Experts at the training are renowned personalities coming from the festival field, the technological, and the academic world. During their participation, they not only act as lecturers but also as true mentors as they engage in one-on-one discussions with the participants. They are present for multiple days and they all allow participants an open and critical insight into the digital universe, looking both at the wealth and the risks of what new technologies mean for the arts. You can find the list of experts participating in this training below.

You can have a look at the list of experts for this Atelier below.  

Mentors and Speakers


  • Mike Van Graan – Playwright and project manager at Sustaining Theatre and Dance Foundation (STAND) – South Africa

Mentors and working group facilitators

  • Dr. Tegan Bristow – Senior lecturer and director at Fak'ugesi Festival and Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Department – South Africa
  • Rashmi Dhanwani – Arts consultant, curator, creative producer, founder of The Art X Company – India
  • Martin Honzik – Head of the Ars Electronica Festival – Austria
  • Brett Pyper – Associate professor and head of the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; former CEO of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (Absa KKNK) – South Africa 
  • Mark Russell – Artistic Director, Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater and Director of the Public Theater’s Devised Theater Initiative – United States of America

deSingel Team

  • Shamisa Debroey – Producer at deSingel, illustrator and comic artist – Belgium
  • Katrijn De Wit – Coordinator press and audience development at deSingel - Belgium
  • Hendrik Storme – General and artistic director at deSingel – Belgium
  • Michiel Vandevelde – Performing arts programmer at deSingel, choreographer – Belgium


  • Stuart Green – Principal at Davies Collison Cave - Australia
  • Marion Louisgrand Sylla – Founder and director at Kër Thiossane – Senegal 
  • Natália Machiavelli – Initiator and Director of MIT+ at MITsp – São Paulo International Theatre Festival – Brazil
  • Manon Muti – Independent digital security trainer – Netherlands
  • Hooman Nassimi – Founder of Society in Motion and the New Faces toolkit - Netherlands
  • Suzette Pullinger  Trade Marks Attorney at Davies Collison Cave – Australia
  • Dharam Saraviya – Vice-president at Brand Solutions, OML Entertainment – India
  • Courtney White – Lawyer at Davies Collison Cave Law – Australia
  • Christine Van Winkle – Professor at the University of Manitoba and associate faculty member at Royal Roads University – Canada


  • Marko Ciciliani – Composer, audiovisual artist and performer, artistic director of ChampdAction.LAbO and TimeCanvas@DeSingel - Belgium
  • Fien Leysen – Writer, theatermaker, videographer, voice-over, storyteller – Belgium
  • Manu Siebens – Scenographer and set designer for theater and television, visual artist creating installations and functional designs - Belgium
  • Guy Weizman – Artistic Director at Noord Nederlands Toneel, Club Guy & Roni and Nite – Netherlands
  • Collegium Vocale Gent, dir. Philippe Herreweghe – Belgium


  • Malin Nagel – Head of project at German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – Germany
  • Stella Jacobs – Intern at German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – Germany


Mike Van Graan

Playwright, project manager at Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Festival – South Africa

Mike van Graan, founder of the African Cultural Policy Network, has served in leadership positions in a variety of anti-apartheid cultural organisations such as the Congress of South African Writers and the National Arts Coalition of South Africa. He is also an award-winning playwright, who has written thirty plays to this date. He was appointed as Artscape’s Associate Playwright from 2011-2014 and is considered one of South Africa’s leading contemporary playwrights.

He is the 2018 recipient of the Sweden-based Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award in recognition of his contribution to the fight against apartheid, building a post-apartheid society, and the interface of peace and culture both in South Africa and across the African continent.

You can read his full bio here.


Dr Tegan Bristow

Senior lecturer and director at Fak'ugesi Festival and Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Department – South Africa

Dr Tegan Bristow is the Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Senior Lecturer in Interactive Digital Media at the Wits School of the Arts (a specialisation on African Art, Culture and Technology) and Editor in Chief and Digital Editor of the Ellipses Journal for Creative Research.

Bristow is additionally a developer of interactive digital media in installation, performance, screen-based and online media. In 2017 Bristow completed her PhD on Decoloniality and Actional Methodologies in Art and Cultural Practices in African Cultures of Technology, which she wrote with the Planetary Collegium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University in the U.K.

Bristow’s Directorial role for Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival involves annual work with local partners and international organisations to support the Festival and its implementation. Alongside fundraising, annual curation and program development, Bristow leads a small annually engaged group of producers and project managers in developing and managing multiple content producers and creative partners across the African continent and internationally. The Festival supports: VR / AR, Animation, Gaming, Critical Digital Arts Practices and questions of the digital in Creative Economies. Under Bristow’s directorship, the Festival has grown into an internationally recognised IP that not only critically supports the development of culture and technology in Africa but has become an important market place for new work within these industries in the region.

As curator (outside of Fak’ugesi Festival) Bristow’s curatorial highlights include in 2018, Digital Imaginaries with Afro Pixel (Senegal), Wits Art Museum (South Africa) and the ZKM (Germany). In 2017, the 2nd Season of the Centre for the Less Good Idea. In 2015, Post African Futures with the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Outside of her curatorial and development work within culture and technology in Africa, Bristow has exhibited her own practice widely and regularly publishes her research

Rashmi Dhanwani

Founder & CEO, The Art X Company - India

Rashmi Dhanwani leads the Art X Company, a strategic consultancy for the cultural sector focused on strategy, audience development and sector research. Prior to founding Art X, Rashmi has worked with NCPA Mumbai, Breakthrough in Delhi, the newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Kalaghoda Arts Festival, and The Goa Project. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant fellow at ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust, and a 2017 Global Fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York. Rashmi has also founded Arts Culture Resources India, a network and platform for cultural professionals in India and South Asia.

Martin Honzik

Head of the Ars Electronica Festival – Austria

Martin Honzik is an artist, CMO of  Ars Electronica and Managing Director of the Ars Electronica Festival, the Prix Ars Electronica and Ars Electronica Export. He studied visual experimental design at Linz Art University (graduated in 2001) and completed the master’s program in culture & media management at the University of Linz and ICCM Salzburg (graduated in 2003). From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the production team at the OK Center for Contemporary Art. In 2001, he joined the staff of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, where, until 2005, his responsibilities included exhibition design, art in architecture, interface design, event design and project management. Since 2006, Martin Honzik has been director of the Ars Electronica Festival and the Prix Ars Electronica and in charge of exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center as well as Ars Electronica’s international exhibition projects. 

Brett Pyper

Associate Professor and Head of the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, former CEO of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (Absa KKNK) – South Africa

Brett Pyper is a South African arts, culture and heritage practitioner with over thirty years' experience advancing and studying the country’s cultural-democratic transition in its international contexts. He grew up between Johannesburg and the then Pretoria, where his background as a classical musician informed his efforts to open up programming as a young arts organiser in the final years of the performing arts councils. In the early 1990s, he arranged the first post-exile performances in Tshwane by returning jazz icons as well as showcasing the work of an emerging generation of ‘young lions’. He also worked with singer-songwriters, choirs, Afrikaans counter-cultural artists and colleagues in related performance disciplines including dance and theatre. Based on this work, as a Fulbright scholar, he earned Master’s degrees from Emory University in Atlanta (in Interdisciplinary Studies) and New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. on contemporary jazz culture in South Africa in 2014. He has taught arts, culture and heritage policy and management at Wits, as well as ethnomusicology and popular music studies at Wits and Rhodes Universities. From 2008 to 2013 he was CEO of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), a major festival of art, popular and vernacular culture. Currently, he is Head of the Wits School of Arts, where he pursues ongoing research alongside his leadership responsibilities and supervises postgraduate work in music, theatre, dance, heritage and cultural policy. He also serves as a mentor for The Festival Academy, having co-hosted Atelier Johannesburg in 2018 – the first on the African continent. 

Mark Russell

Artistic Director of Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater - United States of America

Mark Russell is the founder and artistic director of the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in New York City. Under the Radar is a festival that celebrates contemporary theater and performance it began in 2005.   Russell was an artistic advisor and curator for the Act French Theater Festival in NYC, a programmer for the first New Works series at the Apollo Theater, an artistic consultant and programmer for Theatre at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop and a teacher at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. He was the first guest artistic director of the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art –Time Based Arts Festival, creating three festivals for them 2006-2008.

 For over 20 years Mr. Russell was the executive/artistic director of Performance Space 122 and the P.S. 122 Field Trips, an international touring program.  He was also awarded the prestigious Ross Wetson Obie for sustained achievement and support of emerging theatre artists and an Obie for Lifetime Achievement. Russell received an Honorary Member of the British Empire (MBE) award by the British Government for his work on behalf of UK based artists. 

Mr. Russell holds a B.F.A. in Theater Direction from the University of Texas and has edited the book "Out of Character: Rants, Raves and Monologues by Today's Top Performance Artists" (Bantam, 1997).


Stuart Green

 Principal at Davies Collison Cave - Australia

Stuart Green is a trade mark and branding specialist who helps clients identify the signs that distinguish and differentiate their goods and services from their competitors, working collaboratively to find the most commercial, efficient and cost effective way to protect, enforce and defend their valuable trade mark rights.

 Consistently ranked amongst Australia’s leading trade mark lawyers, Stuart invests the time to understand clients’ commercial objectives and provides tailored advice to ensure that appropriate action is taken in relevant jurisdictions.  World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 has noted: “Green is a man of high integrity who always delivers impeccable work while being good humoured and a joy to work with. He has a broad understanding of a wide variety of industries and knows how to add value at every stage of the process. His dedication to intellectual property and his clients is unwavering” and “Stuart Green is passionate about brand protection and provides crystal clear advice. He is very creative and diligent and so delivers excellent results for clients”.

 Stuart’s practice encompasses all aspects of branding and trade mark law, including the clearance, prosecution, registration, opposition, non-use removal, enforcement and management of trade marks across industries including mining and resources, food, beverage and FMCG, building, property and construction, arts, music, marketing and media, engineering and manufacturing, fashion and clothing, architecture and design, ICT and software, medical devices and technologies, nanotechnology, start-ups, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, education, universities and research, biotechnology, agribusiness, renewables and energy.

 Equally adept in a domestic or international setting, Stuart has extensive experience assisting Australian clients to take their brands to the world, assisting domestic, multinational and international corporations secure protection in the Asia-Pacific and designing, implementing and executing bespoke international filing programs and brand protection strategies.

 A passionate advocate and presenter on branding and trade mark law, his experience is  recognised through publication  in The Law Society Journal, The Licensing Journal, Keeping Good Companies, Journal of Governance Institute of Australia, the Internet Law Bulletin and the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. Stuart is currently a member of INTA’s Trade Mark Reporter Committee and the Intellectual Property of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) NSW Committee.

 Prior to joining Davies Collison Cave, Stuart worked for over a decade at a commercial law firm where he specialised in brand protection and led that firm’s national intellectual property, technology and competition group.

 Stuart’s contact details are available here.

Marion Louisgrand Sylla

Founder and director at Kër Thiossane – Senegal 

Marion Louisgrand Sylla is the director of Kër Thiossane, a media art centre with an artist-residency programme, based in Dakar. She founded this cultural and artistic place in 2002 with her husband in a private house. The aim of Kër Thiossane is the integration of multimedia in artistic practices (music, dance, theatre, and visual arts) and the culture of open access, numeric creation through computer science and communication technologies. She organises Afropixel festival, the first African Digital Art Festival since 2008. In May 2016, “Non Aligned Utopia” Imaginaries, the first chapter of Digital imaginaries, a collaboration with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) was the 6thedition. The 8th edition Power to the Commons just finished april 10th 2021.

In 2014, she opened next to Kër Thiossane a « school of Commons » around an artistic garden and a fablab they set up, in the public space. This project is based on the vision of a permanent re-creation of new urban spaces, in uncovering the aesthetics and cultural expressions, knowledge, inventions between traditions and  cosmopolitan practices, and meeting spaces. Around this artistic garden and the fablab, it is about making the city a place of experiments generating new opportunities, and to envision the urban environment in a continuous training and some forms of civic actions to serve the public space.

Natália Machiavelli

Initiator and Director of MIT+ at MITsp – São Paulo International Theatre Festival – Brazil

Natália Machiavelli is a multimedia artist, graduated in Audiovisual Arts  from the art Academy “Gerrit Rietveld Academie”, in Amsterdam. She acts professionally in the fields of music, theater and audiovisual. Natália directed the documentary “Troca o Trópico (Northwards)”, shown by main film festivals in the Netherlands, such as the World Cinema Amsterdam, the Nederlands Film Festival, among others. 

She produced and directed the animation "It Trims", first place at the “Curtacom Festival”, 2012. Natália has composed soundtracks for her films and for theater performances. She also created video mappings for productions such as the show “Terra” (2012), by dancer Marina Monteiro and “Gavião de Duas Cabeças” (2016), by Andreia Duarte. In 2016 she was 1st assistant director in the short film “Vazio”, by Giuliano Saade Barrone. In May 2017, she directed the pilot for the series “DDM - Women's Police Station”. In the same year, she did production design for the feature film “Três Reis” (in post production). In August 2019 she toured as a cinegraphist,  with the production of “Guerrilheiras or Para Terra Não Há Desaparecido”, by Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha and Georgette Fadel, through 9 cities of the Midwest and North of Brazil. 

Since 2013, Natália works at the São Paulo International Theater Festival - MITsp, next to Antônio (Tó) Araújo and Guilherme Marques, as International Relations and audiovisual producer.  MITsp won in 2017 , the national Bravo Award for “Best Cultural Event”.

In 2020, Natália Machiavelli opened  the Virtual Platform MIT+, the virtual axes of the São Paulo International Theater Festival.

In 2021, Natália launched her first music album,  entirely authorial, produced by Chico Saraiva and Bruno Buarque, with:  Simone Sou, Yedo Gibson, Ian Gottlieb, Enrique Menezes, Janja Gomes and Thomaz Panza. The creative process of the project was documented and broadcast live through the online platform .

Manon Muti

Independent digital security trainer – Netherlands

Hooman Nassimi

Founder of Society in Motion and the New Faces toolkit - Netherlands

Hooman Nassimi (born in Iran, raised in Germany, working in NL) commits to creating an inclusive society through & with newcomers, both locally and globally.  Hooman's vision is to empower newcomers through events and festivals and create social cohesion.

In 2018, the free New Faces toolkit was developed after seeing the enormous benefits of newcomer participation at cultural events. In the last two years, more than 2000 newcomers have directly participated in a variety of roles at the largest venues and festivals in the Netherlands. More and more cultural organizations are embracing this as the standard approach for newcomer inclusion.

Suzette Pullinger

Trade Marks Attorney at Davies Collison Cave – Australia

Suzette Pullinger is a member of Davies Collison Cave’s trade mark group and advises on clearing, registering and enforcing trade marks.

 Specialising in trade marks law, her experience includes advising on trade mark availability searches, prosecuting trade mark applications and advising on trade mark infringement, as well as associated issues under the Australian Consumer Law, passing off and Copyright.

 Prior to joining Davies Collison Cave, Suzette worked as a lawyer at a leading law firm in Hobart, Tasmania (in trade marks, copyright and privacy laws) and also as an examiner in IP Australia’s Trade Mark office. She has also been a guest lecturer in trade marks at the University of Tasmania. As an accredited piano player, Suzette has also run her own piano teaching business.

 Suzette’s contact details are available here

Dharam Saraviya

Vice-president at Brand Solutions, OML Entertainment 􀍴 India

Dharam Saraviya currently serves as Vice President with the Brand Solutions team and co-heads the Live Division in his 10th year at OML.

In his time at OML, he's managed OML's flagship IPs / branded properties - Bacardi NH7 Weekender, YouTube FanFest, Breezer Vivid Shuffle, Levi's 501 Day, Red Bull Tour Bus to name a few. He now delivers Brand partnerships and alliances that make these properties possible, besides guiding the team that designs the experience on the daily.

Dharam also DJs under the moniker of ‘dreamstates’ and has had the opportunity to perform at landmark occasions and key festivals on the electronic music calendar in India. He's been an active member of the indie music community in Bombay/India since 2004 and considers himself a fan first, besides an Artist and Promoter.

Working on both sides of the divide - as an artist and as a promoter/organiser - allows him a deeper insight on how alternative culture has shaped in India over decades. The position that OML occupies is at the intersection of brands and culture - connecting artists to their audiences through impactful and relevant activations and properties - Dharam has been an integral part of that journey at OML over the last decade.

Bacardi NH7 Weekender, a festival that drives over 25000+ attendees daily on ground, pivoted to running as a digital festival and content property managing 65000 attendees online in 2020. Dharam will be keen to share insights on the journey of NH7 Weekender going from an on-ground music festival to a content-driven digital event.

Christine Van Winkle

Professor at the University of Manitoba and associate faculty member at Royal Roads University – Canada

Christine Van Winkle is committed to community-based research examining visitor experiences at events and attractions. Christine currently works as a Professor at the University of Manitoba and serves as an Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University.  As a former festival coordinator and attraction consultant, Christine brings both practical experience and theory-based research to inform practice. Christine has pursued research projects in partnership with more than 30 different festivals and attractions. Through research, Christine seeks to understand the visitor experience and most recently, her research has explored emergency management at events and mobile device use at festivals. Christine's work has been published widely and appears in a range of tourism, leisure and event journals, books, conference proceedings, and reports. Currently, Christine serves as an Associate Editor for Event Management, Leisure/Loisir and the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. 

Courtney White

Lawyer at Davies Collison Cave Law – Australia

Courtney White is a lawyer at Davies Collison Cave Law, an intellectual property legal practice. She completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle where she achieved First Class Honours. She also has a Bachelor of Communication with Distinction, majoring in public relations from the same institution.

 During her time at university, Courtney completed her law thesis on copyright ownership for works created by artificial intelligence which has since been published in the Australian Intellectual Property Journal. She is fascinated by the intersection of the law and technology, particularly in the current art world where artificial intelligence is generating works and non-fungible tokens are being tied to digital artworks and music. In practice, she is involved in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters involving trade marks, patents and copyright.

 Courtney’s contact details are available here


Shamisa Debroey

Producer at deSingel, illustrator and comic artist – Belgium

Shamisa Debroey graduated in 2011 from the infamous Sint Lukas Brussels.  She received an MA in Comics and finished top of her class. She published her first graphic novel ‘Verdwaald’ by Oog & Blik / De Bezige Bij in 2013, merging the autobiographical with her lively imagination. 

Shamisa currently works as an illustrator and comic artist, for clients like Apple, Samsung, één, De Standaard, De Morgen, Focus Knack and many more. She expands her work as an illustrator with live performances, talks about diversity in comics and organizes inclusive, artistic projects.

In 2019 she curated two artpieces for Passa Porta festival. In 2016 she won the Jong Aanstormend Talent prijs, presented by deAuteurs. In 2017 the African Artist Award by the African Movie Festival of Leuven. In 2018 she had the honor of being the resident artist at ELCAF festival together with her best friend and co-founder of YUMYUM: Charlotte Dumortier.

Katrijn De Wit

Coordinator Press & Audience development deSingel International Arts Campus - Belgium

Katrijn De Wit has a Master degree in Art History & Theater Sciences.  She worked for VRT (Public Flemish broadcast) as a brand manager for the TV channel Canvas and radio stations Studio Brussels and MNM and has been coordinating press and audience development at deSingel for 8 years.

"It is a privilege to be able to work within the Arts. Our task is to spread the beauty of the (inter) national deSingel programme to the largest and most diverse possible audience."

Hendrik Storme

General and artistic director at deSingel – Belgium

Hendrik Storme studied political and social sciences at the University of Ghent and HRM at the Hogeschool Gent. To investigate the intersection between music and society, he wrote his thesis on the socio-political aspects of French opera under the supervision of Gerard Mortier. 

Storme started his professional life as a communications officer at the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and the Bijloke Music Center in Ghent. In 2005 he founded the baroque orchestra B'Rock together with harpsichordist Frank Agsteribbe, double bassist Tomas Bisschop, and Tom Devaere. As an artistic director, he played a decisive role in the development of the orchestra into one of the most active in Europe. At the same time, he started the management agency C-Zuur together with Tomas Bisschop, which provides artistic and business advice to specialized early music ensembles and orchestras such as Capriccio Stravagante, Concerto Copenhagen, La Folata, and Il Gardellino by Marcel Ponseele and Jan Dewinne.

Between 2007 and 2009 he was together with Tomas Bisschop responsible for the general operation of the Festival of Flanders Bruges. Under their leadership, this festival for early music was given a new meaning, resulting in the MAFestival. In 2009 he became active as artistic director of the Festival van Vlaanderen Brussels, the driving force behind the Klara Festival. Under his leadership, the festival has broadened its scope aimed at the cross-fertilization between classical music, musical theater, dance, and film. 

Michiel Vandevelde

Performing arts programmer at deSingel, choreographer – Belgium

Michiel Vandevelde started dancing at a young age with the Leuven company fABULEUS. At the age of fourteen, he made his first creation, Lijf , together with Arthur-Georges De Roey. He studied at PARTS in Brussels, where he graduated in 2012. Since then he has mainly worked on his own creations. He often does this in collaboration with his brother Menno Vandevelde (engineer and artist) and their friend Jozef Wauters (scenographer and artist). They work with dance, actions in public space, performance, and the construction of different structures.

In addition to being a choreographer, dancer, and writer, Vandevelde is also active as a curator. He worked for the Bâtard festival and Extra City. His productions were shown at the Kaaitheater and are regularly made in co-production with that Brussels organisation. From 2017 to 2021 he was artist in residence at the Kaaitheater. He also regularly collaborated with the Ghent Arts Center Vooruit and deSingel in Antwerp. Since the 2020/21 season, he has been co-programmer for theater and dance at deSingel.


Marko Ciciliani

Composer, audiovisual artist and performer, artistic director of ChampdAction.LAbO and TimeCanvas@DeSingel - Belgium

Marko Ciciliani (*1970, Zagreb) is a composer, audiovisual artist and performer based in Austria. He is also artistic director of the interdisciplinary workshop for young creators ChampdAction.LAbO, as well as of the festival TimeCanvas@DeSingel in Antwerp.

The focus of Ciciliani’s artistic work lies in the composition of performative electronic music, mostly in audiovisual contexts. Interactive video, light design and laser graphics often play an integral part in his compositions. The German magazine Neue Zeitschrift für Musik referred to him as “one of today’s most interesting composers in the field of electronic music and multimedia” (01/2020).

Ciciliani's work has been performed in more than forty-five countries across Eurasia, Oceania and the Americas. It has been released on five full-length CDs and three multimedia books featuring transdisciplinary and audiovisual works.

Ciciliani is Professor for Computer Music Composition and Sound Design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In 2014, 16 and 18 he has taught as tutor at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt”. In 2015 Ciciliani was granted funding for an artistic research project titled “GAPPP – Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice”. It is funded as part of the PEEK program of the Austrian Science Fund and ran from 2016-21.

Fien Leysen

Writer, theatermaker, videographer, voice-over, storyteller – Belgium

Fien Leysen (1989) studied Language and Literature at the University of Antwerp, where she obtained her Masters in English. After an additional Master's degree in Literary Studies, she started studying Drama / Word Art at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. She also obtained a Master's degree there in 2017.

​Fien started out as a YouTube vlogster in 2008 and learned to film and edit while doing it. It now has more than 28,000 subscribers. Thanks to her collection of master's degrees and the fantastic courses she was able to follow, she found her own way both technically and artistically.

​She is always looking for the most suitable way to tell her story, regardless of the medium, and so often ends up with a combination of different narrative forms (writing, performance, video, audio,…).

Fiens texts balance between personal and poetic and always attempt to touch upon a universal theme. The use of mixed media is often thematized. Her first theater piece ’That Which is (Not) Gone’ dealing with loss and grief, has been playing in Belgium and the Netherlands since 2018 and has been performed for nearly 400 times. The piece combines installation/exposition, use of video/multimedia, and theater, juxtaposing digital and analog processes. Since 2017, Fien has also been working with theater company BERLIN on a number of its theater pieces. She writes texts and creates videos for several theater companies in Belgium on a freelance basis. Together with Manu Siebens, she created the theater installation Numi Yaldati.

Manu Siebens

Scenographer and set designer for theater and television, visual artist creating installations and functional designs - Belgium

Before working in theater, Manu Siebens did set design for a number of television series and films. For over ten years now, Siebens has been the in-house scenographer for theater companies MartHa!tentatief and BERLIN. In cooperation with MartHa!tentatief he has made a few pieces of his own (Tornado Dragon and Lot). Through his work for theater company BERLIN, he is mostly known for his art installations for the pieces ‘Land’s End’ and ‘Perhaps all the dragons…’. Aside from his regular work in theater, Siebens designed and built his own (round) home, a tree-house theater for Theater Luxemburg, an underground pop-up café and (most recently) a large wooden moveable amphitheater for the city of Antwerp. Together with Fien Leysen he created the theater installation Numi Yaldati.

In his work, Siebens always tries to expose the mechanics of a piece. He does so by deconstructing and constructing the story, showing all elements in their bare form while also highlighting the complex nature of processes behind those elements. Siebens prefers mechanical over digital processes, emphasizing a man-made nature or control over things rather than a digitized or automated framework. In his work, he often questions and rethinks the standard characteristics of everyday objects and constructs new forms based on the required functionalities.

Guy Weizman

 Artistic Director at Noord Nederlands Toneel, Club Guy & Roni and Nite – Netherlands

Guy Weizman has been the artistic director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel since 2017 and still leads the international dance company Club Guy & Roni from Theater de Machinefabriek in addition to the Noord Nederlands Toneel. De Twaalf Gezworenen was Guy Weizman's stage directorial debut at the Noord Nederlands Toneel. His debut performance as artistic director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel, Carrousel, was nominated for the Mime Prize and for the performance Salam he received the 2018 Director Prize from the Nederlands Toneeljury.

Brave New World 2.0 premiered in March 2019, Guy Weizman's third stage production, in which he collaborates with actors from Noord Nederlands Toneel, dancers from Club Guy & Roni, and musicians from Asko | Schönberg and Slagwerk Den Haag.

Guy Weizman started his career as a dancer in the Bat-Sheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv. After that, he danced with various companies in Berlin, Barcelona and Galili Dance in Groningen. In 2002 he founded the international dance company Club Guy & Roni in Groningen together with Roni Haver (Jerusalem, 1972). Club Guy & Roni has made a name for itself in recent years with performances such as Alpha Boys (nominated for the Zwaan 2011), L'Histoire du Soldat (winner of the Golden Mask Award in Russia in 2013), Midnight Rising (winner of Zwaan's most impressive dance production 2013) and Naked Lunch (winner Swan 2014 for dancer Igor Podsiadly).


Malin Nagel

Head of project at German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) - Germany

Malin Nagel is a dramaturge, project and production manager, working at the German Center of the International Theater Institute (ITI). She studied literature, musicology and history in Kiel and dramaturgy at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Leipzig. After several years working in theater, she is currently building an academy program on the future of transnationality and diversity in German Theatre for the ITI. Since 2013, she has realized interdisciplinary urban space projects, scenic concerts and discourse events. She is a regular lecturer in dramaturgy and a member of the editorial board of POLAR, a magazine on politics, theory and everyday life.

Stella Jacobs

Intern at German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – Germany

Stella Jacobs is a student at the University of Münster, Germany. She is currently engaged in an internship at the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, as part of an undergraduate program in Anthropology and Sociology. Alongside her studies in Münster, Stella has also been working for the University's Culture Office, where she has helped develop and plan cultural events both on and off campus.