Meet the Team

Team 2018 2019

Photo from Open Rehearsal 2019, by Jurjen Bersee (

Meet the team of WOW-EFFECT Theater – a group of international theatre fans with different levels of experience.
On this page we will introduce you to our team for the season 2018-2019. We hope to see all of them again in the next season!

We have vastly different backgrounds and experience levels when it comes to acting, writing, directing and production, but each member contributes something vital. We all work on our projects as a team and we all are way more than just theatre colleagues – we are dear friends to each other.

Melissa Craggs
Melissa CraggsActor, Australian Bibliophile, Extreme sports enthusiast, Documentary watcher, World wanderer, Nature lover, Nerd.
Melissa spends her days with her head in the clouds and her nose in the news. She loves to explore all aspects of the world and life, from science, to the mystical and all things in between. Acting is another form her exploration takes – exploration of humanity and emotions.
Sarah Fünke
Sarah FünkeMaster of None
Just a regular girl trying to make her dream come true: Becoming a Disney villain. If everything fails she’d settle with being a crazy pug lady.

Kinder sind kein Ersatz für Hunde.

Alexandra Granberg
Alexandra GranbergActor
3 depictions: insecure, non-quiet, strong-independent-white-woman.
3 likes: outdoors, recycling, documentaries.
3 sins: major procrastinator, self-centered moderate, irresponsible child.
3 principles: women are people, people have power, and power is fluctuating.
So let’s unite! Tomorrow. Right?
Tulya Kavaklıoğlu
Tulya KavaklıoğluFounder, Board member, Marketer
Not as nearly equipped as most other human beings she knows, but she always aims high. Yeah! Gets easily distracted. Girls just wanna have fun.
Anssi Kemppainen
Anssi KemppainenBeginning Actor
Admires people who can express different emotions and fully jump in the role.
Looks forward to grow his skills as an actor.
Stefan Riegl
Stefan RieglActor
Putty-like science nerd who tries new things frequently to run faster than boredom. Classifies as adult, biologically. Always very serious about what he’s doing (see picture). “We don’t stop playing, because we grow old; We grow old, because we stop playing.”
Piyush Sharma
Piyush SharmaEngineer in Arts
Calculative, tolerant and perhaps empathetic. He loves Cricket, still dreams of playing at the highest level. He always needs music and makes sure that people around him listen to it too. He wants to do many things but he is good friends with laziness. A serene individual, he’s our perfect “Boy next door”.
Manuel Silva
Manuel SilvaSilent member
In the previous years, Manuel enjoyed being a jellyfish on stage and a creative mind at WE’s backstage team.
Puk Speckens
Puk SpeckensActor
Puk loves disappearing sometimes by immersing herself into different worlds of fantasy. Sometimes this means reading a book, binging a television series, listening to music (and sharing her enthusiasm for these worlds with others) or in this case by completely becoming someone else through acting (with a special love for musical theatre). She also loves to help herself and others transform through the art of make-up and hairstyling. For who doesn’t want to be someone else every now and again.
Céline Thomas
Céline ThomasActor
Loves loosing herself in books and being sad she can’t be friends with all the crazy characters… But theatre has given her a worthy supplement. She could use a well-known quote to describe herself, if only unicorns weren’t so mane-stream… At least her picture’s not on toilet paper. All hail the fandom!
Carmen Vazquez
Carmen VazquezActor
Paid problem solver and serious thinker, this travelling Spaniard enjoys easy solutions and silly thoughts in her free time. Her favourite hobby is getting out of her own head through books, friends, and more recently theatre!
Jasmijn Wellner
Jasmijn WellnerActor, theatre maker
A lover of all things weird and wonderful. Always busy with acting, programming, writing stories and making music. She dreams of becoming a Queer icon. Jasmijn firmly believes that together we can make a kinder, brighter world.
Tjitse Wolf
Tjitse WolfActor
A dedicated member of the WOW-EFFECT team, Tjitse is always hungry to experiment with new roles in the community. He is also capable of filling WE’s cheesy jokes quota on his own! 😉
Haoyu Yang (Iris)
Haoyu Yang (Iris)Silent member
As a wonderfully skilled actor and a dedicated ex-member of the board, Haoyu contributed much to the community.