Gillian Apter* founded The LinguaArts Company in 1997 to promote the integration of theatre as an educational and cultural tool for Spanish schools. Based in Madrid, we produce and promote four different theatrical shows each academic season - 100% in English - for students aged between three to eighteen years.
With our productions, we aim to achieve several goals:
to increase interest in and knowledge about the theatre, thus forming future spectators;
to provide teachers with a fun, interactive and productive tool for their English classes;
to motivate students in their studies of English, the Arts and Culture.
The magic of theatre can transport children and young spectators to different worlds and cultures, stimulating their imaginations and boosting their powers of communication. As such, we take great care not only in the elaboration of our narrative and linguistic content, but also in the themes, striving to present values we think are important and creating stories and characters with which our spectators can identify and empathise.
Professionals of Theatre and Education
All our members have been trained in renowned Drama Arts Schools in the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. We are professional actors, directors and musicians and have worked in cinema, television and the theatre. We are either native English speakers or totally bilingual. We are also experienced teachers having taught Drama, Dance and Music, as well as English, to students of all ages. As educators, we strive to produce productive classroom material so students and teachers alike can take full advantage of the plays we offer.
Riccardo is from Italy where he graduated in Literature, Film and Theatre Studies. He also studied physical theatre and singing with Domenico Castaldo, a student of Jerzy Grotowski.
In 2011 he settled in Madrid where he combined his theatre work with TV presenting.
”La Escuela de los Bufones”, “El Principito”, “California Suite” are just some of the theatre productions he has taken part in.
In 2016, he founded, the NadaDeLirios theatre company alongside Maria Gómez, producing and performing in the one man show, Kohlhaas” by M. Baliani y R. Rostagno. In doing so Riccardo achieved a first: that of staging for the very first time in Spain a major Italian narrative theatre piece.
Sara trained in Acting and Devising Theatre in ESAD Murcia and the renowned Rose Bruford College in London. She has worked in theatre in both in Spain and the UK. In London she appeared in “Against Nothingness” and performed it in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. In Spain, she starred in “Lo mismo más un día” by Imperdibles Teatro, winning 2nd prize in “Creamurcia 2015”, and other productions including Musical Theatre shows for children, such as “Tarzan , The Ape man”, and “El Bosque mágico” directed by Jorge Ahijado. Sara has also worked in short films and Web series. As a multidisciplinary actress, she continues her professional training in Acting for the Camera at the “Central de Cine”, as well as courses in Physical Theatre, Method Acting, Musical theatre, Singing, Fencing, Dance Theatre, Latin dance and Horse riding.
Gillian Apter is the founder and director of The LinguaArts Company. Apart from her professional experience as a playwright, actress, stage director and voice artist, Gillian is a qualified teacher and teacher-trainer. She graduated in the UK with a degree in Education and Languages and has trained teachers who work in the bilingual system at the official CRIF of the Comunidad de Madrid. She is the author and devisor of all the LinguaArts' plays and is also responsible for the classroom material. Her film work includes "Es Por Tu Bien" by Carlos Therón, and for TV she appeared in "The Refugees" for laSexta and "Buscando El Norte" for Antena 3.