About us

English Theatre Düsseldorf

Rosie Thorpe


Born and bred in Kent, England, Rosie went on to train as an actor at the Arts University College, Bournemouth. Since graduating in 2010, Rosie has worked predominantly in Theatre, touring in Germany, Austria and the UK with Theatre Companies such as White Horse Theatre, Selladoor Theatre Company and Vienna’s English Theatre. This is where Rosie discovered a love for performing English Theatre to non-native Audiences, and gave her the idea to set up her very own English Speaking Theatre Company „English Theatre Düsseldorf“. Rosie has been in Düsseldorf since 2015 and not only works in Theatre but also in Voiceover.


Ilya Parenteau


ILYA PARENTEAU, USA, is an actress, musical theatre soloist, director, choreographer and drama teacher. She was a scholarship student at Robert Joffrey’s American Ballet Center in NYC, the Ellis-DuBoulay school of Ballet in Chicago, and studied Theater at the University of Utah, the University of North Carolina and Circle in the Square in NYC. Ms. Parenteau’s credits span from Shakespeare plays to musicals. (A Midsummernight’s Dream with PlayMaker’s Repertory Co., Footloose with Paramount Pictures, Demeter in CATS with the Really Useful Co., Zürich, CH, Chicago Opera Theater, the Muny Opera Theater…)


Guest Cast and Creatives

Gizza Streit


After an 8 year hiatus from the theatre, Gizza returns debuting in her first play in Germany with the English Theatre Düsseldorf. Being on stage is where her love for acting began over 20 years ago. Gizza, a Los Angeles, California native, trained at  the Actors Circle Theatre and Santa Monica College. Some of her theatre credits include “Anna in the Tropics,” “Proof” and “Even the Stones Bled”. She hosted a Spanish language music video show, “Tu Ritmo” and has guest starred on “CSI Miami,” “The Unit,” “Entourage” and most recently Lifetime’s “We Have Your Husband.”  Gizza is extremely grateful to the ladies of the English Theatre Düsseldorf for giving her the platform to express herself on stage after so long. Gizza is also a qualified yoga teacher, and food aficionada 😉

Daniel Wandelt


Daniel is a Düsseldorf based German actor and voice-over Artist. English Theatre Düsseldorf have had the pleasure of working with Daniel in “100 Mothers”, playing the role of Lou.

More information on Daniel’s work can be found at www.daniel-wandelt.de


Alexander Kupsch


Alex is a passionate actor and musician. As an actor and performer he appears regularly in productions of the free theater scene of North Rhine Westphalia and most prominently in those of only connect! courage.love.drama. On stage he has portrayed characters such as Kurt Cobain (Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis), Jesus (Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita), Jerry (Edward Albee's The Zoo Story), and Lysander (William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream)...and strippers. He has also composed original songs and sound cues for theatre productions such as Zeit der Kannibalen (Theater glassbooth) and The Machine (only connect!) and appears in image-, promotional- and music videos. As musician he has participated in Patrick Grand's Tilted Axes project with the fft in Düsseldorf.


photography: Uwe Faltermeier

Fiona Leonard


Fiona wrote and directed "Cold Feet" and "100 Mothers" for ETD. As a teenager, Fiona took two career aptitude tests. The first said she was unemployable, the second returned only one result - coroner. She decided to ignore both (and give up taking aptitude tests) and instead became in turn, an Australian diplomat, foreign and trade policy consultant, freelance writer, theatre producer, blogger, home schooler, author and playwright (and sometimes several of these at once).

She has a gypsy soul that has carried her across twenty-six countries on five continents. She currently calls Düsseldorf home.




Santiago Duque


Santiago Duque and Maximiliane Wadler worked alongside eachother to design and build the set for "100 Mothers".

Santiago is a Düsseldorf based Media and Interaction Designer, looking for new challenges. He runs his own company, Squareclouds Design, where you can learn more about his work:



Maximiliane Wadler


Maximiliane Wadler worked alongside Santiago Duque (Squareclouds Design) to design, create and build the "100 Mothers" set.

Maxi is a Motion Designer and Scenographer from Germany, who focusses on Spatial Design and Media Enhanced Scenography. For more of an insight into her work, take a look at her website: 



Liz Manning


At twenty Liz thought about becoming a costumier. By the time she was close to graduation from university, she just had too many other paths she wanted to explore. When she started teaching she found herself doing drama and then started - or resumed - her interest in costumes, as well as set building, lighting, blocking. When she started working at the International School, she was immediately thrust into working with kids in drama. Throughout the years she often directed kids, painted sets and costumed shows, sometimes sewing or finding costumes at flea markets. Part of what makes clothing an actor so satisfying is that it is often a journey into a particular historical era and it requires a sense of what a character is or does as interpreted by the actor.

Mike McAlpine


Mike McAlpine is a British actor based in Germany. He trained at East 15 Acting School in London and performs in both German and English language productions. Recent work includes “Wie Steht’s, Mata Hari?” (Director: Anne Simmering, Text: Tony Dunham), “Hotel Happy German” (Director and Text Aydın Işık, Landesbühne Pfalz, Neuwied), “Eine Sommernacht” (Director: Ivana Langmajer, Text: Greig and McIntyre) and “Der Kleine Lord” (Director and Text Aydın Işık). Mike is one half of the comedy/Kabarett duo Mike & Aydin, which regularly tours throughout Germany, with the odd venture onto UK soil. Mike lives with his family in Leverkusen. www.mikemcalpine.com