Gayle Tufts - American Woman
Gayle Tufts is an entertainer, author, singer, commentator and "Germany's best-known American." (Stern Magazine) She writes and produces her own shows, plays in theatres and festivals all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since the mid-90s Gayle Tufts has been an integral part of Berlin's theatre landscape - from Spiegelzelt to Opernhaus. Tufts is the inventor of "Dinglish", a poetic and pointed mix of German and English.Nobody can mix German and English so beautifully. She was the first woman in the legendary stand-up programme Quatsch Comedy Club. She is also a welcome guest on radio and television (QCC, NDR Talk Show, Kölner Treff, 3 nach 9, Florian Silbereisen). Her podcast "American Woman" accompanied the 2016 US presidential election for N-TV.
Her shows are a blending of languages, cultures and genres - music, comedy and choreography to celebrate the absurd wonders of everyday life. Her Christmas and New Year's Eve shows - at the Schiller Theater, Theater am Kurfürstendamm and Tipi have become a Berlin Holiday tradition. Tufts uses the American tradition of storytelling, autobiographical stories and observations to tell her life as a transatlantic bridge builder. Tufts' performances are an uplifting celebration of German-American Friendship, in all its complexity.
She is a sought-after presenter for gala events - the German Dubbing Award, the German Musical Award, the German President's Citizens' Festival. In 2018 she was the host of Thomas Hermanns' show "Boybands Forever" from Semmel Concerts. She was part of the ensemble of the Grimme Award winning film "Familie Lotzmann auf den Barrikaden" by director Axel Ranisch. Since 2017, she has hosted the Lounge of the Berlin Radio Choir. In 2018, she received the German-American Media Award of the Steuben-Schurz Society. She has published five books, including her latest "American Woman: How I Lost My Heimat and Found My Zuhause", which was published by Aufbau Verlag in 2017. Gayle Tufts is a creative consultant and is writing the book for the German premiere of "Magic Mike Live!" the dance event by Hollywood star Channing Tatum.
Titilayo Adedokun - 50 Shades of Fairytales
Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to Nigerian parents. A former Miss Ohio and third place winner of Miss America, Adedokun has talent and experience in a wide range of musical genres, particularly opera, Broadway musicals, spirituals, jazz, blues and Nigerian music. Critics have praised her versatility and great skill in winning over and engaging audiences. After graduating from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA (Master of Music), she lived in Italy, where she studied with Renata Scotto and Vincenzo Manno, and performed concerts and recorded two CDs (Duke Ellington Legend and Cole Porter Live: "Songs of Broadway", Agora Records) with jazz composer and pianist Giorgio Gaslini. When it came to casting the title role in a production of "Aida" at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto on the occasion of the centenary of the composer's death, director Franco Zeffirelli chose her. She has also sung roles from the operas "La Bohème", "Carmen", "The Tales of Hoffmann", "The Magic Flute", "Porgy and Bess" and "Boccaccio", among others, and has given solo concerts in theatres and with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, South Africa, Poland and Hungary. A bundle of energy who began singing in church and dinner theatres in the USA, she has appeared in musicals, concerts and galas with Adolph Greene and Betty Comden (50 Years of Comden and Greene) as well as with Lauren Bacall and Tommy Tune. She has often performed the lead role of "Kiss Me Kate" at various theatres in Germany and has also toured Europe. She has also toured as a guest soloist in "Night Fever: The Gala of FilmMusicals" and as Billie Holiday in the play "Ella & Billie" through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She can often be heard as a soloist with the "Wine and Roses Swing Orchestra". After eight sunny years in Cape Town, South Africa, with her family, she has now returned to Germany. Whether she is enchanting the audience in her one-woman show, 50 Shades of Fairytales, or supported by her outstanding band, performing songs of jazz, blues, opera, African music or self-composed pieces, inspired by her sometimes extraordinary life, the programme promises to be a highlight of the season.
Time Travel and Stand Up - Double Feature
Lisa is a script writer and director with a degree in theatre and conceptual performance art from Malmö Theatre Academy. Between 2016-2018 she worked on a series of choreographic performances based on the surrealistic paintings by Dorothea Tanning. The last one, The Children Of Dorothea was shown at Inkonst, Malmö in 2018. In 2019 she co founded Absurdum Temporary Art and the group have since created the pieces A Lecture On How I Learned To Time Travel, Frank Gallery, Malmö 2019, a lecture performance on time and memory.
The Road We Walk, Inkonst, Malmö 2019, a documentary/community based play where the script was based on interviews with people who work on Bergsgatan in Malmö, about work, everyday life, dreams and life choices. I'm Out Of Order Until Further Notice, Inkonst 2019, immersive audio and dance performance based on the then newly released album by the artist Loljud. Retrieval, Inter Arts Center, Malmö & Lyd Felter Festival, Copenhagen 2021, an odyssey through time and space, memory and imagined landscapes that the audience cocreate together with soundscapes and a meditation guide.
Lisa has also directed two original musical theatre productions for the Malmö based musical theatre group Samsa Musikteater, Dödens Körkarl (2018) and Smitning (2019). Both were shown at Bastionen in Malmö.
Time Travel and Stand Up - Double Feature
Ever since being found in the woods by the Dalai Lama, Jefferson has always been very good at making up wild and convincing stories.
Jefferson has been a part of the Danish stand up circuit for 3 years but with his absurd observations on Danish and British culture, family life and social norms. This combined with his own brand of highly energetic physical movement and misplaced charm he has already taken Copenhagen by storm. He became the first English speaking comedian to become a finalist in both Sweden and Denmark’s national comedy competition in his first year and has appeared on Danish national television on TV2 and DR Radio. His first one man show ‘My Life as a Rockstar Astronaut and Other Lies’ earned him 4 stars. As well as this he has performed as a supporting act alongside Simon Talbot and Russell Howard in their Danish tour.
As an actor most recently he has starred as ‘Puck’ in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in association with The Royal Danish Theatre and with Lars Mikkelsen as directorial consultant and his voiceover work includes recording for Lego, Mærsk, Novo Nordisk Copenhagen Malmö Port, TV2 and Pandora Jewellery.
He is also apparently very arrogant when writing in the 3rd person.
You can keep up to date on all of his stand up gigs on Instagram and Facebook at Jefferson Bond Comedy.
Suzanne Dowaliby - The Barbra Streisand Songbook
Suzanne was born in New York City, began her theatrical career at the tender age of 6 and quickly won the hearts of audiences as a singer, dancer and actress. She has performed in over 50 en suite Musical productions on diverse stages in the United States and Europe. Suzanne was an original cast member of the Broadway Musical THE SECRET GARDEN. She won awards for “Best Lead Actress in a Musical” for her interpretations of Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL and Dot/Marie in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Other roles include Grizabella in the European Tour of CATS, Anita in WEST SIDE STORY, Sister Robert Ann in NUNSENSE, Yentl in YENTL, Catherine in PIPPIN, Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES. From 2012-2016 Suzanne played Mrs. Cratchit/Fezziwig/Pommeroy in VOM GEIST DER WEIHNACHT in Essen, Düsseldorf, Bremen, Duisburg and Cologne under the direction of Alex Balga, Craig Simmons and Iris Limbarth. In 2018 she starred as Mrs. Claus in the circus musical “Der Tag an dem Santa keine Lust auf Weihnachten hatte” under the direction of Andreas Gergen.
Aside from working in Musical Theater, Suzanne performs her solo programs and is a guest soloist with orchestras and bands throughout Germany.
In her spare time, she coaches youth theater groups, choirs and singers.
Floy - Me, Myself and Janis Joplin
Floy: Me, Myself and Janis Joplin at the English Theatre
On the 50th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death, the Hamburg soul singer Floy verbally and musically moves thoughts on what the spirit of Janis Joplin meant to her and the world, then and now. A spirit of departure, of the unconventional, of freedom and revolution. Because tearing down inner and outer boundaries has lost little of its topicality.
Soul singer Floy, who has fascinated audiences for decades, not only in her native Hamburg, reveals in this rousing show what her original inspiration was to become a soul, blues and gospel singer.
Successful director and director of the English Theatre in Hamburg, Paul Glaser (Apologia, The Picture of Dorian Grey), together with Floy and virtuoso pianist Lutz Krajenski, brings this spirit back to the stage.
"This play is not a classical musical, play or concert, but rather an encounter with the inspiration Janis Joplin", so Paul Glaser.
HAP - Jana Pulkrabek
Jana Pulkrabek is an international, German/Czech actress who also works as a writer, director and producer for theatre and film. Jana studied acting for three years in New York at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. As a student of Elizabeth Kemp, she was a regular guest intern at The Actor’s Studio working sessions, learning from acting legends such as Ellen Burstyn, Eli Wallach, Lee Grant and Arthur Penn. Jana has performed on stage in New York, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmö, playing lead roles in, among others: “Secret Deliriums of a Rented Mind”, “Old Times”, “The Clean House”, “The Lover”, “Slapstick Sherlock”, “Lovers, Authors and other Strangers”. Jana was grateful to play Yulia in “No Exit-Reloaded”, a remake of the 1944 legendary play by Jean-Paul Sarte, a part written exclusively for her by Bafta-award winning author John Foster. Her roles in film and tv include among others “Ich heirate meine Frau”, “Occasus” “and “Nocturnal Ecstasy”.
Jana’s work as writer/director include “The case M.M.” – a Ballet thriller examining the sudden death of Marylin Monroe, performing at the Schauspielhaus in Kiel; “The Myth Kafka-Worlds of a Visionary” presented at the Altonaer Theater in Hamburg and as opening production for the renowned Copenhagen Theatre Festival CPH Stage 2015 at Teater Republique, Denmark. Jana is the co-founder of HIT/House of International Theatre in Copenhagen and head of the international cross-border-festival Move the North.
HAP - Vanessa Poole
Vanessa Poole is an international, British character actress who works in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Sweden where she is based. She started performing in English radio plays and recording for schools when she was 8 in Malta, took acting and dance lessons, and has over 30 years’ experience of acting in English, on stage, some film, voiceovers and recording for advertising, corporate film and on radio.
Equally strong in drama or comedy, Vanessa has tackled a wide range of leading roles, from drama, physical theatre, British panto, farce, to contemporary theatre, Shakespearean roles & restoration comedy and is a successful voiceover artist. She has a background in dance, trained in Sweden, Denmark and the UK, including master classes with Patsy Rodenburg, Judy Kuhn & Declan Donnelan.
Vanessa played Max’s mother in the TV series “Max’s Movie” for Swedish television and has won acclaim for her performances in English-language theatre in Copenhagen as, among others, Virginia in “The Clean House” (2020), Stevie in “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?” (2019), playing Venus in “Venus in Fur” (2017), as Lesley in Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads”. Vanessa is a founding member of Playmate Theatre Malmö and of Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre Copenhagen. https://vanessapoole.com/