Outrider Anthems was formally established as a company in 2010, with Jennifer Leach as director. Jennifer has received Arts Council, Earley Charity and Heritage Lottery funding for her first site-specific productions of Crow! (2007), Where then Shall We Start?, (2014), The River (2009), and The Land of Walter Giffard (2011).
Jennifer was lead artist at Royal Academy of Arts, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, V&A Museum and Contemporary Applied Arts and was previously arts advisor for Southern Arts. She is co-founder and co-Chair of the Dunsden Owen Association. www.outrideranthems.com
ALICE MCGUIGAN: PROJECT MANAGER
Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in English and Drama (2013), Alice has balanced local arts project management alongside writing and teaching Yoga internationally. She worked as the events organiser and publicist for the Dunsden Owen Association to launch their new Wilfred Owen Trail App (2015) and writes biographies for Story Terrace.
Alice has also been a member of Progress Theatre for the last 14 years, recently volunteering as a performer and writer as part of their Outreach Project in care homes around Reading.
GARY-JOHN PEINKE- CROW
Gary-John Peinke, born in South Africa, has been involved in theatre and music productions since the age of 10. In 1996 he moved to Germany to begin his professional training in the Performing Arts, with Gospel Art Studio (Germany) and Belleherst Productions (USA). He worked at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and has also toured with various dance and theatre ensembles in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the UK and South Africa. He was the Artistic Director for the international youth project “new challenge”; a musical theatre project for teenagers and young adults. In 2005, he completed further studies in advanced Theatre and Teacher training at “Off Theatre” in Neuss, Germany.
Gary is currently head of a Music and Drama school in Germany. Furthermore, he is involved in script writing, directing and teaching for various groups, schools and organizations. He is currently certified as a Level 3 IVA (Institute for Vocal Advancement) Teacher and is the organization’s area representative for Germany and Switzerland.
KATHLEEN ANN THOMPSON: MOTHER
Kathleen is the founder/Artistic Director of Belleherst Productions. She studied physical theatre at Jacque Le Coq’s School for Movement Theatre, Paris, and diversely in dance, commedia del’arte and classical theatre in the U.S.A.
Relocating to Europe, she has focussed on multicultural street theatre, and training young people in movement theatre and dramatic dance. She has written and produced five major productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tours shows in Europe and the U.S.A. Amongst many awards bestowed on her is the National Polish OFTA award and an Honorary Professorship by the Yunan Institute of Arts, Kunming, China.
Ellen is a British actress and artiste born on Hayling Island, raised in Shropshire. Her work is often highly physical; a fusion of voice, movement and circus skills. She trained in post dramatic theatre and visual performance at specialist institution Dartington College of Arts and went on to study screen acting and stage combat at Towson University, MD, USA.
Motion capture is the latest addition to Ellen’s repertoire. Her devised projects have received critical acclaim from London’s top fringe venues. She went on to perform for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi and has recently completed a 9-month theatre tour of Spain. Ellen’s film work includes dark independent feature ‘Malady’, short film noir ‘Deception’ and a series promoting English Language in Holland.
Louise read English literature, (with a passion for writing poetry), then began acting in dance and mixed media projects. She wrote and performed a myth-styled piece about the identity of the actor at the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. With two dancers, she formed a company, touring the UK and Amsterdam. Louise later toured Europe and the UK in street, stage and environmental work with the off-the-wall company, The Phantom Captain. Since returning to the profession, she played a bag lady for Slingshot Effect in a street game called 2.8 Hours Later (now Asylum). Louise has been in 3 runs of an immersive production of A Picture of Dorian Gray, playing a mysterious housekeeper, duchess and oracle. She has worked with Thrice Three Muses, and appeared in a few short films. Having dubbed Klara’s grandma in the new production of Heidi, featuring Bruno Ganz, she looks forward to upcoming voice work.
MAZ MILLS: CHORUS
Maz’s screen work includes Our Kind of Traitor (Potboiler Productions/The Ink Factory) and Mercedes (Modalfish Productions), her theatre work includes Missing in Brighton (Fluxx Theatre Company). With a particular interest in improvisation and developing new work, Maz regularly takes part in scratch nights in and around London. She also works as a presenter and enjoys dabbling in filmmaking in her spare time, often drawing inspiration from the landscape and stories of her native Scotland.
PIOTR PAWARSKI: MAN
Piotr Pawarski specialises in unusual and seemingly impossible theatre challenges. A strongly physical actor, stilt-walker, circus freak and training stunt-man, he bravely engages in any creative project. At the age of 15 he started his journey as a performer in Poland and United Arab Emirates. He trained in movement theatre under the directorship of Kathleen Ann Thompson and spent the next five years with Avatar Theatre in Poland.
Piotr is currently a student at East 15 Acting School and manages his own stilt-walking company near London.
EDWARD CHILVERS: COMPOSER & PIANIST
Edward is an exceptional musician, who was given the rare accolade of Young Steinway Artist. Besides piano, he plays guitar, drums, trumpet – you name it, he plays it. His chief focus is on composition, and he is currently exploring the rich, complex and mysterious worlds of modes and polyphony.
An example of Edward’s music can be found here, (just to be clear- this is not the music for Song of Crow!)
ED HENDRY: PUBLICITY DESIGNER
Ed was born in Cheltenham and is now a graphic designer and second year typography student at The University of Reading. He studied fine art and graphic design at A-level and has developed his work from these foundations. This has led him to take a particular interest in graphic illustration receiving regular commissions in design. Ed’s aptitude for representing texture and tone is expressed in the detail of his work. He is largely influenced by music, identity and fascinated by the intricacies and energy of the natural world.
KEEGAN CURRAN: SOUND AND LIGHTING DESIGNER
Keegan has worked in theatre and live events for the past 9 years, from production managing open air music festivals with The White Horse Project in East Lancashire to being an audio engineer on an array of corporate music events. Since graduating from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as a Sound Designer in 2014, Keegan has been based at Tobacco Factory Theatres, whilst taking on various freelance endeavours throughout the country. Keegan is currently Theatre Projects Manager for SLF Group in Reading. Previous sound designs:’The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special’ – Arts Theatre, West End; ‘Rotterdam’ – Theatre503; ‘Where we are’ – The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, ‘Infinity Pool’ – South West Tour, ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe; a musical’ – The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol; ‘Blue Stockings’ and ‘The Winters Tale’ – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol.