Christofer von Beau, son of an American father and a German mother, was born in Munich, Germany. His love for acting was actually incited by one of his mother’s friends who was an actress herself. As a teenager, he moved with his mother to the U.S. where he spent the following 20 years. While in America, he was accepted to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Upon graduating successfully, he went on to take part in a Shakespeare workshop under the tutelage of Judy Magee and on top of that enjoyed a singing education with William Drake. At the beginning of his career, Christofer von Beau played in numerous musicals like The Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show directed by Anna Vaughn at the Berliner Kammerspiele. To this day he refers to this experience as “the best he had” when it comes to stage work. More work such as the West Side Story, Othello, or Godspell was to follow. His first TV appearances date back to 1995 but his breakthrough role was Franz Ainfachnur on the TV series SOKO 5113. Starting off in 2002 as a supporting series regular in 74 episodes, he now has risen the ranks to become inspector and thereby one of the series leads on that show which was renamed SOKO Muenchen at the beginning of the 2015/2016 season. In 2012 he delivered a strong performance as the leading male, Raymond, opposite Jutta Speidel in the ARD network film 24 Cows But No Man. Whenever on set, Christofer von Beau’s upbeat nature and positive attitude lights up everyone around him. We are so thankful to have him on our roster and are keenly looking forward to lots of interesting and fun projects together.∗∗∗∗∗
Butz Buse puts all his heart and soul into his work as an actor. His career started 20 years ago on the stage in Paris and Amsterdam. Lately, Butz Buse has increasingly gained prominence within the film and TV industry. He is a master of his craft to an extent that repeatedly draws renowned directors like Felix Fuchssteiner, Wolfgang Murnberger, Marcus H. Rosenmueller, and Ralf Westhoff to name but a few. But he also loves to put his fine work into short-film projects like Marc Steck’s GUMMIFAUST which garnered him an award at this year’s “2015 Genrenale 3”. With verve and total commitment, he creates his characters all the way down to splaying out his little finger in a certain position or pulling the corners of his mouth in the minimalist of ways. He has studied all of them along with their idiosyncrasies: the local original, the stuffy, the conservative, the serious, the accurate, the quirky, the sociopathic misfit. He brings to life his characters in unforgettable ways and thereby makes us shudder. Butz Buse will go anywhere. We wish him every role the world has to offer.∗∗∗∗∗
Martin Halm was born (1961) and raised in Munich. When listening to him speak though, you won’t make out any regional or local dialect in his articulate diction which is carried by his signature, gentle voice. Early on in his childhood, Martin Halm began gathering experience in acting and went on to be trained in that profession in both Germany and stateside where he attended the University of California. It was also the latter where he majored in film studies and acquired his fluency in English. He started his career playing the lead in an Italian film for the big screen, ERNESTO, which was helmed by Salvatore Samperi. The German audience came to experience him playing the lead of a 19 year old opposite Heinz Bennent in the suspenseful TV mini-series called DER FALL MAURITIUS which aired on ZDF network. Ratings went through the roof and Martin Halm became famous overnight. He then worked with prestigious directors like Michael Verhoeven, Sigi Rothemund, Martin Enlen, Roland Suso Richter, Michael Steinke, Florian Gärtner, Matthias Steurer, Uli Moeller to name but a few. The genres of the films he was first cast in were very much in the direction of drama and crime. The mid-nineties brought a lot of TV series that mainly focused on family entertainment and Martin Halm was right at the center of it when he became a series-regular on the popular SAT1 show FÜR ALLE FÄLLE STEFANIE. Martin Halm is a confident actor with many facets. Looking at his latest headshots will truly spark your imagination. He can be the charismatic leader of a group, he can be the family man, the criminal investigator, the musician or the conductor, the mediterranean gigolo or mafioso, the Jew or the Arab. You name it∗∗∗∗∗
Wilfried Klaus’ acting career began on stage. His first performance at the distinguished Munich Volkstheater was followed by 6 continuous years of steady ensemble theater work at that venue. He was the lead character in many of the famous classical works and later developed a liking plays by Ludwig Thoma. It should not go unmentioned that Wilfried Klaus has always been an artist who enjoys playing comedic roles. Beginning in 1965, countless film and TV roles directed by Rainer Erler, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Franz Seitz, Helmut Dietl, Bernd Fischerauer, Günter Gräwert, Michael Verhoeven, Wolfgang Petersen to name a few, have added to Wilfried Klaus’ impressive body of work. His most well-known role, though, was that of the Chief of Detective Horst Schickl in the ZDF series SoKo 5113. In this very role he stayed true to the audience from 1976 until 2007. In 2008 he got exempted from duty by his own wish and has accepted new challenges since then.∗∗∗∗∗
Tom Mikulla started his classical theater education at the Hochschule Leipzig. During his years at drama school he was already offered several film roles and by the time he finished his studies he had been cast in the TV series Fahrschule Kampmann as well as in Und Tschüss! Sadly, the latter was the only production so far that granted him the opportunity to create a character with a Saxon accent. Tom Mikulla loves his home town of Dresden but states (in a clear standard German accent): “It is very difficult for productions to place a Saxon-speaking character on a show because for the audience he or she will most often come across as the stereotypical goofball”. It is definitely not the goofball type that Tom Mikulla usually gets cast for in TV series like Motorrad Cop, Medicopter, or Rosenheim Cops, but instead, he plays roles like policemen, pilots, detectives, guys that have their heart in the right place. Nevertheless, Tom Mikulla also loves to play the slick and two-faced desperado type of guy and manages to portray both kinds of roles in a perfectly convincing way.
In spring 2013, Tom Mikulla performed on the stage of Dresden’s Societaetstheater in a new play called Sprechende Männer (dir.: Thomas Stecher), which portrays two stereotypical men having a not-so-typical conversation on ways of life in our society. All those who want to learn more about what men really feel should see the next performance on September 22nd.∗∗∗∗∗
Patrick Nellessen was born in Munich where he also earned his highschool diploma (Abitur). He finished his non-military service and for two semesters enrolled for German studies at the university. Though he never lost his enthusiasm for the humanities, he did audition in 2009 at one of the most reputable German drama schools, Theaterakademie August Everding, and got accepted right after his first try. During his studies there he did partake in plays at both the Akademietheater and the Prinzregententheater. Following a successful final showcase at his drama school, he was asked by the artistic director of the Theater Erlangen to join the ensemble there. He took the chance and for two years, starting in 2013, he got to play leading characters in classical as well as in modern plays. During those two years, he actually managed to tuck under his belt a whopping 14 different productions. Meanwhile Patrick Nellessen has come back to his home town Munich where he works as a freelance actor. In 2016, he returned to the stage of Munich’s Metropol Theater for the highly successful production of Mnouchkine’s play “Die letzte Karawanserei” (dir.: Jochen Schölch). Also, he was cast in another current production there, “Habe die Ehre” (dir.: Miguel Abrantes Ostrowski) which is the most fast-paced play I have ever come to see.
Let me say that Patrick Nellessen beautifully mastered his first film roles, one of which deserves a special mention: his collaboration with director Sherry Hormann and DoP Michael Ballhaus. In a favorable sense, you can picture the actor Patrick Nellessen as a self-questioning hero. His work seems effortless and evermore focused. If I were to pick the two traits I like most about Patrick, I’d pick his sincere honesty and distinct voice.∗∗∗∗∗
Born in 1978 in the town of Munich, Leo Reisinger was raised outside of the city receiving piano lessons and going through vocational education to eventually become a carpenter. It was by “a happy chance” as Leo puts it that he came across acting and then decided to change paths to take yet more training, this time though to become an actor. So he finished his studies at the Neue Muenchner Schauspielschule Ali Wunsch Koenig and was offered his first role by iconic director Franz X. Bogner. The two turned out to be a natural team having the same idiom of a local southern-Bavarian accent that is spoken in the countryside around Munich. More work followed by way of collaboration with directors as well known as Max Faerberboeck, Sibylle Tafel, Johannes Fabrick, and Marvin Kren. In 2014, Leo played the lead in the Student Academy Award winning film “Border Patrol” helmed by Peter Baumann. Since 2018, Leo Reisinger is the eponymous character of Toni in the ARD network primetime series “Toni, Maennlich, Hebamme”. Apart from acting, Leo plays in and composes songs for his own rock band and on top of that is the head writer for two in-development TV series. Not to forget are Leo’s English speaking skills that he got to perfect during a one-year stay in Australia.∗∗∗∗∗
It happened during his high school graduation party that Herbert Schäfer parodied a drunken principal which definitely made him gain the favor of his fellow students and also rendered grades a matter of secondary importance. Everyone who witnessed the scene knew that Herbert Schäfer was to become an actor. He also convinced the Otto Falckenberg Drama School audition panel of his skills and subsequently received the best of acting training that there is in Germany. Upon performing his absolutely convincing graduation monologues he became a fixed member with the ensemble at the theater in Ulm, Germany where for four years he got to play classics by Schiller, Goethe, Lessing, Kleist, and Brecht. Following a 3 year intermission and a couple of forays into summer theater, he joined another fixed ensemble, this time at the Theater Freiburg. This was a time in which plays started to be interpreted in a more modern and unconventional way. At that time he also got to know Amélie Niermeyer. She helped Herbert Schäfer take a big leap forward as an actor and they collaborated in a number of plays at the Schauspielhaus Duesseldorf. Risa Kes who was one of the very first and finest casting directors, introduced him to director Rainer Kaufmann which paved Herbert Schäfer’s way to work in film. Thanks to his impressively sonorous voice he is also a well-established narrator for radio features, radio plays, audio books as well as for TV documentaries on the French-German TV network ARTE. As for truly convincing lead roles, Herbert Schäfer is currently performing in Superstar sucht Deutschland at the Kammerspiele Landshut, Germany and in Benefiz at the Metropol Theater München. His last lead performance in a film for the big screen was opposite Ulrike Tscharre in Ian Dilthey’s Eines Tages . . .. Herbert Schäfer is a thoroughbred actor!∗∗∗∗∗