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  • Maria Telnikoff


    Maria Telnikoff (she/they) is a queer actor, writer and comic performer, based in between the East Midlands and East London. She is the creator of five-star one-person show “My Dad Wears A Dress” about her experience of growing up with a trans female parent (Camden People’s Theatre, Underbelly, Nottingham Playhouse, Greenwich Theatre and the Vagina Museum). Their second solo show “All The Men Are Going To Hate Me” (about their attempt to write The Great Novel of the 21st Century) was chosen by Rash Dash to be a part of CPT’s Calm Down Dear 2023 and recently had a sold out run at Riverside Studios. Maria has also worked on White Noise Theatre’s “Plant Gays” as a co-devisor (Omnibus Theatre, Greenhouse Theatre, Exeter Phoenix). Recently, a rehearsed reading of their play “Eggs Aren’t That Easy To Make” had a sold out run at “A Pinch of Vault” Festival. Maria is also the co-host of Soft Play Area (a queer, alt comedy night in East London dedicated to silliness and childish fun) and is a graduate of SOHO Theatre Comedy Labs Plus and Edinburgh Labs.
    Director: Lauren Tranter (she/they)
    Lauren is a highly experienced director and facilitator. She recently directed “Borrowed” at The Unity Theatre in Liverpool. Other credits include directing “Close Enough To Touch” (Theatre 503), “Eggs Aren’t That Easy To Make” (A Pinch of Vault Festival), “Persephone” (Edinburgh Fringe). 
    Producer: Bronagh Lenegahn (she/her)
    Bronagh is producer of award winning theatre company Piss Carnation and is currently producing their new Untapped Award winning show “Ugly Sisters”. She has also worked as a producer for Bomb Factory Theatre. 
    Chakira Alin (she/her) 
    Chakira is an actor, writer and film director. She is the writer of Mustapha Matura Award winning play “Heroes” and the writer-director of film “The Pilgrimage”.
    Rachel Andrews (she/they)
    Rachel is an actor and writer. Recent credits include “Scenes with Boys” (Riverside Studios), “Stay Close” (Netflix), “Call The Midwife”.

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  • Maria Telnikoff CPT shows

    Maria Telnikoff presents

    My Dad Wears A Dress

    Wed 8 Mar at 9pm
    A one-woman show about growing up with a transgender dad: the highs, the lows and the heels!
    Maria Telnikoff presents

    All the Men are Going to Hate Me

    Wed 7 Jun at 7.15pm
    One woman's attempt to write The Great Female Novel. Part stand-up, part poetry, part interpretive dance, it's about female expression and authorship in the shadow of the male cannon.
    Amy Lauffer
    Maria Telnikoff present

    With Nail and Without Nail

    Thu 13 - Fri 14 Jun at 9pm
    A modern, feminist reimagining of the cult 1987 British film “Withnail and I” exploring the lives of two struggling artists in their Camden flat.

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    "It is precisely these types of projects, involving these types of people, in these types of theatres that make London what it is."

    The Lancet