Rachel started making puppets at the age of 18. Since then, she has worked with this art form in many different ways. She completed her puppetry studies at the “Hochschule Ernst Busch” in Berlin. In 2019, she founded the Flying Fox Theatre together with Richard Krutzsch. Born in Australia, she likes to combine the visual and fantastic theatre style of her home country with the linguistic-poetic world of German theatre.
Ikarus Prize winner Richard Krutzsch works as an actor, puppeteer and director. He completed his acting studies at the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin. Since then he has performed in various ensembles, including the Landestheater Altenburg/Gera and Theater des Westens. When he is not on stage himself, he works passionately with young people in various theatre projects throughout Germany.
Markus Schabbing, born in 1989 in Ahaus, completed his training at the Joop van den Ende Academy for Acting, Dance and Singing in Hamburg from 2009 to 2012. Immediately afterwards he appeared at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein and took part in the production “Wir sind nochmal davon gekommen” at the Thalia Theater. This was followed by an engagement at the Theater des Westens in the German „Gefährten”.
Jeanette has been working as a freelance lighting and sound designer since 2002. She also works in the field of music and youth work. She has a degree in “Music Education in Social Work”, BA, Hoffbauer Music Academy. She has made a name for herself in Berlin and abroad as a singer/songwriter and performs live on stage in various children’s and youth theatre productions in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Puppeteer, actress, artist, storyteller, make-up artist, project manager and director – Nora Raetsch works in countless areas of cultural work. A graduate of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, she brings with her over 20 years of theatre experience. She is currently working with, among others, Theater Nadi, Offene Kunstverein Potsdam, T-Werk and Red Dog Theater. Recent examples of her mask craft can be seen at the Sandmann exhibition at the Potsdam Film Museum.
Peter Scollin was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1953. Before coming to Berlin in 1982, he studied acting in Melbourne, where he performed in independent theatre companies. After learning German here and settling down, he founded, together with Anja Scollin, Platypus Theater in 1985. Platypus performed mainly for preschool children between 1985 and 1991 in German. In 1992, Platypus produced their first English language play which was a huge success and since then, have continued to produce their plays mainly in English. Peter has performed in many Platypus plays and written 10 of them. These include Ben and the Smugglers, Top Card Camilla, See You Later Navigator and the Tortilla Curtain.
The stage and costume designer Roy Spahn studied art in his hometown of Frankfurt with Willi Schmitt. There he was awarded the Kunstförderpreis and finally came to stage design through the Swiss artist Marc Deggeller. Since 1991, he has designed his own sets, including at the Zurich Opera House, the Hamburg Schauspielhaus and the theatres in Kassel, Braunschweig, Lucerne, Strasbourg, Dessau and Bremen. He was head of set design at the Junges Theater Göttingen and the Landestheater Neustrelitz.
Marcela Dias Pinto
Marcela is an actress and singer, graduated in Musical from UniRio (Rio de Janeiro, 2010), granddaughter of Portuguese and Italian immigrants, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She studied acting at the Teatro Tablado Drama School (Rio de Janeiro, 2007-2010) and at the Escola Técnica Estadual de Teatro Martins Pena (2012-2013). Since 2008 she has worked in both theatre and film, in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In 2016 Marcela moved to Berlin and continues to work as an actress.
French Marion Casejuane is a trained tailor and a graduate in product design. In 2010, she came to the OkeV as a European volunteer. She assisted with the drawing and theatre courses there and eventually settled permanently in Potsdam. Since then, she has worked mainly as a specialist in textile art, giving courses and workshops to children and adults on sewing, stage costumes, textile creations, textile prints and screen printing. As a board member of the Okev, she is involved in networking international partnerships to organise intercultural artistic exchange projects.