David Anderson, actor, director, playwright and poet, was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA. In 1991 he received a Bachelor's degree in writing from Lakeland College. He taught English in Weimar, Germany, for three years before completing a post-graduate degree in Waldorf Education at Emerson College, Forest Row, England.
He studied Speech and Drama at Threshold Theater in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. An adaptation for the stage of his 45-part poem "Walking the dog" led to the founding of Walking the dog Theater in 1997.
In 2001 David Anderson and John McManus inaugurated Shakespeare Alive!, a yearlong course for youth in the art of acting. The college-accredited
David appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Chekhovek and recently performed in Walking the dog Theater’s (WTD) The Death Show; played Man in The Lost Frontier of America for WTD, Claire in Genet’s The Maids for New Stage Theatre in Pittsfield, and played the Stage Manager in and directed Our Town for WTD/PS21.
In 2009 he played Anton Chekhov in I Take Your Hand and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for WTD.
Favorite roles include: Hamlet in the collaborative production of Hamlet – a performance The Independent gave Best Male Actor for 2007; Pale in Burn This, Sceparnio in the U.S. Premiere of The Storm, and Roxane in Cyrano. He annually performs a one-man A Christmas Carol, tours with The Gospel of John, and is a member of WTD’s OFF LEASH! Improv Ensemble.
For film: lead roles in Coda, Understudy, Various States of Repose, Sky, Within A Forest, and Evil Twin. He has directed over 40 productions—fifteen Shakespeare plays and, in 2012, WTD’s The Cherry Orchard. In 2011: Finding Fathers and Julius Caesar (with inmates at the Greene County Correctional Facility, as part of WTD’s Prison Outreach Program). David has published poetry and written three plays: The Lost Son, Walking the dog, and The Lost Frontier of America. He serves as Executive Artistic Director for WTD.
Benedicta Bertau: Director, actor, clown and Associate Artistic Director for Walking the dog Theater, Benedicta Bertau was born in Germany into a French/German family. She received her Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate from Emerson College, England, in 1996 and her B.A. in Dance/Eurythmy from Helicon College in The Hague, Netherlands in 2000.
Benedicta Bertau trained in Physical Theater in Chile, the Chekhov Acting Method in Berlin, Germany, and Clowning in the Netherlands. She speaks six languages, and also works as a translator/editor.
In the US Benedicta Bertau has directed plays with children and youth, led workshops for people of all ages and abilities and performed with The Actors' Ensemble and Walking the dog Theater, from 2000 – 2004 on a volunteer basis, and from 2005 until 2011 as the Producing Artistic Director/Outreach Director for Walking the dog Theater. She is a trainee in the Spacial Dynamics® method in Venice, Italy.
Benedicta Bertau is an accomplished dancer of many styles, a passion often reflected in productions she directs. In the US, Ms. Bertau was a member of WTD's Improvisation Ensemble OFF LEASH! and co-directed Clown workshops with Laura Geilen of Nose to Nose. Benedicta Bertau has served on the board of directors of Walking the dog Theater since 1998.
Stage appearances include Our Town, Twelfth Night, Virtue, Desire, Death and Foolishness-An Evening of Tales by Anton Chekhov and Under Milk Wood.
Ms. Bertau conceived and directed Bon Appétit!, a 2010 theater and opera production in homage to Julia Child. Other directing credits include Les Miserables, Cymbeline, A Tale of Two Cities, I Take Your Hand In Mine, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Gospel of John, and Red Carnations x 2.
Since August 2011, Benedicta Bertau has returned to Europe and lives in Venice, Italy. She is engaged in teaching movement and theater workshops and creating multi-disciplinary performance projects in Venice and the Veneto region, while maintaining a close connection to Walking the dog Theater and the US.
Her blog is With the Flow.
She has served on the faculties of Shakespeare Alive!, The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in NYC, and as guest teacher at the Geert Grote and Constantine Huygens schools in Holland, and the Baobab College in South Africa.
Her seven-character, one-woman play, Blue Arches, premiered with WTD, and was remounted five times in NYC and in Columbia County. Recent directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew, The Gold in the Ground, The Tempest, and assistant director of Macbeth and As You Like It. Melania was the drama director for Side by Side for five years, a youth leadership training program and summer camp for underserved children in Harlem and Rockland County.
She has sung concerts of the music of Silvio Rodriguez, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, and many Elizabethan composers. She lives in New York City with her husband Richard and her daughter Nikita Lev. Melania is a member of Actors' Equity Association.
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