German Theatre

Claudia Jessat, owner, director of German courses & productions

Before joining UBI Theatre I studied Cultural Pedagogy at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences and specialised in Theatre in Education (TiE). My thing has always been to use theatre in social and learning contexts.

Before university I gained a decent bit of acting experience – I was in a lot of plays with different companies and theatres in Leipzig. After uni I started doing more work in TiE with social groups.

To me, (running) UBI Theatre is about creating a home and a safe environment for our participants.

What I love most about my job is that theatre can teach people to overcome their own limitations and to be open and get out of their own skin and try things they’ve never done before. I love watching them become new, stronger, often happier and definitely more creatively satisfied people because of our courses.

English Theatre

Laura Shann, director of English courses & productions

“Acting is escapism. I love being able to portray someone else’s reality with profound realistic connection. It is true creativity and I find this incredibly beautiful when achieved truthfully, both as a performer and audience.”

Laura started acting at the age of five and has been hooked ever since. She has performed in too many productions to list and has gained numerous qualifications in L.A.M.D.A., R.A.D.A. and trinity; culminating in a B.A. (Hons) in Acting at one of Londons top Drama Schools, ‘Rose Bruford College’. Laura is very happy to be working with UBI Theatre and is super excited to help our members experience their true colours!

Ellen Stobbe – the missing piece

I joined UBI in September 2016. I knew I wanted to live in Leipzig and study, but I didn’t know what to do during the gap between school and university. I found UBI via internet and I took a liking to Claudia since the first meeting.

In my years at school I joined the theatre course and worked at a few theatre plays. Now I’m studying theatre arts in Leipzig. My work at UBI consists of designing flyers and posters & advertising, but I’m also responsible for the stagecraft at our shows. And I tinker a lot- props, costumes or decoration for our studio. Right now I’m working on a play for kindergartens with Claudia.

For me UBI is a place where you can lose and find yourself again. It’s like a big experiment.