|AITOR BASAURI (joint artistic director & performer) studied at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro in Seville and at the Philippe Gaulier School in London. Performed in The Servant of Two Masters at Sheffield Crucible (1996), Axomate at the Seville Expo (1992), Eulenspiegel (1991) and in Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau’s Grand Paradis and Stau in Zurich (1997 and 1998). Director of Little Prince for Donkey Productions (1997), Un Vento Impetuoso for La Canoppia (1996) and Meci Y Me Fui for Pez Enraya ( 1997). In 1999 he appeared in Circus Knie, the Swiss State Circus, and in 2000 formed his own company Punto Fijo, based in Bilbao. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05. Appeared in Bertold Brecht’s Senor Carrera’s Rifles at the Young Vic, directed by Paul Hunter (2007). He is a regular teacher at the Philippe Gaulier School in Paris.|
|PETRA MASSEY (joint artistic director & performer) BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. Trained with Philippe Gaulier and John Wright in London. Joined Swiss action theatre, Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau (KKG) in 1996 for Grand Paradis, S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1997), and Stau in 1998. In 1999 she headlined with KKG on tour with Circus Knie. She starred in Cirque Images’ series Solstrom (2003) for Bravo TV. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05, and at the Barbican in “Office Party Xmas 2007”. Most recently Petra starred in comedy Sci Fi Hyperdrive, in series l & ll, 2006-07 as regular crew member “Sandstrom” the enhanced human for BBC2, BBC America and ABC|
|TOBY PARK (joint artistic director & performer) BA (Hons) in Drama at Hull University. Trained at Fool Time Circus School, Bristol, and with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneaux in Paris. From 1994-97 he was co-musical director and actor with Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau in Zurich, creating with them S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1994, 1997), R.U.P.T.U.R.E (1995) and Grand Paradis (1997). Played Othello in BAC Walking Orchestra’s Othello Music (1999). Improvising musician on Improbable Theatre’s Lifegame (1998) with an off-Broadway run in 2000, and Animo (1999). Musical director and composer for: Guy Dartnell’s Would Say Something (1998), winner of the Time Out Best of the Fringe Award ‘98; acro-dance-theatre Mimbre’s Sprung (2001), Trip-Tic (2003) and The Bridge (2007); site-specific son-et-lumiere pieces with Graeme Gilmour at Kielder Water Northumberland (2006) and Forth & Clyde Canal Glasgow (2007) Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05. TV appearances include BBC2 Hyperdrive|
|STEPHAN KREISS (performer). Trained with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux and with Atelier International de l’Acteur (Paris 1987/88). Theatre credits include Notfalls Belau and The Pool for YBY in Salzburg; Hello, We Must Be Going and The Marx Brothers with Jos Houben and Johnny Hutch; Penny Dreadful for the Right Size; Notre Dame de Paris, La Tulipe Noir and Tale of Two Cities for Theatre Sans Frontieres. Tours as Der Legendäre Lustige in Germany and Austria with his one-man-show Hilfe - Ich Bin Unsterblich. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05. TV appearances include BBC2 Hyperdrive|
|JOS HOUBEN (writer/director) Internationally acclaimed as an artist in Comedy and Physical Theatre. Between 1984 and 1994 he was an original member of Theatre de Complicite during which time he co-created and performed in cult comedies “More bigger snacks now” and “A minute too late” which toured from the Donmar Warehouse in London across the globe including Santiago, Bogotá, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and won the coveted Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986.
Since autumn 2006 he appears in Peter Brook’s Beckett hommage “Fragments”, first in Paris and then world tour 2007/2008. Writer and director with comedy troupe The Right Size, London (Lawrence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment in 1999, and Best New Comedy in 2002). Over the past 10 years he has created 10 shows with them including “Stop calling me Vernon” and “Do you come here often?” The Right Size has toured their work extensively on the international stage from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo to London’s West End and then Broadway. Other significant collaborations include work with Annabel Arden; Opera North; Gerard McBurney; Marcello Magni; YBY Salzburg.; and ICTUS Paris. He is a professor of the Ecole Internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and teaches master classes throughout the world, including Centre National Des Arts Du Cirque; British Council; International Workshop Festival, UK/ Australia; Summer University, Amsterdam.
His current show “The Art Of Laughter” was a runaway success at Edinburgh 2007 and tours the world and won the Total Theatre Award for Significant Contribution in 2007.
|Lucy Bradridge (costume & prop design) is a long-standing Spymonkey collaborator, working on all the Spymonkey shows thus far, ‘Stiff’, ‘Cooped’ and ‘Bless’ and Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zumanity’. Other work includes regular collaboration with director Cal McCrystal, including Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’, ‘Office Party for the Barbican, ‘Bubonic Play’ for Piggy Nero, Pluck, Alice Lowe’s ‘Moonjourney’, Mighty Boosh and pantos for Newbury Corn Exchange. Other design work inculdes ‘Heroes’ for Company FZ, ‘The Seance’ for WoW, ‘Urban Wildlife’ for Cardboard Citizens. TV work has included design and costume for Chrysalis, Angel Eye and Avalon.
Graeme Gilmour (stage design) is a designer, maker, sculptor, performer and puppeteer, and was stage designer for Spymonkey’s ‘Bless’. His work includes Cultural Industry’s ‘Shockheaded Peter’ (best design, Critics’ Circle Theatre Award 1998, nominated for 5 Oliviers in 2002, including best design), Improbable Theatre’s ‘Animo’, ‘Coma’, ‘Spirit’, and the open air spectacular ‘Sticky’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (ESC), ‘Struwwelpeter’ and ‘Sommernachtstraum’ at Deutsche Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Tim Crouch’s ‘I Peaseblossom’, and ‘I Banquo’. His large scale work as a designer/maker/director include the Forth & Clyde Canal reopening event, ‘Divers’ with Same Sky, Brighton, ‘The Palm House’ with Small Wonder, ‘Get lost’ with Dot Comedy, ‘Illuminating Links’ and the 2009 Burns’ Night celebration event with UZ events, and ‘Northumberland Lights’ with Phil Supple. www.graemegilmour.co.uk
Phil Supple (lighting design) works in both conventional theatre and site specific environments, and is a regular collaborator with Graeme and Toby, including ‘Illuminating Events’ for UZ Events, Glasgow. Work includes ‘Full Circle’ with The World Famous, ‘Spirit’ for NVA, ‘Half Life’ for NVA/National Theatre of Scotland, ‘Elegy’ for Amici Dance, and ‘The Palm House’ with Small Wonder. Since 2006 he has been creating and designing large scale pieces for Northumberland Lights, an annual series of site-specific light works. Other work includes ‘Sticky’ with Improbable Theatre, relighting Shockheaded Peter for Broadway, Irie! Dance, Theatre Rites, and Thunderbirds FAB. www.lightrefreshment.co.uk
Robert Thirtle (assistant director & dramaturg) As a performer, Rob has worked internationally with Trickster, MTP, the Right Size and Improbable; his TV and film work includes Space Precinct , Brum , Numberjacks , Return to Oz & The Phantom Menace. As assistant designer to Julian Crouch, Rob's work includes Wolves in the Walls (Scottish National Theatre), Satyagraha (Improbable/ENO/Met), The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera), Doctor Atomic (ENO/Met), and, most recently, the 125 th Anniversary Gala of the New York Metropolitan Opera. He was also part of the creative team behind Improbable's Sticky , a large-scale outdoor show involving fire, steel and sticky tape. Rob was the assistant director on Jerry Springer the Opera (National Theatre/West End), the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Round the Horne Revisited (National Tour), Interiors with Johnny Vegas for the Manchester Festival and Memories of a Monkey Boy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Tanya Peters (company manager) Company, stage, production and event manages concerts, theatre, festivals and site-specific shows. She has worked with a cross section of companies including Northumberland Lights, Improbable, Soho Theatre Company, Hull Truck, Birmingham Stage Company, Islington International Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival. She was company manager of Cultural Industry’s ‘Shockheaded Peter’, production manager of Dot Comedy’s touring maze ‘Get Lost!’, The Barbican’s ‘Office Party’ and ‘Ida Barr.’ As well as delivering all the Spymonkey tours and events, she is also producer of Brighton Festival’s outdoor programme.