THEATRE to me means...
SEEKING. For the game that's real.
AWAKENING. From the word to the flesh.
ALLEGORY. The small and the grand scheme mirror eachother.
FACILITATING. The actor is the subject, not the object of the creative process.
EXCAVATION. Digging in the mythical and cultural subsoil.
REAPPROPRIATION. Linking then and now.
RESPECT. The audience holds the freedom to interpret.
ERGON. To create is to live.
Eva is a theatre director and actress who trained as a director at East 15 Acting School in London / GITIS
Moscow (MA) and has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and German Literature from the University of
Eva has directed in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, the US and Russia. She has a keen interest in the ex-change of theatrical texts and concepts between the manifold European theatre cultures – and a passion
for Yiddish theatre, perhaps the most transnational performance tradition.
Eva is a founder of PLAYADES, an international theatre company dedicated to re-visiting images of the
female in literary history. Playades has presented two original devised plays in London and at the
Edinburgh Fringe, (Blue Beard Babes, 2011, ***** / The Most Dangerous Toy, 2012, ****), the UK premiere of Heinrich von Kleist's classic Penthesilea (2013, *****) and the first German production of Charlotte Jones’
As a dramaturg, Eva co-created the documentary theatre piece Why bother being Jewish? with Robert Salzer/ SinnSpiel (Zurich) and the forum theatre piece My Dress Is My Choice with the Kenyan theatre maker
Eva has acted in German, English and Yiddish, roles include Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, Julie Ann
in RolePlay and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. At the International English Language Theatre Festival in Lublin, Poland, Eva was awarded best actress for her performance in John Augustine’s monologue
Eager to collaborate with visual artists, Eva functioned as Hans Peter Litscher’s assistant for Post Tenebras
Lux (2004, Lucerne), performed in Ryan Gander and Bedwyr Williams’ The Third Story (2009, ART Basel) and
in Lena Maria Thüring’s video installation In Camera (2011, Berne Art Museum).
In 2014, Eva was granted a full scholarship to the Russian Theatre Union's International Summer School,
where she had the opportunity to learn from the preeminent Russian masters Gytis Padegimas (Mikhael
Chekhov Technique), Elena Laskavaya (Voice), Andrey Drozhnin (Movement), Alexey Yishuk (Contemporary Dance) and Sergey Zhenovach (Ensemble work). - Other practitioners Eva feels deeply indebted towards
include Mike Alfreds, Peter Arens, Maria Becker, Andrea Brooks and Gerry McAlpine.
Eva has experience as a language teacher and presentation trainer. She ran a series of theatre and impro-visation workshops at the University of Basel, taught at East 15 Acting School’s Sunday Workshops,
(preparing teenagers for drama school) and co-led "Hamlet in the classroom", a professioal training unit for .
the Society of English Teachers, Switzerland.
Eva is a two times participant of the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab (2014 and 2015), a member of
the Young Vic Directors' Programme and of Equity UK.
(c) Andi Keller, Blender Studios
University of Basel CH
German Language & Literature, Philosophy, Classics
University of Tübingen, Germany
MA German Literature & Philosophy, 1st class honours
East 15 Acting School London, UK, in collaboration with GITIS Moscow, Russia
MA Theatre Directing, 1st class honours
International Summer School of the Russian Theatre Union
Swiss German (native)
awards & scholarships
Lincoln Center Theater NYC
Directors Lab 2014 & 2015
International Summer School of the Russian Theatre Union (STD) 2014
Young Directors Workshop
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon 2011
Sam Wanamaker Festival Shakespeare's Globe, London, 2011
Best Actress Award (for "Siobhan") English Theatre Festival, Lublin, PL
2010 - present
2010 - present
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