Matin Soofipour Omam
Matin Soofipour Omam studied dramatic literature and scenic writing at Tehran University and drama education at the University of the Arts in Berlin. At the Grips Theater and the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus she worked as a drama teacher, author and dramaturg. She is currently working as a freelance theatre maker and playwright and is writing her book "Die helle Nächte von Helia".
Phaedra Pisimisi completed a professional training in contemporary dance and ballet at the Professional Dance School Despoina Gregoriadou. Since 2011 she lives in Düsseldorf, where she has worked as a performer and choreographer in various companies. Since 2015 she has been leading choreographer of the Echodrama Cultural Group Athens.
Felix Banholzer studied acting at the Staatliche Schauspielschule Stuttgart (diploma), theater directing at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel (Bachelor) and cultural and media management at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg (master). Since 2013 Felix Banholzer works as a freelance director and actor.
Judith Weißenborn studied cultural sciences and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim from 2005 to 2010. From 2010 to 2013 she was assistant director at the Oberhausen Theatre. From 2014 to 2018 she was a dramaturg at the Junges Schauspiel Düsseldorf. Since 2018 she has been an editor at the theatre publisher Felix Bloch Erben.
Hanna Franck is an actress, musician, performer and speaker. She studied acting at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts and in recent years has been a member of the ensemble of the Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Oldenburg State Theatre. There she was director of the youth club of the Oldenburg State Theatre.
Kaz Kasozi is a Ugandan musician and producer; his music blends blues, funk, jazz, pop / rock and is strongly influenced by African influences. As a performer and bandleader, he has performed in prominent locations such as the Royal National Theater, the Queen Elizabeth Hall & the Jazz Cafe in London, the Zenith in Paris.
Keryeko Pamela is an actress as well as a cultural and project manager. She participated in the German-Ugandan bridgeworks ArtCamp 2018 in Kampala.
Josefine Patzelt studied modern dance and dance theater at the Fontys Dance Academy in the Netherlands and worked with various choreographers. She is co-founder of the flies&tales dance theater collective and has been working as a freelance artist in Cologne since 2015. She frequently works for interdisciplinary projects with political content, e.g. for the Sommerblut Festival.
Moaiad Samad lives in Ramallah (Palestine), where he also works as an actor and acting coach. He graduated from the Academy of Drama in Ramallah and the Folkwang University of Performing Arts in Essen. Since then he has appeared in many works and plays, including as King Tessius in a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
Ahmed A. R. Al Banna
Ahmed A. R. Al Banna initially studied primary education at the Al Quda Open University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2016. He then trained as an actor and director at the international theatre "Theatre Day Productions", with whom he still works closely today. Ahmed A. R. AL Banna lives and works as author, director and actor in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.
Simon Eifeler studied theatre direction at the Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst in Ulm, Germany. He founded the "fred - Freies Ensemble Düsseldorf" in 2008 and has since directed 17 productions in Germany and abroad (including Ghana and Mozambique). Since 2015 he has been giving theatre workshops in Europe and Africa.
Johanna Heusser (* 1992 in Basel, Switzerland) studied at the College of Contemporary and Urban Stage Dance in Zurich. She works as a dancer, yoga teacher, choreographer and teacher in Germany and abroad. Johanna is this year's winner of the Atelier Mondial Scholarship in Manipur, India. She lives in Basel.
Ejuku Mark is a master percussionist and actor and has been active in many international projects for many years, including Viva by Aqua. In addition to his many musical performances, as a psychologist (M.Sc.) he combines percussion and therapeutic approaches in his home country Uganda.
Byamukama Bryan Powers
Byamukama Bryan Powers
studied "Dramatic Arts" at Makarere University in Kampala and has been acting since childhood. He has already performed in many productions, among others at the National Theatre.
In 2001 Peter Stöcklin founded the hip-hop formation [bih'tnik]. In the ten-year band's history, [bih'tnik] became a regional size and released three longplayers. Since October 2010, Pete has caused a sensation as the lead singer of the band Otto Normal.
Samer Makhlouf has twenty years of experience in a wide range of non-profit and business organisations within Palestine. Makhlouf holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Birzeit University and a Master's degree in Regional Studies from Al Quds University. He is Executive Director of the Al Kasaba Theatre & Cinematheque.
Amir Sabra is one of the co-founders of Stereo 48, a Palestinian dance group. The four break dancers strive to combine contemporary dance with the traditional dance Dabkeh. Stereo 48 is also committed to providing youth access to hip-hop culture. Amir participates in the dance project "Four Phases of Fears".
Nicki Frenking studied music and media with a major in violin at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf and at the Latvian Academy of Music Riga, as well as music design and composition at the Hoogschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. Since 2018 she lives in Berlin and works as a freelance musician, composer and sound designer for theater, podcast, video and installations and plays bass in the electropunk band Kochkraft by KMA.
Ibrahim Najem lives and work in Ramallah. He studied social and economic development studies at Al-Quds University, and Arabic music performance at Birzeit University. Since then he has composed pieces for many artists and musical projects. Currently he works as an Oud teacher at the Edward Saed National Conservatory of Music and as a composer and Oud player at Ens o Jam band.
Kifuko Moureen Drichiru
Kifuko Moureen Drichiru is an actress, choreographer and breakdance performer. Besides her work on stage she works in many social projects with children, e.g. for the Goethe Centre Kampala. She took part in the bridgeworks art camp 2018 in Kampala as a dancer and in the ugandan-german coproduction "Romeo and Juliet in Kampala" as an actress.
Adong Judith is a 2017 TED Global Fellow and director of the theater group "Silent Voices Uganda". Adong is a director, author and producer who provokes dialogue and social change from the rights of the LGBTQ community to war crimes.
Peter Kagayi Ngobi
Peter Kagayi Ngboi is director and actor, theatre poet and author. He runs a publishing house in Kampala for books in local dialects. With his play "The Audience must say Amen" he was invited to the Africologne Festival in 2017. His poems are extremely critical of society and government.
Sebastian finds his roots in jazz at already school. He deepened these in music studies at the Jazz University in Basel (CH). During his studies as a jazz guitarist and composer, he opened up further musical genres, as well as the creation of synthetic music worlds.
Tekya "ABRAMZ" Abraham is a Ugandan hip-hop artist (rapper & boby / breaker). Abramz came to the hip hop as an orphan. He began dancing in 1991 and rapping in 1992. Today Abramz is an entertainer, educator and leader of the Breakdance Project Uganda which is founded by him.
Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama (2003), a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management (2006) from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. Continuing Education in Business Administration and Marketing, Makerere University Business School. He is currently CEO of House of Talent East Africa.
Camila Scholtbach was born in Chile, where she studied at the Ballet Academy of the Municipal Theater of Santiago de Chile and at the Universidad de Chile. She lives in Essen and works in contemporary dance and performance art, e.g. in South and North America and Western Europe. In 2018 she won the jury prize of the WESTWIND Festival for her participation in the dance piece "Silence".
Abdallah Damra, along with Amir, is one of the co-founders of Stereo 48, a Palestinian dance group. The four break dancers strive to combine contemporary dance with the traditional dance Dabkeh. Stereo 48 is also committed to providing youth access to hip-hop culture. Abdallah participates in the dance project "Four Phases of Fears."
Hanin Tarabay is an actress, storyteller, trainer and group facilitator working between Palestine, the Arab world and Europe. She holds a master's degree in theater and gender studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her work focuses on a mix of art and self-development, using tools from Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre and Storytelling, as well as community work, always dealing with personal narratives.
Henrike Hahn lives in Berlin. She studied acting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. This was followed by engagements at various German theaters. She regularly appears in front of the camera for German film and television productions. In 2016 she realized her first directorial work at the Centre Français de Berlin.