What's our story?
Open House Theatre is a Vienna based group of people who are dedicated to bring high quality, story driven theatre, film and media productions to life. The group was founded in 2012 and has been producing predominantly English speaking theatre ever since, but also put on the occasional German production. With our tagline "stories worth telling", we aim to find the vital story element in everything we do, no matter what medium, genre or style.
Who are we?
Robert G. Neumayr
Joint Creative Director, Head of Finance
Robert was born in Salzburg, Austria but raised in the wonderful city of Vienna. He's always had a creative streak, preferring to make up stories rather than listening to teachers. He first came in contact with theatre in lower grade, performing in small scale musicals and falling in love with it. When he announced to his mother that he wanted to become an actor, her reply was: "Okay, but first you study something sensible." - which he did. He went on to study Software Engineering in Vienna and after receiving his diploma and doing his military service, he became a performer.
Robert studied musical theatre at Performing Arts Studios Vienna. After graduating, engagements took him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana. For the past few years he’s been predominantly working as an author and director, and one of his latest directorial endeavours took him to the renowned Volksbühne Berlin, and the Schmidtchen in Hamburg.
Directing credits include "The Right Job", "The Turn of the Screw", "A Christmas Carol"; the Austrian premieres of "The Timekeepers", "Hypnosis", "Brothers of Thunder", the world premiere of "Hochgeschätztes Tiefparterre" and the European premiere of "STRAIGHT".
"Telling stories is my passion. Telling them well my challenge."
Joint Creative Director, Social Media Representative
Tom grew up in England and Wales, with Scottish family (but there’s no Irish link to save him from Brexit!). His love of acting developed late in his teens, after being cast in an early production of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, The Pillowman.
That passion was taken into his studies, where Tom graduated with a first-class degree in Acting from the University of Wales, and was awarded a place on the Dean’s List of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Having performed all around the UK and Austria with several touring shows, Tom joined Open House back in 2014. Some of his most memorable roles with us have included Dorian in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, Tom in “The Glass Menagerie” and John in the continental premiere of “Brothers of Thunder”. Outside of the theatre, Tom is a TV and film voiceover artist, and also a newsreader and sports reporter for Radio FM4 and several major football clubs.
You can find him on Twitter @mid_5
"I am committed to the task of preserving the Vienna theatre tradition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with unexpected annual updates, whilst maintaining a fierce desire to challenge audiences with new and unusual theatrical experiences inspired by their setting..."
Julia C. Thorne
Educational Manager, Secretary
Julia comes from a very internationally-minded, Anglo-German family. She was born in Northampton, UK, and later moved to Lüneburg, Germany, where she spent most of her childhood. By the age of 3, she had already caught the theatre bug from her older brother. He let her take on a role in one of his living room plays and the excitement and elation she felt while performing have stayed with her to this day. She has worked on the squeaky voice and line blackouts when grandparents are watching.
Julia took drama classes and performed in both amateur and professional theatre throughout her childhood and youth. She received her professional training at Schauspiel-Studio Frese in Hamburg, graduating in 2010.
After engagements at Theater Lüneburg and a year on tour with White Horse Theatre, Julia‘s path unexpectedly led her to Vienna, following a casting call for the role of Sheila Birling in „An Inspector Calls“ at the International Theatre.
She got the part, fell in love with the town and met some wonderful people. So when the International Theatre closed down a few months later, she decided to stay and become part of a new venture: Open House Theatre. She has been with the company ever since, performing in many of its shows as well as being in charge of its educational outreach.
Favourite parts so far include:
Carol in David Mamet‘s „Oleanna“ / Sibyl Vane/Lady Henry in „The Picture of Dorian Gray“ / Juliet in „Romeo and Juliet“ / Tara in „Hedda“ / Laura Wingfield in „The Glass Menagerie“ / Viola in „Twelfth Night“ / Cecily Cardew in „The Importance of Being Earnest“
"I ardently believe in the power and vital importance of stories. For me, Open House Theatre is a platform for storytellers and listeners to come together to be moved, to be entertained, to laugh, to cry, to be inspired, to reflect, to question, to practice our empathy, to be human as we share stories worth telling."
German-language Drama Representative
Maria was born in Linz and grew up in the small village of Hartkirchen, Upper Austria. With both parents being teachers, Maria was introduced to literature and playwrights at a young age. Her first foray into the theatrical arts consisted of writing and directing a play for classmates, at the age of thirteen. After gaining her Matura from the Adalbert Stifter Gymnasium and taking a gap year to work in New Zealand, Maria set about creating a life for herself as an actress. She currently lives in Vienna with her husband and 3 year old son.
After studying dance at Perform Dance in Linz, she was admitted to the acting course at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien in 2004, where she studied the fundamental principles of acting and character building as laid down by Konstantin Stanislavsky as well as Sandford Meisner. After two years in Vienna, Maria set up a partnership between the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, UK; which ultimately resulted in her joining the Erasmus exchange program and graduating from the RCS in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.
Since entering the professional world, Maria has worked on many exciting projects: As an original member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater, Maria was involved in three Stella Award nominated plays. With „Meine Mutter Medea“ by Holger Schober, she won the people’s choice award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011, as well as the Silberne Diana with the short film „Es kann nichts passieren!“ in 2014.
Other theatre credits include Antigone in „Oedipus at Colonus“ with the National Theatre of Scotland, Emilia in „A Winter’s Tale“ at The Arches in Glasgow, Gail in „Stories for a Wild Night“ with Poor Boy Theatre Company, Glasgow, Mother in „Wounds to the Face“ with the RCS, Glasgow, Lotte in „Werther-The Playlist“ at the Dschungel Wien, as well as many productions with Open House Theatre, including Hedda Gabler in „Hedda“, Titania in „Midsummer Night’s Dream“, Lady Capulet in „Romeo and Juliet“ and Olivia in „Twelfth Night“.
Film- and TV credits include „Soko Kitzbühel“, „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko as well as the ORF coproduction cinema film „Life Guidance“ by Ruth Mader.
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Edward Everett Hale
Anne Marie Sheridan
Music Theatre Representative, Vice Secretary
Born and raised in the sunny South East of Ireland, Anne Marie has always had a flair for the dramatic. Her love of music began early while learning traditional Irish instruments and song and continued with studying clarinet and singing main roles in the school musicals. Upon discovering opera as a teenager, she was fascinated at the style of singing and it has since become one of her greatest passions in life, along with dalliances in the culinary arts and her love for all things canine.
Anne Marie obtained her Bachelors of Music Performance from the Conservatory of Music Dublin where she received the Paul McNamara gold medal for excellence in performance. She then graduated with an MA in advanced vocal studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice and currently resides in Vienna.
Roles include First Mother Dead Man Walking and Handmaiden Turandot (Opera Ireland), Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte (Longborough Opera Festival on tour), Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito (Giornata Opera), Angelica Suor Angelica (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Zêzere Arts Festival), Mimi La Boheme (Verdandi Camerata), Violetta La Traviata (Mediterranean Opera Festival). She reached the semi-final of the inaugural Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos and the 2017 Bellini International Belcanto competition. CD credits include The Silver Hound: songs by Betty Roe.
"Let the music caress your soul and your heart will be free."
American Drama Representative, Vice Head of Finance
Alix was born and raised in Los Angeles. In a city best known for TV and film, Alix developed a love for theatre at a young age. She began studying acting, first at the young actors' program at the Pasadena Playhouse and then the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.
Alix went on to attend, and graduate from, the prestigious LA County High School for the Arts as a theatre major. Her time there remains the most impactful in all her studies, as she was given both a broad and in depth education in all elements of theatrical performance. After graduation, Alix went on to attend the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Favourite roles include: Miss Jessel in the world premiere production of Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly, Dancer in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Malalai in The Afghan Women, Sorel in Hay Fever, Frosty Moons in Adult Entertainment, Inez in No Exit, and Viola in Twelfth Night.
"From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun." - BERTOLT BRECHT
Head of Dramaturgy, European Drama Representative
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Owen grew up in New Zealand after his family moved there when he was very young. Always interested in art and creativity, he took up creative writing as a teenager and developed an ambition to become a film-maker, becoming the youngest student ever accepted to the New Zealand Film and Televsion Training School in 1995, at the age of 17. After studying English and Performing Arts at the University of Auckland, he continued to work and study the craft of theatre, both onstage and off, and also obtained an MA in Acting from the Drama Centre London. As an actor he has performed on stages in New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, and as a director he has worked on both Theatre and Opera productions.
Acting Credits: Tartuffe, Julius Caesar (Prague Shakespeare Company), The Eight: Reindeer Monlogues (Thiasus Productions, Vienna), Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Brothers of Thunder (Open House Theatre, Vienna), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Human Compass Theatre, Cardiff), The Comedy of Errors (Clock Tower Theatre, Cardiff), King Lear (National Theatre, London), 1984 (Selladoor Theatre, UK Tour), Dracula (Catford Broadway Theatre, London), Henry V, Love's Labours Lost (Cambridge Shakespeare Company), Daniel Deronda (Traffic of the Stage, London), Wozzeck (Daguerrotype Theatre, Dublin), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fast+Loose Theatre, Dublin), Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A View From the Bridge, An Inspector Calls (Say Two Productions, UK Touring), Over the Top (Riverbank Theatre, Kildare), Macbeth, Othello (The Venue Theatre, Ratoath), An Inpsector Calls (Scarlet Cloak Productions, Dublin), King Lear (Dublin Shakepeare Company), Romeo and Juliet (Archipela Productions, Auckland), Woyzeck (Stage2 Productions, Auckland), Twelfth Night (Summer Shakespeare, Auckland), Spring Awakening (The Company of Angels, Auckland).
Directing Credits: Slaughterhouse, Normal, Antenora (Restless Ecstasy, London and Dublin), Suor Angelica, La Clemenza di Tito (Giornata Opera, London), Hamlet (Assistant Dir. - Icarus Theatre Collective, UK Tour).
"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ― W.B. Yeats