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Beate Maes was born in Berlin and studied drama at the Krauss School for Performing Arts in Vienna before she received her B.F.A. in dramatic arts in Berlin. She gained her first theater experiences when she started working in experimental productions for instance under the direction of playwright Heiner Müller. Many roles in dramatic as well as comedic plays were to follow at theaters in Bonn, Aachen, Hamburg, and Berlin. In film, Beate Maes debuted alongside Roman Knizka in 1994 in the TV drama Ausgespielt by Rolf Silber. In 1995 she took on a leading role in Rochade, a student film by Thorsten Schmidt that picked up the Honorary Foreign Student Academy Award. Since then she’s been hailed for her performances in TV mini-series like Die Semmelings (dir.: Dieter Wedel), Zodiak – Der Horoskopmörder (dir.: Andreas Prochaska), and the TV drama about an abducted airplane, Mogadischu (dir.: Roland Suso Richter). She enticed audiences with her interpretation of an esoteric midwife when she performed the phenomal song Wir sind Mütter in the feature film hit Männerherzen by Simon Verhoeven. Again on the big screen, this time in 2013,  Beate Maes starred in one of the leads opposite Martina Gedeck and Markus Krojer in Bastard by Carsten Unger.

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Genoveva Mayer was born and raised in Munich. She graduated from Schauspiel Munich Drama School and took additional acting classes at the renowned Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. Upon graduation she became an ensemble member for two seasons at the municipal theater Pforzheim where she was given the great opportunity to play several leading roles in plays like The Imaginary Invalid, Die Strategie der Schmetterlinge, and Bungee Jumping. Moreover, she acted and sang in musical productions like Happy End and Sekretärinnen. An engagement at Munich’s Komödie im Bayerischen Hof lured her back to her hometown. She performed in comedic plays like 8 Frauen and Der Damenschneider and took on a role in the British tragedy Honour, which then toured nationally. Genoveva Mayer has had roles in episodes of TV crime series like SoKo München, Der Bulle von Tölz, and Unter Verdacht and has played in films like Am Rande der Nacht, Der Kronzeuge, and In Letzter Sekunde. In 2010 she was picked by Til Schweiger to play in the box-office hit Kokowääh which went on to win the German Comedypreis in 2011. Big screen productions followed like Oscar Roehler’s autobiography Quellen des Lebens and Hans Steinbichler’s Q and A for which she was hand-picked by the director himself in 2012.

Just recently Genoveva Mayer started doing voiceover work and also reads for audio plays, special features, and TV reports.

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Karin Thaler justifiably deserves to be hailed as a highly appraised and accomplished actress. Her debut role in the 1986 TV movie Gundas Vater under the direction of Michael Verhoeven was a lead and her instant breakthrough. Since then she has been standing in front of the camera continuously for more TV movies and all major German TV series. She made her first stage appearance in 1987 as Marilyn in Bus Stop, the famous comedic play by William Inge. Her premiere in a feature film production was in 1990 in Michael Verhoeven’s Das Schreckliche Mädchen which went on to be nominated for an Oscar under the category Best Foreign Language Film. Again on the big screen, Karin Thaler was cast opposite Heino Ferch in Ralf Huettner’s 2011 critically acclaimed road movie Vincent will Meer. Currently, Karin Thaler can be seen on the TV crime series Rosenheim Cops performing as Marie Hofer which is one of the leading characters on the ZDF show. Moreover, audiences will recognize her as the pathologist Dr. Anja Licht, a regular character on the weekly ARD TV crime series Hubert und Staller.

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Anuschka Tochtermann was born in 1994 in Starnberg. After having studied theater science for a few semesters at the university, she decided to enroll at the respected Zerboni Acting School. This move really facilitated the growth of her acting personality, promptly resulting in her winning the Lore Bronner Award for best newcomer in 2017. The according press release states as follows: „Anuschka Tochtermann gave the Orestes from The Oresteia by Aeschylus and also the Francis from Dennis Kelly’s Osama the Hero. In addition, she performed a song called „I was Hurt“ by the band Bilderbuch. The jury pointed out her courageous and carefree play: „we were taken in by her pure joy of acting“. I am looking very much forward to working with Anuschka since she is an inspiring and simply wonderful young actress always striving to learn more and happy to experiment in order to further hone her craft. She also participates in tailored workshops during which she never lets anyone intimidate her, not even the hard-boiled pros. I believe it won’t be long for her to be able to present to the audience a character trait that waits to be uncovered: her tenderness and delicacy.

In all beginnings dwells a magic force. For guarding us and helping us to live.
Hermann Hesse

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The famed German actress, Franziska Walser – after having graduated from the renowned Otto Falckenberg Drama School – started her career at the Staatstheater Stuttgart. After one season there, she decided to relocate to Hamburg to start working at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus. In 1976 she became part of a star ensemble at the legendary Münchner Kammerspiele Theater and continued working there until 2001. During this time, she teamed up with famous theater directors like Dieter Dorn, Thomas Langhoff, and Hans Lietzau. In 1980 Franziska was awarded the Theater Förderpreis of Munich. Since 2002 Franziska Walser has been increasingly involved in  experimental theater productions. In many of these, directors Jan Bosse and Dusan David Parizek, among others, have become important collaborators for her.  Since 2013/2014 Franziska Walser has been a noticeable part within the ensemble at the Staatstheater Stuttgart where she is currently playing the leading part in Samuel Beckett´s Happy Days staged by director Armin Petras. The ambitious film actress won the Bayerische Filmpreis in 1991 as Best Actress in Frank Seitz’s Erfolg and in 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Adolf Grimme Preis for her work in Nikolaus Leytner’s Ein halbes Leben which also secured her a nomination at the Deutsche Fernsehpreis as Best Supporting Actress. Aside from numerous roles in German TV films, Franziska also played in big screen productions like Reine Geschmacksache (directed by Ingo Rasper), and Bach in Brazil (directed by Ansgar Ahlers). Both productions were awarded prizes at multiple international film festivals. Recently Franziska has played the leading part in the TV movie So auf Erden directed by Till Endemann which will be shown at the Filmfest München 2017.

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Maria Walser arbeitete für das Tanztheater Nürnberg unter Daniela Kurz mit Andre Gingras, Rui Horta und Stijn Celis. Von 2007–10 am Staatstheater Oldenburg, mit Jan Pusch, Club Guy and Roni, Rami Beer, Inguun Bjornsgaard, Ina Christel Johanessen und Tero Saarinen. Seit 2011 freiberufliche Arbeit als Tänzerin Schauspielerin und Choreografin.

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