Our international artist network is at the core of our work. Here, we introduce the individuals with whom we collaborate in art labs, co-productions, dialog events, and in the field of education. Our network is constantly growing and evolving from our annual partnerships, where we delve deeply into current topics together with our respective international partners.

Meet our artists

We don’t just execute our own projects; we also aim to provide a platform for artists within our network. Therefore, we are excited when our initiatives lead to further growth. If you are interested in a collaboration or wish to connect with individuals from our network, please reach out to us at getintouch@thebridgeworks.org


Abdallah Damra

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.

#ramallah #artlab2021 #dance #fourphasesoffear

Abraham "ABRAMZ" Tekya 

Abraham "ABRAMZ" Tekya is a Ugandan hip-hop artist (rapper & boby / breaker). He came to the hip hop as an orphan and began dancing in 1991, rapping in 1992. Today Abramz is a speaker, entertainer, educator and founder/ leader of Breakdance Project Uganda. 

#artlab2018 #dance #acting #kampala #romeoandjulietinkampala #beyond

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.

#writing #gaza #artlab2021 #typebeyondborders

Amir Sabra

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.

#ramallah #artlab2021 #dance #fourphasesoffear

Bayan Shbib

Bayan Shbib is a bilingual Palestinian actress, theatre director and writer. She holds a Master's degree with distinction in Theatre Acting from the University of Essex, UK, and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from Al-Quds University in 2004; she has worked as an actress and storyteller since 1997. In 2005 she won the Best Young Storyteller Award at the International Storytelling Festival in Birmingham. For her monodrama "Safad-Shatilla" she was awarded the prize for best actress at the Cairo Experimental Theatre Festival 2006.

#ramallah #writing #2077

Byamukama Bryan Powers

Byamukama Bryan Powerz 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.

#kampala #acting #romeoandjulietinkampala #beyond

Camila Scholtbach

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".

#dance #fourphasesoffear #essen #artlab2021

Christian Beppo Peters

Christian Beppo Peters is an actor and musician from Augsburg who enjoyed his training at the Academy of Performing Arts Ulm and so far had engagements at the Theater Ulm, the Landestheater Tübingen as well as the theaters in Aachen and Trier.

#music #artlab2022 #2077 #artlab2023

Diana Berg

Diana Berg has organized the protest movement Donetsk in Ukraine and – when her hometown was occupied by Russia – relocated to Mariupol in 2014. Two years later she founded Platform Tu - the centre of social changes and the promotion of human freedoms through arts and culture and worked as the curator of the space for six years, until Russia attacked the city. Surviving the siege she moved to Kyiv after losing her home again. She was awarded with a state medal for the merit to the people of Ukraine from the Ukrainian Parliament in 2019. In July 2022 she coordinated the Ukrainian program at Documenta15 in Kassel.

#mariupol #redlines #2024

Ejuku Mark

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.

#kampala #music #acting #romeoandjulietinkampala #beyond #artlab2021 #artlab2022

Elena Schmidt

Elena Schmidt grew up in Vienna and has lived in Berlin for several years. Elena studied acting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and has worked at the Salzburg Festival, the Volkstheater Wien, the Schauspiel Hannover, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Theater Thikwa and the Maxim Gorki Theater. Elena has been collaborating regularly with a wide range of radio stations since 2011. In addition to voice acting, Elena has also been active as a director and dramaturge in the field of radio plays since 2012 and began working as an author in 2019.

#berlin #acting #fiction #artlab2022

Emile Andre Saba

Emile Andre Saba is a native of Ramallah, working as a theater, film actor and director. He is known from the films "Between Heaven and Earth" (2019) and "The Logic of the Birds" (2015). Emile received his master‘s degree in acting from the UConn School of Fine Arts in Connecticut, USA. He teaches acting at AlQuds Bard College for Arts and Sciences in Jerusalem. In 2018, he directed the project "The Taming of the Shrew" in cooperation with Folkwang University of the Arts.

#acting #2077 #ramallah #artlab2021 #artlab2023

Hanin Tarabay

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.

#paralyse #artlab2021 #acting

Henrike Hahn

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.

#paralyse #acting #berlin

Ibrahim Najem

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.

#ramallah #paralyse #artlab2021

Johanna Heusser

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.

#dance #artlab2018

Josefine Patzelt

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.

#dance #fourphasesoffear #cologne #artlab2021

Juan Sebastian Angarita Bustos 

Juan Sebastian Angarita Bustos graduated with a Master's degree in Performing Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia, specializing in acting. During his career, he has also gained experience in the conception, de, management and production of cultural projects, mostly focused on the city of Bogotá.

#artlab2022 #bogotá #acting #fiction

Judith Weißenborn 

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.

#writing #typebeyondborders #berlin

Benjamin Nii Amu Solomon

Benjamin Nii Amu Solomon is an actor, comedian, writer and concept developer. He graduated from the University of Ghana, School of Performing Arts, in 2013 with honors in theater and music. He has co-written and produced six plays in his native Ghana. Together with Prince Amoabeng, he founded PB Entertainment and is particularly committed to equal opportunities.

#romeoandjuliet#artlab2023 #accra #timmianansi #beyond

Varia Sjöström

Varia Sjöström is an actress and interdisciplinary artist. Her vision is to create a world where it is possible to talk about violence without repeating painful experiences. In the tradition of post-traumatic expressionism, futuristic feminism, and absurd comedy, she works with theater, performance, music, and installation. In addition to her extensive work in the theater, including at the Volksbühne, Deutsches Theater, and Schauspiel Frankfurt, she has been producing collaboratively with Hatz Lambo since 2018 as the artistic duo "varialambo."

#whatthefuck #berlin



Raffaele Bonazza

Raffaele Bonazza is an actor and musician. He has worked as an ensemble member and as a freelance artist at Schauspielhaus Bochum, Residenztheater Munich, ETA Hoffmann Theater Bamberg, LTT Tübingen, Staatsschauspiel Hannover, Zimmertheater Tübingen, Festspielhaus Neuschwanstein, Kammertheater Karlsruhe, and Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt. In 2015, he composed the children's musical "The Brave Shepherd" for the theater company "Kunst Ohne Barrieren" in Vienna. 

#whatthefuck #berlin

Kifuko Moureen Drichiru

Kifuko “Key” Drichiru is a Ugandan performing artist, actress, dance teacher, educator, event organizer, choreographer, freelance project manager and graphic designer. She is the founder and director of "Collective Glow", a not-for-profit organization working to improve and empower communities through educational, creative, developmental, and fun programs and activities. She also founded "She is Hip Hop" as a program part of "Collective Glow", aimed to build girls and women through hiphop. Drichiru is a member, teacher, student and mentor at Breakdance Project Uganda.

#artlab2018 #dance #music #kampala #romeoandjulietinkampala #beyond

Lama Al-Halabi

Lama Al-Halabi first studied economics and gained experience as a theater actress during that time. In 2003, she took part in a training course for theater directing in Damascus. As an actress, she participated in several plays at the University Theater of Homs and received awards for them. After her forced flight from Syria to Berlin, she participated in various workshops for acting and theater performance. She lives and works in Berlin.

#acting #tashweesh_confusion #syria #berlin

María Paula Rodríguez Gutiérrez 

María Paula Rodríguez Gutiérrez's work focuses on the exploration of the body and interdisciplinary artistic languages. She completed her acting studies at the Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia.

#bogotá #artlab2022 #fiction #acting

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".

#typebeyondborders #writing #berlin

Max Freytag

Max Freytag is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. In addition to his various bands, the Cologne native performs as a solo artist with instrumental piano pieces, most recently on BR television and WDR Rockpalast (together with the band Pascow). On his current album, released by Kidnap Records/Cargo, his pieces are accompanied by contrabass and drums for the first time. With music educational projects, the studied social worker passes on his musicality to children and young people.

#music #cologne #artlab2021

Mika Amsterdam

Mika Amsterdam started playing the trumpet at the age of 4. Today he also plays drums, keyboard and guitar. The multi-instrumentalist can sing soulfully and shout his rage at the world in the next moment.

#artlab2022 #music #fiction #artlab2023 #artsandurban

Mirko Borscht

Mirko Borscht, born 1971, Cottbus, is a director and video artist. After years as an assistant director in film, he made his first short film in 1992. First feature film "Kombat Sechzehn" in 2004. Since 2007: productions at international theatres. Theater Bremen, Maxim Gorki Theater, Schauspiel Dresden, etc. Focus: film-aesthetic installations in freely accessible spaces. Since 2018: artistic focus on video art.

#video #photo #artlab2022 #paralyse #artlab2023


Moaiad Samad

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".

#acting #paralyse #ramallah #artlab2021

Nicki Frenking

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.

#music #paralyse

Patrick Waldmann

Patrick Waldmann is a freelance film director and cameraman. He studied film and television camera at the FH Dortmund and has collected his first cinematic experience as a cinematographer with directors Christoph Schlingensief, Günter Wallraff, Martin Walz and Esther Gronenborn. For many years he has been working on various documentary film formats for the broadcasters Arte and WDR, but also on scenic film projects in the form of commercials. Most recently, he was awarded the German Camera Prize in the category "Journalistic Short Format" in 2018.

#video #photo #artlab2018 #artlab2021

Pavel Méndez 

Pavel Méndez is an artist, curator, and professor interested in Time-Based Arts and Immersive Media. His awards include the CEIBA Award at the FIVAC Video Art Festival in 2015 and the National Price of Curatorship of Cuba in 2018. There were several editions of the Havana Biennial in which he participated, as well as collective and solo exhibitions in Havana's most important art centers. As part of Garden-Cuba, he toke part in the 2021 edition of the Ars Electronica Festival. 

#RedLines #Havanna #cologne

Kagayi Ngobi

Peter Kagayi Ngobi 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.

#writing #acting #kampala #romeoandjulietinkampala ##beyond #artlab2018 #artlab2023

Peter Stöcklin

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.

#artlab2018 #music

Phaedra Pisimisi

Phaedra Pisimisi completed a professional training in contemporary dance and ballet at the Professional Dance School Despoina Gregoriadou. Since 2011 she has been living in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she worked as a performer and choreographer in various companies. Since 2015 she is the leading choreographer of Echodrama Cultural Group Athens.

#dance #tilos #ATMEADE

Rafat Alzakout 

Rafat Alzakout is a Syrian theater and documentary director who graduated from the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in 2003 and has since realized numerous theater and audiovisual works with multidisciplinary approaches in Syria, Lebanon and Germany. With the beginning of the peaceful uprising in Syria in March 2011, he sought new artistic forms to create an alternative space for his work as an artist in the face of state repression. Since moving from Beirut to exile in Berlin in 2015, his work has focused on how individual patterns of action and thought are shaped by and interact with repressive and authoritarian societies.

#damaskus #berlin #directing #tashweesh_confusion

Saeed Pezeshki

Saeed Pezeshki is the director of Circuito Liquen and La Maldita Vanidad Teatro Bogotá, Colombia. Curator of the Diplomado en Prácticas Performativas in cooperation with the Goetheinstitut Bogotá. As an artist, performer and director, he was artistic director of the South American Winter Salon and a fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts in Mexico and Colombia. His productions have been shown at theatres and festivals in Sweden, Spain, Argentina, Chile, France, Germany and elsewhere.

#artlab2022 #bogotá #acting #fiction

Sandy Schwermer

Sandy Schwermer is a musician, actress, performance and object artist. She studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her performances deal with topics relevant to the day and contemporary narratives, especially cultural and social issues.

#performance #tashweesh_confusion

Sebastian Scheipers

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.

#music #artlab2018

Selin Dörtkardeş

Selin Dörtkardeş completed her acting studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Even before her acting training, she was active as a dancer and performer and created her own choreographies. She has performed in numerous theaters and has appeared in film and television. Selin is co-founder and co-director of the "Impala Dance Company", which offers dance and theater projects for teenagers and young adults.

#WHATTHEFUCK #Berlin #Acting

Tilman Strauß

Tilman Strauß first studied acting at the Academy for Performing Arts in his hometown of Ulm and from 2006 to 2010 at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch". He then was engaged at various theatres such as Maxim Gorki Theater and Schaubühne Berlin. Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance actor, among others at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg as well as in radio, film and television.

#paralyse #artlab2021 #berlin

Inga Pylypchuk

Inga Pylypchuk, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, lives and works as a documentary filmmaker and journalist in Berlin. She studied German and Modern Greek Studies in Kyiv, Comparative Literature, Journalism, and Documentary Filmmaking in Berlin. Thanks to her passion of obsessively writing diaries as a teenager, she ended up writing articles for German media. Her recent film work “How Far Is Close” tells the story of her relationship with her mom, who had to move to Berlin due to Russia’s war against Ukraine. Inga has experience in leading workshops for young people on autobiographical writing and filmmaking, including projects of the Goethe Institute and the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

#teen angst #film #berlin #kyiv