Cosmino Productions have been dreaming theatrical experiences into reality for over 25 years. We believe firmly in the ability of the arts to cross boundaries, dream new futures and provoke positive change in the world. Cosmino Productions was founded in 1998 in the UK and since 2010 has been based in Berlin, Germany.
Cosmino have created over 15 productions including performances with collaborators including the State Theatre of Salzburg and Greenwich Theatre, London. Productions currently on tour include Rachel’s award-winning solo performance Dreams Die Hard inspired by her grandmother’s wartime diary and her Turkish-Cypriot roots and Paulas Reisen, a physical performance featuring clowning and puppetry, dealing gently with issues of exclusion and integration, based on the children’s book by German author Paul Maar. Heartburn is our ambitious new project exploring the rights of women. We are delighted to be working with Spanish performer, Eva Rufo and British visual artist, Jo Johnston. Heartburn premiered in January 2022 and is currently touring internationally.
Cosmino Productions are currently working on two new productions for 2023:
Under the Starry Sky is a theatre and art project with a group of eleven young creative women (aged from 14 – 22) who are based in Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan. The project will premiere at English Theatre Berlin in September 2023 with a corresponding art exhibition at https://graumalerei.com.
Little Heroes / Kleine Held*innen is a new children’s performance inspired by the magic of Greek mythology for 6 -13 year olds coming at the end of 2023.
Artistic Director, actor, composer (she / her)
Rachel is a British performer, teacher, academic and director based in Berlin. In 2001 she completed her PhD research into Shamanic dimensions within contemporary theatre practice. For many years, Rachel ran regular workshops exploring the connections between the actor and the shaman internationally and often with her long-term collaborator, Professor Brian Bates. Rachel was an actor with internationally acclaimed Polish company, Teatr Biuro Podróży from 2000 – 2003.
Aside from her performing and directing work with Cosmino, Rachel has directed for Greenwich Theatre and East 15 Acting School, Northampton and Leeds Universities and since 2017 Rachel and Kuba of Cosmino have worked as visiting directors for Salzburg Landestheater, Austria where they directed King A in 2017 and Paula’s Reisen in 2019. Rachel is a faculty member at Arthaus Berlin (formerly LISPA / London International School of Performing Arts), Mentor on the BA Theatre Studies Online course at Rose Buford College, London and External Examiner on the Physical Theatre BA at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, UK.
Rachel is relieved that after so many years of making theatre, it is still the greatest thrill imaginable.
Technical director, actor, composer (he / him)
Kuba was reared on Polish alternative theatre and trained with Teatr Ósmego Dnia , Teatr Porywacze Ciał and was an actor with Teatr Biuro Podróży from 1997 – 2003. He toured with the company across six continents. Kuba has worked as a movement teacher, theatre director and musician internationally. Kuba has performed with Blue Man Group for 18 years and is part of the permanent Berlin cast.
Kuba’s dream of forming a samba band might still happen.
Associate Actor (she / her)
Eva has been dancing since she was 4 years old and the rigour of this discipline has never left her body or her work. She is excited by the potential of creating performances outside of ‘traditional’ performance spaces and since 2006 Eva has been producing her own performances inspired by the Cuentacuentos (storytelling) tradition. Eva has created ten performances to date: Zapominać=Zabić (2006) Nosotro$ollE (2007) Mujeres-Kobiety (2008), Me too (…I want to be an Almodovar girl) (2009) Art. 182 ust.1-3 kc (2009), ¡¡¡Oooooleee!!! (2012), Rayuela (2014), Todo Cambia (2014), Christmas Tales (2016), With Wine, About Wine / Z winem o winie (2017).
Eva regularly runs workshops in dance, storytelling, and TIE throughout Poland: i.e. the Puppet Theatre (Poznan), Off Opera (Poznan), STOP-KLATKA Association of Drama Practitioners (Warsaw), Imaginarium, One World Association (Poznan) and in many primary and secondary schools.
Eva teaches Spanish at the Institute of Linguistics (UAM), where since 1999 she organizes with her students an annual story telling event and since 2006 the Story Festival ‘Una Semana de Cuento’.
In 2018, she directed the ” Five Worlds Project”, the closing concert of the Days of Cultural Diversity at UAM, Poznan. Heartburn is Eva’s first production with Cosmino.
Associate Actor (she / her)
Ash Willison is an international multi-media artist and performer. She studied theatre in the USA and Russia, and recently completed her MFA in Berlin where she now lives and works collaboratively with artists and communities to create and perform stories. Her many-layered practices in dramaturgy, writing, performance and line art are all grounded in the exploration of movement and embodiment.
Recent work includes Band Practice musical comedy duo (Performing Arts Festival Berlin “Bar Whatever” 2022, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Bob’s Blundabus 2022, Berlin International Clown Festival 2022, 48hrs Neukolln 2022), Lost and Founds (Dogchild Theatre residency in Shaar HaAmakim), Diary of Hole (The Knast, 2022), and continued appearances in variety and cabaret-style performances. Other work includes leading workshops with Platypus Theatre and working with Cottonwood Agile Learning Center to create new shows and stories with young learners.
Ash is assisting on the Under the Starry Sky project and researching and devising for a new Cosmino Production planned for 2024.
Associate Actor (she / they)
Lisa is a theater maker, actor and Singer for the US and Germany. She works in theater, film and Kabarett. Her formal training consists of a BA in Acting from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona and an MA in Devised Theatre and Performance from Arthaus Berlin (LISPA).
Recent work as a Theatre maker includes Band Practice musical comedy duo (Performing Arts Festival 2022, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Bob’s Blundabus 2022, Berlin International Clown Festival 2022, 48hrs Neukölln 2022), Lost and Founds (Dogchild Theatre residency in Shaar HaAmakim, Israel) and “Bar Whatever” (Performing Arts Festival 2022).
As an actor, some of her theatrical work has included roles such as: Olga, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Abigail, in Arthur Miller’s Crucible, Hecuba in Euripides Trojan Women, Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as well as in Film: Abigail in “A Matter of Causality”(2019), which won Oniros Film Award Best Ensemble.
She has also worked as a facilitator with young, non English/German speakers with the English Theater Frankfurt and Stagecoach School.
Lisa is assisting on the Under the Starry Sky project and researching and devising for a new Cosmino Production planned for 2024.
Artist, Graphic Designer (she / her)
Jo Johnston, originally from the UK, is now based in Berlin. Jo studied at the Birmingham College of Art and finds inspiration in every walk of life. You can visit Jo’s website here.
Jo curates a joint project with Marcel Kröner called ”The Little Window Galerie”. Allegedly the smallest art gallery in Berlin, each month one artwork from a diverse range of artists is exhibited in a “Schaufenster”. The ‘little window’ is on the busy Berliner Strasse in Pankow, Berlin for everyone to enjoy as they pass by. Jo is passionate about finding ways to release and encourage creativity and works with children and young people on a daily basis.
Jo’s has created artwork for two Cosmino productions, Dreams Die Hard and Heartburn.