Each of the artists we work with make us Boundless. Here you can get to know them better.
Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of the Berlin Based Theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. White Rabbit Red Rabbit had a 9 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon and etc.
By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had already been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different events including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), Grob Theatre (Copenhagen), British Council London and The Bush Theatre (London), University of Bremen (Germany), ISPA (Edinburgh), TATA Litreture (India), FAE (Lima), Borak [Oz Asia] (Adelaide) and etc.
Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet commissioned by the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014 and has toured in the UK and was received well in Edinburgh, Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London and so far has been performed in the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, Argentina, India, Finland, Denmark, Canada, etc.
His most recent play NASSIM produced by the Bush Theatre in London was premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world. NASSIM had a successful five-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors like: Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Kate Walsh, Carla Gugino, Cory Michael Smith, Kathey Najimi, Richard Kind, Reed Birney and etc. NASSIM has won a 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and is currently nominated for Prix de la critique maison 2018-2019 à Québec in Dans la catégorie « Hors Québec.
A retrospective of Nassim’s plays was held at the Bush Theatre in 2017.
Soleimanpour’s recent play Down by the Creek was published by New York Times as part of America 2024. He’s been commissioned to write a new play for the audiobook platform Audible.
Conor Hunt is a Mancunian writer and has been living in London for the last seven years. Much of Conor’s work is rooted in northern communities, and he is passionate about giving regional characters more of a voice both in theatre and on screen.
His recent work include the 5* Who Cares, Kings of Idle Land and The F Word. He has also written for BBC Writersroom & BBC1xtra and short film Toast.
Conor also works in Creative Learning, most recently for The Jamie Lloyd Company and ATG on the Playhouse Season. Conor has a keen interest in breaking down barriers in accessing theatre, and who feels like they can occupy theatre spaces so the idea of writing in a completely different form, for people across the country aged 15-25 hugely inspired him to take part in Signal Fires
I’m an actor, writer and director who has just graduated from LAMDA, based in South London.
I’ve recently started a film collective and community of artists called ‘This Is Our Youth’, a group that make short films which are honest and reflect the lives of people that the mainstream media doesn’t cover. It’s a platform and space for young people to be listened to and make work without having to compromise their voice or be pushed into boxes. We’ve just released our first two films, SUNNY (that follows the journey of an East Asian boy growing up facing racism in the UK), and KERNEL (a visual meditation). Our next film ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, a film following two friends questioning their reality and whether they exist within a simulation is currently being edited.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of life these pieces end up taking, and the events that will happen through them. I think the experience of both performing and watching these pieces, and communally engaging within the same moment, by firelight, will be intensely special and I’m very grateful that this will be taken across the country to a diverse mix of young people – for too long theatre has remained in the hands of and watched by one exclusive and privileged group of people. It belongs to everyone, and I’m over the moon to see that happening here.
Samantha O’Rourke is a writer and director originally from the North West of England, now based in North Wales. She was previously Writer on Attachment with Liverpool’s Everyman Playhouse. Recent projects include: the place where I live/ y man lle dwi’n byw for Theatr Clwyd, short film Jelly – Ffilm Cymru/BBC Wales and Mincemeat for Channel 4/Blacklight. She was also part of the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting group 2019/20. Sam is very excited to be part of a project focusing on bringing people and voices together from across the UK.
London-based Natasha Brown is a theatremaker, writer, actor and facilitator who makes work that interrogates power, identity and community. Her debut solo show I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST enjoyed a successful run at the Bunker Theatre in March 2020. She has also worked with the Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre.
I’m excited to be part of SIGNAL FIRES because I love the idea of bringing young people together to engage in the ancient ritualistic act of storytelling around a fire. It’s such an intriguing provocation and I’m looking forward to contributing to this project that promotes connection during an isolating year.
I’m also excited to work with Nassim Soleimanpour who is an artist who has inspired and challenged me for years, and Boundless Theatre – a company that continues to push boundaries and connect with young people in authentic and genuinely collaborative ways.
Josh Merritt is a neurodivergent/disabled writer and director of stage, screen and wireless based in the Gatwick area of West Sussex. He is currently under commission to develop an original full-length play with the New Wolsey Theatre. His plays have been performed at the Arcola Theatre, Folkestone Quarterhouse, and Shoreditch Town Hall.
In 2019 he was commissioned to write/direct a short film for BBC Four & iPlayer. In 2020 he received Arts Council funding to write/direct a series of remotely-shot Zoom films, the first of which – ‘Vodka Pants’, starring David Schaal (The Weatherman – Park Theatre, A Steady Rain – Arcola Theatre, The Office, The Inbetweeners) – is now available to stream. He is developing a feature film script with Nigel Cole (director of Calendar Girls, Made in Dagenham, Doc Martin) and producer Hannah Stevenson (Eaten by Lions, In Another Life). He has several audio series at various stages of development with producer Jack Bowman (BBC Studios, Dagaz Media, Audible). He developed a full-length play with Stepping Out, the country’s leading mental health theatre group (patroned by Mark Rylance).
The Guardian listed him as one of their ‘Five To Look Out For’ in honour of his writing work with the BFI. His work has screened on TV, at the British Film Institute and in London’s Olympic Park, plus been featured on BBC Radio. He spent a year working out in Montreal, which included the award-winning short film ‘In the Absence of Angels’. Previous short films have visited festivals across the globe. He studied with the National Theatre. He was a Barbican Young Filmmaker for two years, producing numerous short films – one of which was awarded “Best Film Noir” in Shooting People’s official ‘Sin City 2′ competition – culminating in a mass multimedia show that was rated ***** by The Independent. He wrote for legendary impressionist & comedian Rory Bremner on BBC Radio 4.
What inspires me to be part of Boundless’ INCREDIBLE ‘Signal Fires’ project is the chance to work with Boundless Theatre as a company, the tremendous ethos and passion they possess – it’s infectious. The chance to create work for and with young adults, which I’ve never had; their ambitiousness, adventurousness, and free spirit inspires me. It’s a challenge, especially in the short turnaround, but this also means getting work made sooner rather than later (no time for me to chicken out)! And the opportunity to work with an incredible international playwright like Nassim Soleimanpour is a bit of a bonus.
Lauren Lopez is an 18 year old student based in South London and Cambridge. Having attended Theatre Peckham for performing arts, Lauren also has a zest for writing short plays and poetry. In 2019 she was a part of the Young Writers Group at the Bush Theatre, as well as the Performing Protest there in 2017. Inspired by a drive to tell stories to understand the things around her, she is currently undergoing a new writing project for young people with Boundless Theatre.
Tricia Wey is a 25-year-old London-based multi-disciplined creative and describes herself as a General Maker of Things. She is passionate about removing passivity from theatre and is an advocate for encouraging those who don’t see themselves in theatre to take up space. She is particularly interested in creating and producing work that represents marginalised groups, and aims to instill young creatives with the confidence to explore their various artforms. When life begins to open up again, she would like to get more involved with the London cabaret and drag scene.
She has written and performed work at the Bunker Theatre, the Vaults, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, the World Transformed Festival, and the National Theatre. She also recently partook in WoLab’s actor-writer programme.
Tricia is excited to be involved with Signal Fires and explore the form of storytelling and its potential. She has admired Boundless Theatre from afar and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with a theatre company whose values so closely echo her own.
Steffi Igbinovia is a British-Nigerian actor and writer based in East London.
As a writer she has worked with venues such as Bush Theatre, Theatre Peckham and Lyric Hammersmith. Last year she completed Bush Theatres Young Writers Group and of recent has completed Soho Theatre Writers Lab.
She was recently commissioned by female led company, Burn Bright for their ‘Better in Person’ event where she wrote a short play named ‘Maths Date’.
As well as stage, she engages herself in Film/TV so is currently in the works with two scripts to be produced into short films. One being ‘blue lights’ which explores the relationship a young black man has with the sirens and the blue flashing lights on police cars.
Robert is a director / theatremaker based in London.
Theatre includes: Personal Statements [rehearsed reading], Background Noise [rehearsed reading] (National Theatre); Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz, Virtue (The Bunker); The Derek Smith Show (Karamel Club); phroot sahlad (The North Wall / Lyric Hammersmith/ Camden People’s Theatre); Lockout, Roost (The North Wall); The Lost (Young Vic)
Associate director: WE KNOW WHAT WE MAY BE [Artistic Associate](Barbican)
Assistant director: “Daddy” – A Melodrama (Almeida Theatre), Fairview (Young Vic), Let Kilburn Shake (Kiln Theatre), The Slave (Tristan Bates Theatre); The Trial (Young Vic).
Robert is a member of the Boundless Advisory Group and was recently on the Board Shadowing Programme run by Artistic Directors of the Future.
Chantelle is an upcoming multi-disciplinary actor and writer with an interest in costume design. Her goal is to continue to tell stories with the push for diversity behind the scenes.
Valerie Vansovica is a British-Russian actor.
She attended the RADA Foundation and is currently part of Open Door, FILM CLUB, Theatre Peckham Company and The Orange Tree Youth Theatre Company. She is currently in rehearsals for “Stuff I Buried In A Small Town” (Mike Bartlett) directed by Toby Clarke, Theatre Peckham and is one of the actors in Ross Willis’ ongoing devised piece at The Orange Tree Theatre.
Megan Jarvie is an actor who trained at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts / Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre credits include: Frankie in The Countess (Evcol Entertainment); Princess Rose/Queen Geraldine in Sleeping Beauty (The Big Tiny UK); Assistant Director/Intimacy Director on Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse with BTA); Director and soloist in Songs for Jeremy (Southwark Playhouse); Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Edinburgh Fringe, Beyond Broadway Productions).
Television credits include: Archie the Inventor’s niece Megan in Balamory (CBBC).
Credits whilst training: Gladys in The Pajama Game (Greenwich Theatre, Mountview Academy), Ado Annie/Dance Captain in Oklahoma! (Mountview Academy); Chris in Carrie the Musical (Mountview Academy); Alex in The Distance (Mountview Academy).
She would like to say a huge thank you to her wonderful friends, her family back home in Scotland and partner for their constant love and ongoing support.
Joseph is a graduate of Rose Bruford College.
Theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale, Comedy Of Errors(National Theatre), Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus (RSC), Richard II (Arcola Theatre), What The Thunder Said (Theatre Centre), Boi Boi Is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre), Back To The Future (Secret Cinema), In the Jungle of the Cities (Arcola Theatre), Whole (20 Stories High), Run! A Sports Day Musical (Polka Theatre).
Screen credits include: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Legendary Entertainment), The Mime, Love Bitten (Dan Allen Films),Rosemary Jane (London Film School) and Little Big Planet PS Vita(Sony)
Pip Williams is an actor, writer and director based in London and Cambridge.
A graduate of UEA’s English and Literature degree, he is also the co-artistic director of his own company We Talk Of Horses, who performed their second show “Where Is Ban Ki-moon?” in venues across London last year. He has performed with MoCo Theatre and Somna Theatre, and has written and directed work at the Southwark Playhouse. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in making theatre with young people.
Joe is a London-based actor and director originally from the Midlands and is currently playing
the lead role, Jay, in Fires Our Shoes Have Made, an original piece of gig theatre from Pound of
Flesh . After achieving great critical success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, the show is
now touring to a number of different venues and festivals across the country.
Joe received formal actor training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before going on to
complete a BA in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick. During his time at
RADA, Joe benefitted from roles such as Orlando ( As You Like It) , Henry ( That Face ), and
Tusenbach ( Three Sisters ). Joe then went on to play a variation of roles at Warwick including
the title role of Hamlet, Benedict ( Much Ado ), Jacques ( As You Like It ), Luke ( Brilliant
Adventures ), Mr Bernstein ( Little Shop of Horrors ), Young Buddy ( Follies ).
Most recently Joe played the cameo role of Jeff in Timpson: The Musical at the Stockwell
Playhouse. In 2018, Joe performed at the National Student Drama Festival, playing Ash in a
production of Chris Goode’s Speed Death of the Radiant Child and was also a part of Don’t Pity
the Felon’s immersive production of Pomona playing Charlie. Directorially, Joe was given the
opportunity in 2019 to direct a production of Alistair McDowall’s space thriller X at the Warwick
Joe has a keen interest in work which playfully explores narrative structures, music and he
especially loves Shakespearean performance. Beyond acting Joe is a budding musician and
singer and has a strong interest in sport and fitness. Radio Elusia presents Joe’s first taste of
voice acting and is extremely excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a vibrant and bold company.
Ryan Gilmartin is a multi-disciplinary actor, theatre maker and video DJ. He has made work for the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Sheffield Theatres.
James Monaghan makes live art & contemporary theatre, often straying into areas of digital misuse. His work draws upon and subverts the traditional craft, tools and structure of dramaturgy, experimenting with form and radical DIY methods as a way of framing authenticity and shared experiences. It’s live, risky and often humorous. James has performed & facilitated projects all over the UK, Europe, India and Canada; and collaborated with artists/companies including Quarantine, Common Wealth Theatre & Sonia Hughes.
Produced Moon are an interactive, digital theatre company working at the intersection of theatre and gaming, based between London and Glasgow. Recent work includes Switchboard, The Inventors Squad and Electric.
Winners of the 2018 Edinburgh Stage Award and The Untapped Award, Nouveau Riché is a multi – disciplinary arts production company. Previous theatre credits include Queens of Sheba, Chateau Marmont and Book of Actions. Their objective is to discover, nurture and produce unique stories that are culturally inclusive, with a keen scope on work that is both educational and entertaining.
Natalya Martin is an actor, multi-sensory practitioner and theatre-maker. Her goal is to make work that is fully accessible, relatable and of quality, for and with people with disabilities. She is the co-founder of theatre company FEEL Theatre, which specialises in creating sensory stories, shows and experiences.
Harry Gould is a non-binary artist of dual British-Caribbean heritage, living and working in Glasgow. Their work spans the media of sculpture, sound, video and photography and seeks to challenge the representation and interpretation of queer bodies; specifically centering on the complexities of the queer, white-passing experience. After graduating from The Glasgow School of Art (2018) they worked as President of the Students’ Association. Currently, they are studying on a construction trades course at the City of Glasgow College aimed at encouraging more womxn to enter into the construction industries, as well as supporting their creative practise by working as a chef.
Aphra Pilkington is a queer artist and writer living and working in Glasgow. She works across digital media, installation and performance to play with ideas around believable narratives and the mysticism surrounding celebrity personae. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018, she has worked within documentary and animation companies. Alongside Harry Gould, she is a member of 2/42 Studio collective at the Pipe Factory. She strives to advocate for antiracism, femmenism and non-binary gender politics in her life and work.
Charlie Jospehine is an actor and a writer. Their award winning work includes ‘Bitch Boxer’, ‘BLUSH‘ and ‘Pops‘. They recently played Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the RSC. They are currently under commission at BBCFilms, Theatre Centre, the RSC and Audible. More information can be found at www.charliejosephine.com
Elayce works in the UK and internationally as a freelance theatre and opera director, and dramaturg. She was the inaugural RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage in 2017/2018. Prior to this she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio as the recipient of the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors in 2014/2015.
Direction includes: If Not Now, When? (NT); Nanjing (Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Exchange Manchester/Birmingham Rep); Under Milk Wood, The War of the Worlds (Northern Stage); Girls (HighTide Festival/Soho Theatre/UK tour); Omeros, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Chorus, Spooky Action at a Distance (Gate Theatre); The Lost Ring (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Stay Another Song (Young Vic); When I Am Queen (Almeida); They Whisper Don’t Gaze at the Stars… (ENO).
Recent opera as revival/associate director: 4:48 Psychosis (Opéra national du Rhin/Royal Opera House); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier); The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House).
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