Artistic Director (Writer, Director)

Victoria Baumgartner

Victoria is a Swiss-Ukrainian writer and director who has been studying and staging Shakespeare for ten years. She has written and directed several plays inspired by the Bard’s universe, aimed at curious and specialized audiences alike. She has an MA of Arts and Literature (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) with a specialization in Shakespearean studies, as well as a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Directing and Dramaturgy and training from LAMDA (London) and the Authentic Artist Collective (Kath Burlinson, UK).

Her work has been performed across Europe in three languages, and supported both by the Swiss Embassy in the UK’s Cultural Fund and Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Switzerland. For her play Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life, she has received an Offies – Off West End Awards (London) nomination for Best Director, as well as a national writing bursary from the SSA (Swiss Author’s Society). She has been teaching Acting Shakespeare all over Europe for all levels, and more recently at Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and at East15 Drama School in London.

Theatre credits as Writer & Director include: Verona (Theater Tri-Bühne, Stuttgart, Germany), Judith & Hamnet (Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, Switzerland / European Tour), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Rose Playhouse, London, UK / European Tour), Will ou Huit années perdues de la vie du jeune William Shakespeare (Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, Switzerland / Swiss Tour), A l’aube du quatrième jour (short) (Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne, Switzerland / Swiss Tour).

Theatre & opera credits as Assistant Director include: La comédie des erreurs (Dir. Matthias Urban, Théâtre Kléber-Méleau, Lausanne, Switzerland), Acis & Galatea (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Théâtre Equilibre, Fribourg, Switzerland), Teenage Bodies – Membra Jesu Nostri (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Swiss & UK Tour), Three Sisters (Dir. Eric Devanthéry, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, Switzerland), Twelfth Night (Dir. Eric Devanthéry, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, Switzerland), Snow White (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Théâtre Nuithonie, Fribourg, Switzerland).

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 Executive Producer

Charlie MacKellar

Charlie is an actress and singer from Cornwall, who graduated from University Centre Colchester with a first-class degree in Musical Theatre. During her training she worked on the hospitality management team for Mercury Theatre, Colchester, whilst working Front of House there as well. She also created and ran a successful online store selling hand-crafted musical theatre prints during this time. Since graduating Charlie became an entertainment host onboard three of Brittany Ferries boats, travelling across Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.

She received the Al Hodge award for Musical Excellence and has a post-grade 8 certificate in Musical Theatre Singing (London College of Music).


Stage credits include: Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Greenside Royal Terrace, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (The George Inn, London), Honk (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), A Comedy of Errors (Nick Hutchison), Normal (Jamie Wheeler), Blood Brothers (Headgate Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).

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Communications & PR Manager

Noémy Menyhart

Noémy is a Swiss-Hungarian cultural communications manager and theatre practitioner. She has an MA in Communications (University of Geneva), as well as artistic and administrative experience running the international theatre festival FriScènes (Fribourg, Switzerland) as Artistic Director for several years.


She has worked in cultural communications both for the theatre (several theatres in Switzerland ( Théâtre Alambic, Martigny & Théâtre Equilibre-Nuithonie, Fribourg) and film industries (the renowned FIFF, Fribourg International Film Festival).  She is also currently the Communications Manager for the cultural department of the city of Martigny, the Manoir of Martigny (contemporary art) and the Festival des 5 Continents (World Music).


She is the company’s communications and PR manager, as well as distributor and artistic consultant.

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Movement & Acting

Sam Veck

Sam Veck is an accomplished young actor, as well as being a trained musician/singer and a professional dancer based in London with ten years of experience performing on fringe, national and international stages. Formally a musical theatre actor, he’s recently broken into more mature roles in intimate settings with rave reviews.  Sam trained at RADA and the National Youth Theatre and is represented by Christina Beyer.

Theatre credits as Actor & Performer include: Looking for Gatsby (Dir. Linnie Reedman, Theatre Royal – Windsor and The Other Palace – London), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Dir. Victoria Baumgartner, Rose Playhouse – London and European Tour), Judith & Hamnet (Dir. Sam Veck & Victoria Baumgartner – European Tour), The Tempest (Dir. Philip Sheppard, RADA Youth Company, RADA), WeAreHere (Dir. Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris, National Theatre – Site specific performances to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, marking it’s one hundred year anniversary), Welcome to England (Collaborative Devised Play, Royal Court), Not the End of the World (Dir. Charlotte Conquest, Edinburgh Fringe), The Sound of Music (Dir. Johnny Bowles, UK Tour), Oliver (Dir. Rupert Goold, Cameron Mackintosh, Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

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