NMT Automatics was formed by Jonathan Young, and David Hermann after they graduated from Middlesex University’s BA Performing Arts Drama course in 2003. The company devolved for a while to concentrate on individual projects, but was brought back with renewed vigour in the Autumn of 2013 and has since been joined by East 15 and Lecoq graduate, Jennie (Genevieve) Dunne.
Jonathan has 16 years experience as an actor, director, producer, writer & musician. He has steered NMTA since its conception, producing, directing, co-writing the script/music & performing in The Orpheus Project, as well as producing, writing, acting & facilitating workshops in Dido.
Under the stage name, Noah Young, he has performed at places including The Barbican, London o2, The Trycicle, and Riverside Studios, and performed with companies such as Les Enfants Terrible, Theatre Lab and DogOrange. He has collaborated with artists and musicians such as Rion Willard, Adam Waldmann, Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton and was the front man and lyricist in post-punk rock band Myernark. Acclaim includes ‘Noah Young seamlessly assumes a gallery of characters’ (The Stage).
He was writer, producer, actor, co-director and workshop facilitator on Pandora’s Box.
Jennie (Genevieve) Dunne is an actress who studied languages at Cambridge University. She then trained at Jacques Lecoq Theatre School and East 15 Acting School.
Jennie’s Lecoq training inspired NMTA’s use of object manipulation in The Orpheus Project and her acrobatic-dance background enabled a development of adagio-style movement in Dido. Credits as choreographer include: The Cambridge Fool’s When In Rome; Where’s Your Mama Gone (Hen and Chickens); The Matchgirls (RDC); The Abominable Snowman (Moon on a Stick Productions). Praise includes: ‘outstanding choreography’ (WhatsOnStage).
Jennie has most recently played the role of Annie in 1927’s worldwide hit show Golem (‘groundbreaking with strokes of genius,’ Daily Telegraph) & was choreographer, actress & workshop facilitator for the Pandora’s Box tour.
David Hermann is a writer, musician and MA in Comparative Literature at UCL (http://hermannist.com). His work has appeared in Litro, The Junket, and Scarf among others. He lives in Berlin and California where he has composed for TV in Germany and Switzerland as well as collaborating extensively with Dog Eared Films (London).
Rion Willard is an architect, designer, artist and musician. He runs The Thinking Hand Studio (TTHS) and has recently set up The Business of Architecture Podcast. Rion has exhibited internationally & featured in various publications.
A previous collaboration with artistic director Jonathan saw the creation of an interactive architectural installation, which investigated human communication, within a rhythmical performance piece, parts of which were featured in the Pask Present Exhibition, Vienna. He has also toured and performed extensively as a musician with the highly acclaimed theatrical ‘Post-punk Pop-rock’ group Myernark.
Rion created the artwork & set for Dido as well as set consulting on Pandora’s Box and graphic design.