Caroline Baillie is co director of Critical Stage company, which she founded with Nick Roberts in 1998. Formerly she was founding and artistic director of Empty Space in Sydney, Australia as well as CSC’s precursor Imperial Fringe and more recently Associate Director of Theatre Kingston, Canada. Caroline has produced and directed over 25 theatre productions including theatre in education and community development workshop programs. Caroline is primarily an activist who works towards social justice through her work as director of theatre and film, but also as actor, educator, author, mediator, and community developer.
Nick Roberts has been involved in theatre and music productions from an early age, enjoying training from Bill Alexander (RSC) and at The Academy, Whitechapel, along the way. He holds an ALCM diploma in Violin Performance and a degree in Music and Sound Recording. He co-founded Critical Stage Company with Caroline Baillie in 1998, having already worked on productions with her for several years subsequently touring the UK and abroad, including two stints at the Edinburgh Fringe. As a specialist in Voice Recording and ADR he regularly directs actors in post-production for feature films, television dramas and other media, in central London and abroad. Recent work includes Aardman’s Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Rush, Walking on Sunshine, Black Mirror (S2), Him & Her, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie and Monsters: Dark Continent.
Amanda Bass is actor, psychotherapist, psychodrama expert, neuroscientist, educator and Judo black belt. She has appeared in many of CSC’s shows as well as acting and directing many community shows in London.
Clelia Scala is a mask maker, sculptor and illustrator. Her masks have appeared on stages and in galleries, shops, schools, and television in Canada and the United States. Her most recent credits include co-costume design for Anne Carson’s Antigonick (Guilty By Association) and mask making for Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit (Yale School of Drama), Tales from the Garden (Theatre Beyond Words) and Sniff: The Dog Movie. She has worked with Critical Stage Company on mask workshops for Dancing with My Tuxedo Cat and costume design and mask construction for Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker. Her wearable art has appeared in STRUTT Wearable Art Show in 2012 and 2013. Clelia recently illustrated the poetry collection I Can Say Interpellation (BookThug) by Stephen Cain and is currently working on a production of Chester with Castlemoon Theatre. She lives in St. Catharines and is on the Board of Directors of the Niagara Artists’ Centre.
Eric Feinblatt has worked as a professional fashion and editorial photographer based in New York and Paris for 25 years. His clients included the following magazines and book publishers: American, French, German & Italian Vogues, Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Sunday Times of London, L’Express, Femme, Interview, Art News, Connoisseur, Life, European Travel & Life, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, Hyperion Press, Elle Decoration, Decoration Internationale, and HG. More recently Eric has turned his attention to film and is currently directing two Critical Stage films on the social impact of engineering, together with Baillie. Eric currently directs a not for profit organisation ‘Waste for Life’ with Baillie and has experience and expertise in theatre for development projects in NY and Africa.
Z*qhygoem is an actor, musician, artist, illustrator and animator. He is one of the most creative people CSC has ever encountered and has a zest for life and living that cannot be compared. Z*qhygoem has contributed to many of CSC’s past productions as actor, artist and set designer as well as creating and performing his own music, art, graphic design and illustrating books with Caroline Baillie.