The Company

Andy McQuade | Artistic Director & Co-Founder | 2012 Best Director (Theatre) – Fringe Report

Andy McQuade (BGTD, Young Vic Genesis) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Second Skin Theatre. Previous work includes the acclaimed and controversial production of Salome by Oscar Wilde (‘Wilde would surely have approved!’ HAM & HIGH), Knuckleball by William Whitehurst (‘Fringe theatre at its finest‘ THE MORNING STAR), Poe: Macabre Resurrections (‘There is no show like this anywhere’ BROADWAY WORLD), which received unanimous critical acclaim and united six of London’s leading fringe directors in one of the oldest churches in the UK, the London premiere of Doug Wright’s Quills (‘Quills is a knockout’ FIVE STARS, REMOTE GOAT), and a new play titled The Christmas Dinner by Duncan Stevens (‘Intriguingly grotesque and bitterly funny’ UK THEATRE NETWORK). In 2012, Andy was awarded Best Director (Theatre) by Fringe Report, following the West End run of La Chunga by Mario Vargas Llosa. In February 2013, he directs the world premiere of Don Fried’s Blood Privilege in New York, followed by a run in London in March/April.

Ana Ines Jabares | Resident Designer

Ana Ines is a recent graduate from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Over the last year she has worked in opera, ballet, and theatre, both experimental and site-specific. Ana Ines also studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, specializing in painting and in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo where she had her first experience with scenography. She was the designer for Second Skin Theatre’s production of The Christmas Dinner and for Sappho …in 9 fragments.

Vasiliki Syrma | Resident Costume Designer

Vasiliki completed postgraduate studies in textiles at Goldsmiths University of London and costume design at the London College of Fashion. Her professional experiences include RNT of London, National Theatre of Greece, Second Skin Theatre (London) and several fringe productions in London and Athens (latest work: Dead Pile by Laura Jacqmin, Old Vic Theatre New Voices, director: Alex Crampton and Two Gentlemen from Verona by W. Shakespeare, Knot Gallery, Athens).

Anna Sbokou | Resident Lighting Designer  

Anna studied at the Bartlett UCL (MSc Light & Lighting) and at Goldsmiths (Theatre Production-PACE). Previous credits include numerous theatre productions, dance festivals and site-specific productions in London and abroad. In 2009 she was awarded Young Lighter of the Year by the Society of Light and Lighting. Anna became resident Lighting Designer for Second Skin Theatre in 2010.

Sarah Crocker | Resident Lighting Designer

Following an MA in Postcolonial Theory at Goldsmiths, Sarah has worked as a lighting designer and technician at multiple venues including The Brockley Jack, The Dreyton Arms, and The Space. She was the lighting designer for Second Skin Theatre’s Quills, The Christmas Dinner, and Sappho …in 9 fragments.

Luca Romagnoli | Resident Sound Designer

Luca is a Sound Engineer with an extensive live music background, both in-house and touring. He has collaborated with Second Skin Theatre on La Chunga,  Poe: Macabre Resurrections, QuillsThe Christmas Dinner, and Sappho …in 9 fragments.


Stephen Connery-Brown

Since completing an Acting post-graduate degree in 2006 at East 15, Stephen has acted in many short films and corporates, and also toured in several stage productions throughout Britain and Europe. He was most recently seen as the Fallen Preacher in Second Skin Theatre’s Poe: Macabre Resurrections and as Josefino in the West End transfer of La Chunga, by Mario Vargas Llosa. He played the role of Doctor Royer-Collard in Second Skin Theatre’s production of Quills by Doug Wright.

Victoria Grove

Victoria trained with Actors’ Company, London, National Youth Theatre and ACT, Brighton. Theatre credits include: the title roles in La Chunga and in Sappho …in 9 fragments (Second Skin Theatre), Helena/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream  at the Orange Tree Theatre; Future Me (RADA), The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy The Kid (Bedlam, Edinburgh), Medea 4.0 (Cock Tavern Theatre), A Patriot For Me (New Players Theatre), Cinderella (Civic Theatre), The Women (King’s Head Theatre), and Shakespeare Marathon: The Histories (The Scoop). Television/ film credits include Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia and the feature The Decoy Bride. 

Bryan Kaplan

Bryan graduated from the prestigious British American Drama Academy and now performs in leading roles on a wide variety of theatre, television and film projects. He received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his role as Ross in the Second Skin Theatre production of Knuckleball by William Whitehurst at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Recent theatre credits include: Eightythree Down (“Best Play” Now Magazine) by Stephen J. Brantley (Under St Marks, New York), and Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell (New York Theatre Workshop). In 2012, he was nominated for the Robert Pastorelli “Rising Star” Award for his role in Fray, and won “Outstanding Lead Actor (Best Actor)” at the Brooklyn Film Festival.  He is currently working on a one-man show of Hamlet, being directed by Julia Stubbs Hughes, in London 2012/2013. Kaplan has done several staged readings at The New Group (NY), The Rattlestick Playwrights theatre (NY) and the Lee Strasberg Theatre (Los Angeles).

Nika Khitrova

Nika studied Drama and Physical Theatre at the Anglo Russian School of Drama. She has appeared in numerous productions around the world including in South Africa and at five Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Theatre credits include roles in Gene Brewer’s K-Pax (World Premiere, London, 2006), Nabokov’s Lolita, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Ghelderode’s School for Buffoons, Pushkin’s Little Tragedies, Whitehurst’s Rasputin, Wilde’s Salome, Sartre’s No Exit, Mario Vargas Llosa’s La Chunga. Nika recently won the Best Actress award at the London Solo Festival for her role in LaBute’s one woman show, Medea Redux. She played the role of Madeleine in Second Skin Theatre’s production of Quills by Doug Wright.

Laura Pradelska

With Second Skin Theatre, Laura starred in William Whitehurst’s Knuckleball. She was awarded 2010 “Best Actor” by Fringe Report, and was nominated for “Best Female Performance” for the 2010 Off West End Awards. In 2011, Laura played ‘Quaithe’ in Season 2 of Game of Thrones.

Corin Rhys Jones

Corin trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has performed in a wide range of theatre, from known classics like Waiting For Godot and The Seagull to more obscure works by Ghelderode and Radzinsky. His one-man-show, Valentine’s Day, was met with international acclaim. With Second Skin Theatre he has played Iokanaan in Salome, William Shakspur in Shakespeare Incorporated, and Lituma in La Chunga.

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