Aitor Basauri

joint artistic director & performer


Aitor is an acclaimed teacher of clown, regularly holding Spymonkey masterclasses in London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and around the world, and for the Clown Doctors organisation in Germany, Austria and France.


Performed in The Servant of Two Masters at Sheffield Crucible (1996), Axomate at the Seville Expo (1992), Eulenspiegel (1991) and in Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau’s Grand Paradis and Stau in Zurich (1997 and 1998). Director of Little Prince for Donkey Productions (1997), Un Vento Impetuoso for La Canoppia (1996) and Meci Y Me Fui for Pez Enraya ( 1997). In 1999 he appeared in Circus Knie, the Swiss State Circus, and in 2000 formed his own company Punto Fijo, based in Bilbao. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Appeared in Bertold Brecht’s Senor Carrera’s Rifles at the Young Vic, directed by Paul Hunter (2007).


Directing credits include: ‘Lily & Marlene’ for La Dinamica (Spain 2015); ’Looking for Duende' for Teatro Entre Escombros (Spain 2015); ’Hondycops' for Squadra Sua (Czech Republic 2015); ’Ferucchio Peru is Extraordinaire’ for Leebo Luby (UK 2015); Manifest Destiny (New York 2015); Fabulous Bäckström Brothers (Finland 2014); Entre Escobros '600 Teatro' (Spain 2014); 'Gloriator' for Skipstick Productions (London 2013); 'NMIIDP' Simone Riccio, (London 2013); 'Herr Ist Immer Der Natur' for Die Drei Auf Den Baum (Berlin 2012); 'Discombobulated' for Publick Transport (Bristol & UK tour, 2011); 'Ramshackadelicious' (Bristol 2011); 'Shake' for The Last Baguette (Switzerland 2010).


Director of physical comedy for Chichester Festival Theatre's 'Mack & Mabel' (2015) starring Michael Ball.

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Petra Massey

joint artistic director & performer


BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. Trained with Philippe Gaulier and John Wright in London.


Joined Swiss action theatre, Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau (KKG) in 1996 for Grand Paradis, S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1997), and Stau in 1998. In 1999 she headlined with KKG on tour with Circus Knie. She starred in Cirque Images’ series Solstrom (2003) for Bravo TV. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05, and at the Barbican in “Office Party Xmas 2007”, which transferred to the Pleasance London in 2011.


Starred in two seasons of the BBC comedy sci-fi Hyperdrive, 2006-07 as regular crew member “Sandstrom” the enhanced human, and appears in season 2 of 'Miranda', and Comedy Cuts & Headcases for ITV (2008-2009).


Hosted and performed for the German based dinner theatre ‘Palazzo Productions’ in Amsterdam with Spymonkey (2008/09) and Stuttgart (2010)


Director for Wet Picnic (2008-11), The Two Wrongies (2010-11), Swank (2011), Hijinx Theatre (2012), Extant (2012), Naive Dance (2013), Slightly Fat Features (2012-14), Likely Story (2014) slapstick consultant for the film installation Trip Hazard (2013)


Petra performed in 'Never Try this at Home' (2014) with Told by An Idiot directed by Paul Hunter at Birmingham Rep, Traverse Edinburgh, Sheffield Studio and Soho Theatre and 'The Bee' a production conceived by Japan's celebrated director and playwright Hideki Noda in Paris, Luxembourg and Germany in 2014. Member of Shakespeare's Globe 2015 acting company, performing Mistress Overdone in Dominic Dromgoole's 'Measure For Measure' and Chorus Leader in Adele Thomson's 'Oresteia'.


Currently starring as Boozy Skunkton, host of Spiegelworld's Atomic Saloon at The Venetian, Las Vegas.


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Toby Park

managing artistic director & performer


Studied Drama at Hull University. Trained at Fool Time Circus School, Bristol, and with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneaux in Paris. From 1994-97 he was co-musical director and actor with Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau in Zurich, creating with them S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1994, 1997), R.U.P.T.U.R.E (1995) and Grand Paradis (1997). Played Othello in BAC Walking Orchestra’s Othello Music (1999); member of the Improbable Theatre 'Lifegame' company (1998) which ran off-Broadway in 2000, and Animo (1999).


Musical director and composer for: Guy Dartnell’s Would Say Something (1998), winner of the Time Out Best of the Fringe Award; acro-dance-theatre Mimbre’s Sprung (2001), Trip-Tic (2003) and The Bridge (2007); site-specific pieces with Graeme Gilmour at Kielder Water Northumberland (2006) and Forth & Clyde Canal Glasgow (2007), and with Phil Supple/The Electric Estate for the National Trust at Cragside Northumberland.


Appeared with Petra in 'Sandi Toksvig's Christmas Cracker starring Ronnie Corbett' at the Royal Festival Hall (2009). TV appearances include Cirque Images’ 2003 series 'Solstrom' for Bravo Cable Network and BBC2 'Hyperdrive'.


Director of Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, a clown opera in Helsinki (2014) and Tom Adams' 'Howl At The Moon'. Co-director and composer for Spike Theatre's 'The Games' (2010), co-director of 'Sink of Swim' (2013). Co-director with Maria Aitken of Georgia Pritchett's 'Telling Tales', in development for ATG. Co-director with Petra of Unity Festival opening and closing ceremonies at the Wales Millennium Centre (2012).


Director of physical comedy for Chichester Festival Theatre's 'Mack & Mabel' (2015) starring Michael Ball, 'Merry Wives of Windsor' RSC (2018), 'Tartuffe' (2019) and  'Jack Absolute Flies Again' (in development)  at the National Theatre.


Trustee of Tall Stories Theatre Company since 2002.

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Emily Coleman

executive producer


Emily Coleman is an independent producer and theatre maker with expertise in work that explores the boundary between audience and performer, whether that be through comedy, site specific or interactive performances.


Based in Brighton Emily has worked with Spymonkey since 2014. She is also co-director of Pebble Gorge, a theatre company which makes interactive digital experiences for children and families, and producer for The Future is Unwritten Theatre. She has also worked with Bootworks, Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe.


In 2013 and 2014 Emily produced Hijack, a festival for children and families, that presented cutting edge, participatory work for audiences in a variety of venues and public spaces in Brighton and Hove. She works as Press Officer for the comedy and live music venue Komedia and is a advocate for the importance of the independent arts sector.

Stephan Kreiss

associate artist & performer


Trained with Philippe Gaulier & Monika Pagneux, Atelier International de l’Acteur (Paris 1985/89) and finished his drama studies with a degree (Vienna 1990/93).


Stephan replaced Paul Weilenmann in 2000 and has performed in all Spymonkey productions to date: STIFF, COOPED, ZUMANITY, BLESS, MOBY DICK and OEDIPUSSY.


Theatre credits in Austria and Vienna in the past include amongst others: Theatre YBY in Salzburg: ‘Hello, We Must Be Going’ (The Marx Brothers) directed by Jos Houben/ Johnny Hutch. He extensively toured his one-man-show: ‘Der Legendäre Lustige’ through Austria (1998-2001). His UK work includes the Right Size’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ (1993) and with Theatre Sans Frontieres (1995-98).


He appeared as Colin Chapman in the ‘Jochen Rindt Opera’, Salzburg Festival (2009), worked with the Young RSC in ‘King Lear’ (2010) and David Pugh Productions (2012). He performed for the german based dinner theatre ‘Palazzo Productions’ in Amsterdam with Spymonkey (2008/09), Stuttgart (2010) and for the last three seasons Stephan co-directed their shows in Berlin (2011), Vienna (2012) and Stuttgart (2013).


Since 2013 he has played a lead in ‘Jedermann/Everyman’ at the Salzburger Festspiele directed by Brian Mertes and Julian Crouch. TV appearances include BBC2 ‘Hyperdrive’, ‘Solstrom’ for Bravo Cable Network and various resurfacings on Austrian TV.


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Lucy Bradridge

associate artist & designer


Lucy has designed all Spymonkey shows to date: STIFF, COOPED, ZUMANITY, BLESS, MOBY DICK, LOVE IN and OEDIPUSSY, as well as the collaborations SPOOKSHOW, EVERY LAST TRICK and MRS HUDSON’S CHRISTMAS CORKER.


Lucy has collaborated on numerous occasions with clown director Cal McCrystal, including Alan Ayckboure’s MR WHATNOT at Royal & Derngate, BUBONIC PLAY and HELLO DALAI for Piggy Nero, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE for Cambridge Footlights, and Fitzrovia Radio’s DRACULA at Mercury Colchester. Design credits include AUTOBOOSH for the Mighty Boosh; clown costume design for Cirque du Soleil’s VAREKAI and ZUMANITY; HEROES for Company FZ; MOONJOURNEY by Alice Lowe; Art Club’s TRIALS OF HERCULES; GLOVES ON and OUR DANCING FEET for Ragroof Players.


Television credits include ORCADIA, a Comedy Lab, and THE LAST CHANCERS, a comedy series both for Channel 4. Film credits include THE WILD AND WYCKED WORLD OF BRIAN JONES; OUT OF WATER and QUEEN BEE.

Natasha Britton

training & education officer


Natasha has been working as a freelance Dance Teacher, Project Manager and Education Consultant since 2000. She has experience of designing and delivering bespoke training and education projects and reviewing quality, as well as extensive teaching experience within her speciality of inclusive dance.


Natasha, who is based in Brighton, joined the Spymonkey team in 2020. In addition to her role at Spymonkey she is the Co Founder & Artistic Director of Parable Dance and takes on other short term Project Management and consultancy work.


Natasha has developed the training and outreach offers for a number of arts organisations including Parable Dance, Magpie Dance, Rounded Rhythm and 3ddance. She has been part of education teams for The RAD (Step into Dance), Candoco Dance Company and Richard Alston Dance Company and has  delivered projects for organisations including Sadler’s Wells, Trinity Laban, Essex Dance and South East Dance.


Natasha has held a number of teaching and Head of Dance positions in schools and colleges in the South East and worked as Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Dance Development Officer (maternity cover).


Natasha has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.

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