R&D – Meet the Team


BrionyBriony O’Callaghan

Briony trained as an actor in Manchester and as a theatre-maker for two years at École Jacques Lecoq, Paris. She regularly directs and leads workshops internationally. 

As a performer she has worked with companies including the BBC, Vamos, Flabbergast Theatre, David Glass Ensemble, Gruff Theatre and Mark Bell (Dir. the Play That Goes Wrong).

She recently completed a training in Butoh dance with Daisuke Yoshimoto at The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw. She is Artistic Director of Created a Monster and Associate Artist at the David Glass Ensemble.

facebook_1540981959295Crystal Zillwood

Crystal Zillwood trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance achieving a BPA Hons in contemporary dance (majoring in movement studies). After graduating with Distinction, Crystal has worked with a multitude of choreographers and companies including; Liz Roche, New Art Club, Ben Wright, Gary Clarke, Theo Clinkard and Stephanie Singer where she is part of the “Bittersuite” project. 

Interweaving new aspects of exploration across science in her movement, she worked with anthropologists to develop the renowned piece “Evolutio”, a study of human evolution and development. 

Hikapee Latitud-29 copyEdd Casey

Edd is Co-Artistic Director of Hikapee, a company who explore the use of aerial circus within theatre productions, directing and performing in several indoor and outdoor shows. Much of this work is non-verbal narrative based performance, exploring how physicality can be used to communicate story.

Other performance work includes Bianco (NoFit State Circus), Cabinet of Curiosites (New Vic Theatre) & A Midsummer Nights Dream (Limb2Limb). Edd trained in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College & Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and aerial circus with AirCraft Circus.

Jen RobinsonJen Robinson

Jen is a dancer, aerial performer and specialist in animal flow. Training at Bird College, London with a BA (Hons) Dance and Theatre Performance, she has performed in Don Giovanni (ROH), Chess (ENO), Moulin Rouge (Secret Cinema) & Barnum (UK Tour) alongside performing as an aerialist and circus performer in multiple disciplines including silks, trapeze and acrobalance since 2011.

As a keen climber and a regular at bouldering walls she enjoys experimenting with interesting vertical and traverse movement and challenging herself both physically and with problem solving.  Her curiosity in anatomy, functional patterning and personal training are the foundation to her practice as a performer.

RupertRupert Charmak

Rupert graduated in Acting from Mountview Academy in 2009. He completed a season at The Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014 performing in Lucy Bailey’s Titus Andronicus. 

Rupert has always been interested in movement, with a background in martial arts, traditional boxing, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He specialises as a fight choreographer for film & works as a motion capture performer (Centroid & The Mocap Troupe). He is also a talented writer, with his first feature film sold last year, he is currently developing a new TV series with Suckerpunch Productions. 

SimonSimon Gleave

Simon is an actor-mime, director and teacher. After training as a Trinity Scholar at University of Toronto, where he discovered the physical languages of Maxine Hepner, Gerry Trentham and Carlos Estevez’s interpretation of the mask-work of Jacques Lecoq, he studied for two years at the Lecoq school in Paris.

He now teaches and devises work rooted in mimetic physicality, specifically the study of natural dynamics as a route to play and releasing/revealing ‘humanity.’

He works as a performer and educator with Created a Monster and David Glass Ensemble for Mortgage, Conspiracy of Orphans and Bleak House, while leading an international Lecoq-based training program, most recently in Chengdu, Ningbo and Athens.


Vicky Wright

Vicky is founder of Making Faces Theatre and is a talented mask-maker, movement teacher, performer and researcher. 

She trained at Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in the physical theatre of Jacques Lecoq and studied mask-making with Matteo Destro. She interweaves her background as Natural Scientist from Cambridge University, with practices in physical theatre and mask to explore evolution and science in a new way.

Lead Scientist

Professor Christine Janis

Professor Christine Janis, author of Vertebrate Life, is a renowned paleontologist with over 30 years experience of lecturing at Brown University, USA. Her breadth of knowledge on vertebrate anatomy and species transitions is phenomenal.

She specialises in mammalian evolution and is currently based at the University of Bristol.

Film Maker

Michael GarrettMichael Garrett

Michael started his film production career making travel documentaries, later settling in London and founding a freelance partnership with his sister, Kate. Together, they’ve won numerous awards for documentary projects, fictional shorts, and art-house film, and have had documentary work featured on Channel 4 television. Beauty and artistic expression are key threads in all of Michael’s work, and he loves capturing the subtleties and rare moments of human interaction in his films, believing that to be the core of any good story telling.

His clients include: National Geographic, The V&A, and Costa Coffee to name a few. He has won awards from Kendal Mountain Film Festival, London Sci Fi Festival, and HELD Film Festival, amongst others.