Ida Backer is an actor, singer and theater educator. She studied musical theater at Lahti University of Applied Music and Drama Institute (BFA, musical theater). Ida graduated from the Theatre Academy of the University of Arts in Helsinki (MFA) in the field of theater pedagogy 2014. Her studies have deepened her interest in group processes and individual growth as connected to community. As an actress, Ida Backer has performed in musicals, song evenings and concerts. She has been a member of the Kapsäkki Music Theatre cooperative since 2008. She has also worked in the field of social clowning, touring in Estonia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ida teaches youth musical theater at the Vantaa Music School.
She has been studying (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (IwIP) under Alexander Komlosi since 2011. This practice has given her much as a teacher, artist and person. She has been training as an IwIP teacher with Alexander since 2014.. She has also co-taught workshops with him at the Theatre Academy and the Swedish Theatre.
Ida wants to continue to develop herself as an actor, singer and teacher. She is looking forward to cultivating the playfulness of life in both private life and work.
Ida has been a member of Culture Current since 2015.
Chairman of the Board
Alexander Komlosi is a Czech-American authorial actor, director, researcher and teacher. He has performed internationally including the Sandra Gering Gallery (NYC), the Hunter Mountain Culture Festival, University of Boulder Colorado, Bates College (USA); Theatre on the Balustrade, Prague Quadrennial 2003,7,11 (CZ); Théâtre Toursky, Opera of Dijon (France); Wroclaw’s International Festival of One-Man Theatre (PL), Kiasma Theatre (FIN), Theaterdiscounter (Berlin, Germany). His solo and group theatre projects (e.g., The Office of the Professional Human Being; Laska is Love, Love je Laska) have received grants in the USA, Czech Republic and Finland (Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Czech Ministry and Prague City Grants, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, etc.). He has collaborated with various artists and companies internationally including: William Pope.L, Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace (U.S.A.); HoME theatre, Přemysl Rut, Vladimir Javorský (Czech Republic); Golem Theatre (France); Otso Huopaniemi, Hanna Raiskinmäki, Milja Sarkola (Finland). He taught regular and Erasmus students at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU (authorial performance) and courses at the Prague Summer Theatre School, of which he was the Founding Director. He also worked as a scientific researcher at the Institute for the Research and Study of Authorial Acting. He has been studying (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner since 1998 and teaching it since 2001, having led IwIP workshops and courses at DAMU and internationally (Columbia University, Yale University, University of Colorado Boulder, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, as well as numerous conferences). He received his MFA and Ph.D. studying under Ivan Vyskočil at DAMU. He is currently teaching IwIP in Helsinki, Finland where he is also performing and writing. See www.alexanderkomlosi.name.
Alexander is a founding member of Culture Current.
Treasurer and Secretary
Emmi Komlosi is a theatre and drama teacher currently based in Helsinki. She received her MFA from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki in the field of theatre pedagogy. She received her BFA in community theatre from the Helsinki University of Applied Sciences. She has also studied under Adrian Jackson in London, England and Suzanne Osten from Stocholm, Sweden.
In the past few years, she had taught at Annantalo, a Helsinki City Arts House of Children and Youth center. She has taught children and youth all ages in different communities and institutions in Helsinki, Finland and Prague, Czech Republic. She has conducted several theatre-based projects, workshops and performances on a range of topics including identity, independence, gender roles and racism.
Emmi is very enthusiastic about exploring the contributions that theatre and drama can have in education, politics and society. She is indefatigable defender of the weak and tries to find ways in her work to make the world a better place for all of us.
Emmi is a founding member of Culture Current.
Anna, originally from Austria, has been based in Helsinki for over a decade. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with an MFA in orchestral conducting. She is currently completing a BA degree in cultural management at the Humak University of Applied Sciences. She has worked as a producer for a range of musical projects (General Manager of the Sibelius Academy Orchestra, Seinäjoki City Orchestra) and film projects (music videos, short film). She is pleased to be able to continue her work as a conductor (East-Helsinki Music Conservatory) and as producer for Tühma Audio/Visual Oy Ltd.
Anna is a founding member of Culture Current.
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