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 14 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 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 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Nick has been a member of Liverpool Young Everyman and Playhouse, performing in a number of shows, including a national tour of Half Baked. Most recently he performed at the Uni Global conference opening ceremony. Nick has performed for Off the Ground Theatre Company in numerous international tours, most recently in Sinbad, and in two Physical Festival shows: 17 and Creature. He also performs for Liverpool based companies: Paperwork Theatre, The B Tales and The Bookworm Players.
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 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 and Beyond Belief for Tmesis Theatre.
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.
Charlie is a Worcestershire born actor and clown. In 2014, he trained with Philippe Gaulier and continues to be influenced by physical-led, playful performance. He also holds a BA in English Literature (2013, Cardiff University). In 2017 he co-made Clonely, a gloriously silly low-fi, sci-fi show, which received four stars from The Scotsman at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since toured to Leicester Comedy Festival, Alphabetti at Newcastle and Camden People’s Theatre. From 2014-2016 he worked with director Cal McCrystal, initially as an assistant, and then as Associate Director, for Giffords Circus, on their shows The Thunders, Moonsongs, and The Painted Wagon. Charlie has performed in Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Guy gained a BA Honours Visual Theatre Degree from Edge Hill University and was an Actor on the Hope Street Ltd Emerging Artist Programme in 2014. In 2016 he performed in Grimm with the Tmesis Training Company, as part of Physical Fest. Guy has worked for Hope Street Ltd, All Things Considered Theatre, The Barbican Theatre Plymouth, The Lantern Company, Wild Rumpus, Ginificent Productions and Elixir Circus Arts. Furthermore, he co-devised a street theatre act called Hatrageous. Guy is also a drummer and started playing with Kagemusha Taiko in 2001, since moving to Liverpool he has performed across the North West with 24 Festival Drums Liverpool. Guy has performed in Walking Upright for Tmesis Theatre.
Chris is a performer and artist and co-founder of FoolSize theatre, with whom he has performed all over the world. Foolsize make engaging and hilarious walkabout performance themed on the balancing of masculine and feminine principles and strong elements of physicality and puppetry. Chris’s delight in movement often sees him employed as a puppeteer or ensemble member, whilst his inherent enthusiasm for image making translates to his capacity as an illustrator where he creates spontaneous drawings that visually capture moments in time, people’s real stories and feedback. Chris has worked nationally as a freelance visual minute taker for over 10 years. Chris has performed in Walking Upright for Tmesis Theatre.
YASMINE ANNIE GOULDEN
Yasmine was born in Malaysia and moved to South Wales at a young age. She has 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Dance from LIPA. She has gone on to do commercial performances such as BBC Showcase Strictly Come Dancing, Backstreet Boys, in TATE Liverpool and with House Of Suarez on the Vogue Ball. Yasmin is co artist director for Percaya Dance, which provides dancers for commercial events and hosts confidence building classes. As well as hosting her own events via Percaya Dance she has collaborated with other independent business such as Sound Of Salsa and help direct and produce choreography for Bring The Fire Project. Yasmine performed in Walking Upright for Tmesis Theatre.
Samuel Duran is a Spanish born artist and performer with South American roots. To come from a circus family influenced him with a strong background in martial arts, dance, acrobatics and movement that drive him to physical theatre. His career started while he was studying a drama degree in the ESAD, with the creation of his own story-telling company and working and touring Spain for four years with the company La Tourné Teatro. In 2015 he moved to Liverpool where work as a physical actor for Hope Street Ltd, Tmesis Theatre and Alandalus Dance Company. In 2018 he worked for Action Transport Theatre in The Jungle Book and for the company Bouhaha International that sent him to Cuba for a Carnival project. Samuel embodies positivity throughout performing and brings great energy and professionalism.
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 and Walking Upright.
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 (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 al productions since 2010. His works include: 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, 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), Laura Orchard (Arts and Culture Consultant), and Graeme Phillips (Former Artistic Director of Unity Theatre).