Kaisa Hammarlund is a screen and stage actress (West End), singer and voice over artist with a dual citizenship of Sweden and Great Britain. She also holds an American Green Card. She was born in Helsingborg, Sweden and trained at Malmo Musical Academy. She subsequently moved to London to attend a post grad at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and now calls all three countries home.
Theatre: Violet (Violet/ Charing Cross London/ 2019), Alison (Fun Home/ Young Vic London/ 2018), Charity (Sweet Charity/ Royal Exchange Manchester/ 2017), Celia (As you like it/ Southwark Playhouse London/ 2014), Good Fairy (Sleeping Beauty/ Park Theatre London/ 2013), Sculptress (The Captain of Köpenick/ National Theatre London/ 2013), Elle (Legally Blond/ Sweden/ 2011), Constance (The Three Musketeers/ Sweden/ 2010), Petra (A little night music/ Menier Chocolate Factory London/ 2008), 1st Cover Sally Bowles (Cabaret/ Lyric Theatre London/ 2006), Celeste (Sunday in the park with George, Wyndhams Theatre London/ 2006), Lisa (Mamma Mia/ International Tour and West End/ 2004)
Film: The Nest (2020), Inhabit (2015)
Series: Glow and Darkness (2021), Hilda - a Netflix original (2018), Doctors (2017), Morden i Sandhamnen (2018)
Kaisa is also a very experienced horse rider with professional credits in both show jumping and racing!
She's passionate about musical theatre, especially new writing and is honoured to be a part of the jury.
Malena Tuvung was an outstanding ice skating talent in her teenage years. Yet the stage was more intriguing to her and she attended the Musical Theatre course at the prestigious Göteborgs Balettakademien.
Directly after her exam she got an engagement at Skaraborgs Länsteater before she moved to Gran Canaria where she lived and worked as singer soloist for three years.
As homesickness kicked in too hard she moved back north to play Miss Bell in the Swedish version of the musical Fame. After touring the country she got an offer to become a soloist singer at Wallmans in Copenhagen which gave her the chance to perform songs of some of the greatest singers our time. Parts of the shows where even customized to fit her unique voice.
She then took the opportunity and became an ensemble member of the great Göteborgsopera where she has been involved in many musicals such as My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Romeo & Julia, West Side Story, Crazy For You and Mozarts opera The Magic Flute. Since then Göteborgsopera became a new artistic home for Malena.
2009 she starred as Grizabella in Cats at Cirkus in Stockholm. She performed on national television for the well known Swedish traditional midsummer program Allsång på Skansen becoming famous for her interpretation of the song "Memory".
In 2019 Malena received the Teatersällskapsordens (TSO) grant.
Since she is touring as soloist with the biggest Swedish music show "From Broadway To Duvemåla" and with her own show "Evergreen – A Tribute to Barbra Streisand". In 2021 she will appear in Jesus Christ Superstar at Swedens biggest open air stage Dalhalla.
Ibinabo Jack is an actor and voiceover artist with bases in London and Manchester.
Ibinabo's credits include: 'DC Jac Williams' in Vera (ITV); 'Theresa Sutton' in Doctors (BBC); 'Jessica' in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures); Our Lady of Kibeho (Northampton Theatres); 'Lorrell Robinson' in Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre); The Bodyguard (West End and UK Tour); 'Julie' in Hot Stuff (Oldham Coliseum); 'Chiffon' in Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange); Porgy and Bess (The Royal Danish Theatre); The Colour Purple (The Menier Chocolate Factory); 'Pilar' in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre); Raindogs (Trafalgar Studios); The Lion King (Disneyland Paris).
Nate Gibson is a queer Trans* set and costume designer for performance.
Nate is a passionate visual storyteller working across opera, theatre, and dance, with such companies as National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opera, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells London, Longborough Festival Opera, Music Theatre Wales, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and Clonter Opera.
He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Art from Alfred University (NY, USA), and an MA in Design for Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff, UK).
CO-FOUNDER/ JUDGING PANEL
Victor Daggberg, Director of Film at Smofa - Skaraborgs Musical and Film Academy.
Victor is a very energetic and imaginative creative artist who first studied forestry and then film and directing.
Victor has been rewarded for his proficiency in telling stories through his media. He is experienced of creating astonishing pictures in the most remote and difficult locations.
His film "Eisodus" is the vinner of Stockholm independent Film
Festival, Västerås Filmfestival and Nor Adventure Film Festival. His film "När skogen tystnar" was show on festivals, in cinema and on national Swedish Television. He worked for example with SJ, Fjäll Räven, Dupp Film, Camera Nordic, Ski Canada, WWF, Red Bull Media.
Victor loves to create amazing experiences for other souls out there.
CO-FOUNDER/ JUDGING PANEL
Kolja Schallenberg, Artistic Director at Smofa - Skaraborgs Musical and Film Academy.
Kolja is a classically trained (University of Music and Theatre Hamburg/ Germany, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London, Shakespeare’s Globe London), award winning writer and director, with a foundation in opera. Kolja is passionate about connecting classical language with contemporary musical theatre.
He is/was traveling worldwide and directing high end productions of all genres such musicals, short-films, concert-arena-shows (with thousands of audience members), contemporary plays, short plays, classical plays, interactive performances, site specific shows; such as Massachusetts - Bee Gees Tribute Show (German Arena-Tour including original Bee Gees members), 24hrs- LifeDreams (National Theatre Bochum), Breakfast at Goethe’s (National Theatre Nürnberg), Hollywood Classics (The Hippodrome London) and Songwriters Showcase (The Other Palace London) just to name a few.
He often draws upon his cultural experiences in his work, having grown up in Germany and Sweden, fluent in both languages as well as English.