LARA PARMIANI, Artistic Director, Producer
Lara founded LegalAliens in 2007. Totally bilingual (English/Italian) she studied Dramaturgy at Univesity of Milan , and acting first at Accademia De’ Filodrammatici and then at Guildhall, in London. Her theatre credits include the physical theatre piece Sette a Tebe based on Eschilus (Laboratorio Teatro Settimo), Madama Flora (Teatro Filodrammatici), Le Mosche (Cosmo), God of Vengeance (Pentameters, London), The King and I (BAC), Mad House (Old Red Lion), A Midsummer Night’s dream (Theatre in the Park), Poprygunia (Greenwich Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Square theatre), In the temple of Dorian (Cafe’ Royal), World’s Wife (Prague Fringe), Knitting Pattern (Walthamstow Festival). With LegalAliens she’s appeared in: Neither here nor there, The Return, Kill Hill, The ineluctability of chaos, Poker Face.
Film/tv credits include Spectre, Berberian Sound Studio,Yours in solidarity, Tempo di mezzo, Delivery, Two voice invention, Nine days of hell, Ciao Ciao Mattina, Libriamoci, the BBC series He knew he was right and the pilot Hollow Bones.
Lara has 20 years international experience as a voice over artist and teaches at the Actors Centre.
She’s also a published writer (reviews, short stories, poetry). http://laraparmiani.wordpress.com
BECKA McFADDEN, Associate Director
Becka’s directing credits for LegalAliens include Poker Face (Kings Head Theatre, Voila Festival, European tour), The Return (St. James Theatre Studio, Camden Fringe),The Generational Icons Project (RADA Studios), Neither Here Nor There (Italian Cultural Institute). Other directing credits include Feast of Famine (Athens & Nafplio, Greece), The Walthamstow Mysteries (Walthamstow Marshes), Knitting Pattern(Words Over Waltham Forest Festival), Commodity (Theatre Lab Company / Riverside Studios) and The Conversation (Theatre 54, New York). Becka is also artistic director of Beautiful Confusion Collective, which is currently in residency at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre. Performance work with BCC includes BackStories (Alfred ve dvoře, Prague; Vyrsodepsio, Athens; Resolution! 2015 and Brighton Fringe 2016), Does Becka Speak Czech, Movement/Architecture and things that happened on the street. With Jamie Harper of Hobo Theatre, she is co-founder and producer of ImpFest: The Impermanent Festival of Contemporary Performance.d Ne Becka holds a PhD in Theatre & Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Eva Danickova, dramaturg, translator
Eva works in London and internationally as a dramaturg, librettist and translator of plays and prose. Originally from the Czech Republic, Eva is passionate about promoting Czech and European theatre in the UK. Eva founded Boii Theatre in 2010, producing plays in translation in venues across London. She wrote and produced two operas for the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in 2011 and 2012. She is a Co-President of the Dramaturgs’ Network, a voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting dramaturgs in the UK. Eva reads Czech play scripts for the National Theatre and the Royal Court International Department. She recently worked with the actors of the West End production of ‘Once’ the musical.
Deidan Williams, playwright
Deidan is a writer of African and Caribbean descent. He was part of the Royal Court Playwriting Group, and his first play, Manhattan Out To Sea was finalist at the Alfred Fagon Award for best play of the year in 2015. In 2017 he was commissioned the play The Nine Nights of Alfred Fagon which was R&D at the Arcola Theatre. In 2018 “Shhh it’s time to listen” was performed at Theatre503, part of “The words are coming now” project. He has been leading workshops with LegalAliens since 2016. He’s also written novels and radio plays.
Sara Corso, language workshops coordinator
Sara speaks Italian, English and French and coordinates LegalAliens’ Language through theatre workshops. She studied Commedia Dell’Arte in Venice, at the famous Avogaria school, and acting at Ente Teatrale Emilia Romagna (ERT). After a succesful acting career in Italy, where she appeared in important theatres as well as on TV and films, she moved to New York, working with award winning acting coach Jack Waltzer. Highlights have included working with American actors such as Barry Primus (America Hustle, New York New York) and David Proval (Mean Streets, The Sopranos), international actors such as Maddalena Ischiale (Unbroken) and up and coming award winning director Giacomo Arrigoni (The Rule Of Lead). From there she moved to Paris, where she lived for four years. She is now based in London. Sara is an experienced workshop leader and has worked with children of all ages as well as adult learners.