Monstress Mess is a Berlin based theatre collective started by 3 women: Judith Shoemaker (Germany/America/England), Lucie Aron (France) and Rebecca Scott (Australia, Scotland). The three of us met in 2018 while working together on a theatrical production at Theaterforum Kreuzberg. Through that experience we realised we had a great working relationship and a common interest in being able to connect our artistic work with the issues that are affecting the community.
In early 2019 we formed Monstress Mess to create and produce artistic work that explores social issues and human behaviour; with a focus on empathising with members of society who are vilified and seen as outsiders. We use our global female perspective to explore the experience of the so-called monsters of our messy world. This process requires an extensive research period working with real-life subjects and with behavioural science professionals.
Rebecca is a Theatremaker and Director. She studied a Bachelor of Law/Communication, and also as an actress in Sydney, New York and London. In Sydney Rebecca produced and acted in many independent theatre productions, as well as assistant directed for Kim Hardwick at Griffin Theatre. She completed multiple directing internships, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company.
In Berlin Rebecca was granted directing internships working with Katie Mitchell at the Schaubühne Berlin and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, and with Barrie Kosky at the Komische Oper. Rebecca’s first step into the Berlin independent theatre scene was working as an associate director on the Berlin English Repertory Theatres’ production of A Christmas Carol at Theaterforum Kreuzberg in 2018. In 2018 and 2019 she worked as the associate director for Glen Sheppard’s (English National Opera) micro opera at HB 55 Lichtenberg.
In April 2019 Rebecca directed a production of Chekhov’s short play The Proposal at Studio 800a. In 2020 Rebeca co-directed Money Matters with Platypus Theater which premiered in October at UfaFabrik. In 2021 Rebecca will devise and direct another production premiering at UfaFabrik for Platypus called iTalk.
Judith was born in 1990 in Berlin to an American mother and British father She trained at Fritz Kirchhoff Acting School Berlin, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London as well as the William Esper Studio in New York City. She worked for (amongst others): Vagantenbühne Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer, Deutsche Oper Berlin and starred in various films and commercials. She started producing films with a friend a few years ago and now also works in Platypus Theater’s production office alongside her acting.
Lucie Aron was born and raised in Paris where she attended the acting class at the Conservatory of the 19th Arrondissement, she also studied in parallel at the Regional Conservatory of Paris as well as the Art and Action theater school.
Upon visiting Berlin in 2013 she was cast for a feature movie, gaining further attention when she played in a movie winner of the Berlinale Best Script award 2014 (Kreuzweg dir. by D. Brüggemann). Shortly afterwards she was signed to a talent management company which gave her the opportunity to perform in many main and supporting roles for Cinema and TV productions in german, english and french. In 2017 she was awarded as Berlinale Talents.
Since 2018 she came back to her first passion: theatre.
Since 2019, she has been studying art and image history as well as cultural studies at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Together we have built an international team of collaborators to tell stories in a theatrical setting based on the opinions, experiences and views of a diverse group of artists. As well as our home countries above, artists also come from Denmark, Poland, Peru and San Francisco. This allows us to provide a broader perspective on current political issues and controversial subject matter.
Charlie Dupré (UK)
Charlie is a Jerwood/Arvon Playwriting Mentee 2019/20. As a spoken word artist, he performed at festivals such as Latitude, In The Woods, Secret Garden Party, Soundwave and Troyfest, was a four-time Hammer and Tongue National Slam Finalist and BBC Slam Finalist. His first full-length show, THE STORIES OF SHAKEY P re-imagined the Bard as a playground battle rapper, and premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, before showings at the Arcola, the Roundhouse, Trafalgar Studios and the RSC. In 2014, his second live theatre show, PHILOSORAPPERS, re-told the entire history of Philosophy via a kinetic mish-mash of rap, comedy and solo performance, and in 2016 he won the Rising Star award at the Let's All Be Free Film Festival for his Arts Council-funded short film, FAUSTUS: REMIXED. In 2017, his first ensemble play, MACBLAIR told the story of Tony Blair as a Macbeth-style tragicomedy. It played the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes to critical success, and was one of The Scotsman’s Top 6 hot picks for political shows 2017. In 2019, its sequel, BORIS REX was nominated for an Off-Westend Award during its run at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Fiona Klassen (Germany)
Anton Pohle (Germany)
Anton Pohle was born in 1986 in Halle, Germany. He worked as an extra at the local opera in his youth and fell in love with the theater without realizing it at first. And so he tried to do something "normal" after finishing high school. He went to university to study business administration and later philosophy. But he eventually moved to Berlin to become an actor. He has been a freelance actor ever since he finished acting school in 2011. But he also works as a wirter and/or director from time to time. He runs the Berlin based theater company "Theater.Macht.Staat" together with his collegue Sonja Keßner. He has been published in a scientific publication by the Humboldt Universität Berlin. Right now he is taking up a collaboration with the "Economic Space Agency" - a berlin based collective of cryptocurrency enthusiasts and activists.
Nina Kay (Denmark)
Nina studied scenography at Amsterdam school of the Art. She works within the field of theatre, dance, visual art and video. Her ideas often emerges out of philosophical questions before it materialize in physical tangible spaces. The aesthetics varies from project to project, but her approach is never to forget the body, the scale and the physical feeling of space which eventually will challenge the mind to change perspective. She worked in theatres such as Nederlandse Opera en ballet, Frascati Amsterdam and Dansmakers Amsterdam.
Alberto Sanchez Nue (Peru)
Alberto is a Peruvian – Spaniard sound designer currently based in Berlin. Before coming to Berlin, Alberto taught audio at prestigious film Schools as they are the Shanghai Vancouver Film School and the Escuela de Cine del Uruguay. Since graduating from the Vancouver Film School (2014), Alberto's primary focus has been doing sound design for visual media. Alberto has worked as production sound mixer, boom operator and sound designer for films around the world, including projects for award-winning directors, Bollywood, Warner Bros, US, Italian, French, Chinese & German productions. Before entering the film industry and while studying a BA on Sound Arts & Design at the London College of Communication (2011), Alberto worked for theatre production companies and Resonance FM radio station, recording, designing and operating audio for the tours and live music events.
Alberto's audio work inspired by sound artists such as Bill Fontana, Peter Cusack, and Hildegard Westerkamp and focus in practices such as listening, field recordings and audio processing.
Manuel Meza (USA)
Manuel was born in Southern California in 1990. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography. Upon graduating he was selected to receive the Donald Pells grant. In 2017 he was able to showcase his choreographic work “Within an I” at the renowned REDCAT Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Since relocating to Berlin in the fall of 2017, he has worked with and for, Okwui Okpokwasili (Berlin Biennale), Deutsche Oper, Stella Zannou, Ada Studios, and HZT to name a few. He is currently working towards his Master of Arts degree in TanzKompositon Choreography at the Folkwang Universität der Künste. His latest choreographic work “The Individual/Within a Formation” was presented at the Neue Aula Theatre in Essen Werden. He is currently being mentored by Stephan Brinkmann, a long standing member of Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Zee Marla Osh (Poland)
Sebastian Matthias Weißbach (Germany)