation of S. Anskis The Dybbuk (BAC) won the 1999 JMK Trust Young Director's Award.
For Dumbfounded, Mark produced The Last Waltz Season at the Arcola featuring Rose Bernd by Gerhart Hauptmann, Musik by Frank Wedekind and Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler. For the Young Vic, Mark was Artistic Co-ordinator for the Young Genius Rehearsed Readings Season, for which he also directed Schillers Passion and Politics.
For Kartouche Audio, Mark has directed Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet (BAFTA-nominated) and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Later this year he will direct Professor Bernhardi for BBC Radio 3.
BEN STONES - DESIGNER
Ben studied at the Electric Theatre Studios, Barnsley, and subsequently trained in stage design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He was the winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize commision to design Paradise Lost Northampton Theatres directed by Rupert Goold. Designs include: The Shooky (Birmingham Rep); Someone Wholl Watch Over Me (Royal, Northampton); Vermillion Dream (Salisbury Playhouse); Riders to the Sea (Southwark Playhouse); The Marriage of Bette and Boo (RADA); Heads You Lose (Shaw Theatre); The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle Theatre). Future Designs include: Paradise Lost (Oxford Stage Company); The Mighty Boosh (National Tour); Monkey! (Dundee Rep Theatre).
DAVID HOLMES - LIGHTING
David trained at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Credits include: Harvey (Manchester Royal Exchange); Stallerhof, The Tempest and The Sleeper's Den (Southwark Playhouse); The Factory Girls and Lysistrata (Arcola Theatre); A Brief Encounter with Jean Abreu: Fijis (Purcell Room); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Studio, Manchester Royal Exchange); The Water Engine (Young Vic Direct Action, Theatre 503); Woman In Mind and Be My Baby (Salisbury); L'Orfeo (TCM, Greenwich Theatre); Car Thieves (Birmingham); The Fantasticks, Aint Misbehavin; House and Garden, and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (Harrogate), The Secret Rapture (Chichester); Twelfth Night (Cambridge); Look Back In Anger and The Mentalists (Exeter); Photos of Religion and A State of Innocence (Theatre 503); Cosi fan Tutte (Guildhall School).
MARIETTA VEULENS MENÉNDEZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER
Cuban born composer and pianist Marietta Veulens studied higher piano at the Escuela Nacional de Música (National Music School) Havana, and composition at the Escuela Superior de Música (Music College). She has received several awards for composition from UNEAC (the Writers and Artists Cuban Association) and from the University of Havana. A founder member, music director, composer and pianist with one of Cubas most celebrated theatre companies Teatro Buendia, under the artistic directorship of Cuban actress Flora Lauten with whom she toured extensively throughout Europe and the UK. Her music has been heard at the Southbank Centre, Edinburgh Festival, The Spitz, Riverside Studios, and Ronnie Scotts. Marietta has received professional guidance from the renowned musicians Chucho Valdés and Leo Brouwer, and has researched into AfroCuban percussion, studying these rhythms with professors at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacionál.
Forthcoming album spring 2006 Algunas Zonas del Alma
ROSEMARY MCHALE - ACTRESS/PRISCILLA
A founder student of the Drama Centre, Rosemary began her career at the Royal Court with Peter Gill and Bill Gaskell. For Fontanelle in Edward Bonds Lear she won the Plays and Players Award and for David Hares Slag, and Masha in Chekhovs The Seagull, the Clarence Derwent Award. She has worked with the RSC, the National Theatre and extensively in the West End and in rep. Recent theatre: Carver (Arcola); Ivanov (Almeida); Denial (Bristol Theatre Royal); We Happy Few directed by Trevor Nunn (Gielgud). TV: The Brontes of Haworth, Plaintiffs and Defendants, For Tea on Sunday, Just Between Ourselves, Paradise Restored, Firstborn, Great Expectations, Bleak House, A Time To Dance, Hound of the Baskervilles, Heartbeat, Dr Finlays Casebook, The Vet, Silent Witness, Babes in the Wood, Always and Everyone, Casualty. Rosemary lives in a village in Cambridgeshire and has twin daughters.
DEIRDRA MORRIS - ACTRESS/NATALIA
Recent theatre: Abbess in Comedy Of Errors (Northcott), Princess Louise in The Countess (Criterion, London), Pelagya in Barbarians (Salisbury Playhouse), Vi in The Memory of Water (Manchester Library). Work with the RSC includes: the Duchess of Gloucester, Henry VI part 2; Duchess of York, Richard III; Isabella, The Spanish Tragedy; Prudence/Marguerite, Camino Real; Diana, Alls Well That Ends Well; Polyxena/Niitetis, The Greeks; Ursual, Much Ado About Nothing. Other work includes Veronica in Veronicas Room, (Merlin, Budapest), Beethovens Tenth (Palace Watford), La Grande Magia, The Seagull, What the Butler Saw (RNT), The Rose Tattoo (Playhouse), Self Portrait (Derby Playhouse), Munich Athens (Soho Poly), Plough and the Stars (Manchester Royal Exchange), Shadow of the Glen (Gate Notting Hill), Beardsley (Offstage), Macbeth (Japan), The Women (Old Vic). Work in Dublin, where she began her career, includes Lulu, Knuckle, She Stoops to Conquer, Private Lives, The Proposal, The Norman Conquests (Gate and Abbey) and with Smock Alley, the company she co-founded: A Midsummers Night Dream (Dublin & America) and A Pocket Romeo & Juliet (Dublin, Derry & US). TV includes: Bunch of Fives, Great Writers, No Country for Old Men and The Woman In White. Deirdra has directed at the Hong Kong Festival and in the USA. She also co-wrote and appeared in Revelations (Traverse Edinburgh) and adapted Novel With Cocaine for the stage (New Grove, London).