Akiko Juman

INFERNO Competition Jury Member

Production coordinator since 2013 and assistant director since 2015 at Festival/Tokyo (F/T). After studying technical theatre design at San Diego State University and working as an assistant stage manager in the U.S., she took part in F/T as an assistant technical director in the years of 2011-2013. Since 2013, she has been building career focusing on coordinating productions from both Japan and overseas. She coordinated "From the Sea", "Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets" (2014), "God Bless Baseball", "All the Sky Above the Earth (Wendy's Syndrome)" (2015), “Woodcutters” and “All the Soldiers are Pathetic” (2016) etc.

Carmen Romero Quero 

INFERNO Competition Jury Member

Founding Director of Teatro a Mil Foundation and Santiago a Mil International Festival. Her work has focused on complex projects that aim to transform the city of Santiago de Chile by significantly increasing its access to cultural programs and services of excellence. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that the contemporary performing arts of Chile and the world are an important element in the daily lives of our citizens. Among the highlights of Romero’s career are the production of 23 editions of Santiago a Mil International Festival (1994-2016), which is dedicated to presenting the best contemporary theater, music and dance from Chile, Latin America and the world; the Buenos Aires International Festival in Chile (2011, 2013, 2015); six editions of the Teatro Hoy season (2011-2016), which focuses on work developed by Chilean contemporary artists; spearheading important training projects such as Escuela Nómade led by Ariane Mnouchkine and Théâtre du Soleil and play development workshops conducted by the Royal Court in Chile (2013), as well as organizing massive free music concerts in Antofagasta, Iquique and Santiago (2010-2014). She has been a great instigator of professional networks in Latin America, as well as a strategy consultant on far-reaching cultural projects. In 2004, Carmen Romero founded the Teatro a Mil Foundation as an institution dedicated to: the creation and execution of cultural projects of excellence that are highly accessible and dedicated to building diverse audiences, establishing professional development opportunities for performing artists, the internationalization of Chilean performing arts.

 

Ruth Mackenzie

INFERNO Competition Jury Member

Ruth Mackenzie is the Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, the largest international performing arts festival in the Netherlands which happens every June in Amsterdam. She also works as an international freelance Curator and Consultant. She recently was the Launch Director of The Space, a digital platform set up by the BBC and Arts Council in the UK to commission artists to create new pieces of digital art and she was the Director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Curator of its finale, the London 2012 Festival. She was General Director of the Manchester International Festival and Scottish Opera; Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Executive Director of Nottingham Playhouse, Head of Strategic Planning for the South Bank Centre. She has also been Consultant Dramaturg to the Vienna Festival, Consultant to the BBC, Tate, London Symphony Orchestra, Google, British Film Institute, Barbican Centre and Hamburg City Council, amongst others, and Expert Adviser to 5 Secretaries of State for Culture, Media & Sport in the UK Government.  

 

Yun-Cheol Kim

PARADISO Competition Jury Member

Yun-Cheol Kim has been Artistic Director of the National Theatre Company of Korea since 2014. He obtained Ph.D from BYU with his dissertation on contemporary American Drama. He served as President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC ) from 2008 till 2014. During his presidency he launched IATC’s webjournal “Critical Stages” in 2009, for which he still participates as an editorial board member. He retired from School of Drama, Korean National University of the Arts in 2015, where he taught for twenty years, and now is its honorary professor. He received the Cultural Order from the Korean government in 2008. Two-time winner of the “Critic of the Year Award,” he has published twelve books, two of which are anthologies of theatre reviews. 

 

Alejandro Moreno

PARADISO Competition Jury Member

Chilean playwright, director and video artist. Ph.D. in Literature at the New York University. He has been resident playwright at The Watermill Center in New York, Royal Court Theatre in London, Casa de America in Madrid. Currently, he is professor of dramaturgy MFA in Creative Writing at New York University.

Since 2000 his texts have been produced, translated, published and represented in diverse stages and languages.

His texts include „The Fascist Lover”, „A Wig For Two Heads”, „National Theatre”, „North”, „Black Parrots”, „Johnny Deep And The Laura Ingalls Vagina”, „Berlin Is Not Yours”, „Emergency Room”, „All Knows Who Was”, „The Trap”, „Among Others”. On four occasions he has won the Chilean Prize for Drama for his works.

His artistic work focuses on research on the various types of Voice that co-exist in contemporary dramaturgy, to create a dialogue and experimentation between technology and the theater which escapes the big scale apparatus traditionally used in the stage for this purpose.

His current project involves creating a series of devices for the reproduction of the human voice and the direction of his new film, Medea.

In 2008 he starts the creation of "Meritoria", a film that shows the ceremonies and performance of a fictional indigenous community in Latin America. Since then he had made performances, texts and videos about this unreal community that would be located in the city of Copiapó, in the Atacama desert of Chile, his hometown.

Jason Danino Holt

PARADISO Competition Jury Member

Jason Danino Holt was born and raised in Tel Aviv in 1987 to a British father and a MoroccanCanadian mother. Danino Holt is a playwright, theatre & documentary director, performer, translator and entrepreneur. Artistic director of Habait Theatre Tel Aviv. Winner of the Rozenblum prize for best young artist 2016.  He is the founder of UMAMI - Tel Aviv- based indie creation group. His selected projects are: “I Know It When I See It” - Kampnagel summer festival Hamburg,  “Whore” (Gehäutet, transled to German by the ADK), “Not Letting it In” (an international conffetional theatrical event), “Shanti and Martin” (documentary film about his mother) and more…

Ramona Shah

INFERNO Competition Jury Member

Iranian actress, director, curator and model. She studied acting at Azad Art and Architecture University. She also took part in acting workshops managed by Jean Louis Martinelli. As an actress, she took part in various theatre, film and art projects. She starred in a number of renowned theatre plays, eg. „The Flat on the 6th Floor” directed by Hamid Reza Falahati, „Macbeth” directed by Hossain Noshir and „Olivier Twist” by Asghar Khalili. Jury member at Aftaab Regional Theatre Festival, Director of  International Division In 33rd International Fadjr Theater Festival, Executive Director International Division at 13th International Moghavemat Theater Festival and Executive Director International Division at 3rd International Baran e Rahmat Arts Festival.

She teaches various acting workshops, eg. „Body&Movement” cycle. She also starred in various film productions, such as: Naser Khemira’s „Bab Aziz” and Abbas Kiarostami’s „Shirin”.

Ramona has worked with Sadegh Tirafkan an Internationally well known photographer in 3 different projects: Alphabets, Persepolis and Stages .

"Inspiration for peace" a performance  directed by Walter Baco an Austrian musician and director, "Woman, Dream, Nightmare" a Dance - Photography directed by Soroosh Milanizade and "Don Quixote" directed by Asghar Dashti are also some of her well-known performances.

 

Mikko Roiha

INFERNO Competition Jury Member

Finnish director, curator and art professor. He studied directing at University at Tampere. He also graduated in film and television production. He worked for City Theatre in Kajaani and Seinäjoki. He also works as a columnist for such magazines as „Ikka”, „Gloria Food & Wine” and „Theatre”. Jury member at Stage Festival in Helsinki and Tampere Theatre Festival. His most important works are: „Roberto Zucco”, a master class production for acting students of Finnish Theatre Academy, „Sylvi” by Minna Canth, co-production with Freies Finnisches Theater, Klockrike-teatern, Åbo Svenska Teatern, Wasa Teatern, Savonlinna Theatre, Kokkola City Theatre and Riksteatern in Sweden and „Wild duck” by Henrik Ibsen in co-production with Lahti City Theatre.