About Us

Company of Wolves is a laboratory theatre company based in Glasgow.

We make performances that use elements of theatre, dance, music, and improvisation to inspire, challenge and question.

Our method is experimental. We search for what delights us: the catch in the throat, the knot in the stomach, the shiver down the spine.

Company of Wolves was formed in 2012 and is led by director/performer Ewan Downie and musician/performer Anna Porubcansky.

Our approach to theatre has grown from our research into performance making and has been inspired by our experiences working with Song of the Goat Theatre, Kristin Linklater, Katie Duck and Keith Johnstone, among others.

The foundation of our work is rigorous training that aims to develop the performer’s full resources – body, voice, emotion, mind.

We train together to deepen our trust of each other, to access new sources of inspiration, to go places we’ve never been.


The Company

Artistic Directors

  • Ewan Downie

    Ewan is an award-winning director, writer and actor. He works worldwide in experimental theatre and performance.

    Recent projects include Invisible Empire, Seven Hungers and A Brief History of Evil for Company of Wolves; Cruzadas (National Theatre, Portugal); Hidden Birds (La Virgule, France)

    Ewan was a member of Poland's renowned Song of the Goat Theatre from 2006-2012, devising and performing in Macbeth (2006-2012), The Crucible (2010) and Songs of Lear (2011-12) for which he won both a Fringe First and a Herald Archangel.

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  • Anna Porubcansky

    Anna is a musician and performer. Her training includes classical and choral singing, natural voice and vocal anatomy (Kristin Linklater, Roy Hart Theatre, Alexander Technique). She works as a music director, voice coach and live sound designer, blending traditional song and experimental electronic music.

    Recent performances include Song Cycle at Scot:Lands (Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2015); Chemikal Underground's Duke St Expo (2014); Frost & Fire (Platform, 2013); and for Company of Wolves, both Seven Hungers and Invisible Empire.

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Current Collaborators

  • Jonathan Peck

    Jonathan is an actor, theatre practitioner and teacher specialising in devised theatre. He is a founding member of Company of Wolves and has devised and performed in A Brief History of Evil, Invisible Empire and Seven Hungers.

    He has also directed and performed solo and company devised shows for Gonzo Moose, Robins Lines Productions, Merge Festival, Ruben Feels Productions, Infectious Theatre Co, Impresarios, Finger In The Pie, and Gingerline.

    Jonathan teaches improvisation at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and co-leads workshops with Company of Wolves.

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  • Liz Strange

    Liz trained as an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre both in London, and the City Varsity Film and TV School in Cape Town.

    Her recent theatre credits include Couldn’t Care Less (Plutôt la Vie) and Aladdin (Howden Park Centre). Her recent film appearances include Perfect Sense (Sigma Films) and Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.).

    Liz is a Clown Doctor and Elderflower practitioner with Hearts and Minds, she's a member of the Choral Jam physical theatre ensemble, and she works regularly with Active Inquiry and the Village Pub Theatre.

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  • Beth Kovarik

    Beth is a Glasgow based actor, singer, and dancer from Lexington, Kentucky.

    She studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she got an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text. She also has a BFA in musical theatre from Northern Kentucky University. Beth has worked with numerous children’s theatres including Missoula Children’s Theatre with whom she toured the United States.

    Her recent credits include Blackout (Edinburgh Fringe, London: Hope Theatre, 2016 Scottish Tour), As Flies to Wanton Boys (Juliet), Alls Well That Ends Well (Diana), The Tinderbox (Marie) and A Winter's Tale (Hermione).

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  • Robin Hellier

    Robin is an actor and theatre practitioner specialising in site-specific theatre. He gained his MA in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    Experience includes interactive work with the Edinburgh International Science Festival and LAStheatre, and physical chorus with Scottish Opera.

    Recent projects include devising new works with Asylon Theatre (Fraxi Queen of the Forest), Magnetic North (Rough Mix) and Blood of the Young (Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound).

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  • Emily Phillips

    Emily is a classical singer and performer. She trained in voice and opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and in physical theatre and dance in Berlin, London and Edinburgh.

    Recent performances include All the Angels at Shakespeare’s Globe, a devised showcase at the National Theatre Young Studio and seasons with Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park. Recent physical theatre collaborations include Théâtre du Soleil, Oceanallover, Erratica and Born Mad.

    Emily teaches singing in Scotland and London, where she is from.

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Past Collaborators

  • Rodrigo Malvar

    Rodrigo is a performer, director, visual artist and sound designer, and is a founding member of Porto’s Teatro do Frio.
    He has performed internationally, including The Hypnos Club, winner of the Innovation Award at the Fatal Theatre Festival, Porto (2011); Voyager #1 (Porto 2012); Nadanadanada (Spanish tour); and Mala Instruction (Macau, 2009).
    He first worked with Ewan and Anna on Cruzadas (National Theatre, Porto, 2011). In 2012, Rodrigo was International Emerging Artist in Residence with Conflux.

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  • Kathleen Downie

    Kathleen is a dance artist, physical performer and improviser based in Bristol. She studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and trained in Circus and Physical Theatre at Circommedia and independently in contemporary dance.
    She has worked as a dancer in Danceroom Spectroscopy's Hidden Fields (The Barbican), a cross art improviser in Exit Map's Here Now, a stilt dancer in Gyroscopic Dance's Insight, and as a character performer in Wonderclub's Lamentable Tragedy and The Invisible Circus' Carneyville. Her dance solo Filled With Spaces received support from Dance House, Theatre Bristol, Practice Salisbury Arts Centre, and Interval Performer collective.

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  • Tom Pritchard

    Tom is a dancer, writer, improviser, and choreographer. He was Associate Artist at The Arches (2010-2011) and is the artistic director of the cross-artform improvisation group On The Stage Of The Present – which in 2012 received backing from Choreographic Futures for research into improvisation.
    Tom has performed and taught internationally, including his acclaimed solo in Smallpetitklein’s Falling Man (UK, USA, Europe); Linder Sterlings’ Darktown Cakewalk; Frieze Art Fair Commission Forgetful Green; and Janice Parker’s Herald Award winning and Unlimited Funded work, Private Dancer.

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  • Maite Delafin

    Maïté is a French/Uruguayan dancer and choreographer based in Scotland. She is the artistic director of Nux – specializing in collaborative performance making – and co-artistic director of International Dance Workshops Scotland.
    She trained in Contemporary Dance in Paris and Barcelona, and has been a Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2010. Her piece Imprints, a physical theatre duet about Alzheimer’s, was performed at Dance Base during the Fringe 2011 to wide acclaim.

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