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Director, Writer & Designer based in London. Artistic Director of BeFrank Theatre Company -Over the last 10 years I’ve worked in many different settings and within a range of creative industries, most of them with a similar goal – to tell a story, to build engaging narratives, to find innovative ways to get messages across and deliver a great and high-quality audience experience.

This storytelling has taken many forms, from cutting-edge verbatim theatre productions to fundraising TV-galas, from live streamed event to product launches and sponsorship activations. I’ve toured and coordinated festival programme content for Sweden’s largest radio station, documented child soldiers in DR Congo (supported by Oxfam and UNICEF), directed gala performances for the British Armed Forces in Germany and interviewed activists from Euromaidan in Ukraine (supported by Cambridge University and Centre for European Studies).

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“Tommy Lexen‘s vision of recreating a revolution on stage is a success. The cast come together to create a story that refreshingly explores all sides of a revolution, offering a rare perspective on what officials and police undergo during such turbulent times.”

Prerna Prasad, Theatre Fullstop

“The Point of No Return has been expertly directed by Tommy Lexen and provides a chilling look at what really happened at Euromaidan in a way that the media could not portray.”

Emma Clarendon, The News Hub

“Working with Tommy has been inspirational. He is a true visionary, completely at ease with all aspects of his craft.”

Akkas Al-Ali, Writer/Artistic Director

“Like Enemies of the State ended up being one of the most powerful, thought-provoking and brutal pieces I have ever seen.”

Edward Bowes, OneStopArts

“An ambitious and brave undertaking, Swedish director, Tommy Lexén journeyed into war ravaged DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) to collect real testimonies from former child soldiers to write Like Enemies of the State.”

Belinda Liversedge, Londonist

“Working with Tommy to create and develop ‘Do We Do The Right Thing?’ proved to be the most creative partnership I have experienced. As a director, he was incredibly supportive and encouraging when working with each member of the cast. His belief in me, keen eye for detail and directing skills drew from me a performance which exceeded my hopes and expectations.”

Neil Walker, Writer/Actor

“The last six years I have had the opportunity to work, and spend time with Tommy. He is a continues inspiration to myself, and more importantly to my work.”

Sebastian Lingserius, Choreographer

“Today I have learned something new. Today I have been impressed. I have been touched and puzzled. Today I left the theatre with my head full of thoughts and vivid images. All of them pieces and results of the thought provoking play ‘Like enemies of the state’. A splendid work indeed!”

Denis Rudin

Recent Work

The Point of No Return

The country is in turmoil. The capital is on fire. Riot police try to keep order as protesters arm themselves with homemade weapon...

Do We Do The Right Thing?

For four and a half years the English market town of Wootton Bassett stands still as the bodies of 345 dead military personnel are...

Like Enemies of the State

A thought-provoking and visually engaging play based on the reallife stories of three child soldiers in the Democratic Republic o...

Bring the Bucket

Chuggers (street fundraisers) armed with buckets are as common a feature of London’s streets as black cabs and red buses. These ...

Bio

Over the last 10 years Tommy has been working cross-disciplinary with companies and venues in UK, Sweden, Ukraine, Germany, DR Congo, Hungary, and Russia. He has a Master’s Degree in directing from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a Master’s Degree in writing from Stockholm’s Academy of Dramatic Arts.

As his postgraduate research, Tommy explored the concept of Cross-border Theatre (focusing mainly on international companies in London and Berlin) and as his final Masters-project he examined the possibilities and problems of “Communicating Human Rights through Theatre” in theory and practice. Both of these subjects are very present in his current practice, and his research is ongoing.

As a Director and Writer he focuses on making contemporary political and socially relevant work, verbatim performances and new writing. Tommy is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of BeFrank Theatre Company as well as teaching and lecturing for theatre makers and actors in how to bring real life stories to the stage.

Tommy was awarded with the Andrew Sandrew’s Scholarship 2012 for young promising artists in Sweden.

DIRECTING/WRITING CREDITS: ‘The Point of No Return’, New Diorama Theatre, London & Folkteatern, Gothenburg (2015) ⎢ ‘Do We Do The Right Thing’, Salisbury Playhouse, New Diorama Theatre, UK-Tour & BFG-Tour, Germany (2014-2015)  ⎢ ‘Like Enemies of the State’, New Diorama Theatre, London & Stadsteatern, Stockholm (2013) ⎢ ’Bring the Bucket’, Rich Mix, London (2013) ⎢ ‘The Cost of Eggs’, The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton (2012) ⎢ ’Invisible’, The Lanterns Studio Theatre, London (2012) ⎢ ’Like Enemies of the State’, Pleasance Theatre, London (2011) ⎢ ‘Inter:view’, New Studio, CSSD, London (2011) ⎢ ‘Coexistence’ – Rehearsed Reading, Roundhouse, London (2011) ⎢ ‘Welcome to the City’, Proud Galleries, London (2010) ⎢ ‘Instängd’, TeaterStudio Lederman, Stockholm (2007) ⎢ ‘Jag är Axel von Fersen’, Teater Tribunalen Stockholm (2007) ⎢ ‘Väntsalen’, Boulevardteatern, Stockholm (2005)

PROJECTION/SET/LIGHTING DESIGN CREDITS: 2’Lulu’ (adaptation by Harold Finley) – R&D, Rich Mix, London (2015) ⎢’Damage’, Rich Mix, London (2013) ⎢’A Thousand Miles of History’, The Bussey Building, London, (2013) ⎢ ’Alt.Org’ at, Moderna Dansteatern (MDT), Stockholm (2011) ⎢ ‘The Magnetic Fields’, The University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm (2009) ⎢ ‘Musikalen 1956′, Oscarsteatern, Stockholm (2007) ⎢ ‘Lethe’, MU Theatre, Budapest (2006) ⎢ ‘Minus 48h’, Extrem Modern Dance Company, St Petersburg (2004)

PREVIOUS EDUCATION: Postgraduate studies: MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama, London ⎢ MA in Screenwriting at Stockholm’s Academy of Dramatic Arts (formerly known as Dramatiska Institutet) ⎢ Diploma in ‘Directing and Scriptwriting for TV/Film’, Medieskolan, Stockholm ⎢ Performance Studies (European & Swedish Theatre History and Practice), Stockholm University ⎢ Diploma in ‘Set Design‘, Folkuniversitet, Stockholm.

The Company

BeFrank is a London-based international theatre company that produces ambitious, visually engaging and thought-provoking productions based upon real life stories, current topics and key social and political events that together form the global society we are a part of. We collaborate across multiple disciplines and bring together theatre makers, musicians, academics, journalists and political experts to explore different perspectives on important subjects and current events happening all around the world.

We aim to reach the heart of these issues by travelling to the places and meeting the people involved with each event and hearing their stories first hand. We strive to discover the human story behind the headlines and show the perspectives others are afraid to tackle.

Our process is based upon extensive research and development, field studies and an exploration of digital technologies and storytelling. Our vision is to produce performances of the highest artistic and intellectual quality as well being engaging, interesting and accessible for a wider audience.

The Company was formed in 2010 by Artistic Director Tommy Lexen and has since then developed into an ensemble and creative team from seven different countries representing four continents. As a company we aim to bridge the gaps between diverse communities and create dialogues that can inspire social change.

 

For more info, visit www.justbefrank.eu, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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