About the performers – Caravan shorts at vault festival 2017

Olivia Mace is an actor, storyteller, writer and improviser. She has appeared on screen in the US TV series Dominion and makes her film debut this year in WWE’s Eliminators. Her UK TV credits include The Bill and Doctors. Her stage credits include Theatre Clwyd, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, Creation Theatre and the Agatha Christie Company. She is a storyteller for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, adapting and re-telling the bard’s stories in schools and multiple venues including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. Olivia is a musical improviser with Multiverse and performs as a musical stand-up artist with songs such as Hipster Hop which you can find on YouTube.
Yshani Perinpanayagam As a soloist, song accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Soundings Platform for Contemporary Music.Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and company pianist of Rambert Dance Company. She was assistant Music Director for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. She is currently performing with Piano Circus and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award. She is a Park Lane Group Artist and a Samling Artist.Yshani studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Barstow, Caroline Palmer and Andrew West. She is now a member of staff at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, teaching Musicianship and Composition.
ACTORS FOR HUMAN RIGHT – Friday February 17th & Thursday March 2nd
ICE & FIRE explores human rights stories through performance. Through active engagement with human rights themes they create high-quality work which responds to defining issues affecting our society and the world beyond.  Their Actors for Human Rights project has been running for 10 years and works with more than 700 volunteer actors around the country to present verbatim testimonies from people who have experienced human rights abuses.
They perform to thousands of people every year across the UK, telling stories from refugees and asylum seekers, people in poverty, undocumented migrants, women in Afghanistan and
MEENA – Wednesday March 1st
Claire Wilson is a London based screenwriter, PARTNERS IN CRIME, her first TV credit aired in June 2015. She has development deals with Studio Canal, BBC, BFI and has written on Corin Hardy’s feature reboot of THE CROW for Relativity Media. Claire has had theatre pieces performed at the Arcola and Caravan Shorts @ Vaults Festival 2016. Claire spent nine months travelling between London and Calais to volunteer at the jungle camp returning in March 2016.

Maya Wasowicz trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Most recently she played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bath Theatre Royal. Previous shows include Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Last of the De Mullins (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Thrill of Love (St James’), Jamie Lloyd’s Faith Machine (Royal Court), Anthony Page’s Design for Living (Old Vic), Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Greg Doran’s Twelfth Night for the RSC. Television for the BBC includes Mutual Friends, Wallander and Waking the Dead. Film includes Huge (Matador) and The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Roth films).
RIGHT TO BUY – Friday March 3rd
Zoe Lafferty is an Associate Director at The Freedom Theatre, Palestine and has just spent a year as a director with the Old Vic 12. Recent productions include Queens Of Syria (Young Vic/New London Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Everyman, Liverpool) and The Siege (Nottingham Playhouse/The Lowry/The Tron/Birmingham Rep/ BAC/Lakeside Theatre/The Cut/The Freedom Theatre, Palestine). Her work has taken her from wars in Afghanistan and Yemen, to the occupation in Palestine, humanitarian crises in Lebanon, Jordan and Haiti, the Syrian revolution and working at the heart of some of the most pressing issues in the UK.
Henry Gilbert trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Johnny Caravan Shorts, Twelfth Night Gender Experiment, Summer UK and US tour of Ways and Means, A Midsummer Nights Dream for Go People, National Tour of Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls, Pilgrims, Charlies Aunt, Flaming Bodies. Roles while training include: Stan in Don Juan in Soho and Hamlet in Hamlet. Film: Exposure, Lifesaver and Positive. Television: Breathless and The Comedian. Henry was a BBC Carlton Hobbs Award Finalist and Recipient of the Sir John Gielgud Bursary Award.
H. Gilbert
Judith Amsenga is an actor who graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA, BA Hons) in 2008, after which she appeared in various off-west end, international and fringe productions. Her latest performances include Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Bold Tendencies Festival, Merge Summer Shorts and Theater Utrecht. She also works as a voice-over artist and has a production company, Back’s Broke, with some of her year mates from LAMDA.
RE-HUMAN – Saturday February 25th
Alison Arnopp enjoys acting, singing, improvising and dancing to the best of her limited ability. She has done varying amounts of same in the following productions: The Tempest (RSC), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Eugenius! (London Palladium), Tannhaüser (ROH), Impromptunes- the Improvised Musical (Udderbelly, Edinburgh Fringe).

JINNI LYONS IS AN ONLY CHILD – February 9th & 18th, IT’S YOUR SPECIAL DAY! – February 23rd, SOCIETY OF NICE – February 24th
Jinni Lyons is an actress, improviser and, anachronistically, a translator.
She has toured her solo improv show nationally and internationally for the past four years. She also performs with Destination podcast, Countdown to Doom, The Bumper Blyton Show, and in the Liverpool and London Improvathons. She created and directed The Restaurant, a specially commissioned show for The Nursery Theatre, and was a cast member for Secret Cinema Presents: Dirty Dancing.

FISHERMAN’S FAUX – Wednesday February 15th
A Nod & A Wink are: Amy Gledhill & Jennifer Jordan. Amy is an award winning stand-up & performer, who runs her own comedy nights in Manchester and Hull. Finalist in the national Funny Women competition and joint winner of the prestigious Amused Moose Northern Final, she is marked as ‘One to watch’. Jennifer is a Vancouver trained improviser & actor, who has performed with Vancouver TheatreSports, Instant Theatre and Jet City Improv, as well as The Nursery in London. When she’s not making stuff up, she’s being all Shakespearean or writing silly songs.
IT’S YOUR SPECIAL DAY! – Thursday February 23rd, SOCIETY OF NICE – Friday February 24th
Helen Foster has been improvising for 8 years and has performed internationally as an actor and as part of Improvathons with Extempore Theatre, Impropriety and Die-Nasty, and in international theatre tours. She is a company member and Executive Director of Craft Theatre and performs regularly as a member of the Misfits of London. She has worked in immersive theatre projects across the UK
Jonah Fazel is an experienced theatre maker and comedian and has appeared in the West End as well as being a veteran of the London Fringe and Edinburgh festivals.
He has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court and The Barbican as well as many site-specific venues and toured the UK as a performer, director and workshop leader. He currently teaches Improvisation and comedy skills at The Nursery Theatre and The Actors Centre.
Jonah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier, stand-up comedy under Logan Murray and improvisation under Keith Johnstone.
THE CONSUMER – Wednesday February 15th
Writer Jack Kelly is a Writer, Performer and Director. He trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Jack’s plays have been performed at The Edinburgh Festival and in London. His Radio Sitcom ‘The Rise of Ken’ developed with NBC Universal was shortlisted by Radio 4.
Jack works regularly as an Actor, Puppeteer, Clown and Compere in the UK and abroad.
His work has been described as
“Madcap Brilliance…Sheer Comedic Joy” Broadway Baby.
“Darkly Surreal” Three Weeks.
“a lovely cross between Edward Lear’s nonsense and Chaucer’s middle English tales.” The List
Director J. Baldwin trained at LAMDA & read Classics at King’s College, London.
Theatre includes:
Hamlet, The Omnitorium; Closer, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Les Justes, Greenwood Theatre; The Expeditionary Force in the First Supper, Edinburgh & Camden Fringes & National tour; Les Mouches, Greenwood Theatre; Roast, Short Cuts @ Hen & Chickens; Funny Farm, A Night of Small Things @ The Old Red Lion; Goulburn, Itch @ The Pleasance London; The Consumer, Six @ the Lion & Unicorn.
A founder member of BacksBroke Theatre.
Performer Alexander Pankhurst
Recent Theatre credits include: Robin in Radio Foreplay, Man in The Consumer, Arthur in Black Shuck, Bear in Imaginary Friends Club, Jack in Staying Alive, Demetrius and Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Boy in Panther, Gary in Dearly Departed, Arnold in I’ll take a Dozen Accountants…with Sprinkles, Christopher Marlowe in Death of Marlowe, Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Thomas Carnacki in Audience with the Ghostfinder. Tom in Rabbit. Richard III in The Shakespeare Conspiracy. Jamie in Airport. Dr Alfred Prunesquallor in Gormenghast: Titus Groan.
CITIZEN RECALL: Mrs Helen Stridgen – Friday February 10th
Helen Ryan is a BAFTA-nominated actress, whose career has encompassed theatre, film, television, and radio.
Theatre includes: Fidelio (Royal Festival Hall); Half Life (Theatre Royal Bath); The Absence of War (Headlong & UK Tour); Tom’s Midnight Garden (Birmingham Stage Company); Old Money (Hampstead Theatre); 13 (National Theatre); Lloyd George Knew My Father (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour); Great Expectations (Library Theatre); Trifles, Chains of Dew (Orange Tree Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Birmingham Rep); A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); We Happy Few (Malvern Festival); Safari Party (Hampstead Theatre); Three Tall Women (Belfast/Irish Tour);Venecia (Gate Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (Donmar)
Film includes: Confetti; Bird’s Eye View, The Hawk, The Misunderstood, The Elephant Man, Clash of Loyalties.
Television includes: Doctors; Holby City; Fallen Angel; Green Wing; Midsomer Murders; Brides in the Bath; Bella Block; Bertie and Elizabeth; The Bill; Heatbeat; Captain Crimson; Just William; My Father’s House; The Making of Astronauts; Sherlock Holmes; My Brother Jonathan; Edward VII.
Helen Ryan

This is Paul Westwood‘s second commission as a writer. Previous writing: Zain Tyrannus (Bold Tendencies, Peckham).
Forthcoming: Tides.
As an actor, recent credits include: Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre); King Charles III (UK Tour & Sydney Theatre Company); Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz/BBC).

SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW..- Wednesday February 8th

Kirsty Patrick Ward’s most recent show as a director, EXACTLY LIKE YOU, ran at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2016. Kirsty previously won a Fringe First with CHEF, which also ran at the Soho Theatre in June and July 2015 starring Jade Anouka.
Kirsty is Artistic Director of ‘Waifs + Strays’ theatre company and an Associate Director for nabokov Theatre & Theatre Uncut. She was recently selected for the National Theatre Studio Directors Course ‘15, was shortlisted for the JP Morgan Emerging Directors award in 2013 and was selected as a 2012 finalist for the JMK Young Directors Award. She also took part in the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in 2011.
HELPLINE – Saturday March 4th
Denise Stephenson is an actor, writer and director. She has worked across theatre, film and television appearing in major film releases such as About A Boy, St. Trinians, Kids in Love and From Time to Time. On TV she has had lead role in Winners and Losers, Out of the Blue, Peak Practise, The Bill, Our Family, Doctors, Bad Blood and many others. She has performed extensively in theatre in the UK and in the U.S.A at the American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Rep, St Louis Rep, Mirror Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club and Public Theatre. She has recently worked at the National Theatre Studio and for the Old Vic in Old Vic New Voices. She wrote and performed a one woman Pentimento which has played at the Gilded Balloon and toured. She has also performed stand up comedy in Edinburgh and on the London circuit. She is currently teaching and directing at ALRA.
Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
Frode Gjerløw is a London based theatre director, actor, writer and artist. His acting career started at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo in 2001. In Norway, he received classical theatre training for 3 years and received The Arts Award for Outstanding New Talent (2009) and Stokke Council’s Young Artist of the Year Award (2014). He trained at Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. He is a director for Freedom Theatre in Palestine, a published illustrator, and as an art director he exhibited Face of Satire at the BFI – a photographic exhibition featuring Gerald Scarfe, David Baddiel and Jonny Vegas. He is currently Artistic Director of Superbolt Theatre and Crank Theatre, creating shows for broader audiences, and in the autumn 2017 he will be directing “Invasion!” by Jonas Hassen Khemiri for Sogn og Fjordane Teater in Norway.
I DON’T TELL THEM YOU’RE A WHALE ANGEL – Saturday February 11th
After training at Guildhall Paloma Oakenfold worked as an actress across television and theatre, before taking an MA in directing at Birkbeck. She is currently the resident assistant director of the Lyric, Hammersmith. Acting highlights include Chewing Gum, The Borgias and Whitechapel, directing credits include assisting of Shopping and F***ing, Bugsy Malone and working on a young persons project with Joe Hill-Gibbins. She has written many plays, including the Last Unicorn which won the best play award at Stratford Fringe. She’s thrilled to be working with long-term collaborators Emma Richardson and Robin Steegman once more.
Emma Richardson has worked with Paloma Oakenfold (writer/director) on a number of projects and is excited to collaborate again on Whale Angel. Emma recently wrapped a pilot for Sky Arts called ‘Valentine’, by the Midnight Beasts. Emma also recently acted in ‘One Another’ a project by Sammy Paul, and ‘Playground’ by Sammy Paul and Bertie Gilbert, produced by New Form Media.
E. Richardson