Festival team


Hilda Rydman

Artistic director

Graduated from the mime-acting program at Stockholm University of the Arts in 2013.
Previous studies include Wendelsbergs Teater och skolscen in Gothenburg and MOVEO -International School of Corporeal Mime in Barcelona. Hilda has worked as an actor at Teater Tre, Ung scen öst and Västanå Teater. Three years ago she decided to pursue her vocation as a freelancer and moved to Gothenburg. She works on her own productions mainly for children, gives workshops and is passionately looking for different ways to bring the art form of mime to Gothenburg. Hilda is one of the founders of GBG Mime Fest.


Josephine Gray


Artistic director of Iraqi Bodies together with Anmar Taha. She is a graduate of L’École Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq and has a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, for which she wrote a thesis on the philosophy of comic performance in the work of Henri Bergson and Jacques Lecoq. She also has a Masters Degree in English from the University of Sheffield for which she wrote a thesis on the grotesque figure in the re-writings of Shakespeare’s plays by Eugéne Ionesco and Carmelo Bene. She is currently co-editing the anthology Second Nature: Comic Performance and Philosophy together with Lisa Trahair forthcoming 2020 with Rowman and Littlefield International, London, UK.


Maria Södermark

Artist coordinator

Maria Södermark – studied Decroux technique at Centro MOVEO in Barcelona and has been working as an actress with MOVEO Co. and Boulevardteatern in Stockholm among others. In addition to mime, she has explored lots of other artforms like dance, clown and commedia, as well as being interested in languages and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in translation. At the moment she is combining further studies at the university with her work as Artist Coordinator for the festival.


Veronica Odetunde

Communications Manager

Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the California State University of Northridge in 2016 and from Kulturverkstan as a cultural project manager in 2022. Veronica is a multidisciplinary creative producing events, exhibitions and projects since 2017. As the founder of BLACK OURSTORY, and co-founder of Layers of Creativity and Afroinstituionen she is passionate about creating space and culture with a focus on LGBTQI+ and BIPOC communities. Previous experience includes working as a copywriter at Monki, freelance producer and communications manager at Kulturhuset Oceanen.


Maria Selander

Festival coordinator

Graduated from the mime-acting program at Stockholm University of the Arts in 2006. Since then Maria works mainly with movement based acting and puppeteering, but also has a past in performance and dance. Based out of Stockholm she has toured all over Sweden with the occasional tours of Europe. The last couple of years Maria has regularly gone to Berlin to further her education at Mime Center, Marameo and Tanzfabrik.

Emma-Kara Nilsson

Technical coordinator- Aftonstjärnan

Emma-Kara Nilsson is an experienced lighting designer working within theatre, concerts, dance and art. Some of the artists and companies she is working with during 2018-2019 are Carl-Einar Häckner, Vocal Art Ensemble, Kören Rabalder and Göteborg Baroque. She is also a sought after lighting designer for outdoor events where focus lies on lighting environments in order to frame the overall experience of place. For this she has been engaged by festivals such as Way Out West, Blå natten in Trollhättan, Statementfestivalen, Lollapalooza among others.  In 2018 she initiated a close collaboration with butoh dancer Frauke for her performance HANA.


Märta ljungerfelt

Artist coordinator during the festival

Graduated this year from Kulturverkstan in cultural project management, and has since then worked as producer for NewOpera CO at the creative stage Atalante in Göteborg. Aside from this she is also working on developing a platform for performance criticism. Previous studies include physical acting at Nordiska Teaterskolan and rhetoric at Lund University, with certain interest in the rhetorical aspects of political theatre.


Julia Stokes

Production assistant

Julia Stokes is a singer, pianist and composer who collaborates with Hilda Rydman (actor and artistic director of the festival) where she writes the music to Hilda’s performances and marvels over the beauty and magic in this art form. Otherwise she plays Debussy rock as a singer songwriter, the dreamy ”Stormryttaren” and has been a member and songwriter of the 1920s jazz band ”Swing Tarturo” for more than a decade. The music is a vocation so as the aim to make the world a little more vibrant.


Joakim Augustsson & Robert Pettersson

Technical coordinator

Co-founders: Hilda Rydman, Simon Ahlgren, Rickard Hasslinger