Actor Escape

An International Artist Residency & Social Retreat


Your creative guides along the way…

Beata Pilch


Beata Pilch

Beata Pilch, born in the Polish district of Chicago, holds a bachelors Degree in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Master’s Degree in Acting from The California
Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Pilch founded Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1990 and still resides as its Artistic Director. She cultivated her life-long fascination with the avant-garde and obscure as a graduate student at The California Institute of the Arts. A Chicago native and frequent European traveler, she felt that a company that combined bold and physical European acting technique with rich European theatrical literature would provide Chicago’s entertainment scene with a unique and vibrant voice.

Beata remains true to her original mission and continues to travel abroad every year to research up and coming directors, playwrights and stage techniques. Past favorite directing credits include: Madman and the Nun, Nana, Quills, The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant, The Fourth Sister, The Unveiling, Vatzlav, The Shoemakers, The Crazy Locomotive, and THEY. She is a featured performer in the work of international multi-media visual artist Catherine Sullivan. Most recently, Beata created a sister company, Trap Door International, that produces out of Barcelona, Spain.

She has performed in over 60 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, Poland, and was the first ever theatre company to perform in The Republic of  Moldova. Beata is a proud resident of Spain.

Learn more about Beata’s work here

Neema Lahon


Neema Lahon

Barcelona based director, actress and puppeteer, Neema Lahon is a multifaceted creator and experimental workshop leader who has collaborated with multiple companies internationally such as; Trap Door Chicago, The Actors Space, Page One Theatre and National Youth Theatre and Thrive Musical Theatre.

Neema is currently the Director of Parvulari (puppetry) at IPA  productions; Catalonia’s biggest Theatre in Education company. She is also a children’s playwright, creating shows which tour Catalonia and also trains actors in puppetry.
Being a company member of Trap Door International since 2018; she had directed one of the first shows for their virtual productions theatre productions, EP.7 MAN IN THE MIRROR.

She has also produced and directed short films which premiered online as part of their lockdown series; DISCOURSE WITHOUT GRAMMAR, DINNER WITH MARX.
She is also a director and practitioner at Benjamin Franklin International School where she trains and teaches young teens, exploring different practitioners methods and styles of theatre.

Neema has a broad experience in both theatre and short films, where she performed in productions such as GROUP THERAPY (Two Wolves Company), QUEEN C (Trap Door Chicago), STARCROSSED, THE MUSICAL (Adam Jaques Prod.), ALAS (Trap Door Chicago), KAHLOKAGATHIA (A.Chwaliszewska), VICTORIA’S KNICKERS (National Youth Theatre),
1984 (Escapade Theatre), PORNOGRAPHY (Hinge Prod.) to name a few.

Neema has a broad experience in both theatre and short films

Morgan Symes


Morgan Symes

Morgan Symes is an actor, teacher, and Alexander Technique practitioner. He is a graduate of Royal Holloway (University of London) with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, and he trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. He has extensive experience in theatre, film and TV, including seasons at the National Theatre and The RSC in productions such as THE INVENTION OF LOVE directed by Sir Richard Eyre and THE SEAGULL directed by Adrian Noble. Other notable shows were Pericles (RSC/Cardboard Citizens ) and Terry Johnson ́s production of London Cuckolds for the National. He has toured internationally in productions such as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Armand Gerrard Prods.) and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Jill Freud and Company) and and was a regular actor at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond between 2002 and 2008. Film work includes EBRE DEL BRESSOL A LA BATALLA (2016) and GUNFIGHT AT DRY RIVER (2021) and he has appeared in a number of series among them THE REFUGEES (BBC/Bambu 2015) and HIGH SEAS (Netflix 2020.)

He qualified as an Alexander teacher in 2011, subsequently delivering
workshops for many organisations, among them British Actors Equity,
Frank Stein Studio in Barcelona and The London Business School on their Expanding Horizons programme, as well as assisting theatre companies with voice and Alexander work. He was manager of Access to Drama course at City and Islington College and has taught at The City Lit in London and The Academy of Creative Training in Brighton.

Trained actor at the Webber Douglas Academy in London

The instructors that will be offering workshops in the future programming of Actor Escape will be selectively chosen to represent the values of the program and come from professional backgrounds to provide a safe and comprehensive training for beginning and entrepreneurial theatre or film artists, making strong connections between their physical, intellectual and emotional selves.

Stay tuned for new instructors each session. Coming up guest artists from Los Angeles featuring acting on camera classes and more! Coming soon!