Ben had been treading the boards at various theatre companies for years before, in his 40s, he decided to take a chance on turning professional. It was a good decision for almost immediately he got a lucky break: one of his first professional roles as an actor was as the eponymous Ben in the original BBC, The Office. His appearances in this critically-acclaimed situation comedy, lead to other TV roles in the UK and the theatre, too; and, eventually, here in Prague, film; and like a lot of the English-speaking actors here in Prague, he had roles in Knightfall, Carnival Row, Borg & McEnroe and Ophelia. Ben, like his colleagues, feels very privileged to be part of the unique phenomenon that is Jara Cimrman.
Realising at an early age (30) that he wasn't cut out for an office job, Peter chose acting as a means of avoiding his engineering past. To everyone's surprise, this proved to be a successful change and there followed 30 years as a professional Australian actor and voice artist. In 2008 he came to Prague with the idea of staying for one year. Mother Prague got her claws into him and since then he has been living in Prague, working in English language theatre, film, and sometimes TV. He maintains his voice career with occasional studio work around the city and also via the internet and a home studio. Working with CET and being a small part of the whole Cimrman phenomena has been an enduring privilege and pleasure.
Curt grew up on a small farm near Carthage, South Dakota, After graduating from high school he joined the United States Air Force , before becoming a professional student for many years, eventually completing Masters degrees in English Lit and Theatre. He taught English and writing at universities in Kyoto, Japan, where he also studied Aikido. He then spent time as a scuba instructor for dive shops in southern Thailand and can hold his breath for 20 seconds. In Prague he's worked with various English language theatre companies over the years including Blood Love & Rhetoric, Bear Theatre, Prague Shakespeare Company, and Eesk Theatre Company. Film work includes appearances in Soloman Kane, Babylon AD, Narnia Prince Caspian, The Poisoner's Handbook and most recently Jo Jo Rabbit. He is honoured and privileged to perform with the Cimrman English Theatre the acclaimed and venerable plays of Jára Cimrman.
Michael is a English and German speaking actor, based in Prague. His recent Czech premiere in Chata na Prodej is his biggest film role thus far, and alongside performing Cimrman's works, one of his proudest moments. He has also portrayed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the German series Charité, worked with Toni Collette on Unlocked, has had great fun fighting Emily Hampshire in 12 Monkeys, being a Roman in Britannia, and an undercover agent in Crossing Lines. Having had a taste of screen fighting and experience in stage combat, he decided to set up a series of fighting workshops for him and his fellow actors in Prague. He looks forward to challenges, on screen, stage and life. Which is why he's re-mounting his own theatre shows, and getting back to his first acting passion, is also organising Commedia dell'Arte workshops.
Before moving to the Czech Republic in 2005, Adam honed his theatre skills in London and at the Edinburgh Festival as a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. He then studied Acting and Education at Bretton Hall University in the north of England where he received a BA (hons). For the last 25 years Adam has worked extensively in theatre, television and as a freelance drama practitioner/educator in New York and throughout the United Kingdom. Adam holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and was Head of Drama at the English International School of Prague for 5 years. In 2011 Adam founded Prague Youth Theatre, where he is the Artistic Director. Adam is delighted to be a member of the Cimrman English Theatre.
Marc Cram is a founding member of BLR Improv (Prague, CZ), Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. (Atlanta, GA), and The Whammo Players (Tallahassee, FL). Since 1993, he has taught and performed regularly in narrative-based group comedy improvisation. As well as performing and conducting workshops at theatres and festivals around the world, Marc has enjoyed developing new shows and formats, working with short and long form improv, puppets, music, stage dynamics and storytelling. Marc is delighted to be involved in the legendary legend of Jara Cimmrman by being the stand-in for The Stand-In.
Originally, Jake is of Czech descent and grew up in and around Toronto, Canada. He has performed for the Prague Shakespeare Company, Blood Love and Rhetoric and for Eesk Theatre Company where he played the lead role of Tom Madison in Castro’s Beard. Jake has been the stand-in for the principal for The Stand-In (Záskok) since November 2018, and we are pleased that now he has taken on the role permanently.
Gabriel has 20 years’ professional acting experience. Best known for hundreds of roles as a lead on popular sketch TV show Comedy Inc. (Parodie Komedie Czech TV), he’s a graduate of NIDA, performed on all stages of the Sydney Opera House, and read books/stories for ABC and BBC Radio. Here in Prague, Gabriel’s acted in US/UK films and TV The Catcher Was a Spy, Jojo Rabbit, Carnival Row, Knightfall, Legends, and Czech-produced video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance. He’s worked with Professor Hilský, performing Shakespeare speeches (Ústřední knihovna, Dejvické divadlo), and with Divadlo Spejbla a Hurvínka as an English consultant. He’s currently the global-English voice of BMW in-house training. If Cimrman himself had written this short bio, Gabriel might also have played duets with Josef Suk and been Kafka’s pen pal. As it is, Gabriel’s just proud to be part of the rich tradition of Jára Cimrman.
Vendy has been with Cimrman English Theatre since 2017. She participated in the U.S. tour in April 2017. She organises company meetings and supports our marketing campaigns. She is honoured to be part of this amazing project.