About Us

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

We make performance by experiment, crafting unique and compelling theatre that speaks directly to the times in which we live.

The company was formed by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky after an eight year immersion in the Polish laboratory theatre tradition of Song of the Goat Theatre, Jerzy Grotowski and Gardzienice.

Over time, we’ve digested these influences together with dance and vocal improvisation, experimental music, improvised comedy, and conscious movement practices.

We train and we practice, we research and we search.

Our theatre and our lives inform each other. We want our work in the studio to change our lives, and we want our lives to shape what we make.

We make theatre that speaks to all that we are. Theatre that is raw, irreverent, uncivilized, and sublime.

The Company

Artistic Directors

  • Ewan Downie

    Ewan is an acclaimed performer, writer, director and teacher with a lifelong interest in the roots of creativity and the study of human behaviour.

    He read philosophy at Edinburgh University before training as an actor at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting, and has studied and taught improvisation, movement and experimental theatre for over 20 years. He has worked with many internationally renowned practitioners including Keith Johnstone, Kristin Linklater, Katie Duck, Bruce Myers (Peter Brook Company) and Professor Zygmunt Molik (Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium).

    He spent 2004-2012 immersed in the Polish laboratory theatre tradition, including 6 years as a member of Poland's renowned Song of the Goat Theatre, with whom he toured internationally winning many awards.

    He is joint artistic director of Company of Wolves, and has directed and co-produced all of the company's work to date.

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  • Anna Porubcansky

    Anna Porubcansky is a musician and performer whose training includes classical, traditional and choral singing, natural voice, and vocal anatomy. She is co-artistic director of Company of Wolves.

    Originally from the USA, she has lived internationally for twenty years (Russia, Austria, Poland, UK) and has studied traditional song, lamentation, and polyphony with artists from Siberia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Poland. She works as a music director and live sound designer, blending traditional song and experimental electronic music, and as a voice coach, where she focuses on the relationship between voice, breath, movement and body. Most recently, Anna has designed sound for Hysteria! (Oran Mor) and The End of Things (Company of Wolves); performed in Seven Hungers and Invisible Empire (Company of Wolves), and is currently making unbecoming, her first solo performance.

    She has co-produced all of Company of Wolves’ performances to date, and holds a PhD in ensemble theatre and community engagement from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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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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