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about us

 

 

Chaskis Theatre is a transcultural theatre company based in London. We collaborate with international artists to share stories from across the globe and encourage empathy across borders.


We take our name from the Chaskis (pronounced Chass-keys) - a group of agile messengers from the Incan Empire.

 

 
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WORKSHOPS

 

Since 2013, Chaskis Theatre has been in the process of developing a unique performance practice, which began with support from the Old Vic New Voices Scheme.

With the Meisner technique at its core, their training draws inspiration from further international practices and current research on human behaviour. Their approach is heavily influenced by the work of Dr. Brene Brown and her ground-breaking research on shame, vulnerability and emotional connection.

Their ethos takes elements from Jerzy Grotowski’s Poor Theatre training – where the physical body, breath and the ensemble become central points of focus; placing particular emphasis on mutual moment to moment work among fellow actors. With a hybrid of practices Chaskis’ training is catered to work in harmony with each individual actor and their unique artistic offering. To cultivate habits that are more useful to their craft and to let go of others that are less so.

Chaskis Theatre courses facilitate an environment in which actors are empowered to work with both courage and vulnerability.Through a range of exercises, participants will learn, refine and master skills that target key aspects of the actors’ craft.

 

Courses are led by Chaskis Theatre's Artistic Director - Raymi Ortuste Quiroga. Raymi has trained with a number of international Meisner practitioners and tutors on the undergraduate and foundation acting courses at London’s Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

 

 

team chaskis

 

 

RAYMI ORTUSTE QUIROGA Artistic Director

HUW PARMENTER Artistic Director

TEYA LANZON Associate Producer

JOSIE DUNN Founding Director

ALEX MUGNAIONI Founding Director

MADDY HILL Co-Founder

 

 

MADALENA ALBERTO  •  AARON ANTHONY  •  HANNA BERRIGAN  •  ADAM BOAKES  •  

LOUISE COULTHARD  •  JOEY HICKMAN  •  IMOGEN HUDSON CLAYTON  •  BETH LOCKHART  •  

AMY MALLETT  •  ROWAN POLONSKI  •  DAVID ZOOB   

Associate Artists

 

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productions

 

[2017] RED BIKE, Cervantes Theatre

Caridad Svich's play was presented as a staged reading at the Cervantes Theatre, Southwark. Directed by Simon Evans - fresh from his highly acclaimed production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar, it starred Maddy Hill and Aaron Anthony. All profit from the event was donated to Anno's Africa - a UK based children's arts charity running educational arts projects for children living in slum conditions in Kenya. 

'What magic can be made with two terrific actors, two chairs and a fine text' - The Theatre Times

'More wide-eyed excellence from Chaskis Theatre' - Writer/Director Ben Santa Maria

[2017] EL GRITO DEL BRONX and CIGARETTES & MOBY DICK, The Ugly Duck

In collaboration with Rose Bruford College and directed by Hannah Bannister, Migdalia Cruz's double bill starred final year Rose Bruford actors and actor musicians, supported by final year design and technical students. It was a unique opportunity to unite these plays with a younger generation of actors and theatre makers – an endeavour in line with our ongoing commitment to champion work that gives voice and poetry to those on the periphery of society.

[2016] AFTER ORLANDO, The Vaults Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East

In conjunction with Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport Theatre Allicance & Press AFTER ORLANDO was a global theatre action in response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016: a playwright driven project comprising over sixty short plays by emerging and established international voices in theatre. We showcased 22 of these for our evenings and raised £2174.04 for Stonewall, who campaign for acceptance without exception. Thank you for your generosity and support.

[2016] LAS AMERICAS ABOVE, Arts Theatre West End

A vibrant, three-week festival programme included Jose Rivera's Human Emotional Process, Nate Rufus Edelman's Desert Rats and Christine Evans' Mothergun, as well as a staged reading of Evans' play Slow Falling Bird, music, comedy and playwright Q&As. A collaboration with local playwrights and a workshop program for young actors resulted in a festival finale of response plays.

Human Emotional Process: '...a thrilling journey into love, lust and human emotions where the cast of three manage to enthrall and entertain throughout.'  ★★★★ - London Theatre 1

Desert Rats: 'Nate Rufus Edelman's slick dialogue and rhythmic, rapid-fire repartee shines [...] Succinct, bold and hugely entertaining.’  ★★★★ - London Theatreland

[2016] PLAYWRIGHTS BEYOND BORDERS, Theatre Royal Stratford East

A week-long festival of transatlantic plays at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Featuring UK premieres by outstanding transcultural playwrights including José Rivera, Christine Evans, Octavio Solis, Christopher Chen, Matthew Paul Olmos, Migdalia Cruz and Carlos Murillo.

[2015] A HUMAN INTEREST STORY (OR THE GORY DETAILS AND ALL), The Cockpit

Carlos Murillo's piece investigates society's fascination with violence, sex and how our perceptions of the world are shaped by television and the internet. Performed at The Cockpit as part of Camden Fringe Festival.

[2014] NEW WORLD PLAYWRIGHTS: A NIGHT OF UNWRITING, The Cockpit

Chaskis' debut performance project: a one-night showcase of UK premieres. Featuring extracts from plays by Migdalia Cruz, Octavio Solis, Matthew Paul Olmos, Nate Rufus Edelman and Mariana Careno King, as well as a new translation of work by Colombian playwright Pedro Miguel Rozo.

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