The Team

We are: Co-Artistic Directors George Mann (UK) and Nir Paldi (British-Israel). Our collaborators include Deborah Pugh (UK), Amy Nostbakken (Canada), Orian Michaeli (Israel), Stefani Sourial (Austria), Seiko Nakazawa (Japan), Michael Sharman (UK/Norway), Matty Gurney (UK) and Charlotte Dubery (UK). 

George Mann – Co-Artistic Director

George Mann is co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum and Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic. A practitioner, actor, writer and director, George trained for two years at the École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris (2004-2006) after graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a 1st in Theatre Studies in 2004. George started out performing with Compagnie Le Jacquerie and Plateform Théatre in Paris, France, and worked with Gardzienice Theatre Company lead by Wlodzimierz Staniewski in Poland in 2006. George founded Theatre Ad Infinitum in 2007, writing, directing and performing in the company’s first critically acclaimed work, Behind the Mirror at the Blue Elephant Theatre, London 2007 & at Pleasance in Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe 2008. George co-devised, co-wrote and continues to perform Odyssey, the company’s 2nd piece, and a sell-out hit that has toured the globe since 2009. George received The Stage Best Solo Performer Award 2009 for his one-man performance of Homer’s classic tale co-written and directed by Nir Paldi. George wrote, directed and performs in Translunar Paradise, Ad Infinitum’s 4th production, a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival 2011 & 2012 that has picked up nine awards to date and has toured to Brazil, Colombia, Bosnia & Herzagovina, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, the US and all over the UK.  In 2014 George wrote, directed and performs live vocals in Ad Infinitum’s 6th production, Light, that London Premiered and sold out at Barbican as part of the 2015 London International Mime Festival before touring the UK, it enjoyed a second London run at Battersea Arts Centre and will return for a third run before touring to China in Oct-Nov 2016. George co-directed and co-devised the Christmas show, Town Hall Cherubs for 18 month – 5 year old children at Battersea Arts Centre for Dec 2015-Jan 2016, a critically acclaimed sell out that was nominated for two Off West End Awards. George won the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s Quercus Trust Award in December 2014 and will direct a main house show as Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic in 2017. His first production at Bristol Old Vic as co-director with John Retallack, Pink Mist, written by Owen Sheers, was a critically acclaimed hit in 2015 and transferred to Bush Theatre London in 2016. Other work at Bristol Old Vic includes associate director on The Crucible with director, Tom Morris, and as movement director on Sleeping Beauty with director, Sally Cookson. As well as creating theatre, George regularly runs workshops, master classes and outreach programs, examples include directing Battersea Art Centre’s Homegrown Company in Oct-Dec 2014, as a Visiting Acting Tutor at Rose Bruford Drama College, and leading Ad Infinitum’s master classes for a diverse range of participants.

Nir Paldi – Co-Artistic Director

Nir Paldi is co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum. A writer, director, performer and facilitator, Nir’s training includes the two-year professional course at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and a degree in Psychology with the Open University. Nir started out working with Ariane Mnouchkine at Théâtre du Soleil in Paris and founded his own theatre company in 2008. Nir teamed up with George Mann to become co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum in 2009. Nir directed, co-adpated and co-devised the company’s multi-award winning Odyssey in 2009. Odyssey won the Stage Award, The Small Scene Theatre Festival Audience Award in Croatia and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2010. Odyssey has toured the globe since its première in 2009 and seven years later continues to tour the world. Through 2015 Nir directed a one-woman Norwegian language version of Odyssey that will tour Norway in in 2017 staring Silje Torp. Nir co-wrote and directed The Big Smoke, a critically acclaimed multi-award winning piece that won an Argos Angel Award at the Brighton Festival 2011, Nir’s second Award for Best International Show at the United Solo Festival 2014 in New York City, USA, and was nominated for a both a Canadian Dora Award and a Manchester Theatre Award in 2011. Nir wrote, directed and performs in Ballad of the Burning Star, another critically acclaimed multi-award winning sell out. Ballad won Nir his second Stage Award, this time for Best Ensemble and more recently an Off West End Award for it’s London run at Battersea Arts Centre in 2013; the production has toured extensively in the UK in 2013-15, in Norway, and in Toronto, Canada in May 2015. Nir directed and wrote Ad Infinitum’s latest piece, Bucket List, which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim and won the 2016 Spirit of the Fringe Award. Bucket List will London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre for 3 weeks 13 Feb-04 March 2017 before embarking on a 2 month UK tour. As a freelance director working internationally, Nir co-wrote and directed Juana in a Million, which won him a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, ran for a month at Southwark Playhouse, London, in May 2013, and won the 2013 The United Solo Festival Award in New York City, USA. Nir co-wrote and directed Game of You, a new play in collaboration with Nadja Carli in Sao Paulo, Brazil, experimenting with sound design and projection mapping performed in April 2013.  Nir spent a month in Mexico City directing and co-writing a new play, Milagros, commissioned by Vicky Araico Casas which is currently touring in Mexico. Nir teaches theatre for both adults and young people, he is a visiting tutor at Rose Bruford College, and he has been leading Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Master Classes for industry professionals since 2009. 

Company Members

We work closely with various physically trained professional performers, assistant directors, designers, technicians and artists who join our company to help us create our productions. This is an ever-changing, growing and evolving list of people without whom our work would not be possible, and to whom we are very grateful indeed. Their names are credited under the production that they are involved with, to see who we have worked with please see our production pages.

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