Alan is director and producer for theatre and radio. He was born in Perth, Scotland in 1982. He started to work in theatre under the guide of Laura Pasetti of the Piccolo Theatre of Milan. In 2008 he founded Radio Gwendalyn which broadcasts music and helps other independent radios, cultural realities and projects begin their life. In 2013 he founded V XX ZWEETZ Creative Company. Alan is vocalist in Black Fluo and board member of Pulver & Asche Records.
Duncan is an award-winning young playwright, with a background in work for young audiences. His play “The Wedding Ring” was the winner of the Rowan Tree Playwriting Competition. He has worked alongside children and young people aged 8 to 18 in youth theatres and schools to develop many scripts, working with, among others, Strange Town, Imaginate and the Tramway. He has presented a live music show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has also toured schools across Scotland as a performer.
I was born and bred a true Lancashire lass in the little mill town of Oldham, and the home of the tubular bandage! After completing my schooling, I trained to be a teacher of Drama and Music and worked for a time in a secondary school. I eventually realised that I wanted to extend my knowledge of both theatre and performance, and so embarked upon a three year course of training with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since then, I have brought up my two sons, at the same time working in both Britain and Germany in theatres and schools. I have now reached a stage of assessment in my life, and feel the need to work on a much deeper and more meaningful level. To be involved with Charioteer Theatre means to have the opportunity to rediscover the artist within, a journey which every actor seeking a higher level of training should do.
Davide Borri is an Italian rapper singer-writer born in Rome. He pressed the very first songs at 16 years, gravitating towards the hip hop world based in Rome. In 2008 he’s started a collaboration with m2o Radio, within the Provenzano dj show. He writes and broadcasts more than thousand songs in “Cnn da strada”. The column is the first example of a daily news report on a radio, using verses to talking about different themes such as satire, condemnation. Nowadays this instalment becomes weekly within Stanza Selvaggia programme. In 2014 the first independent album released, called START. In 2015 translated in rap music six monologues from Shakespeare for “To be or… Note!” show staged at Piccolo Teatro of Milan; he also followed some rap workshops related to the show in the schools.
Renee Williams hails from sunny California where she studied choreography with a concentration in performance art and contemporary ballet. She then moved to New York to attend the Suny Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts receiving her BFA with honors. Classically trained, Renee has directed and played roles from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, performing in major American and UK theaters and companies. She now resides in Scotland after completing the Classical and Contemporary Text Master of Arts program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Recently, Renee wrote and performed in her own solo contemporary adaptation of Euripides Andromache as a part of the Tron Theatre’s 2015 Mayfesto. She is excited to now have an opportunity to further explore adapting Classical work to the contemporary stage in collaboration with the creative team of Edinburgh’s Charioteer Theatre Company.
Stefano Guizzi, Italian born, spent his high school years in the United States, where he began practicing theatre at school level. Back in Italy, he graduated from Giorgio Strehler’s Scuola Di Teatro, at the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, where he had as teachers, among others, Giorgio Strehler, Carolyn Carlson, Ian McKellen and Ferruccio Soleri, Strehler’s legendary Arlecchino. He later worked with Strehler himself, at the Piccolo, with Robert Wilson at Berlin’s Hebbel and Schaubhune theatres, with Gigi Proietti, A.R.Shammah, G.Iancu, and many others. He has been on tour with the Piccolo’s historic Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters since … 1990!
He teaches a course in Commedia dell’Arte at Milano’s Università Cattolica.
His collaboration with Laura Pasetti and Charioteer Theatre begins in 2010. He has since taken part in several of the company’s shows (“GetMeOut!” , “Gang”, “A Cup of Tea with Shakespeare”).
Daniel is an actor born and raised in Dundee, Scotland. After graduating from his training at Dundee and Angus College, where he performed in productions of David Williams’ “A Conversation”, Howard Barker’s “Victory”, Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and Steve Franco’s “Inlaws, Outlaws and Other People (Who Should be Shot)”, he continued to work with both student and professional productions such as a staging of “Housekeeping” by Lucy Kirkwood, as well as the BBC comedy series “Bob Servant” and the documentary “A Century of Scottish Sundays”. Daniel also returned to the Dundee Rep Youth Theatre, the group which first kindled his passion for the theatre, and now works as a volunteer support worker with young people aged 8 to 14.
VANDA DE LUCA
Vanda De Luca is a Scots-Italian actress and singer from Edinburgh who first started working with Charioteer Theatre in their production of A Bench On The Road. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MA Hons in Spanish and Portuguese in 2010, she went on to train at Edinburgh College graduating with a HND in Acting in Performance in 2013. Vanda also provides backing vocals for Edinburgh-based band, Should’ve Been An Astronaut.
LIGHTING DESIGNER Manuel has been working at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano since he was 19 years old. He started as an electrician and lighting board operator for the productions of Giorgio Strehler and Luca Ronconi. In 2006 he started his career as a lighting designer, and has since worked all over Europe. He has been working with Charioteer Theatre since the company’s inception.