Artistic direction

Felix Banholzer

Felix Banholzer is a director, actor and cultural manager. Curatorial and artistically he is significantly involved in all projects of the organization. He is a founding member and serves on the board of bridgeworks. He studied acting at the Staatliche Schauspielschule Stuttgart, theater directing at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel and cultural and media management at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Since 2013 he has been working as a freelance theater maker with a focus on transcultural projects in different constellations.

Artistic direction

Simon Eifeler

Simon Eifeler is a director, entrepeneur and computer scientist. He studied theater directing at the University of Performing Arts in Ulm. He founded the »fred - Freies Ensemble Düsseldorf« in 2008. Since then he has staged 17 productions at home and abroad. Since 2015 he gives theater workshops in Europe and Africa. He is a founding member of bridgeworks.

participation and contextualization 

Viola Hilbing

Viola Hilbing is a cultural- and project designer and works for bridgeworks as a curator in almost all productions. She studied cultural and media education with a focus on theatre, literature and digital media as well as cultural management and journalism. Since 2006 she has been working in various institutions of art, culture and cultural education. Most recently she worked as a project manager for the Mercator Foundation in the field of cultural education; before that she worked for the "Cultural Agents for Creative Schools" program. Besides bridgeworks she is self-employed with Projektbüro für Kulturgestaltung in the field of mediation, program-concepts, organization, moderation and strategy development for art and culture.


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. In his home country Ghana he has co-written and produced six plays. He is also known as one half of the comedy duo "The 2idiots". Together with his production partner, he is particularly committed to equal access and opportunities.

cultural management

Lisa Lehnen

Lisa Lehnen is a cultural manager and facilitator. She is currently writing her master's thesis on "Cultural Participation" at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She works as a project manager and lecturer in the cultural and educational sector for various non-profit organizations. Until spring 2020, she managed locations of the HABA Digitalwerkstatt in Lippstadt and Hamm with a focus on digital education.

cultural management

Janna Hüttebräucker

Janna Hüttebräucker is a cultural manager. She studied literature and cultural studies, politics as well as cultural management and education. Her curiosity about transcultural work led her to the international cultural scene abroad already during her studies. Most recently, she worked as a project assistant in the youth culture sector and as a project coordinator at the Schlosstheater Moers. In addition to her work at bridgeworks, she accompanies projects in cultural education.

cultural management

Babak Shafian

Babak Shafian, born in Tehran, sees himself as a cultural mediator with the goal of bringing people together in an intercultural context through the medium of art. After studying computer science, he studied Romance languages and literature, Iranian studies and Jewish history in Berlin, Rome and Paris. In 2012, he founded the music project "Sistanagila" with Israeli and Iranian musicians. Since 2019 he is the managing director of the Jewish music series "Living Music" in Berlin/Brandenburg and initiator of the youth project "Kaleidoscope".