MOLLY MOYLAN BROWN is Director of Community Outreach for the AWC Berlin. A NYC-trained professional actor and director, Molly founded and directed Some Assembly Required – a theater company that used collaborative story telling and improvisation techniques to both entertain and teach enriched self-expression, empathetic listening, negotiation skills, and cross-cultural understanding to corporations and non-profit organizations, nationally and internationally. She has served as an Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a member of several professional theatre and acting guilds, including SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and SDC, and is a certified Montessori teacher. Molly currently lives in Berlin with her two sons.
AWC member KAREN CASTELLON made her theatrical debut (if you don’t count 5th grade- Annie Get Your Gun) in this year’s The Vagina Monologues. She is VP-Membership for the American Women’s Club of Berlin. She is all about the “American spirit” rather than the passport. Karen enjoyed the camaraderie of the women in this production and the amazingly touching and at times very funny interpretations offered by her fellow cast members. “Thank you for the opportunity, MMB!”
AWC member ELENA WURLITZER is a native Californian who moved abroad after receiving her BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. She lived in London for several years, working as a Creative Exec for Disney UK, across the slate of Pan-Euro series. Upon leaving the UK, Elena returned to her home State and worked as a writer for Red Tricycle Magazine. A few years ago she returned to her broadcast career, but this time on the writing side. She is currently living in Berlin and working as an animation writer for two TV series, airing internationally.
AWC member ARINA FRANCKE – a Russian native, was born in the Far-East of Russia. She studied Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at the Far-Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok. Fluent in English, German and French, Arina met her husband in Vladivostok and their life-journey began. Having spent years moving from Caucasus to Europe and all the way to China, Arina knows all about being flexible, learning quickly about customs and ways and most importantly making friends and starting all over. Now having lived in Berlin for almost 5 years, Arina never stopped looking beyond the horizon for new adventures, new friends, new countries and new challenges. “Life is a journey and it’s up to you which way to turn and what challenge to take!”
JUDITH HOERSCH made her TV debut in the series “Die Anrheiner” and “Mein Leben und ich” while still a student. She received her training at the Berufsfachschule for acting “Das Zentrum” in Cologne and Los Angeles. In addition, she completed private vocal training. Since then, she has been involved in numerous TV and film productions and has established herself as both a dramatic and comedic actress. She is known for her roles in various television films and series including „Tatort Kiel,” „Der Kriminalist,” „Im Spessart sind die Geister los,” „Zappelphilipp,” „Starfighter,” „Der Lehrer,” „In aller Freundschaft,” und „Traumschiff.” In English television, she appeared in leading roles in “Albert’s Memorial” and the BBC mini-series “The Driver.” In film productions, she was seen in „Männer wie wir“, „Buddy“ und „Die Klasse von 99“ „Die Haut der Anderen,“ “Cure for Wellness,” and „Fluch der Karibik.”
TAMMY INGRAM-AUGUSTIN, performing as a stand-up comedienne for 20 years now, welcomed the opportunity to perform a dramatic piece in The Vagina Monologues. In Germany, as well as in the United States, she has established a career as a professional entertainer, producer, and comedy writer. She is also a vocalist, and incorporates singing into her stand-up performances. The Vagina Monologues has been both inspiring and motivating. Most of all, this play has brought her in community with new friends.
This is the third time that AWC President MY-LINH KUNST has participated in V-Day’s productions of The Vagina Monologues in Berlin (in 2011, 2013 and 2017). An activist rather than an actress, she nevertheless enjoys contributing her part to this worthwhile global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. She said “Given the current political climate in the USA and elsewhere, in particular on the heels of the recent Women’s Marches, Ensler’s work in promoting women’s rights is especially relevant. The cosmopolitan cast reflects the strengths diverse communities bring to the fight for women’s rights and individual freedom.” She lives with her two sons and German husband in Berlin.
AWC member HELENA PRINCE came to Berlin in 1999 as a founding member of the New York City theater group, deep ellum ensemble, for a month long performance and decided to stay. Before moving to New York, she had worked extensively in Dallas, Texas in theater as well as TV and independent films. Theater roles in Berlin have included the critically acclaimed Sharla in Killer Joe for Out to Lunch production in Theater im Schokoladen and as Elaine in the world premiere of American Tet at the English Theater. She has done a great deal of voice recording work as well as small roles in a variety of films. She was a participant in the 1st Berlinale Talent Campus for filmmakers in 2003 and since then has looked to develop skills in screenwriting.
AWC member MAGGIE REPP attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) as a youth. Since then she has participated in amateur dramatics in the UK and US and various other countries. Maggie is currently on unpaid leave from the British Diplomatic Service where she did 6 overseas postings. She is now a stay-at-home mum to her two sons, aged 17 and 10 years. “Absolutely loved doing The Vagina Monologues!”
AWC member KATHRYN ROBOTHAM, having enjoyed doing theater in her youth, and working with children to help them learn English through song and play, was excited about the opportunity to participate in The Vagina Monologues and work with adults. It was always a dream of hers to be able to act on stage with professional actors, and now that experience can be ticked off her bucket list. “It was an absolute privilege to work on this project with so many talented people.”
AWC member LINDA SHEEHAN stepped out of her comfort zone by appearing in this powerful performance of The Vagina Monologues. She is an active mother of three who enjoys travel and volunteering in her English-speaking community. Linda, along with another American Women’s Club member, Ira Philip, are the co-founders of Berlin Girls Run — a girls running group which empowers and supports our next generation of women through fitness and personal development. She was honored and humbled to share the stage with this amazing cast of performers!
KATHARINA SPORRER grew up in Vienna, spending her summers in New York City. She has an MA in Theater Studies from the University of Vienna and has lived all around the world, speaking four languages fluently. Berlin became her base five years ago and she works internationally as an actress. Her most recent credit is an guest starring role on the new National Geographic series ‘Genius’ chronicling the life of Albert Einstein and in June the movie ‘Immigration Game’, in which she plays one of the lead roles, will hit the German cinemas.
ALEXA MARIA SURHOLT is a Berlin actress and singer. Following her training at the renowned Schauspielschule Maria Körber in Berlin, she has performed in numerous theatre and television productions such as “Polizeiruf 110“, “Soko Stuttgart“, “Hauptstadtrevier“,“Rumpelstielzchen“, “Unser Charly“, and “Tatort”. She is known to a wider audience through her starring role in the hospital series “In aller Freundschaft,“ and “Alles Klara”, a crime series. She has performed in such films as “Die Welt der Wunderlichs“ from Dani Levy, “Sommersturm“, “Ganz und Gar“, and “ Du bist nicht allein“. She has had a long-standing connection with The Vagina Monologues and maintains a passionate commitment to the NGO “Mercy Ships”, which provides free medical assistance to Africa, through volunteer work.
AWC member STEPHANIE VON BEHR has been working in the arts for almost 15 years in different roles, as a curator, director, educator, producer, artist, press and events manager. She has a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco University in New Genres (Performance and Video Art) and a Bachelor of Arts from NYU (Studio Art and Eastern Philosophy). She is passionate about creative interdisciplinary projects that promote positive social change through dialogue and open exchange of ideas. She is currently the Curator of Food Art Week alongside Taina Guedes (Artistic Director and CEO). She is a native New Yorker living in Berlin with her partner and their daughter.