SOPHIA STEPF / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR
grew up in Kassel, Germany, with stints in New Zealand and Canada where she studied at Toronto's York University. She holds an MA in dramaturgy for theatre and media from the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. She is also a qualified Anti-Bias and Betzafta trainer. Since 2001 Sophia has been writing and directing contemporary theatre, exploring the friction between globalisation, cultural identity and local realities. With her company Flinn Works (Kassel/Berlin) she has won awards for INDIA SIMULATOR™, three META awards for C SHARP C BLUNT in Delhi, as well as the ZKB Patronage Prize for SHILPA - THE INDIAN SINGER APP in 2014. She has created international works with partners like Asedeva (Dar es Salam), Staatsheater Kassel, Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Schnawwl Mannheim& Ranga Shankara Bangalore and the National School of Drama, Delhi. She has developed and taught ‘Intercultural Dramaturgy’ at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig as well as many intensive workshops for professional performers and non-actors, mostly on devising theatre. She was on board of the ITI (International Theatre Institute) from 2012-2016. Since 2003 Sophia has been developing & curating theatre projects for Institutions like Goethe-Institut MMB in India, international theatre festivals (Linz 2009, Vienna Festwochen 2007, Theater der Welt 2005). She currently cureates the performing arts festival Schwindelfrei in Mannheim. She lives in Berlin with her family.
LISA STEPF / PERFORMER, DRAMATURG
Lisa Stepf was born in Kassel, Germany, and studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim, Lüneburg, and Aix-en-Provence. She is an actor and performer, working on numerous productions including those of Flinntheater (1999 to date), at Stadttheater Aachen (Municipal Theater Aachen), and Stadttheater Hildesheim (Municipal Theater Hildesheim). She has worked for the Goethe-Institute, and the performing arts centre Radialsystem V (from 2006 to 2009) where she was a project curator, and managed the 10-day festival, Hybrid Arts Fest – Close overlayAustralia, during Asia-Pacific-Week in 2009. Lisa is also a cellist and founded the interdisciplinary string ensemble Quartett PLUS 1 in 2005 for which she creates and directs an annual production. In addition she has recorded CDs with Apparat and Ellen Allien. As a member of the band, Goja Mars, she is among the award winners of the Creole World Music Contest 2009 (Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein). In 2010/2011 she received fellowships from the Körber-Foundation (Masterclass in Music Education) and from the EU pilot project SPACE for young curators. She curated the series ‘Offbeat’ for the ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg for their 2013/2014 season. Lisa has been based in Berlin since 2006, and has also been teaching yoga since 2009.
ANDI OTTO / ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSER, MUSICIAN
Andi Otto is a composer and performer of electronic music based in Hamburg. He has released four LPs as 'Springintgut' and plays international concerts. Live on stage he performs with a unique, self-made instrument. The sensor-extended cello bow called 'Fello' has been developed with the support of STEIM in Amsterdam since 2007. He has recently toured his music to Japan, India and Nigeria, and the many field recordings found on those trips always find a way back into his compositions. Andi Otto is writing a PhD thesis on the history of sensor-based electronic musical instruments, teaches regularly at the University of Arts Bern and the Humboldt University Berlin. The subject of his research is interfacing concepts in electronic music, and the changing role of the physical body in code-based arts. He is also a co-founder of the Pingipung record label in Hamburg, and as a DJ hosts a regular event at Hamburg's Golden Pudel Club.
KONRADIN KUNZE / WRITER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER
holds a diploma in acting from the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. He acted for several years at Theater Bremen/Moks and Junges Schauspielhaus Hamburg and has been directing plays since 2006. He also writes plays (Paradise Now, Hacking Luleå, foreign angst, Weißes Papier/Blank Paper). His play, foreign angst, has been showcased at several play-writing markets e.g. at Berlin’s annual Theatertreffen festival and premiered at Theater Wiesbaden. In addition to his work for the theatre, Konradin works as a filmmaker for animated films. Konradin received the German Animation Screenplay Prize for his screenplay, Die letzte Welt /The Last World. He collaborates with Flinn Works since 2011 (A Small, Small World, The Power Play, Krishna's Elite, Maji Maji Flava and his solo lecture performance Schädel X/Skull X). http://konradinkunze.de
MD PALLAVI / PERFORMER, SINGER
Pallavi was born in Bangalore, raised in Goa and returned to Bangalore as a teenager. Being born into an artist's family she has started to sing and act from childhood. She has a BA in Hindustani Classical Music and an BA in English, Psychology and Journalism. She performs Sugama Sangeet in Karnataka very regularly for audiences between 500 and 30.000 people. She regulary records songs for Kannada Films and has won several awards including the Karnataka State Award. She has acted in many theatre productions and recently in the Indo-German coproduction Boy with a Suitcase, directed by German director Andrea Gronemeyer. She has acted in the National Award winning Indian English film 'Stumble' directed by Prakash Belawadi and in another National Award winning Kannada film 'Gulabi Talkies' directed by Girish Kasaravalli. She recently completed a film making course from Gutenberg, Sweden and is now also venturing into filmmaking.
LEA WHITCHER / PERFORMER
Lea Whitcher was born 1987 in Switzerland, studied BA and MA Acting at the Zurich University of the Arts, where she won scholarships from Migros Kulturprozent, Fridl-Wald-Stiftung and Armin-Ziegler-Stiftung. Since 2012 she is a freelance actress on stage and film, and a collaborative devisor of original work. Her part in „Boy with a suitcase“ at the „Nationaltheater Mannheim“ took her on a tour around India. She then collaborated with „Flinntheater“ with their production „Krishna's Elite“, which opened in HAU Berlin in 2013. Now a member of „Flinntheater“, she is preparing for the second collaboration, „Rana Plaza (AT)“. In Zurich she Co-founded the company „Hitzkopf“, which will soon be seen in the „Cabaret Voltaire“ in Zurich, and is exploring the meaning of „ovaric country music“ with her comedy duo „The Whiskey Sisters“. She performs in ''Krishna's Elite'', ''Songs of the T-shirt'' and ''Global Belly''.
SONATA / PERFORMER
Sonata aka Debarati Guha was born in Kolkata, her parents are from Bangladesh. She has been living in Germany since 2005. She completed her Masters and M.Phil. in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and worked as an Assistant to the Asia Correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in New Delhi. Later she completed a training program in online, radio and television journalism at Deutsche Welle and has been heading DW's Bengali Service since 2013 and is currently deputy director of the Asia Programme. In her other life she follows her passion for politics and theatre with Flinn Works. She researched for and performs in ''Songs of the T-Shirt'' and ''Gobal Belly''.
MARIE WINNIE WILKA / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Marie Winnie Wilka was born in Kassel, Germany, and studies „Directing the Arts“ in Hildesheim, previously she studied German Philology and Philosophy in Marburg, Germany, and Poznan, Poland. Since 2011 she completed several internships at Thalia Theater Hamburg, including productions by Luc Perceval and Herbert Fritsch, as well as a production by Martin Schulze at the Kasseler Staatstheater. In 2013 she participated, amongst other performances, as an actress in the production of „Hauptsache Arbeit“ (by Sybille Berg) at the Marburger Landestheater. 2014, she accompanied the interactive performance "We Are the Play" by director Chang Nai Wen as assistant and translator for German and English. 2016 she co-founded the theater collective „edgar&allan“ in Hildesheim. With their production "Family Synthesizer" the collective took part on the „Schredder Festival“ 2016. Marie accompanies Flinn Works since 2011 and worked on the productions „The A-Casting“, „Shilpa - The Indian Singer App“ and „Songs of the T-shirt“.
HELENA TSIFLIDIS / COMPANY MANAGEMENT
Helena Tsiflidis grew up in Greece and Germany and lives in Berlin. She works as an independent theatre producer between Germany and Switzerland and has worked with various artists and companies, amonst them ARTE, radio Multikulti (RBB), CULTURE SCAPES Festival Israle, Semperoper Dresden, English Theatre Berlin, LAFT Berlin, Performing Arts Programme Berlin. She has an MA in communication and media studies, French and Greek from the University if Leipzig. She also teaches German as a foreign language and translates Greek to German. Since 2018 she is Flinn Works' company manager.
Daniel Stock, Maxim Mehmet, Dorothea Klein, Anne Wagner, Peter Wagner, Janine Tuma, Anika Steinhoff, Dirk Witthuhn, Barbara Seifert, Beatrice von Moreau, Alexander Aue, Betty Freudenberg, Babette Vangerow, Thorsten zum Felde, Christoph Scheuerle, Ariane Senn, Amadeus Gollner, Stefanie Frauwallner, Verena Plangger, Karolin Heß, Abhishek Majumdar, David von Westphalen, Florian Hacke, Javeh Asefdjah, Toks Körner, Ade Bantu, Abhishek Thapar, Sonata, Sabrina Ceesay, Jan S. Beyer, Isack Abeneko, Shabani Mugado
Tobias Krechel, Florian Hacke, Ajay Krishnan, Irawati Karnik, Shivani Tibrewala, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Santanu Bose, Swar Thounaojam
Markus Becker, Robert Schlenkermann, Mohammed Mustafa A., Niranjan Gokhale, Susana Alonso
Markus Leinhäupl, Thorsten zum Felde, Florian Hacke, Nikhil Nagaraj, Jan S. Beyer
Video Design Jürgen Salzman
Stage & Costume Design
Nora Landwehr, Lea Sovso, Corinna Thiesen, Brigitte Schima
Janina Benduski, Carolin Rosenheimer, Isabel Feifel, Veena Appiah, Ilka Rümke, Anna Wille, Julia Gechter
Luisa Bitterlin, Rituparna Battacharya, Shilpa Jagadish, Lea Schreiber, Marie Winnie Wilka, Julia Gechter
Technicians/ Technical Directors
Jonas Nagel, Stephan Cordes, Ralf Mittag, Anke Fahrensohn, Benedikt Schröter, Susana Alonso
Alexander Barta, Mike Wilfling, Shamik Sen Gupta, Arjun, Benjamin Krieg
FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES
- Alexander Barta
- Andi Otto (Springintgut)
- Culture for Competence
- Dirk Witthuhn - Schauspieler, Sänger, Autor
- Dock 4 Kassel
- ehrliche arbeit - freies kulturbüro
- Indian Ensemble
- Konradin Kunze - Regisseur, Autor
- Nora Mansmann - Autorin Regisseurin
- Quartett PLUS 1
- theater wrede+
- Theatre Professionals
- Tobias Krechel - Regisseur
- WELL being Stiftung
- Theater im Bahnhof