FEST Committee 2022
FEST Committee 2022

The committee for 2022 consists of the following members:

Chairwoman: Naomi Chakwin

Naomi grew up in New York City enjoying theatre on and off Broadway. She has lived in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. Her professional training is as an economist, which is what brought her to Frankfurt, and she now calls this city home. Seeing a number of plays at Die Katakombe led to her interest in FEST and she signed up as member three years ago. Naomi is a regular attendee and host of the monthly play readings and helped behind the scenes in “Death of a Salesman”.

‘I am very excited to get moving again after the last two years. It made me appreciate what I value and what I’ve missed.’

Vice-Chairwoman: Amanda Ife

Amanda is originally from Ireland and lived in a few different countries in Europe become coming to the Taunus in 2008. She works in Communications and has always loved going to the theatre. Once she discovered FEST, she was impressed with the high production standards. In particular, it was the high quality of this amateur theatre group with many members holding down full-time jobs. She joined four years ago and quickly became involved behind the scenes producing “Charley’s Aunt” and “An Inspector Calls”. In 2020 she served on the Board as FEST Secretary. This time round she will be managing FEST Communications and supporting the Board.

‘I am looking forward to bringing FEST members together again and enjoying theatre with fellow theatre-lovers’.

Secretary: Alice Thomas

Alice is originally from Frankfurt, but grew up bilingually with English and German. She is a lawyer and has participated in some drama productions, albeit many years ago. She has lived in various countries in Europe and Asia and returned to Frankfurt four years ago. She joined FEST one year later, as she has always enjoyed doing theatre and was looking for something fun and different to balance her busy work schedule. She is looking forward to her role as FEST Secretary and to getting more involved in FEST productions, as well as supporting the Committee and its events and activities.

‘I look forward to welcoming new members to FEST in a variety of capacities – regardless of whether they are interested in acting, directing, producing, helping with stage and logistical matters, or just socializing!’

Treasurer: Gulmira Jumayeva

Gulmira moved to Germany from Turkmenistan for her studies six years ago. Last year her work as a banker drew her to Frankfurt and she decided to join FEST shortly afterwards. She was looking for a new and interesting activity to do outside work where she would be able to acquire some artistic and technical skills, as well as meeting new people who are passionate about theatre.

‘I am looking forward to meeting FEST members as well as acquiring some new skills.’

Ordinary Member: Jim Phetterplace, Jr.

Jim moved from Chicago to Frankfurt in 1998. In the USA he earned a dual degree in International Business Administration and in Acting and Directing for Stage. After having taken a break from theatre for several years, he was enticed to join FEST in 2014 after attending a play reading with theatre enthusiasts. Since then he has held the position of FEST Vice-Chair and Auditor, as well as Hospitality Coordinator for FEATS. For FEST, he has directed ”Our Country’s Good” and “Loot”, and performed in “The Scheme”, “Breakaway”, “The Two-Character Play”, “Detainee” and “Pinteresque”. He is also very involved in the Frankfurt theatre scene, directing “The Importance of Being Earnest” for the ECB Theatre Ensemble and performing in “Lost Highway” for Oper Frankfurt and in “The Tempest”, “Twelfth Night”, “Macbeth”, “Travellers, Fools and Thieves”, and “Antony and Cleopatra” for Shakespeare Frankfurt, as well as “Mordplan” at the Interkulturelle Bühne. He worked as the Education Manager at the English Theatre Frankfurt for one season, during which he directed “Cinderella” for their Theatre for Young Audiences. As an educator, Jim has taught acting and directing, and movement. He is looking forward to supporting the Committee with his expertise on the artistic front.

‘Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.’ – Sanford Meisner