Niki Landau and Paul Lampert formed Theatre PANIK in 2005. Niki produced and wrote Territories (‘SummerWorks Best Production 2005’, NOW's ‘Best Ensemble’ & ‘Best Play’, Dora Award nomination: ‘Outstanding New Play’), at SummerWorks and Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre PANIK went on to produce My Name is Rachel Corrie in 2008 and Other People’s Children by Hannah Moscovitch, both at The Tarragon Theatre. Niki’s second play, TheCorpseBride, was part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Festival in 2007 and had a workshop production at the Young Centre in 2010, in co-production with RMTC, The Young Centre, George Brown Theatre School and The Harold Green Theatre. TheCorpseBride was produced at the Power Plant Theatre in September, 2012, as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. Her adaptation of Gone With the Wind was commissioned by RMTC and played to sold-out houses in January, 2013.
Niki has acted in theatres across the country and in the United States. Credits include the world premieres of Jason Sherman´s After the Orchard (National Arts Centre) and Reading Hebron (Factory Theatre), and the Canadian premiere of George F. Walker´s Suburban Motel Series (Factory). Other credits include Other People’s Children (Tarragon), little tongues (blood projects), House of Many Tongues (Tarragon), Problem Child (BeMe Theatre, Munich), Apple (Factory), Comedy of Errors (CanStage), Borderline and The Dershowitz Protocol (SummerWorks), The Mating Dance of the Werewolf (MTC/Rubicon Theatre), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (MTC), If We Are Women (Persephone Theatre), Kindertransport (PTE/Persephone), and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, which she co-wrote with Robert Ross Parker (Centaur Theatre). In 2000, Niki apprenticed with the legendary Uta Hagen, living with Ms. Hagen in Los Angeles while she acted at the Geffen Playhouse. She appears in Ms. Hagen’s acting video, Uta Hagen’s Acting Class. In 2005, Niki returned to L.A. to act in Mating Dance of the Werewolf at the Rubicon Theatre. Film and television credits include This Beautiful City,The Newsroom, Cycle II, Traders, and All-American Girl. Niki has her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Concordia University and her M.F.A. in Theatre from York University.
Upcoming: Unholy, by Diane Flacks (Nightwood & Buddies in Bad Times).
PAUL LAMPERT, Co-Artistic Director
Paul was born in Warsaw Poland, the son of visual artists. Paul has worked extensively as a theatre director, actor and visual artist for over 30 years. He brings a unique pan European – North American approach to his work. His European credits include acting with Poland's Theatre BLIK and the International Theatre in Vienna, Austria, as well as directing the national premiere of Oleanna for the venerable Stary Theatre in Kraków, Poland; Raised In Captivity in Berlin, Germany; I Claudia in Barcelona, Shanghai and Munich; also in Munich Problem Child; twice directed at the acclaimed East 15 Acting School in London, England; and, Beast on the Moon in Los Angeles. His many credits in Canada include work for the Actors Repertory Company, the blood projects, Globe Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Theatre Tattoo, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, The National Theatre School of Canada, Theatre PANIK. Paul is a past associate director with the renowned Shaw Festival where he directed a multitude of shows. He is also an acclaimed and exhibited photographer, as well as sculptor/mask maker. Currently Paul is working on a year-long photography project. Some of his photographic work can be seen at http://www.paullampertphotography.com. His mask work has travelled across Canada and internationally to England, Poland, Sweden, Cuba, Austria, Switzerland and China. Paul is on faculty at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.
ROBERT LEVINE – Associate Director
Robert is the Associate Director of Theatre PANIK. His previous work with PANIK includes My Name is Rachel Corrie, Problem Child and the development of Other People’s Children, The Corpse Bride, The Finger and Territories. Robert has worked extensively in Romania where he has developed a theatre for social change project bringing international artists from abroad to work with local theatre companies in Brasov. While there he directed Glengarry Glen Ross (National Theatre Sica Alexandrescu). His directing credits include: A Little Bit Fruity, Class Act, The Surgery and Fish Out of Water. Robert holds a BFA in theatre with a focus in directing from York University.