Artists and collaborators
Alan Burgon plays the interviewer. He also occasionally directs episodes of The Amelia Project. Alan is a freelance actor and director with a BA in acting from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His film credits include The Leeward Side of the Moon, Thank You For Bombing and Grimm’s Snow White. His theatre credits include leading roles in productions such as Hedda, Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie and Romeo & Juliet. His directing credits include productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is also the creative director of Open House Theatre in Vienna.
Julia is the one who welcomes you into every episode of The Amelia Project as the voice on the answering machine. In the audio drama world, Julia is best known as the voice of Dr. Bright in “The Bright Sessions.” She is a Los Angeles-based actor with most of her experience in film, theatre and new media. Career highlights include “Judas Kiss” (feature film), Lewis Black’s “The Root of All Evil” and “ER” (TV), “Masha No Home” (play) at East West Players, and “Star Trek: Odyssey” (web series). She has also written and produced the award-winning projects “JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult)” (feature film), “Sin & Lyle” (short film) and “Twenty-Two” (play).
Julia plays Alvina and is the voice of the intro and outro credits. She also does project management for The Amelia Project. As a bilingual actress, she has worked in English and German theatre since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg and Sheila Birling in J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls” at the International Theatre in Vienna. In 2012, Julia co-founded Open House Theatre. She has appeared in many of the company's productions, including roles such as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”, Laura Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie” and Tara in “Hedda”. She also works as the company's Educational Manager.
Anders is the illustrator and graphic designer of The Amelia Project, and the man behind our awesome logo. He is a regular collaborator of Imploding Fictions, and has designed a number of our flyers and posters throughout the years. He is also the artist behind the comic strip "Et øyeblikk", published in the Norwegian comic book Rutetid.
Ida Oppen is a photographer, and has taken many of the photos that enrich the visual world of The Amelia Project. She started out with a mainly technical photography education, but ended up back where she started; with her main focus on the creative process, the passion, and the freedom that lies within the digital medium. Her archive of photographs is an eclectic heap where paid assignments are only the tip of the iceberg. For the Amelia Project the archive has been opened, dusted, sifted through, and viewed with new eyes. Random, weird and rather meaningless everyday-photos suddenly found their home and purpose, and Ida got a good excuse to go out and point her camera at stuff she otherwise wouldn’t. The photo of Ida was taken by Kine Øynes.
Gianluca plays Joey. He trained at the Italian National Film School – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome, receiving a BA in Acting and Film under the direction of Academy Award Nominated actor Giancarlo Giannini. He currently works as a freelance actor and director alongside his job as associate professor and head of studies at the acting department at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO, Teaterhøgskolen).
Ravdeep plays Salvatore. He trained as an actor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO, Teaterhøgskolen) graduating in 2015. His film and TV credits include Børning 2 (dir.: Hallvard Bræin), Neste sommer (TVNorge), Lillyhammer (NRK), One night stand (dir.: Øyvind Holtmon), Best før (dir.: Line Fougner Christensen), Match (dir.: Liv Karin Dahlstrøm og Martin Lund) and Mortal (dir.: Andre Øvredal). In theatre he has worked with directors such as Bjørn Helge Warud, Line Fougner Christensen and Bjørn Birch.
Samantha Lawson plays Elizabeth Barlow. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has since worked for the RSC, the National Theatre in London, English Touring Theatre and others. She currently lives in Oslo, Norway where she teaches Shakespeare and works as a freelance actor.
Dave Moskin plays Zale Indigo Ravenheart. Originally from NYC, US, he now resides in Vienna, Austria where he works as an actor and musician. Dave studied acting in New York with Jack Waltzer and plays piano, guitar, and percussion.
Robert Cudmore plays Nathaniel McBride, and assisted with sound recording on the same episode. He is a podcaster best known for the award-winning series, The Audio Drama Production Podcast. As well as producing and presenting several documentaries and dramas for radio, he is also a freelance broadcast journalist, having worked with several radio stations including BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4. He is currently a radio lecturer in Scotland, on top of which he is also a freelance narrator and producer of audio-books and established voice actor. Robert has starred in Edict Zero, Aftermath, Campfire Radio Theater, Hadron Gospel Hour, and A Scottish Podcast.
Megan Crain plays Alicia Cairn. She is an actress, singer, and composer/arranger from New York City where she performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, various theatre projects and concerts, and produced her first two solo albums. Since moving to Vienna in 2014 she has performed alongside Conchita Wurst, sung in the opening show of the Tuntenball in Graz, and has been on the stage with Open House Theatre, Theater 82er Haus, and various vocal ensembles. In 2016 she released her third solo album and created the music for the video game Sam Commander which was released in 2017. Megan lives in Vienna with her husband and their son.
Elisabeth plays Siiri. She graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London with a BA in classical acting in 2003, on top of her training in physical theatre at Circomedia in Bristol. As well as working as an actress internationally, she is the Artistic Director of The Norwegian Shakespeare Company. Selected credits: American Drama Group, Croydon Warehouse, Prussia Lane Productions, TIIS and Akershus Teater.
Elisabet plays Siiri's maker Solveig Larsen. She trained as an actress at The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, GITIS Scandinavia in Århus. She has worked as an actress since 2005, and has been part of productions at several theatres in Norway as well as with independent theatre companies. She is also a producer and actress in her own theatre company, touring across the country. In 2014/2015 she starred in the monologue show "Den perfekte samtalen" (“The Perfect Conversation”) produced by Imploding Fictions.
Dean Clark plays Steve. He is an artist based in Oslo, with credits that range from Off-off Broadway cellar theatres to art galleries to magazines to jazz clubs to rap movies and Norwegian soap operas.
Modou Bah plays Bob Cox. He trained as an actor at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and has since worked as an actor and voice over artist for theatres, film and TV producers such as the regional touring theatre Akershus Teater in Norway, the national Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK, the Norwegian National Theatre and Sedendu film.
Glyn plays Cecil. He has been a musician (drums and percussion) since the 1970s performing in outfits playing Cumbia, Reggae and Jazz through Soul, Rock, Blues and Funk as well as Gospel, Ska, Salsa, Celtic Soul, Andean, Urban Folk, Pop, Samba and more Fusions than you could shake a Large Hadron Collider at! He was co-founder and Editor of WorldMusic.co.uk and WorldMusicRadio.com and creator of world music radio show WorldBeatUK, currently on BrumRadio. Glyn has recently been gaining recognition as a spoken word artist and poet, publishing his first book “Still Life”, and performing as his comic Chap Hop character Armitage Spode.
Michael Smulik plays Luke. He was born in Port-Elizabeth, South-Africa in 1970, where grew up bilingually. Starting out as a musician, he moved on to acting, attending the Vienna Conservatory. He has played in German and English theatre productions accross Europe, starring in 2 award winning productions. A member of the English-Lovers, Austrias national Improv champions, he travels regularly to play and teach. He is the guitar-player, principle writer and composer for the Vienna based SchlagerPunk formation "Christian & Michael und die Emotionale Rock & ShowBand". For TV, Michael has portrayed the character "Jesus" in the internationally successful series "Schlawiner". Michael´s voice can be heard in significant documentary films and in many commercials, as well as on plattforms such as Spotify and Vienna´s Art History Museum. He rents living space in Vienna and is happily married to the talented actress Christina Laas. Photo: Marco Zimprich
Pete Lutz plays the cashier in episode 8. He comes from several generations of community theater actors and performers. He himself started treading the boards at an early age, appearing at 10 years old in a production of "Tom Sawyer". He's been as active as he possibly can be ever since. Some of his favorite roles were Louie in "Lost in Yonkers", Fred/Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate", Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls", Brad Majors in "The Rocky Horror Show", The Man in Edward Albee's "The Play About the Baby", Lazar Wolf in "Fiddler on the Roof", King Ferdinand in "Love's Labour's Lost" and Prof. Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". He recently directed a local stage production of "Arsenic and Old Lace." Pete has nursed a lifelong love of old-time radio shows and an equal desire to be a voice actor. His audio drama series, "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", has been podcast since 2013 and has won awards for production, writing and acting. Pete has also lent his vocal talents to dozens of other people's audio dramas in the past four years, creating such varied character voices as an East Indian soldier, a Russian scientist, a demon cowboy, an insane murderous clown, a Yiddish restaurateur, an English despot, and one of Christ's disciples. He lives in Texas, U.S.A., with his dear wife and their odd, smelly teenage son.
Tom Middler plays Percy. After working in Austria for Vienna’s English Theatre in 2013, Tom left the shores of the U.K. to take up residence in the 'Eastern Republic'. Since then he has become a part of Open House Theatre’s ensemble team both on and off the stage, most recently writing the stage adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", and playing Dr. Watson in “Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet” and Algernon Moncrieff in “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Tom also works as a voiceover dubbing artist on various German language TV shows and documentaries, as well as being a radio host intern with Vienna’s bilingual FM4 radio station, and he's busily working away as a sports journalist in the meantime, regularly covering football and Formula 1 in print and online. Photo: Hannah Neuhuber
Maria Lohn plays Melissa and does additional voice work for The Amelia Project. She received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Austria, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Credits include acting work for Dschungel Wien, BBC Radio Scotland, , ORF & ZDF TV, „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (which she co-produced & starred in, shortlisted for Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). As an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. Winner of Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen, Germany in 2011. She celebrated her director’s debut with Open House Theatre’s “Collected Stories” in 2016.
Fiona Thraille plays Tara. She is a British voice actor, narrator and audio producer who has worked in voiceover, podcasts, and who has narrated and produced over a dozen audiobooks through Audible.
For a year she co-hosted and produced The Audio Drama Production Podcast, and is excited to be part of their UK troupe taking new audio dramas onto the stage this spring.
Her audio drama "When We Were Two" will be released 2018, and she is due to work on production on Hell Is For Other People by Leslie McMurtry, for the Audio Drama Network summer 2018.
Sarah plays Lily. She has played a plethora of diverse characters in audio drama since 2014, after having being a bit shy and skirting round becoming an actor by working as - amongst other roles - an education officer for a theatre company, a tv producer PA, and a drama teacher. She rinsed her BA (Hons) Course in Drama Film Tv and English at UCRYSJ for all it's worth, also studying Dramaturgy in Århus and working at Pegasus Theatre in Oxford. On seeing her performing as Granny Weatherwax, Sir Terry Pratchett (may-he-rest-in-peace) called her 'the definitive Granny Weatherwax, against whom all others shall be measured". Always keen to play with accents, Sarah can be found enjoying diverse roles as Lizzie in Wynabego Warrior, Drunk Helen in a Scottish Podcast, Sarah in Hostile Worlds, Pam in Subject Found Season 2, Marian in Edict Zero, and Alia in Ancestry, and she currently hosts The Audio Drama Production Podcast as a version of herself! She organised and produced the first live ADPP Show utilising original Audio Drama scripts created for a competition, and is performing three of these at Vault Festival 2018 in collaboration with active listeners and contributors to the show. www.audiodramaproduction.com
Benjamin plays Haines. Starting out at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Benjamin went on to train at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts (LAMDA), recently voted as the Number 1 acting school in Europe by the ‘Hollywood Reporter’.
After graduating he performed in many films, including Academy Award Winning ´The Duchess`, on the biggest stages across the UK, including the Royal Haymarket and Royal Court, and as a commercial voiceover artist for companies such as Apple, Barclaycard, HTC, Aker Solutions, Mens Wearhouse, Bolia, and the London Olympic Games.
Benjamin has also written plays and films that have travelled the globe, beginning on the Royal Court Theatre’s infamous Invited Studio Writers Group (“The most important theatre in Europe” New York Times), to winning him an ‘Award of Excellence’ at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. He is a member of this years BAFTA Crew and BFI Network.
Torgny plays Cole. An Oslo-based Freelance actor, Torgny is no stranger to Imploding Fictions, having been a frequent guest player in their Oslo productions going all the way back to 2007. In addition to doing voice work, which he does quite a bit, Torgny spreads his talent-butter all over the proverbial bun, doing stage work, radio, tv and film. He dreams of world domination for the common good - and that he one day may learn how to drive a car. Both are equally unlikely.
He is part of the ensemble at the Oslo improv theatre Det Andre Teatret. Notable film and TV work includes "Aber Bergen" and "12th Man".
Philip is a sound consultant for The Amelia Project. He is Creative Producer of Bunbury Banter Theatre Company. Philip’s theatrical credits include over seventy radio plays and productions at venues including Riverside Studios, Battersea Arts Centre and the Finborough Theatre. For his work with Bunbanter earned Phil a place as one of five finalists for a Channel 4 Talent Award in 2008 and a nomination for Best Producer in the Radio Academy Awards 2012.
As Artistic Director of Bunbury Banter Theatre Company, Ali Anderson-Dyer regularly shares with us from her extensive knowledge of audio drama. She originally trained as an actress with Bodyworks Dance Company and at Drama Studio London. After several years in the industry, Ali then re-trained as a theatre director, with Masters Degree from St Mary’s University.
Bunbury Banter Theatre Company - initial consultants
Tom Rory Parsons - additional editing and music
Gabriel Geber - sound technician
Christine Thorne - additional voice work
Benjamin Noble - actor & sound recording
Elisabeth Borgen Wettre - sound technician
Brad Fehr - sound technician
Fife College for recording studio
Austin Beach and Audioblivious Productions for crowd sounds
Nordic Black Theatre / Cafeteatret for hosting our launch party
waitbutwhy.com for inspiration
Brian Montgomery - podcast platform consultant
Tarjei Westbye, Synnøve Fossum Eriksen and Stig Krogstad for script consultancy
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