Who's Who

 

Current Ensemble:

Ann-Kathrin Hanson (actress, make-up artist)

 
Age: 29 (the second, but from now on this will be the number for a long time, so you may get used to it)
Subjects at uni: Latin and English (Staatsexamen)
Music I like: Everything from Joss Stone to Black Keys. I cannot really classify my taste of music...
favorite animal: my two rabbits, they are cheeky and funny and I love the way they move (They always look as if they were still babies, clumsy and cute.)
 
What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T.?
There are many things I'd like to mention here:
- Theatre is the only way to invent yourself in innumerous ways without freaking out others
- By playing someone else you learn so much about yourself
- Theatre is the best way of gaining some education without too hard work (audience's perspective ;))
DOT:
- It is the only English-speaking theatre group in Mainz
- the choice of plays is very versatile
- The people are simply great and they form a real community which is so hard to find at uni sometimes
- Still, I miss uni and after finishing my studies it is also a way of coming "home" sometimes
 
What is student theatre to you?
A great hobby and everything I mentioned about it being great.

 

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/ company/ theatre in general?

I think it is good that every theatre group is different and perfect in its own way (how pathetic is that... :D).
 
What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
I like being someone else for some time and I think everyone of us remembers the time when playing you were a doctor, an architect, a mother or whatever, opened a completely new set of possibilities.
 

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
When I was part of the theatre group of my old school, I met a guy who was amazing on stage. I always looked up to his performances and tried to improve by his example. But generally I just want to have fun, which I have - a lot!

Clenda Sabrina Lahr  (music supervisor / music whatsoever, actress)


Age: 29
Subjects at university: Musikwissenschaft (Musicology), Kunstgeschichte (History of Arts), Spanisch (Spanish)
Music I like: Jazz, (Punk)+ Piano Rock, Musical + Montmorensy!
Favourite animal: alles, was Fell hat und nicht mehr als vier Beine (everything that's got fur and no more than FOUR legs)

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
You get to know new people all the time and I found a lot of good friends since I joined the D.O.T!

What is (student)theatre to you?
Theatre lets and makes you do things you wouldn't normally do :-D
You can scream (on stage) and no one is mad at you :-D
I have learned a lot about presence and articulation :-D

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
I thinks it's great that the D.O.T gives everyone the opportunity to act and direct (without just one leading/directing person)...so that already exists...^^ maybe something in which I can do all the musical stuff :-D

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
Acting - I like the people :-) and because of the things mentioned above
Stage designing – I love painting...but I really DON'T like any kind of handicraft work...^^
Music Team *haha* – my motivation for selecting music, writing, singing on stage and these kind of things is deeply rooted in my immanent passion for music^^

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
If I mention my favourite actors here I might get banished :-D
But I do mention Oscar Wilde here!

Stefan Wagner aka Mr. Darcy (actor, language coach)

Age: you do not ask a gentleman about his age *slightly frown*
Subjects at university: English and History (M.Ed.)

Music I like: I grew up with so much music around me that often I actually prefer silence. When this is not the case, I listen to Led Zeppelin, Sting, David Bowie, Metallica, Alan Parson Project, or other antiquated music, as well as the occasional Dark Metal/Gothic Rock.


Favourite Animal: cats (oh! such a natural blend of elegance and innocent arrogance)

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T.?

Theatre hae, in many cultures, a long tradition of being public/social event as well as a mirror for processes in society. In some cases, theatre retains both of these functions even in our modern days.

Special about the D.O.T. is the positive group dynamics, and the members' habit of switching mid-sentence into the English language for no apparent reason, which is great also.

 

What is (student) theatre to you?

A playground for wild ideas, testing how far you can come out of yourself, experimenting with your voice, your mimics, different accents and dialects, the way you walk. And all along you learn much about yourself, and sometimes you understand yourself better afterwards.

Besides, maybe with the exception of the stress that accumulates when the premiere is drawing near, it is such great fun!

 

Do you have some sort of an ideal play/company/theatre in general?

As long as the audiene is happy with the play, the actors ad all other oarticipants did enjoy themselves, and everyone has something to think about afterwards, it has been a good play.

 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?

I have always liked to disguise or dress up, be it for carnival or other events, to slip into the guise of another person, speaking in different voices and acting in strange ways never possible in everyday life.

 

Do you have any kind of idol - actors, directors, thinkers, whatever?

I like actors Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, and Mads Mikkelsen. To Terry Pratchett I bow for his cynical humour and re-interpretation of the fantasy genre, to Neil Gaiman and Jasper Fforde for their imagination, and Joss Whedon for his great TV shows.

Cornelia Matthes (singer, make-up artist, theatre slave)
 
Age: 27
Subjects at university were: American Studies, Political Sciences (my bad) and Cultural Anthropology, now off to be a Dr. in AS
Music I like: depends, usually when the text or the music inspires me (perfect if both do unisono), ranges from rock to hip-hop to classical music and opera and back to candy pop and oldies
Favorite animal: butterfly as it undergoes a complete metamorphosis in his life (bet you all thought it would be dogs, right?)

 
What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T.?
Again, inspiration that comes from the different people you meet there and that work with you to achieve something great and visualize this for others.
 
What is (student) theatre to you?
Theater is raw, unfiltered. Today, the world we live in seems so white-washed and superficial. We cover our opinions in political correctness and hide our emotions behind walls of irony and sarcasm. Theater tears down these walls and straps you off your defense mechanisms.
 

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/theatre in general?
Nope. Everything is unique in its presence and I can be very enthusiastic about almost everything. Except Shakespeare. 

 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for singing, doing make-up, "theatre slaving"?

Singing: I do that for myself, to feel memories and create emotions. And if I happen to be on a stage, I’ll sing there, too 
Make-up: I like the metamorphosis that comes with it. And making men look like drag queens is a definite plus. Why do men have such long and natural lashes? It’s just not fair…
Being a “slave” for the theater: It is actually a symbiosis: I put in my work and receive inspiration. And I am very curios to new things so I like to learn things I would have never thought, while “slaving” for the theater.

 
Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration?

In the few DVDs I own, there seems to be a close-up race between Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst, but I would neither consider them an idol nor an inspiration. However, I seem to like their choice of works. My overall inspiration is still Sherwood Anderson in literature as I never imagined you can say so much with so little and simple words.  

 Eric Hoenen (actor) 





Julia Schrupp (director, actress, button pusher, general busybody)

 


Age: 25

Subjects at university: teacher in the making

Music I like: Give me some ukulele and I’ll be fine (: Apart from that, there’s no real system behind what strikes my fancy.

Favourite animal: Owls

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?

Not gonna lie, the DOT is pretty much perfect. You just can’t beat that much fabulous.

 

What is (student) theatre to you? 



When you tell a story via book or film, the storyteller isn’t directly connected to the reader or viewer. It gives you time to rethink things over and over again. Theatre is a way of story telling that gets an immediate reaction from the viewer. It’s challenging and really exciting

 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?

Getting into a characters head is fascinating because you live a different life in that moment and gain a new perspective on things. Also, everything that makes a play come alive is interesting. All the different things you have to think about can influence the way the story comes across, and that’s great because everyone has an important task. A play only comes together in a team effort

 

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?

Ooh, how much space is there? There are so many people who inspire me. It can be a writer or an artist or an actor or a cook or a person on the internet making graphic edits… People who have the passion to create, I’d say.



Seb Yule (Australian Elocution coach, fool and I guess actor)

 

Age: 31

Subjects at Uni: Fin! Woot woot suckers

Music I like: My scale would be: 1 “I wish country and gangsta rap would burn in Hades” to 10

“Turn it up to 11 while rocking out to metal and punk.”

Interests: Fire twirling, Gaming video/card/board/roleplay, stand up comedy (don’t Google me at work with the sound on)

Favourite animal: Humans, I could watch the silly antics for days, and hilarious pictures of cats on the internet.

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?

It’s in English so I already have a head start on most of the other people auditioning. But seriously the group is friendly and outgoing; they have been really supportive since I have moved here.

 

What is (student)theatre to you?

The ability to escape reality with a group of friends.

 

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?

My ideal theatre is improvisation comedy. I love the quick wit and how the actors need to take any offer at a seconds notice then run the story in a completely different and often ludicrous direction.

 

What is your motivation for acting?

I need an emotional outlet yet I can’t paint, draw or play a musical instrument. What I can do is speak loudly in public so I’ve got that going for me which is nice.

 

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration?

This is a tough question... I guess my man crush is Hugh Jackman; he is down to earth, can sing, dance and is Wolverine. What I do find amazing are artists who do it for the love of creating even though it is so hard to make a living. I feel art in all its forms is so important to society but is often overlooked and undervalued. Lastly I would say I am inspired by people that create new genres. It is like finding a new colour, I can’t even grasp the concept of creating something entirely new let alone actually creating something fresh.

Thomas Pischek (actor, director, posters etc.)

 

Age: 27
subjects at university: English and Latin (teacher’s degree)
music I like: rock, metal and hookah music
favourite animal: platypuses, ichthyocentaurs, cockatrices and squirrels
interests: mythologies, acting, languages, painting and world domination


What's so great or special about the D.O.T?
Aeons ago, the impressive quality and language of its productions convinced me to join the oldest theatre group at Mainz University. The best aspect, however, is the Dotties themselves and how well group dynamics work.

What is (student) theatre to you?
doing fun/weird stuff on stage; testing how to portray new characters in a convincing manner; good physical workout ;)

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
something like Asylum with more audience and the current cast

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, directing, stage designing, etc.?
for acting: see “What is (student) theatre to you?”; group dynamics and an applauding audience
for directing: when the DOT needed a new director and couldn’t find one I thought “Let’s give it a try; this group is far too important for me to let it end”
for stage design or poster stuff: I just love painting, drawing and doing handicrafts


Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
actors and directors: Burton-Elfman-Depp, the Pythons
thinkers: Aristotle, Richard Dawkins, Benjamin Franklin, Groucho Marx



Nicole Huber (actress, director's assistant, PR, costume manager)

 

Age: 26
Subjects at University: British English (Master of Arts)
Interests: literature, acting, games, dancing, ...


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
The DOT was the first student group I joined and I remember that I was very impressed by the professional work done by the "DOTties". The origins of all my theatre activities since are rooted in the DOT. And I simply love the people there.

What is (student)theatre to you?
Student theatre really saved my life! Or at least my studies, I'm not sure whether I would have managed to go through the bachelor programme with the same speed and motivation without the numerous theatre projects that took place at university.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
Uh, that's difficult... Each participant is very important for the process of a staging, so in an ideal theatre company, there has to be an extraordinary bond between the group members as well as an overall motivation to reach out for a very intensive project. Teamwork is definitely one of the most important aspects.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, directing, stage designing ;) etc?
REASONS? Well, it's a fucking lot of fun ;)
Acting and being part of theatre groups helped me to go through my studies, I found new friends as well as just the sort of practical approach that I missed in my studies of Dramatics.


Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Hm, I don't know. But one of my favourite quotes from the field of drama is from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Why, what an ass am I."

Uma Nimkar (actress, PR, poster designer)

 

Age: 22

Music I like: a lot!

Interests: books, food, languages, and a LOT more ;-)

Subjects at uni: British Studies, Indology, Linguistics, Philosophy (all B.A.)

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?

It’s all in English.


What is (student) theatre to you?

A new hobby which is time-consuming but a lot of fun!


 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?

My mother has told me for almost all of my life to join a theatre group – and mother always knows best! =D

Sven Langensiepen (actor, prop manager, stage and poster designer)

 

Age: 28
Subject at university: Geography and Religion
Work: cinema, theatre and music stuff
Music I like:  Oh,  where  to  start?  Everything  from Metal  to  Pop  to  the  old Masters  of  fancy classical music... I only dislike electronical monotone music
Favourite animal: I am a famous cat-bender but really like most mammals ;-)

 

What's so great or special about the D.O.T.?

The people  -  yes,  you  can  read  it everywhere around here, but it's true...we have an intense, family-like atmosphere I would not want to miss.

 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, designing and so on?

The motivation comes from being able to dive into another world/person. Where else would you be able to do that?  Poster designing on the other hand  combines my creativity and my hobby (Photoshop), so I just love to do that. Everything else, like organizing things and stuff, I do for the D.O.T. itself.

 

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers, whatever?
Inspirations, yes. Quite many. Movies, books, theatre plays or people I meet can be inspirational. Idols - no, not so much. 

Ralf Keinath (actor, PR, general support) 

Age: 28
Subjects at university: German Studies, Political Sciences, Media Studies
Music I like: My farts
Interests: Possessedness
Favourite animal: Carrots, ka



What's so great or special about the D.O.T?
You may well ask that question...! (ka) Noooo, special about the DOT is its tradition, the great people and the wine we drink after every rehearsal. … Okay, to be really honest it’s only the wine! ka

What is (student) theatre to you?
Fun, challenges, imitating the other actors, ignoring the academic studies, getting to know interesting people, surrogate for drugs

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
You will find that out in the next D.O.T.-production and world premiere “Viktor van Habsburg”.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Secret obsessions I can’t speak about here. You wouldn’t understand, ka

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Florian Küppers! – as actor, thinker and opera guy. (*smack smack*)

Earlier Cast Members and Helpers:

Sebastian Schmitt (actor, stage manager, director)

Age: 32

University Education (2003-2010): English Studies and History [Staatsexamen: Lehramt an Gymnasien]

Current Occupation (since 2012): A teacher at Friedrich-List-Schule Wiesbaden (Berufliches Gymnasium).

Interests: Literature, acting, television drama, jogging, audiobooks

 

What is special about the D.O.T.?
Dedication.

What is student theatre to you?
A passion.

What is your motivation for acting?
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers, ... whatever?
Not really, although there are of course many people I admire.

 

Becca (actress, language coach)

 

Age: 24
Subjects at university: None. I'm an imposter and don't go here.
Music I like: Broadway. I'm lame like that.

Interests: Theatre, Cooking, Wine

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T? 
Theatre forces performers and companies to create worlds live in front of an audience. There's an energy that comes from that. D.O.T. has a very open and creative atmosphere and it's in English! Because I am clearly not ready for German theatre yet. 


What is (student)theatre to you?

Fun times. Clearly, since I graduated and am still doing student theatre.


Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
I've been really impressed by Roundabout Theatre in NYC and National Theatre in London. Both dedicated to creatively expanding the concept of theatre while still honoring the greats of the past. 

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
I need theatre people in my life no matter if I'm living in the US or Germany. Other people just don't understand wanting to pre-game to Next to Normal

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Joss Whedon.

Corinna Schattauer (actress, director, directress of finance, PR)

 

 

Age: 24
Subjects at university: History, British Studies
Music I like: Rock, Heavy Metal, Singer-Songwriter

Interests: nerdy TV shows, reading and writing (unabashed self-promotion: check out www.cschattauer.wordpress.com to learn more about what I write...)
Favourite animal: dog (to own), penguin (to watch being clumsy), baby anything (to cuddle)

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T? 
While you're acting you can be another person for a while. Playing someone who (usually) is extremely different from yourself is quite a lot of fun and also very interesting. DOTties are fun too...


What is (student)theatre to you?
A very fun way of procrastinating.

Also, you learn a little bit about the impression you make on other people, how to use your voice, how to improvise, how to feign confidence etc... Comes in handy for a lot of things in real life.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
I quite like the collective approach; especially small productions of three or four actors who develop the whole performance together.


What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
Have I mentioned that it's a lot of fun? ; ) Standing on a stage before an audience is a challenging thing to do, but in the end it's very rewarding.

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
There are so many writers I could name here, but the most important would be Neil Gaiman for his ability to bring magic to everyday places, Terry Pratchett, who is the funniest writer to ever write, Walter Moers for his ability to make German sound beautiful, the grand master Tolkien for his imagination and his love for detail, screen writer Steven Moffat for his intricate and clever story lines and so on and so forth...

 

Simon Born (director, actor)

AGE: 27
Subjects at University: Media dramaturgy with majors in film and theatre and minors in radio and new media
Interests: literature, music, theatre, radio plays, contemporary American television and of course film in all sorts of shape and colour – especially the paracinema, the junkyard of movie history containing its most imaginative achievements.
Music I like: Rock, Swing and, well, film music of course! Especially composers like John Williams, Danny Elfman or Michael Giacchino. Orchestral and classic music in general, Mahler in particular.

What’s so great or special about the D.O.T.?
The great challenge of facing great English plays across theatre history in their original language. The chance to meet the most interesting people with different backgrounds in the oldest theatre group of the University of Mainz!

What is student theatre to you?
It’s a great chance to meet people, literally interact, communicate and bond with them, to have a common platform to experiment, exchange, experience yourself and the other and get inspired by the creativity sparked off by independence.

Do you have some vision of an ideal play / company / theatre in general?
Terry Pratchett on stage would be great – oh wait, already doing it ;)

 

I am very much in favour of plays with an episodic structure, where everyone has his big moment and the success is grounded in the achievement of the group as a whole. The company of the Pina Bausch Tanztheater in Wuppertal, although it’s purely modern dance theatre, for me embodies this perfect sense of community and bonding, the common experience of the body and soul.

 

Apart from that: a live radio play on stage would be nice as well!

What is your motivation for acting?
It sets free all the creative energy I can’t express elsewhere. To experience the boundaries of my physical and emotional capabilities. Being allowed to go real crazy. And, most of all, to meet people and achieve something in a group.

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration – actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
I admire the cinematic instinct of the Coen Brothers, the imagination of Tim Burton, the most intelligent humour of Douglas Adams and Stanisław Lem, the mastering of words by Walter Moers, the great hunger for dragons of J. R. R. Tolkien, the rich humanity of Sir Peter Ustinov, the pointed wit of Groucho Marx, the poetic sense for horror of Vincent Price and the energetic craziness of Nicolas Cage.

Vee Kay (muzak nerd, sound man, actor)

Age: 28
Subjects at university: Psychology
Music I like: If the radio refuses to play it I probably like it
Favourite animals: Cats, Racoons (mainly because of their German name)
Interests: muzak, theater, literature, cooking, succumbing to the cheap thrills of social networking


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
It's the most elegant way to uncover a person's hidden sides.

What is (student)theatre to you?
It prevented me from going totally crazy while studying - and might keep doing so when I start working.

Do you have some sort of vision of an
ideal play/company/ theatre in general?

To me an ideal play is immersive, challenging, it sticks with you and you're not the same person after you've seen it, for better or worse. Same goes for the people you stage it with.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
The moment when you bow before the audience and the roses come flying at you.

Do you have any kind of idol - actors, directors, thinkers, whatever?
Lynch, Cronenberg, Burton (Alice was crap, though), Tykwer, Depp, Borges, Kubin, Meyrink, Murakami, Antonovsky, Moreno, Rasputin, Küppers (ka)

Johannes Kraus

 

Age: 28

Subjects: Film and Theatre

Musik: all but hiphop, espcialy Rock, Jazz, the old classic and the new classic (soundtracks)

Interests: Photography

Animal: Kangaroo

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T? 
I don't know yet. But they were the first to make me try acting and committing social suicide on stage. That's something to start with, I guess.


What is (student)theatre to you?
A permanent try. Sometimes it goes wrong and sometimes it does not.


Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
I am terribly impressed and fascinated by the Globe theatre and its ensemble in London.


What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
I really don't know. Ask Cornelia, she talked me into this.

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Lots, but maybe I would like to list Thomas Pischek, to begin within the DOT.

Johanna Dupré (actress, PR)

Age: 33
Subjects at university: Were Theatre sciences, Comparative Literature and English (got my M.A. six and a half years ago, since then I have - as was to be anticipated -been working as taxi driver. No, actually I’m really one of those people who are doing “something with media.”)
Music I like: Indiepop, Rock, Folk Rock and whatever I’m currently in the mood for.
Favourite animals: The Rabies-ridden Westafrican Goat(to be found only in a very small habitat, situated in Gonsenheim’s Wildpark.)
Interests: theater, arts, culture in general, travelling


 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
To me, theatre, is an essential part of society because it offers the chance to reflect upon risks and opportunities of human life in a way that is not only theoretical, but immediate, concrete and directly appeals to the senses.

What is (student)theatre to you?
As to theatre – please see above. Student theatre in particular is a space of opportunity – seeing as it is free both from the constraints of theatrical production within the state-funded system and the financial dilemma of free theatre groups: You are completely free to choose which play to stage, which actors you work with, how long you rehearse, while on the other hand you do not depend on your theatrical production for a living. Of course, it can also be very stressful. But the fun of it definitely outweighs the extra workload.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Well – actually I started to act in an amateur theatre group at age seven – so I guess it was not a decision I very much reflected upon;-). Today, however, I would say because it is a way to do things you normally would not, or not in the same intensity: Be childish. Be cruel. Be sad. Be happy. Lose control. Be desperate. Be hopeful. Be stupid. Be powerful. Be weak. Be whatever.

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Christoph Schlingensief, Robert Wilson, Antonin Artaud etcetera

Marietta Meiser (actress, costume manager, tin foil model)

 

Age: 25
Subject at university: Medicine
Music I like: Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Jazz
Favourite animal: Cat


What's so great or special about the DOT?
The oppurtunity to do something creative in a fun way with people who are nearly as cuckoo as I am.

What is student theatre to you?
Hard work and lots of fun at the same time, creative holidays from my studies

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
Every play that is written by me (see especially „The dark and lusty confessions of Sister Moishe“)

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Living out my loony side wihout getting arrested, achieving something in the end (even though you were doubting the whole time that you were going to make it)

Do you have any kind of idol – actors, directors, thinkers whateva?
Maxwell Bialystock and Leopold Bloom – authors and prodcuers of such fancyful play as „Death of a Salesman on Ice“ and „She stups to conquer“.


Lidia Placzek (actress, caterer)


Age: 29
Subjects at university: English and German (teacher’s degree)
Music I like: balkanbeats, ethno music, reggae, dub, ska, punk, tango argentino, rock, electropop and more…
Favourite animals: elephants, monkeys, peacocks, squirrels, lizards, ladybirds, dragonflies and more…
Interests: languages, acting, traveling, hiking, scuba diving/diving, cycling…


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
It’s difficult to sum it up in few sentences. Theatre teaches me confidence, tolerance, understanding, social interaction skills and self-expression.
It gives you the possibility to be someone else for a while. It allows the impossible to happen.



What is (student)theatre to you? Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
Student theater lets you unleash your creative potential. You go on an adventure, cross different boundaries, meet a variety of characters, learn to interact and last but not least you’re an important part of an amazing project.

When you are on stage you enter into another reality and you get the opportunity to forget inconvenience and the drab monotony of everyday life.
Besides you get the chance to learn more about acting and theater-in-the-making you can make contributions to the stage design and choreography. And last but not least you can meet new interesting people who don’t wonder if you’ve got to much expressive power ....



What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Cause it’s a very interesting and enjoyable process. Plus all I mentioned above


Do you have any kind of idol - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Well….probably more than one…but I have a soft spot for Ludwig Wittgenstein….

Ruth Faßbender (director, actress, make-up artist, speech trainer, wannabe homepage designer)

Age: 34
Subjects at university: British Studies (major), Theatre Studies (minor)
Music I like: A lot, actually… my taste in music spans a rather epic length and width from Solstafir, Katatonia, Tool, Soundgarden, Stereophonics and Die Ärzte to Bach, Tchaikowsky, Schostakovich, Pärt, to New Model Army, The Smith, Mumford and Sons,Flogging Molly, Tiger Lillies to Roisin Murphy, Tory Amos, Astor Piazolla, The Beatles and Blumentopf…and that’s just the beginning
Favourite animal: Felidae, elephants, koalas, kangaroos, horses, goats, pigs, monkeys, penguins, tapirs, owls, turtles, war rabbits, snap hamsters
Interests: The visual arts, travelling, literature, music, dance, swimming, good food and wine, clothes/fashion in general and shoes in particular, socializing, discussions, communication and last but definitely not least almost everything involved with the theatrical world with a special emphasis on the work of directors, literary directors and choreographers


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
Where to begin and where to stop? The DOT offers a smashing combination of theatre and the English language, both of which I’m quite fond of (see above and below). The people are just superb. And for whatever reason they let me mess about with sort of everything from make-up to directing, AND I’M LOVING IT!

What is (student)theatre to you?
Student theatre means having the great chance to experience and experiment with every aspect of the theatrical process while having little pressure and a high degree of freedom, independence and support – and being “in this” with loads of interesting people!

Uhm and yes I DO have to admit that it is a stressful, time and energy consuming thing to do. But I can hardly think of a more wonderful and worthwhile way of investing time, talent and energy!

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
Theatre – to me – should ideally create strong images, intense emotions and atmospheres. I don’t want empty declamations and niceties in costumes, however beautiful, nor do I like violence and screaming people on stage if it’s just for shock’s sake. Everything is allowed…as long as it’s motivated. The actors have to truly interact, be extraordinarily clear in their actions, be able to tear down the “fourth wall” and diminish the distance between audience and stage, something’s got to really go on between actor and actor, actor and audience. My idea of interesting theatre worth its' name is a strongly performative event that might be quite abstract and absurd, possibly feels and looks quite different to the so called real world, goes beyond it. At the same time it refers to this reality, explores and comments it.
For a company this means that everybody has got to let go and get truly involved with each other artistically - open minded and on equal footing with each other. Teamwork at its' best!

Apart from these highly subjective idea(l)s though....In theatre anything goes and everything has it's right to exist!

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, directing etc?
Because theatre is an ongoing communicative, interactive, creative and narrative process between self, other and world - and teaches you a lot about all three. Because it is a dynamic, fulfilling and most rewarding challenge to mind, body and soul, sometimes driving you to the edge at other times bringing you to your centre. Because I love the intensity and energy theatre thrives on and gives off. Because in theatre everything is allowed and there’s nothing you can’t do. Because it’s fun. Because it’s everything the world and humankind is – yet also has at least the potential to be everything it is not. And – because of the bunch of crazy, enthusiastic,absurd, talented, creative and wonderful people I get not just to meet but work with!

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brooks, Romeo Castellucci, Lotte van den Berg, Rene Pollesch, Mads Mikkelsen, Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Michel Foucault, Yves Klein, The Coen Brothers, Robert Rauschenberg, She She Pop, Robert Morris, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane, The Monty Pythons, Juliet Binoche, Johnny Depp, Terry Pratchett inspire me. And so do many more fascinating, original people.



Andreas Faßbender (The Roadie)

Age: 25
Subjects at university: None - because I am not studying. In the past few months I have been looking for an apprenticeship as a joiner or zoo keeper and will soon participate in a special job training scheme called Bi-ma which is offered by the GPE.

Interests: Role Play Gaming – both online and pen&paper based, as well as LARPing, reading, sports, spending time with my family and friends and taking care of my rabbits^^.
Music I like: All kinds of Metal: Manowar, Hammerfall, Blind Guardian, Sabaton, Van Canto and many more.
Favourite Animal: Mainly cats and dogs but a lot of other animals too


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T.?
To be honest: I don’t know. But I DO know that I like to help and participate (off stage) as “The Roadie” in the productions of the Day-Old Theatre!

What is (student) theatre to you?
Something fun that I can be part of!        

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/theatre in general?
Not exactly, no…as long as theatre folks and audience alike benefit from a production in one way or the other I’m fine with that.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for doing “dirty-off-stage-theatre-related-work”?

Hey – I’m just The Roadie, how am I to know such fancy words as “motivation” ^^?

 

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration– actors, directors, thinkers, whatever?
Not really. There never was anybody that I would call an idol of mine.

Matthias Billen (actor)

Age: 30
Subjects: German, Politics & Economy, English
Occupation: Teacher

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
- very professional

What is (student)theatre to you?
The optimism that consumerist society does not overtake everything.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, directing, stage designing etc.?
Having to do with "normal" people.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play / company / theatre in general?
To show the people how society can be changed.

Florian Küppers (actor, sound designer, idol)

Age: 29
Subject at university: Opera
Music I like: Opera
Favourite animal: Opera-Dogs (ka)


What's so great or special about the DOT?
Loads of wonderful people, who won't stop inviting you, although you cancel on them around 95% of the time.

What is student theatre to you?
A great way to start acting and grasp a hold of your innermost emotional life.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
"Viktor van Habsburg" - the apotheosis of theatre ... smack smack

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Adrenaline rushes

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers, whatever?
Danny Boyle & Cillian Murphy

Kevin Levke (actor, homepage nerd, programme designer)

Soundbites:
Gau! Guaaaa!

The other Thomas (actor)

 

Age: 25
Job: Student (Social Pedagogy), Healthcare Assistant, some honorary posts, satellite without center
Music: Beethoven, Bach, Mahler, Chopin, Strawinsky, electronic, bongos-guitars-and-stuff
Favourite Animal: cats cause they are gods with fur; naked mole rats cause they are sooo damn ugly; birds cause they fly and I don't.
Interests: History, reading, irony, discussing, thinking


What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
As much as it is an experience it is an experiment. The DOT is special in the perspective of language as (in most cases) no one of the participants is a native speaker of English but we all have to act as if it WAS our native language. It is a returning mask.

What is student-theatre to you?
Its new to me so I dont have any qualified opinion about it. So far I can only say: for me its probably the only possibility to be an actor in theatre-plays. And student-theatre for me is a way to resist stupidity and becoming stupid.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
I sometimes think about the stage-conception of Artaud (the stage is surrounding the audience, it is everywhere around them, not only in front). I wonder about the theatre-experience such a stage may produce.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
I appreciate the moment of non-identification in acting. I am not what I play, but I have to act like I was.I like the way of being a visitor to myself acting in some forms and ways of existance which are different from my own. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the things and possibilities we as yet don't see.

Do you have any kind of idols, artists, actors, thinkers?
There are some thinkers and artists I appreciate but I am not talking about them. Instead I keep being silent and enjoy.
I like Theatre of the Absurd or plays with elements of it because it "teaches" you to ironically laugh about truth. Most people would not think how hard these lessons can be! But I guess it is worth it. And if at the end of my life I will possibly comprehend that it was NOT worth it I probably won't  tell you because this could still be the best laughter I might have had for centuries. :)

Sarah Vetsch (actress, speech coach, make-up artist)

 

Age: 26
Subjects at University: English Linguistics, English Literature, Art History
Interests: encounters, coffee, literature, languages, music, tv series, films, MMORPGs and pc games in general, animals, pretty landscapes and relaxing bubble baths - in a constantly changing order of preference.
Music I like: loud.
Favourite animal: all kinds, as long as my teeth are bigger than theirs.


What's so great or special about the D.O.T.?
The people in it, really. I love to be around people who like to do stuff!

What is (student) theatre to you?
It has to be exciting, interesting, fun, demanding, stressful, annoying and yet fulfilling. If not, something's wrong :C

What are your reasons/ is your motivation for acting?
Experiencing myself in unusual situations.

Do you have any kind of idol - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Yeah but no.

Victoria Schmitt (actress, director, Bastel-Queen)

 

Age: 27
Subjects at university: English, Media Studies, Political Science (Magister degree from Uni Trier, 2010)
Work: currently working as a proof reader for Nintendo of Europe
Music I like: Lifehouse, 3 doors down, Panic! At the Disco, Fallout Boy, Green Day, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Musicals and many more …
Favourite animal: horse, cow, turtle, monkey, owl
Interests: theatre, literature, movies, TV-shows, cooking & eating



What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
D.O.T. has an amazing cast and an incredible stage. The people are very committed, creative and welcoming. Plus, when you are an amateur actor, you can only dream of a stage like this to rehearse and perform.


What is (student)theatre to you?
To me it is a great opportunity to introduce more people to quality theatre for a reasonable price. It warms people’s hearts to literature and art even if they were indifferent to it before. For amateur actors it’s a perfect chance to overcome shyness and strengthen their voices, their body language and self-esteem.


Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
Since I greatly enjoy the classics of British and American theatre, I would be thrilled to be in for example a Shakespeare play again. Oscar Wilde, Peter Shaffer, Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams are on my wish list, too. I’m also dreaming of more musical cross-overs like the amazing interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with elements of the Rocky Horror Show which I participated in.


What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting etc.?
For me the possibility to show a totally different side of myself belongs to the major attractions of theatre; along with dressing-up, going totally nuts in front of hundreds of people and of course the “fame and fortune”. :->


Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
I’m rather inspired by stories and characters than by actors or directors. Therefore I see Frodo Baggins and Harry Potter as my main idols. :-D

You may have seen Victoria in Trier’s English Drama Group as
Antonia, Leonato’s Sister, in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Launcelot, the fool, and Solania, Antonio’s nasty colleague, in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Esme “Granny” Weatherwax in Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters
Mrs Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Milton, the monkey, in Words, Words, Words and First Woman in Philip Glass buys a Loaf of Bread, both scenes from All in The Timing – An Evening of David Ives
Puck, the Hobgoblin, in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
OR as Solovei, the robber, and as Mourner 2 in Sandberg’s Jarpteetza: The Firebird with D.O.T.

Thorben Galinski (actor, stunt co-ordinator, stage designer)

 

Age: 26
Subjects at university: Bachelor of Education German/English
Music I like: Rock, metal, oldies, computer games music (Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda etc.)
Favourite animal: Dogs, cats, tigers

 

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
Everyone is an individual with their own talents and great mind. It is astounding to see all these people mixed together, and see the result come to life. Great fun on and off stage!


What is (student)theatre to you?
Fun, fun, fun. I’m not paid for acting, so I won’t take it as serious as a job. Too much stress or taking things too serious will destroy the great fun that acting is to me.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
The ideal theatre and company is the one you feel comfortable with. The DOT is just that for me. As for an ideal play: I have to like it to be comfortable with it, and give it my full potential. If I don’t like a play, and can’t find myself in it, I will not force myself to play it just to be in the play.
I prefer plays with a clear storyline, great costumes, and good entertainment that causes the audience to leave with a laugh like after a good movie in the cinema over plays that point fingers at society all the time and are straight “in your face”.


What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, stage designing, making music?
I really like acting. I like slipping into different roles and skins, be someone else for a time, and just have a good time with my co-actors while we try and bring an entertaining evening to life that the audience will hopefully remember for a long time.

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
I really like Christian Bale as an actor. There are many more coming to mind, but he is the first that did.
As for writers: Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Claude Magnier, and whoever wrote the script for “The Dark Knight” – brilliant.

Sabrina Rohowski (actress, PR)

 

Age: 26
Subjects at university: Spanish and English
Music I like: Rock, Latin, Pop, Classic
Favourite animal: Dogs and dolphins


What's so great or special about the D.O.T?
Despite its 20 years of existence and the presentation of plays in their original language, the D.O.T. unites JOGU’s craziest but most amiable students who can all contribute to the group equally; there’s no hierarchy at all that could hinder individual creativity.

 

What is (student)theatre to you?
Theatre is my greatest hobby! I often attend plays just to enjoy the art and magic of performance you could never experience in cinema. But of course, acting is even better. Being part of that art and magic is an incredible feeling; identifying with another role and creating a whole world together with other actors enriches life and broadens the horizon immensely.

Do you have some sort of vision of an ideal play/company/ theatre in general?
My ideal play would make the audience think about current problems, but in a humorous way (black humour welcome!). It would have a clear storyline and no open ending, but still room for own ideas. The ideal company is of course one with great team spirit in which the members like and trust each other and everybody contributes at his/her best to the common project. The ideal theatre just has to be perfectly equipped and should provide sufficient legroom for the audience.

What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting?
Most of the reasons I’ve already mentioned, but here comes the most important one: fun! Participating in a play is such fun that you can easily endure spending most of you free time for it, even if you have to eat a lot of fast food and don’t get much sleep – honestly, even stress is fun with this hobby and – above all – with these great people. And nothing on earth compares to the way you feel at the premiere!

Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
Actually, no. There are several people I like to read or watch, but I would question the concept and function of an idol as such



Jochen Ecke (occasional Master of Lights and stuff) 




Mark Berninger (Honorary D.O.T. member, actor and director in ye olden times) 




Sina Blum (actress, stage designer)

 

Age: 21
Subjects at University: Music Theory (Major) Film Theory (Minor)
Interests: Music - playing the piano, playing the violin (only a little though). Reading. Watching films and series. Skiing. Biking. Travelling.
Music I like: more or less everything from Beethoven to Nirvana.

What's so great or special about theatre and the D.O.T?
I love the friendly atmosphere which made me feel welcome immediately.

It's also great to have an English speaking theatre group here in Mainz. I am addicted to everything that's got to do with the English-speaking world and therefore the D.O.T was just perfect for me.

What is (student)theatre to you?
I've always liked theatre, but it became a passion during my EVS (European Voluntary Service) in England, where I worked for the Gloucester Theatre Company. However, I was only a member of the stage crew and was not allowed to act myself. Standing behind the stage each night and watching the actors create a world of their own on stage was a really inspiring experience, but also a frustrating one. I may have been part of the production, but I was not part of the real creative process- and this was what I really wanted: Be the one who stands on stage and create an inspiring/interesting/intriguing experience for the audience.
Seeing an RSC production of Macbeth in their newly built theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on one of my free weekends did the rest for me. By then, I was completely hooked.


What are your reasons/is your motivation for acting, directing, stage designing ;) etc?
I guess I really love story telling, whether it's in novels, on TV, in films or on stage - and as a member of the D.O.T. I can be part of telling a story.

As for stage designing/ building which I have done for "Twelfth Night": It's rewarding to do something that gives you immediate results - unless that axe won't split the wood quite as immediate as you had hoped...



Do you have any kind of idol or inspiration - actors, directors, thinkers whatever?
That's a tough one. I think everything I've ever seen, done, read, watched has inspired me in one way or another.
Just to name a few: Hermann Hesse, Tori Amos, Tolkien, George R R Martin, Doctor Who, Tarantino, Nietzsche, Beethoven, Bach.