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Our Actors are Awesome!

All our actors are natives of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. They all have lots of experience in both theatre and working with children as well as a burning desire to bring quality theatre in English to the far flung corners of the earth. A gallery of photos and biographies can be found below.

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Paolo Abbate

Born in Washington D.C., this strapping lad began acting in hospital at the age of three days when he changed cots with another baby for an extra round of breastfeeding. Since then he has had a dazzling career, stunning crowds at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Community Center and the Fairfax County Agricultural Fair. Fame forced him to flee the maddening crowds of star-starved American groupies, to a more sober life among the pastoral people of the Iberian meseta. Somewhere along the line he picked up a degree in English literature, as well as completing acting school. He has been in Spain almost 10 years acting in Spanish companies as well as teaching English. In 1997 he founded Up Front Theatre Company in Valencia with Stephane Shaw, performing theatre for English learners throughout Spain. After more than 500 successful shows with Up Front, they have started a "new improved"company called Face 2 Face, based in Madrid.

Michelle Botwood

Michelle graduated from Montfort University with a BA (Hons) in performing arts in 2006 and has been acting professionally ever since. Before coming to Spain, Michelle has performed in Germany, Holland, Japan, Canada and the UK. This will be her third year with Face2Face.

Paul Christakopoulos

Paul trained at "The Actor Works" drama school in the heart of London. Since then he has performed on the London fringe in plays and musicals. His favourite show is "The Little Shop of Horrors" which he has been lucky enough to perform in twice. A dabbler in the London stand up comedy scene, his feature film debut was as a crazed, gut-eating zombie. He looks forward to his adventures in Spain with Face 2 Face.

Sammy Cobar

Samantha Cobar graduated with an Acting Degree from The Bournemouth Arts University in 2014. This is her first job in sunny Spain but she has worked in Theatre, Film and TIE in her homeland of the United Kingdom. Samantha loves to travel and go on adventures. Her talents include diving backwards into pools, falling over and stroking cats.

Beth Cohen

Beth is half English and half Australian. She studied Music and Drama in Manchester, England, and has been working with F2F since 2004. When not acting, Beth likes to play flamenco guitar and take her horse, 'Garbancito', to El Rocío.

Rebecca Evans


Andy Glaysher

Andy was born in Spain, and carried out his secondary and university studies in the United States. He founded and directed the Open Air Players, a classical theatre company that performed works by Shakespeare and other classic playwrights out in the open air, where there was typically no theatre. He's also worked extensively with other theatre companies and schools in Wisconsin, USA. He returned to live in Spain ten years ago to work with Face 2 Face, after his dear friend Trevor Van Galder had the brilliant foresight to introduce him to Stephane Shaw.

Since then he's watched how the company's grown with his invaluable contributions of ideas and good deeds. For the last 5 years he's been working in the most prestigious theatres of Madrid. Other interests include oil painting and playing the drums.

Melanie Greaney

This is Mel's first F2F tour, about which she is immensely excited and can't wait to get stuck in. In the words of Busy Bee "If I knew you were coming I would of worn my wings".

Melanie Trained at Colchester Institute (CIU) and The London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT) Theatre credits : Postcards from the seaside (Tour), Aladdin (UK and Ireland Tour), Robinson Crusoe (Tour), Bare (Union theatre), Carnival (Bridewell Theatre), Mr Christmas (LSMT studios), Colder than Here (LSMT studios), Sideshow (Swinburne Hall), Teechers\ Stags & Hens (Headgate Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre), Footloose (Mercury Theatre), Secrets every smart traveller should know (Headgate Theatre), I love you, you're perfect, now change (Colchester Institute).

Concerts: 'An evening with Charles Miller' (Battersea Barge), Songs (The Reading Rooms). Television: Harold Shipman (Channel 5 Documentary).

Thomas Hassell

Tom has always been a child at heart, he studied theatre in Stratford Upon Avon where he learnt to love the arts, especially comedy and improvisation. Through university he found himself in the heart of children's theatre where he felt he definitely belonged. Being the youngest on tour he still has that bottled up youthful energy ready to burst for a fun crazy spanish tour. Tom is really happy that he has become part of face2face's team. So happy he might explode!

Lisa Krosnicki

Lisa Krosnicki is from Wisconsin where she studied and graduated with a degree in Theatre Performance. While at university Lisa further developed her talent with Open Air Players, acting in classical plays in nontraditional, urban and rural settings. Before working with Face2Face Lisa lived in Chicago, acting with companies like Shakespeare on the Green and Redmoon Theatre. Lisa is a Montessori, AMI trained teacher, ages 3-6, with over 15 years of experience in children's theatre. Lisa is the coordinator of Face2Face Summer Camp, an English-emersion theatre camp for kids, ages 5-16. You might remember Lisa in memorable rolls like, ''Lucy'' in Drocula, ''Dr. Frankenstein'' in Monster Madness and ''Mrs. Vandermorgan'' in Titanic, amongst many others. She is currently in Line by Israel Horovitz at Teatro Off de La Latina.

Jordan Larkin


Daisy Leigh

Daisy Leigh is a northern (ish) actress from Cheshire. She trained at Birmingham school of acting and also has an ALCM diploma in musical theatre. She comes from a very musical family and was forced to play the piano with her family from a very young age (a la von trapp) and even progressed to playing the church organ. She enjoys flying small aircrafts, being upside down and piña coladas. In her spare time she is a Disney princess and is currently seeking her Spanish prince.

John Lowery


Faye Morrison


Anastasia Mosharova

Anastasia trained as an actress at Theakademie (Berlin), The Actor Works (London) and MXAT (Moscow). Graduating in 2009, she worked on a variety of film projects before returning to the stage in 2010 as part of the original cast of new musical "VaVoom! - The Story Of A Showgirl". Anastasia joined Face2Face in 2011.

Lauren Newman


Lorena Olivella

Lorena, Madrid born, London raised, trained in Rose Bruford College and CSSD in London and La RESAD in Madrid.

She has acted with companies from The London Bubble to The Royal National Theatre. Her love of circus, music and immersive performance took her travelling on tours acting to audiences across Europe.

Spanish sun brought her back across the waters, this time with a guitar, teaching English to children through song. Coupling her passion for performing and learning Lorena is delighted to join Face2Face.

Hannah Robinson

Hannah, born and raised in the North East of England moved to London in 2009 in pursuit of professional training and the opportunity to travel. She got a degree in Drama from Kingston University which included an incredible year studying abroad in North Carolina, USA.

After graduating from Kingston, she studied Musical Theatre for a year at KSA Performing Arts. Hannah has had a variety of jobs in children's theatre and pantomimes, as well as teaching drama, dance and singing for 4-12 year olds. Hannah was incredibly excited to take the opportunity to live and perform in Spain, travel the country and learn a new language!

Stephane Shaw

Born in Paris, raised in London and resident in Spain for the past eight years this true European has been working in theatre for many years. After studying at Oxford University he moved to Spain to impart his inexhaustable knowledge of the English language to Spanish students of all ages. He was soon snapped up, however, by an English speaking touring theatre company (Moving Parts) and hasn't looked back since. Over the past five years he has worked with various professional English-speaking theatre companies. This invaluable experience was to be of great help in founding the company Up Front Theatre Company in 1997 which toured Spain for three years creating an excellent reputation for itself. He has now moved back to Madrid to embark on yet another project: Face 2 Face Theatre Company.

Tonya Walton

Tonya has a BA in Drama, Theatre Studies and Spanish, with further training from SOTA and The London Actors Workshop.

She has performed in shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Musical Theatre and TV & Film.

Tonya returns to Face2Face for a second year, having just finished playing Cordelia and The Fool in King Lear, for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.

Lisa Wordsworth