THE TOTALITARIANS – Cast & Creatives

Katy Federman (Francine) 

Theatre credits include: Toast (UK Tour); The Fulstow Boys (UK Tour); Abigail’s Party (UK Tour); Smashed Avocado on Sourdough (Arcola Theatre); Limbo (Tristan Bates Theatre); Concrete Jungle (Whitefield Theatre); Skyline (The Hope Theatre); Birthday (Young Vic Director’s Project – Waterloo East Theatre); The Killing of Sister George (UK Tour).

Screen credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), Innocent Man (BBC), Music Matters (Universal Records), Two Birds & No Stone (Assyrix Productions Ltd), Hanging On (iBlade Films) and feature films The Devil Made Me Do It, Precious Little Things and Africa in Her Blood. 

Katy has just finished recording the voices of Leah & Lyu for upcoming fantasy video game Enigmarella and is a regular reader of audiobooks for the Royal National Institute of Blind People. 

Mark Hammersley (Jeffrey) 

Mark trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London. 

Theatre credits include; The Comedy about a Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre, London); The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre, London); The Last Confession (American and Australian Tour); Backbeat (London, Los Angeles, Toronto); Pygmalion (Garrick Theatre, London); The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndams’ Theatre, London); Blood Brothers (West End, National Tour and United Arab Emirates); The Alchemist (Theatre in the Mill) and The Dumb Waiter (Etcetera Theatre).

Mark is also a regular performer with the Read not Dead company at The Globe Theatre, staging rarely seen plays by contemporaries of William Shakespeare.

Nikolas Salmon (Ben) 

Nikolas trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His theatre credits include: For King and Country (The Southwark Playhouse); The Tempest (Greenwich Theatre); Into Battle (Greenwich Theatre); She Stoops to Conquer (Changeling Theatre, UK Tour); All’s Well That End’s Well (Changeling Theatre, UK Tour); Unconscious Uncouplings (Arts Theatre); In Soft Wings (Tristan Bates Theatre); 13 (Unicorn Theatre). 

Nik’s film/TV credits include: Survivorz (Syfy), Don’t Come Here (Fish in the City Films), Fat Camp (2WENTY2WO Productions), Quick Fix (Filmic Media). 

Sarah Waddell (Penny) 

Originally from Glasgow, Sarah trained at Drama Studio London.  Sarah is delighted to be back at The English Theatre Frankfurt.

Theatre includes: Hand to God (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); Henry V (Barn Theatre); Macbeth (The Shakespeare Project); The York Realist (Riverside Studios); The Hard Man (Finborough Theatre); The Orchestra (Omnibus Theatre); Wizard of Oz (Brewhouse Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean Productions); A Little Night Music (All Star Productions); Into The Woods (All Star Productions); State Fair (Finborough); The Full Monty (Charing Cross Theatre); Girls Night (UK Tour); A Class Act (Landor Theatre).

Film & TV includes: Doctors, Being, Prevenge, Esther’s Funeral, Deadpan Valentine and various commercials and corporate productions.

Mark Mineart  (Director)

Mark is thrilled to be returning to The English Theatre Frankfurt (ETF) for the European Premiere of The Totalitarians.  Previously at ETF: Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire and swing in The Full Monty.  Broadway credits include: Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington and Macbeth with Kelsey Grammer.  Off Broadway credits: Svejk with Stephen Spinella.  Favorite Roles include: Cyrano, Macbeth, Macduff, Cassius, Caliban, Long John Silver and Lennie in Of Mice and Men.  World Premiers include: Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, Natural Selection, Listeners and Under Midwestern Stars. Theatres: Westport Country Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburg Public Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Geva Theatre, as well as the Indiana, Kansas City, and St. Louis Repertory Theatres, and the Texas, St. Louis, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. 

Film credits: Kinsey with Liam Neeson, Iron Sky with Udo Kier, and What a Man with Man with Matthias Schweighöfer. Television credits: Law & Order, Knights of Prosperity, Oz, and various soaps.  After leaving ETF in 2011 Mark ran the Actor Training Program at the American University in Cairo, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Theatre Performance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Otterbein University in Ohio. More: 

Richard Evans (Set and Costume Designer)

Richards work includes the West End Premieres and International Tours of Seussical and Guess How Much I love You. In 2018 he was shortlisted for the Scottish Culture Design Award and his work has been nominated for the Broadway World Awards (Addams Family, 2014), the Off West End Awards (Merchant of Venice). Richard also works extensively in the film and TV industry as a designer, set decorator and production buyer. 

UK and International Tour credits include: Avenue Q (No.1 Tour); Elmer (UK, China, International Tour); Look Up, Bring On The Bollywood, A Streetcar Named Desire, Democracy, Spectretown, Jekyll and Hyde, Kidnapped, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Man Who Had All The Luck and Lord Of The Flies. 

Theatre credits include: Peter Pan, Snow White, Aladdin, Wizard of Oz (Prime Pantomimes / Selladoor – UK wide); Stardust (Phizzical/Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); A Night To Remember, Come Hell Or High Water, The Rifles, One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Syncopation, The Children, Art, Outside Mullingar (Vienna’s English Theatre); The Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol, Love Song, Little Red and The Wolf (Dundee Rep); Aladdin (Broadway Theatre); Is That You Santa?, All I Want For Christmas, Sleepin’ Cutie (Macrobert Arts Centre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into The Woods, 9 to 5, Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Company (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); 12 Days of Christmas, Changing Stages, 12:1 (Chickenshed); The Girl Who (Noisemaker); The Seagull (York Theatre Royal). 

Opera and dance credits include: Shaw Goes Wilde (Royal Academy of Music /`Pegasus Opera); Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel (High Time Opera / Coventry Belgrade); Sharing Stages (Chickenshed); 125 (Groundswell); VITA (InBetween). 

Film and TV credist include: Princess Switch 3 (Netflix), The Control Room (BBC), The Lost King (Pathé), Borderland (Sky Cinema), A Castle For Christmas (Netflix), Bill (BBC Films / Horrible Histories); Moving On (BBC One); Justice (BBC One); AMINA (African Film Tour); and More Than Words (BBC One). 

Johannes Paul Volk (Lighting Designer)

Johannes started out as a lighting technician about 30 years ago but he worked mostly as a lighting programmer and lighting designer.

Production electrician credits include: Saturday Night Fever, Strangers on a Train, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde and many more for The English Theatre Frankfurt (ETF). Programming credits include Zauberflöte, A Tribute to Queen (Hessische  Staatstheater Wiesbaden); The Effect, Hand to God (ETF); Der Untergang des Hauses Usher (Ruhrtriennale 2021). Relighting credits include The invisible Hand, Bad Jews (ETF) and Jungfrau von Orleans (Nationaltheater Mannheim at the Theatertreffen Berlin).

Design credits include: A little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz (Musical Factory, Mainz); Unterm Milchwald (Kammerspiele Mainz); Alice in Wonderland, Black Rider, Lady MacBeth, Sweeney Todd (all ETF), Dunkel ist die Nacht Rigoletto (Uraufführung), Egmont (german premiere of Christian Jost’s opera), Räuber Hotzenplotz, Dark side of the Moon and more for Theater Bielefeld. J.P. is happy to be back at the ETF for this production.

Melanie Schöberl  (Assistant Costume Design)

Melanie`s first experience as a costume designer was for the Chaincourt Theatre Company at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2006 she worked as a costume assistant for the choreographer/director Wanda Golonka on Crave by Sarah Kane. During the same year she was part of the creative team of the Sebastian Hartmann production Being Lawinky. She did costume design for The Threepenny Opera, The Crucible and Master Class. 

Her work for ETF as assistant costume designer includes The Who`s Tommy, Rain Man, Breaking the Code, Sweet Charity, Good People, The Ruling Class, Saturday Night Fever, Venus in Fur, The Collector, Other Desert Cities, Death and the Maiden, The Glass Menagerie, The Life, Disgraced, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Spamalot, Handbagged, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pygmalion, Jekyll & Hyde, Hand to God, The Lion in Winter, Cabaret, Apologia, The Children, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sweeney Todd, The Effect, Switzerland, The Girl on the Train and Young Frankenstein.

Marc Frankum CDG  (Casting Director)

Marc trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting.


For The English Theatre Frankfurt, Marc has cast The Girl on the Train, Switzerland, Secret Life of Humans, The Effect, Sweeney Todd, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Children, Apologia, Cabaret, The Lion in Winter, Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical, Hand to God, Pygmalion, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Handbagged, Spamalot, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced, Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost – the Musical and Strangers on a Train.


Marc has also cast Bang Bang (Northcott Theatre/UK Tour); The History Boys (Grand Theatre Wolverhampton); God of Chaos; The Kneebone Cadillac (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Cinderella; Aladdin (Theatre Royal Norwich); Baskerville; Aladdin; Moll Flanders; Pieces of String; Much Ado About Nothing; Clybourne Park; Noises Off; Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Dracula (Touring Consortium Theatre Company); Tonight at 8.30, Mother Adam (Jermyn Street Theatre); I Capture the Castle (Palace Theatre Watford/Bolton Octagon);  Hand to God, The Woman in Black, The Duck House (all West End); The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank/Shakespeare’s Globe); Barbarians (Tooting Arts Club); When Blair had Bush and Bunga (Pleasance One); Out of Order, The Full Monty 2018/19 & 2016/17, The Band, Dial M for Murder, An Inspector Calls, End of the Rainbow, Calendar Girls (all UK Tours); Goodnight Mister Tom (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre/The Childrens Touring Partnership); Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse); The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary Tour);  The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre); Far Away (Bristol Old Vic) and The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and was casting associate on Big, the Musical (Plymouth/Dublin); Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Bodyguard (West End) and Elf – the Musical (West End/Plymouth/Dublin/Manchester) and casting consultant on Love on the Links (Salisbury Playhouse); The Dark Room (Theatre 503); Chinese Whispers (Greenwich Theatre).

Marc has worked alongside fellow Casting Director Sarah Bird on series 6 of Hustle, the BBC One Wales series Crash and various theatre productions.