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**************** Some of the AAUPW members at our 2014 Holiday Party ***************

February 13, 2010

February Program Meeting

The February meeting was held on February 24th (rather than the usual week before) due to the "Fasching" holidays.

Now that German Reunification is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, it is a good time to take a look back and consider the transition over the past two decades. AAUPW was pleased to welcome Colinne S. Bartel from AC Innovation GmbH to speak about German reunification from an East German perspective based on her experience building a cable company in Sachsen from 1993-1998.

Colinne's aim is to get people to look at history from a different perspective, mixing an academic view with personal experiences. No finger pointing but rather, "consider this..." looking at both the positives and the negatives. She will take a look at some of the factors that made reunification difficult, not only from a financial perspective but also psychological.Her company at that time, Kabelmedia, was the fastest growing telecommunications company in Germany in 1995. They acquired 29 companies combined from both East and West Germany in 24 months and it was the first continental European cable IPO. Colinne was responsible for the operational budget of the company.Colinne now owns her own company, AC Innovations, an international investment company that assists small to medium sized companies with expansion and marketing between German-speaking Europe and the US.

February 2, 2010

January Program Meeting

On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Elisa Moolecherry spoke to our group about BeMeTheatre, Munich’s English Language Theatre.

Elisa is the Artistic Director and co-founder of this organization. Born and raised in Toronto, Elisa has been acting professionally for over 15 years in film, in television series and on international stages. On the screen in Germany she has acted with Til Schweiger in the films “Pastewka” and “One Way.”

We appreciated hearing the history of BeMeTheatre – how Elisa co-founded the theatre in Barcelona and eventually moved it to Munich. Elisa co-founded BeMeTheatre with an economist from Holland whom Elisa met in Spanish class. BeMeTheatre faced many obstacles, for example, during the opening night performance of “I, Claudia, (in Barcelona)” someone’s cell phone played “La Bamba,” the curtain fell down prematurely, and a cat walked across the stage. Due to the lack of interest in English language theatre in Barcelona, Elisa relocated the theatre company. She selected Munich, “because of a boy,” who became her husband. BeMeTheatre now performs at the Einstein Kulturzentrum at Max-Weber-Platz in an old beer cellar that was a bomb shelter in WWII.

Our AAUPW members would certainly agree that there is a need for professional English language theatre in Munich. We look forward to seeing future shows performed at BeMeTheatre!

In March 2010 BeMeTheatre will present the critically acclaimed play “My Zinc Bed” by David Hare. For more information about BeMeTheatre, please see the following website: www.BeMeTheatre.com.

At the end of her presentation, Elisa gave a “call to action”, which hopefully will inspire some of our AAUPW members to become involved in BeMeTheatre. Elisa asked our members to contact her if we have any ideas about publicity, housing space for performing artists, or places to distribute posters or postcards advertising the plays. Elisa’s e-mail address is elisa@BeMeTheatre.com.