THEATRE to me means...

SEEKING. For the game that's real.

AWAKENING. From the word to the flesh.

ALLEGORY. The small and the grand scheme mirror eachother.

FACILITATING. The actor is the subject, not the object of the creative process.

EXCAVATION. Digging in the mythical and cultural subsoil.

REAPPROPRIATION. Linking then and now.

RESPECT. The audience holds the freedom to interpret.

ERGON. To create is to live.


Eva is a theatre director and actress who trained as a director at East 15 Acting School in London / GITIS 

Moscow (MA) and has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and German Literature from the University of 



Eva has directed in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, the US and Russia. She has a keen interest in the ex-change of theatrical texts and concepts between the manifold European theatre cultures – and a passion 

for Yiddish theatre, perhaps the most transnational performance tradition.


Eva is a founder of PLAYADES, an international theatre company dedicated to re-visiting images of the

female in literary history. Playades has presented two original devised plays in London and at the 

Edinburgh Fringe, (Blue Beard Babes, 2011, ***** / The Most Dangerous Toy, 2012, ****), the UK premiere of Heinrich von Kleist's classic Penthesilea  (2013, *****) and the first German production of Charlotte Jones’ 



As a dramaturg, Eva co-created the documentary theatre piece Why bother being Jewish? with Robert Salzer/ SinnSpiel (Zurich) and the forum theatre piece My Dress Is My Choice with the Kenyan theatre maker 

Washington Obwanda.


Eva has acted in German, English and Yiddish, roles include Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, Julie Ann 

in RolePlay and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. At the International English Language Theatre Festival in Lublin, Poland, Eva was awarded best actress for her performance in John Augustine’s monologue 



Eager to collaborate with visual artists, Eva functioned as Hans Peter Litscher’s assistant for Post Tenebras 

Lux (2004, Lucerne), performed in Ryan Gander and Bedwyr Williams’ The Third Story (2009, ART Basel) and 

in Lena Maria Thüring’s video installation In Camera (2011, Berne Art Museum).


In 2014, Eva was granted a full scholarship to the Russian Theatre Union's International Summer School, 

where she had the opportunity to learn from the preeminent Russian masters Gytis Padegimas (Mikhael 

Chekhov Technique), Elena Laskavaya (Voice), Andrey Drozhnin (Movement), Alexey Yishuk (Contemporary Dance) and Sergey Zhenovach (Ensemble work). - Other practitioners Eva feels deeply indebted towards 

include Mike Alfreds, Peter Arens, Maria Becker, Andrea Brooks and Gerry McAlpine.

Eva has experience as a language teacher and presentation trainer. She ran a series of theatre and impro-visation workshops at the University of Basel, taught at East 15 Acting School’s Sunday Workshops, 

(preparing teenagers for drama school) and co-led "Hamlet in the classroom", a professioal training unit for .

the Society of English Teachers, Switzerland.

Eva is a two times participant of the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab (2014 and 2015),  a member of 

the Young Vic Directors' Programme and of Equity UK.

(c) Andi Keller, Blender Studios



University of Basel CH

German Language & Literature, Philosophy, Classics


University of Tübingen, Germany

MA German Literature & Philosophy, 1st class honours


artistic training

East 15 Acting School London, UK,  in collaboration with GITIS Moscow, Russia

MA Theatre Directing, 1st class honours


International Summer School of the Russian Theatre Union

Acting Diploma



English (native)

German (native)

Swiss German (native)

French (conversational)

Italian (conversational)

Yiddish (conversational)

Russian (basic)

awards & scholarships


Lincoln Center Theater NYC

Directors Lab 2014 & 2015


International Summer School of the Russian Theatre Union (STD) 2014


Young Directors Workshop

Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon 2011


Sam Wanamaker Festival Shakespeare's Globe, London, 2011


Best Actress Award (for "Siobhan") English Theatre Festival, Lublin, PL

2010 - present

2010 - present

(c) Christian Lanz

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