Crissy O Donovan
Crissy is an actor and theatre maker from Dublin, Ireland. After gaining a first in devising at the University of Wales, she spent time working in New York under Anna Cianciulli specialising in Meisner Technique. She has trained with the International School of Corporeal Mime and is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama. Crissy has worked extensively in Ireland, UK and Europe. Credits include, A DIFFERENT ANIMAL, dir Ciarda Toibin, national tour (Winner Best Female Performer), A LOCAL BOY, dir Rae Mcken, Arts Theatre, West End and national tour. SPENT at The Soho Theatre dir; Cordelia Monsey, PEEP, The Arcola Theatre, London, ASHES AFAR dir Bobi Pricop for VANNER (Winner Best Female Performer) ‘The Falling’ dir Carol Morley for Camp Films and the BBC. Crissy is a freelance facilitator and is part of the creative learning team at Park Theatre, London. She is also one of the founding members of Vanner.
Liviu Romanescu is a Romanian actor, workshop leader and script translator. After being directed by Neil LaBute in Why don’t we do it in the road, this autumn in Bucharest, he returned to London to prepare for the part of Orestes that he undertook in the 2015th edition of the Vault Festival in London. Graduating from the National Drama University in Bucharest with an Acting degree, he furthered his craft in the UK at The Oxford School of Drama. His credits include: Marius in SPENT. (Soho Theatre), Orestes in Sanguine (Theatre Delicathesen/ Vault Festival), Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Blenheim Palace), Eugene M. Jerome in Biloxi Blues (National Theatre, Bucharest), CHIO commercial Romania (directed by Mick Davis), as well as various shorts and television shows in Romania. He’s currently rehearsing in Bucharest for Paganini directed by Scottish director Mick Davis.
Together with Crissy, he is a founding member and co-producer at Vanner.
Andu Ruscan is a professional in the fields of communication, public relations and cultural management, being a graduate of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations and MA studies at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, and of the Faculty of Theatre Studies at the National University of Drama and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest.
The activities that she now performs fall under various fields (cultural management, communication/cultural, electoral and commercial marketing, rebranding), the final goal being theatrical studies (cultural management, history, theory and aesthetics of the theater, theater critics and cultural journalism).
Between 2012 and 2013 Andu has published articles and interviews in Yorick – a weekly theatre magazine.
Together with her peers from other departments of the UNATC, Andu organized in 2012 a radio-drama workshop. Her main responsibilities were: dramatization of texts, choice of plays distribution and plays registration.
She volunteered in various projects, as: The National Theatre Festival – Edition of 2012, A Beautiful Life Festival – Edition of 2012, U.N.A.T.C. Alumni Festivities – Edition of 2013, The National Theatre Festival – Edition of 2013, The National Theatre Festival – Edition of 2014, and organized the U.N.A.T.C. Open Doors event – Edition of 2013, The International Drama Theater Festival – Grand Prix Nova 2014. She was also part of the editorial team of the International Theatre Festival “FestIN on the Boulevard” – Edition of 2013, under the coordination of the journalist Maria Sârbu.
Starting with November 2014 she collaborates with The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training, institution that falls under the management of the Ministry of Culture. She was part of the organizing team of The National Conference of Cultural Managers – First and Second Edition, the launch of The Cultural Consumption Barometer 2014 – the most important blueprint of the cultural environment in Romania – and also part of the Cultural ONG 1.0 – An Inter-Institutional Dialogue Platform.
Currently she works in the Department for Cultural Training and coordinates the following courses/workshops: The Management of Public Cultural Institutions, Light Design and Creative Communication, Cultural Financing Programs, Educational Programs in Cultural Institutions (2-6 years old children, elementary school children, teenagers and adults)
In April 2015, Andu started her collaboration with Vanner Collective as a Project Manager for Ashes Afar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 – the first project of the company, developed in collaboration with T.E.T.Alexandria Association.
Bobi Pricop’s debut took place in 2011 with the performance Games in the backyard by Edna Mazya, at ACT Theatre in Bucharest, after which he directed Humpty Dumpty by Eric Bogosian at the Clasical Theatre of Arad. He staged Amalia respire profondément by Alina Nelega at Theatre Les Déchargeurs in Paris, Against Progress by Esteve Soler at the Bulandra Theatre Bucharest and Against love by Esteve Soler in Piatra Neamt . At the Craiova National Theatre he directed The Religion Teacher by Michaela Michailov, performance awarded at the Wiesbaden Theatre Bienal 2014 with the Audience Award (second place). In 2014 Bobi was assistant director for Robert Wilson’s production in Craiova, Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. In 2015 he directed The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas by Dennis Kelly at the “Regina Maria” Theatre in Oradea. His work has been selected for various theatre festivals in Romania, Moldova, France, Poland, Macedonia, Germany and Italy. For his performances he received awards for best directing at the Undercloud Independent Theatre Festival 2012 and at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea in 2012 and 2014. His performance at the Bulandra Theatre was nominated at the Best Performance category during the Oradea International Theatre Festival. Bobi Pricop’s production of Amalia respire profondément attended the OFF section of the Festival d’Avignon in 2014.
Jodi Gray is an English playwright and screenwriter. She has worked with the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, and her play Muse earned her a place as one of their UK delegates at Interplay, Australia. She completed the MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths, with a rehearsed reading of her thesis play bodyshop (BAC), which was subsequently shortlisted for the Bristol Old Vic’s ‘Script in Hand’ initiative. She currently works as writer and dramaturg with Outbox Theatre, and for them has written SSA (Central School of Speech and Drama), The Front Room (Drill Hall and mac, Birmingham), Reach Out and Touch Me (Shoreditch Town Hall), You Could Move (Arcola Tent and Contact, Manchester), and hookup (Hackney Showroom and Contact, Manchester). Other plays include Spent and How to Find Us (Oxford School of Drama at Soho Theatre), and Peep (extended extract, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin). Short plays include Rime, Tasty and Peep (Miniaturists at Arcola Theatre), Quirks (Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse), Broken Meats (Salt at Southwark Playhouse) and Finale (VAULT Festival). She has also written the short films Sidetracked (dir. Freddie Hall; nominated for Best Writer at Underwire Festival 2015); and Broken Meats (dir. Sam Phillips); and is working on an upcoming feature film (Unstoppable Entertainment).
Olivia is an actor and musician from Manchester, England. She is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama. Credits include: MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Helena – National Theatre Riverside, Latitude Festival), RHYTHM OF SILENCE (Virginia Woolf – Bath Theatre Royal) TITUS ANDRONICS (Tamora – Smooth Faced Gents, Greenwich Theatre), SPENT ( Soho Theatre) DRACULA (Mina Murray – Arts Theatre West End, Edinburgh Festival, Latitude Festival) She was also winner of DarkChat Award for Best Supporting Artist at Edinburgh Festival 2014.
Olivia is currently co-writing and performing in ‘Interrobang’ with VANNER. After it’s run in February at The Arts Theatre, West End, Olivia will go back into development with the piece in September.
Associate ArtistNic is a writer and performer from the UK. He trained at The Oxford School of Drama.Credits Include The Bearpit (with Flora Marston), BAC London, Interrobang (Vanner) The Arts Theatre, West End, London, A Living Record (the Space), Arboretum (The Rose), Coastal Defences, Tobacco Factory, The Winters Tale, at Lion and Unicorn, London, The Cherry Orchard, at Brockley Jack, London.Nic has recently completed writing and devising Interrobang with VANNNER for Arts Theatre, West End and is back in development with it from September.
Andreea Bortun is a Romanian writer/director, a graduate of UNATC, Bucharest and BARD College Berlin. Andreea has worked on more than 15 short scripts and has been an active contributor for various film and art magazines. She is an alumnus of several prestigious international training programs and since 2006 is the co-president of the biggest Theatre Festival for Youth in Romania (Ideo Ideis), an event supported by actors Jeremy Irons and Marcel Iures. Her debut short film has already been awarded by the TV station France 3 in Paris, in November 2014. She recently had her debut as a playwright in a theatre show directed by Neil LaBute, at Teatrul Act, Bucharest. Starting August 2015 Andreea will begin her Creative Writing MFA at The New School, New York.
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