Marta Mari - director and producer

Marta Mari is the Artistic Director of Asylon Theatre in Edinburgh. She first fell in love with the artform during her high school years in Poland and is now an international artist and producer. She has a B.A. in Theatre Directing from the prestigious Columbia College Chicago and M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Marta holds multicultural and international collaborations to a very high regard in her creative practice and has led a number of theatre and writing workshops in the United States, Poland, and Scotland. Selected directing credits include Out at Sea (Chopin Theatre, Chicago), The Adding Machine, and Wild Honey (both at Columbia Studio), Enchanted Night (independant project), Tango (Ramshorn Theatre), Adventures of the Little Prince (Asylon), Pet Shop (Traverse), and I've Been Looking For You My Whole Life (a series of solo pieces performed on buses). She also assistant directed to Orla O'Loughlin for the Traverse Theatre's The Artist Man And The Mother Woman. As a producer Marta has worked with Ankur Arts, Edinburgh Mela Festival, Asylon Theatre, and others. She recently returned from Beirut where she was supported by Creative Scotland to attend Atelier For Young Festival Managers. As well as Fraxi Queen of the Forest, Marta is currently working on a one-woman show Touch that will premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe at New Town Theatre.

Jack Dickson - writer

Novelist and screenwriter Jack Dickson is super excited that you want to meet Fraxi and her friends: he hopes you enjoy the show! When he's not finding out about ash trees and caterpillars, Jack lives in Glasgow and keeps himself busy writing for Oran Mor's “Play, Pie and Pint” (Princess for a Day and Flying with Swans ) and is currently working on yet another play about our relationships with our dogs.

Agathe Girard - performer

French-born Agathe has been living in Scotland since 2000. She trained in Contemporary Dance at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. This will be Agathe's fourth Fringe appearance and her third project with Marta Mari. Her collaboration with Asylon Theatre started in 2012 when she played the Little Prince in the Fringe Premiere of 'Adventures of The Little Prince'. A versatile performer, choreographer and dance teacher, Agathe also creates work under the name Heels Over Head Dance Theatre.

Melanie Jordan - performer

Melanie trained at Queen Margaret University and is an award-winning performer and theatre maker based in Edinburgh. Melanie is co-founder of collaborative theatre project Scrapyard, clowning performance platform Clown Cabaret Scratch Night and is also an Associate Artist with Plutôt La Vie Theatre Company. Her solo show Sanitise was awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Other performing credits include Nassim Soleimanpour's White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Macbeth in Silence, Ludens Ensemble.

Robin Hellier - performer

Robin is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with particular interests in storytelling and immersive theatre. He has toured Scotland with Scottish Opera, Theatre& and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Recent credits include Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound, Better Late Than Dead On Time and the site-specific Everyman at The Real Mary King's Close. He has attended residencies at Shakespeare's Globe, the Tron Theatre and the CrisisArts festival in Italy.

Amelia Szypczynska - performer

Amelia loves being involved in arts. She’s been attending various drama classes since she was little. She’s appeared in Tinsel Town and Out of this World dance shows produced by Central Scotland Ballet School where Amelia learns ballet, tap and jazz dance. She’s also a proud student of City of Edinburgh Music School where she learns to play piano and flute. She’s recently appeared in a film project C-me smile.

Greg Sinclair- composer

Greg Sinclair is an award-winning performance maker, cellist and composer. As a composer he has worked with numerous companies including Scottish Opera, Visible Fictions, Curious Seed, Fish & Game, Macrobert, Frozen Charlotte, Starcatchers, Lung Ha’s, Dundee Rep and Jenna Watt. He has undertaken artist residencies with Citizens Theatre, Imaginate and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His performance Sonata for a Man and a Boy won Best Production for Children and Young People at the 2013 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. His latest solo performance I Do, Do I won the inaugural The Arches & Summerhall’s Autopsy Award in 2013 and was selected for Brighton Festival 2015.

Annie Hiner - costume designer

Annie Hiner is an Edinburgh based costume designer and maker, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. Since then she has had the wonderful opportunity to work for a range of different companies on various types of theatre around Scotland and the Northern England. She has particularly enjoyed working on the challenges created by outdoor theatre and has become an expert in designing all-weather costumes. She also relishes the chance to work on newly written pieces of theatre, being able to design costumes that will help shape the performance from the beginning of the process. Annie is an innovative designer who in the past has incorporate scooters, casters and space hoppers into her designs. She is never happier than when she has a new challenge to bring unusual and surprising elements to her costume designs.

Yan Smiley - assistant costume designer

I'm Yan Smiley, Edinburgh based, I am currently a Performance Costume Design student at Edinburgh University-Edinburgh College of Art; going into my 3rd year. I am passionate about designing and working with movement and dance orientated performance. I am a self taught practicing contortionist which I think influences this and also my interest in the unusual. I love productions that deal with naturalistic issues and those of human behavior for both conceptual and aesthetic benefits. I am very excited to be helping out on this production!

Becca Inglis - marketing and outreach coordinator

"Becca is responsible for reaching out to schools in the local area and helping to promote our Fringe Festival projects. She is an aspiring arts marketing professional, having graduated with an MSc in Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Becca also manages her own literary website called Big Words and blogs for the activist group, Hollaback!."

Rachel Cullen - assistant sound designer

Rachel Cullen moved from Belfast to Scotland in August 2014 to study at the Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School after completing a BSc in Music Technology at Queen’s University Belfast. As part of her postgraduate study she has worked at the Traverse Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and DM Audio. Her credits include Sound Designer on The Moonlit Road (A Halloween show on Scottish tour) and Assistant Sound Designer on Fallen at the Tron Theatre Glasgow. In 2015 she will be working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, hoping to meet a lot of new people and see much more of Scotland!

Monica De Ioanni - choreography consultant

Monica’s interest is to connect both with place and with the creativity of the viewer/participator involved in her performances. She develops her work in different site-specific settings and her style refers to Third Theatre approach. Through performance she aims to bring to light the connection between a contingent and intimate experience with a universal and timeless dramaturgy. Monica has been trained independently in Contemporary Dance (Damiano Molinary), Dance Improvisation (Merav Israel, Martin Keogh) , Physical Theatre (ODIN Teatret), Dance Theatre (Julie Stanzack Wuppertal Tanzteater of Pina Baush), Dance of Orixias (Augusto Omolù), Intercultural Theatre Practice (TEATRO POTLACH ISTA – International School of Theatre Anthropology), Gambuh Theatre - Balinese traditional Dance Theatre practice (I Wayan Bawa). She studied Environmental Science (PhD in plants Biomechanics) and she has Professional Development Award in Arts Education in Practice (Children in Scotland and Scottish Arts Council).

Based in Edinburgh she is founder, company dancer and outreach developer in LaNua dance company. She participates in different community performing art projects in UK and abroad (Italy, France, Singapore, Bali, Australia). dance theatre performer arts educator

Chris Thomas - PR coordinator

A seasoned PR Executive with a track record for delivering creative solutions and national coverage, Chris’s experience spans a total of 18 months across more than 33 brands. Whilst SME account management, freelance writing and campaign strategies are among past projects, his core skills are defined by media relations, creativity and diligent research. Chris graduated from the University of Surrey in July 2014, and he is now supporting Asylon Theatre for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 run. His previous PR experience covers campaigns across the consumer, entertainment and theatre sector, including clients such as Warner Brothers, MurleyDance and PlayStation.

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