Chris Fittock (Associate Artist)
Writer, Chris has collaborated on Tmesis’ last four pieces and works closely with Elinor throughout the research and devising process for each piece.
Happy Hour,That’s Amore, Variations of the Heart (Tmesis Theatre), Waiting… for the Late Miguel Romero (FUEL/Unity Theatre Liverpool), An Anatomy of Grappling (Slung Low), Wolf Red (Tmesis Theatre/Unity Theatre Liverpool), The Track of the Cat (C Venues/Eugene O’Neill Festival, California/San Francisco Playwrights’ Center), The Dreadful Hours (Tmesis Theatre/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse), Red in Tooth and Claw (Lime Pictures/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse/Channel 4), Red (The New Works/Theatre 503/Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow).
Also Director of the Theatre in the Rough Festival and script reader for Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Trained at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds.
Eleni Edipidi (Performer)
Originally from Greece, Eleni trained at Laban and gained an MA in European Dance Theatre Practice (2005), has a BA in Dance and Live Art Practices (2004, Manchester Metropolitan University), A Foundation in Visual Art (2001, University of the West of England) and a Foundation in Circus Arts (2014, Aircraft Circus). Eleni is a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer. She has collaborated and performed internationally with choreographers such as Company Victoria (Belgium), Interkunst (Germany), Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (UK), Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (UK), Protein Dance (UK), Retina Dance (Belgium) and has performed for the Olympic and Paralympics Ceremonies in Athens 2004 and London 2012 amongst others. Eleni is the Co – Artistic director for Levantes Dance Theatre which is recognisable for its quirky visual style of work.
Eleni has worked on Variations of the Heart, That’s Amore & Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Adam Davies (Performer/ workshop leader)
Adam Davies is a Pontefract-born actor and trained in both Manchester and London. Adam’s training began in 2006 when he attended the three-year Acting (BA Hons) programme at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester, and continued in 2012 at postgraduate level on the MA Theatre Lab at RADA.
Adam works extensively in the worlds of comedy and physical theatre through his own companies, Blackhand Productions and Animikii Theatre. Adam has produced multi-award winning short films, Inertia (Best Short Film and Best Writers) and The Director (Best Actor and Best Screenplay), the multi-award winning play, Working Title, and has been working on a debut piece of physical theatre, Origins, with Animikii Theatre, which will tour May 2016.
Adam has worked on That’s Amore & Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Jennifer Essex (Performer)
Jennifer Essex works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher on projects across the UK and internationally. Her choreography for award winning visual artist Corin Sworn was shown this summer at the Whitechapel Gallery as part of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. She has developed movement for innovative projects, including a stop-motion film for French fashion house Hermes, an interactive video with the award-winning team from Studio Murmur, and a “choreophonic prosthetic” with high tech designer Di Mainstone. Jennifer has performed in the feature films Anna Karenina and Les Miserables and in adverts for Hermes and Honda as well as in works by world-renown choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Liam Steel, and Luca Silvestrini. She works part time as a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University.
Jennifer has worked on That’s Amore & Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Ian Cook (Performer/workshop leader)
Ian has a BA Honours Drama degree from John Moores University. He is a Liverpool based performer and has performed in the Tmesis Graduate Company for the past two consecutive years, assisting directing in 2016 for ‘Grimm’ as well as working for Physical Fest in 2015/16.
He has performed in the Everyman studio showcasing: Stagg – Original Piece by Tom Wilson, Blackout and More Light all productions were showcased as part of the YEP Directors Scheme. He has also performed in Fort Fear(2014 & 2015) as part of Creep Productions. Ian has formed a theatre company with fellow John Moores Graduates, and they will be performing their first show in spring 2016.
Ian has worked on Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Meike Holzmann (Associate Artist)
is a composer, songwriter, musical director, piano/keyboard teacher, workshop leader and performer with a history of making music of over 30 years.
Originally from Germany, Meike moved to Liverpool in 1998 and graduated in music at LIPA in 2001. As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she has been performing with many bands in UK and Germany and writing songs since 1990, composing and producing music for theatre, film and dance internationally since 2000 and teaching piano and songwriting as well as delivering music workshops in educational and community settings in North West England and Germany since 2005.
A creative highlight is composing Egle Mei’s commission to write five movements for string quartet, inspired by encoded ECGs and people’s stories – “Heart Variations for String Quartet” has been performed by the acclaimed Liverpool String Quartet in concerts throughout the North West of England during spring 2014 and the first movement has also been featured in Tmesis Theatre’s “Variations of the Heart”.
Meike has worked on Wolf Red, Variations of the Heart, That’s Amore and Happy Hour for Tmesis Theatre.
Yorgos Karamalegos (Co-founder & Co-Artistic Director un til 2010)
Yorgos is a performer/actor, director, teacher and healer based in London. He was born in Athens, Greece, where he was trained as an actor at “Arhi” Drama School of Nelli Karra, and worked in theatre, film and television.
In 2001 he moved to London and trained with Philippe Gaulier and members of Complicite. In 2003 he found himself in Liverpool to join Hope Street Physical Theatre Programme, and then he founded Tmesis Theatre company and Physical Fest with Elinor Randle. Tmesis collaborated with some world-class artists, such as Malou Airaudo (Pina Bausch Tanztheater), Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), Yoshi Oida, Lorna Marshall, Gennadi Bogdanov, Fin Walker and members of Complicite. All the repertoire he created with Tmesis has toured nationally and internationally, to critical acclaim. In 2010 he relocated to London, where he met Fin Walker and worked on Macbeth (National Studios) with her, and then worked with the memorable Nigel Charncock and collaborated on Ten Men (Nigel’s last ever project). In August 2011 he founded the London-based laboratory of physical acting – Physical Lab – and from 2014 will join Lee Smikle to share artistic directorship of the emerging annual festival Free to Fall in London. Yorgos enjoys teaching and directing, and assisting emerging artists. He often works with LAMDA, Drama Centre and RADA, as well as at theatre institutes in nationally and internationally.