Education team

Lea Dunbar
Lea Dorothy Dunbar is a South African actress with an Honours Degree in Drama from the University of Cape Town. She started her educational career teaching Drama as part of the Arts and Culture syllabus in South African schools. After teaching for several schools and institutions she became Head of the Drama Department at Damelin College in Cape Town before moving to Germany. She divides her time between Cape Town, where she works as a film and TV actress, and Frankfurt where she currently teaches English, Afrikaans and Drama. She joined the English Theatre’s Educational team two years ago. She has conducted classes and workshops related to English Theatre Productions as well as participating in the English Theatre’s Words in Action programme, bringing theatre in to local schools. Lea is also involved with the Altana Stiftung and TUSCH initiatives as a representative artist from the English Theatre. She has performed on the English Theatre’s stage in the Drama Club productions, A Brave New World, The Threepenny Opera ,The Crucible and The Black Rider.
Sharon Adam
Sharon is a bilingual actress and model born in Appenzell, Switzerland. She grew up in the Republic of Ireland and has been living and working in the Frankfurt area since 2007. She started acting as a teenager in Ireland and found this to be her passion. She enrolled in various Screen and Stage Acting Courses and she graduated in 20012 from a 3 year Acting Programme at the Actors Company Theatre School in Aschaffenburg.

She artistically transfers her adaptability onto the stage and screen and has performed in several plays:  Carnage /Fraulein Julie/Emilia Galotti/Madame, es ist angerichtet/Boeing Boeing and in July 2015 played the White Queen in the Drama Club production ‘Alice in Wonderland’, directed by Michael Gonszar. Sharon joined the English Theatre teaching program TIES (Theatre in Education Service) in 2014 assisting and facilitating Drama Network Projects in and around Frankfurt with workshops being planned in Cheshire, near Manchester from Autumn 2015 and Dublin in Spring 2016.

Gabrielle Staiger
Gabrielle received her education at Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and the German Sports University Cologne. Worked as freelance dancer and choreographer. Foundation of the physical theatre company ARAZZO Tanztheater. She received numerous awards, the Cologne Dance Theatre-Awards amongst others. She founded the Kölner Tänzerinitiativ and wascurator of the performance-series tanzhautnah in Cologne.

Since 1999 she‘s been teaching contemporary dance technique, Laban Movement Analysis for improvisation, composition and teaching studies in various contexts: in professional dance education (Codarts/Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam, MA V.I.E.W. at DSHS Cologne, professorship at Sung-Kyun-Kwan-University Seoul 2005/2006 as well as at Palucca School Dresden 2007-2009…), for independent institutions (Henny Jurriens Stichting Amsterdam, tanzhaus nrw, pact zollverein, tanzlabor_21…) and professional dance companies (Ballet Preljocaj, Ballet de Marseille, Ultima Vez, Neuer Tanz, Norrdans, Staatstheater Braunschweig). She worked as a Judge for international dance competitions in Korea and Japan.

Gabrielle Staiger lives in Frankfurt, where she also creates dance and theatre productions with youngsters. She has contributed the choreographies to the following ETF Drama Club Productions: Threepenny Opera, The Crucible, The Black Rider.

Melanie Schoeberl 
Melanie graduated an American Studies and Anglistik at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She also is an educated bookseller and holds a diploma in Cultural management.

Her first experience as a costume designer was for the Chaincourt Theatre Company at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University 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 ETF Drama Club Productions of Threepenny Opera and Arthur Miller`s The Crucible and Robert Wilson/Tom Waits , The Black Rider. 

She was also assistant costume designer for the successful productions of The Who`s Tommy, Rain Man, Breaking the Code, Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, Ghost all for The English Theatre Frankfurt.

She will be assistant to the director and costume designer in the upcoming 2015 Drama Club production of Alice in Wonderland sponsored by Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.