Alaitz Cabriada, Artistic Director
Alaitz Cabriada is an actress from the Basque Country and the founder of Systole Teatro. She also collaborates in different artistic projects creating and constructing costumes and set.
After graduating from the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (RESAD) in Madrid, Alaitz co-founded Las Grotesques theatre company in 1999, with whom she performed, created and directed five shows that had full runs at the Teatro Alfil in Madrid and toured around Spain.
She continued studying to develop different artistic directions and trained at the Centro de Tecnología del espectáculo (CTE) as a costume designer and she holds a MA in Performing Arts from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) in Fuenlabrada, Madrid.
Alaitz also worked with different theatre companies in Spain, such as Sex-Peare, Sin Fín and Yllana.
In 2008, she decided to develop her career one step further and started her own personal project. In order to do that, she decided to train at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).
She graduated in 2011 and it was then that she created her own theatre company, Systole Teatro.
She is the writer and performer of Te he visto pasar (I have seen you passing by) and is directing Systole Teatro's second show, The Tie Between.
Theatre credits include: Te he visto pasar (I have seen you passing by) (Solo Festival, London 2013, The Nursery, London 2012), Piratas, (Sin Fín theatre company, Spain tour 2006-2008), En Ocasiones veo armarios (leer susurrado) (Las Grotesqués, Alfil Theatre, Madrid 2004-2008), Las salvadoras del barrio (Las Grotesqués, Tarambana Theatre, Madrid 2006-2007), En Grilletes (Las Grotesqués / Sex-Peare, Alfil Theatre, Madrid 2005), Ser Vicio (Las Grotesqués / Marcus Von Wachtel, Spain tour 1999).
Who we are
Sarah Richards, Producer and Associate Artist
Sarah is a creator, performer and producer. She is the producer for Te he visto pasar (I have seen you passing by). She is currently devising and will be performing in Systole Teatro’s second show, The Tie Between.
Sarah trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), after which she co-founded Lyrebird Theatre Company, with whom she created and performed Ships of Sand, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sarah has led workshops in London and India, focussing on clown and theatre through the body, and has assisted on projects at the People Show, the Barbican and the Tate Modern. Before LISPA, she performed with the Oval House Youth Theatre.
Roger Ribó, Associate Director
Roger Ribó has worked as an actor, drama teacher and theatre director in Spain, Denmark and the UK. Originally from Barcelona, he trained in Method Acting at the Estudi Nancy Tunón. He then went to London to train at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where he was awarded a scholarship to complete his pedagogical training with Thomas Prattki.
After completing his training at LISPA, he became a core member of You Need Me, a critically-acclaimed international theatre company nominated for multiple awards and with whom he has toured in the UK. He has also worked as a freelance performer and collaborator with The Gate Theatre and Infectious Theatre.
In 2012, he started his collaboration with Systole Teatro and has been since working on Te He Visto Pasar (I have seen you passing by) as its director.
Currently, he lives in Barcelona where he has co-founded Espai en Construcció, a new space to create theatre and train actors from all over the world as well as a theatre company, Companyia en Construcció, that devises plays based on real stories. He is also an associate teacher at LISPA and a guest teacher at the Performer’s House in Denmark.
Theatre credits include: Death Song (New Diorama Theatre, London 2012 and Edinburgh 2011), Certain Dark Things (ND Theatre 2013, UK tour 2010 and Edinburgh 2009, Nominated for a Total Theatre Award), How it Ended (Arcola Theatre 2009, UK tour 2009 and Edinburgh 2008, Nominated for a Total Theatre Award and for The Stage Awards), Tessa’s Window (Jacksons Lane Theatre 2009), Big Love (The Gate Theatre, 2006).
Alcina Mendes, Associate Artist
Alcina studied in Chapito (Lisbon) and Carampa (Madrid). She spent three years touring a double trapeze act, Voladas, through several festivals in Spain and Portugal. She has performed with the companies Circo de las Horrones, Pulgas del viejo circo, Asaco produciones, Comediants and co-founded the Associacion Cultural Circo de Mujeres.
Alcina trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), after which she created the act Maria The Cleaner, most recently performed for the Udderbelly Festival and at Stratford Circus.
She has also performed with Citrus Arts, touring Wales with Heist, and in Dreamthinkspeak's In the beginning was the end, directed by Tristian Sharps.
Alcina is currently devising and will be performing in Systole Teatro's second show, The Tie Between.