upstart-entertainment · shakespeare basel 2011

A Trio of Tragedies

The 2016 summer open air from upstart entertainment

mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Universität Basel  


Twelfth Night Cast

on Monday, 12 May 2014.



Lesley Loew, Viola



Lesley studies English and Eastern European Cultures at the University of Basel, giving her the opportunity to act in both English and Russian, experiencing the different ways of performing and directing of those two very different cultures. She has appeared in:

Der Besuch der Alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde, The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, ОбыкнавеннаяИсториа, Ivan Aleksandrovič Gončarov.

Flavio De Rosa, Sir Toby Belch



Italian born Flavio has lived and worked in Switzerland for over two decades.
He has been involved, off and on, in theatre and radio; acting, directing writing and producing. His acting credits include 12th Night, Godspell, Congreve's Love for Love, Miller's The Crucible, Auburn's Miss You and Strange's A Jolly Sinisater Jape.
His directing credits include Sweet Caroline Sweet, Interior Designs and Too Long An Autumn, as well as Robin Hood, Babes in the Glen, Aladdin and Cinderella. Co-writing credits for Robin Hood, Babes in the Glen and Aladdin.

Michael Clarke, Feste



Born and raised in the UK, living in Basel since 1981.

Stage Appearances:

Henry IV part I, Cinderella, Aladdin, Interior Designs, Babes in the Glen, Doctor in the House, Robin Hood, The Problem, A Chorus of Disapproval, Ali Baba, Sleeping Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Feeding the Ducks, The Memory of Water, The Christmas Cavalier, Expert in Flowers.

2004 Best Actor award at Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS)

Michael has also directed a number of plays and had numerous film extra roles.


Madeline del Real, Olivia




Born in California, raised in Switzerland, Madeline has completed training at the American Music and Dramatic Academy, and the Pearl Conservatory in New York City. She has performed in both classical and original works in the city that never sleeps.

Stage appearances:

Romeo and Juliet, Recalculating, Don’t Do It, Sex in the Classroom, The Sandra O’Day Show, Prayers, Rubberneck, Lysistrata goes to Harvard, A different Kind of Love, Between Daylight and Boonville, Months on End, Resurrection Blues, Much ado About Nothing,Down to Sleep,Wyrd Sisters, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Richard the Third.


Jacob Dixon, Malvolio




Jacob is from New York city and now lives and works in Basel

Stage appearances: 

The Author’s Voice, A Streetcar Named Desire, Surprise, Bouncers, Unoriginal Sin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Film appearances: 

Digital Evidence and The Vault


Primary Host for The English Show – Radio X Basel, Ring announcer/Commentator for Swiss Championship Wrestling



Frédéric Anklin, Orsino




Frédéric grew up in Asia, holds a Swiss and a Norwegian passport and speaks German, French, Norwegian and a little Swedish. His acting career is just as mixed up. He was an Italian Renaissance wifebeater in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, a middle-aged theatre critic in The Real Inspector Hound, a Shakespearean monarch in Henry V, a Wildean dandy in The Importance Of Being Earnest, a Polish-American wife-beater in A Streetcar Named Desire and a dubious priest in Doubt. This is his fifth Upstart production. He also helped create Twist & Shout, their original musical play, in 2009.




Ariel Steffen, Sir Andrew Aguecheek




Male tenor, percussionist and hobby piano-player, Ariel is currently working on his PhD.

Diverse music-performances since early childhood.
1998: winner of the “Promotion Prize” of the Musik-Akademie Basel for a team-based improvisation.

Stage appearances:
The Hostage, The Real Inspector Hound, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters, Much Ado About Nothing, Miller's Resurrection Blues, Lyly's Gallathea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Cathy Barker, Maria






Cathy Barker has been resident in Basel for over three years now, having spent some time previously living in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Lima, Peru. This is the first time she has acted in a Shakespeare play since leaving school. Her first acting role in Basel was in Losing It, and in June 2014 she appeared in Calendar Girls.


Samuel Ammann, Sebastian






Sam grew up in Basel, and is studying English and History at the University of Basel. He has performed theatre in both English and German.

Recent stage appearances:

Half an Hour, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Baggage, Lady Windemere's Fan, The Merchant of Venice, In the Dark.




Eric Collino, Fabian





British born Eric has appeared in more than 20 plays over the last 22 years. He has played leading roles in:

Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal, A Christmas Carol, Quartet,  Dinner for One

 His experience includes work as Assistant Director in several plays.


Pablo Arnaiz, Antonio






Pablo is currently working on his Master’s Degree at the University of Basel Faculty of Law.

Stage Appearances:

Schuld, Staub, Slam with Junges Schauspiel Theater Basel, The Hypochondriac, Jerry Springer is God, Noises Off, Scherbenpark, Schauspielhaus, Vitamin T Produktion



John Hyland, Sea Captain & Officer




Ex Policeman, Ex Royal Naval Officer, Ex Chemist, Ex Banker, John Conleth Hyland, was born in the UK, graduated from Bath, Bristol and Liverpool Universities and has been a Swiss resident since 1993.

Stage appearances:

 On Hold at 30’000 Feet, Hard Candy, Squashed, Miss You, Unoriginal Sin, The Dear Departed, RENT (The Rock Musical), Calendar Girls.


Numerous appearances with the Basel Panto Group 


Anthony O’Sullivan, Valentine





Tony O’Sullivan played Inspector Craddock in A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie, and Fred in A Guest Lecturer by A. R. Gurney and several smaller roles over the last 20 years.




Andrew Fernandes, Priest





Born and bred in Bombay, India, Andrew’s has pursued acting and singing all his life and has performed on stages all over the world. With earliest stage appearances starting at age 7, recent and possibly most memorable ones are in:

The Boyfriend, Oliver, A Slice of Saturday Night, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Twist & Shout, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Directing credits include: “A Slice of Saturday Night” and “Closer”.



Gregor Heinrich, 





This will be Gregor's debut as an actor in a major theatre production.

He has nevertheless a lot of stage experience as a musician having played guitar and sung in bands all over the world for over 30 years.