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 Young is an actor, director, producer, writer and musician. Under the stage name, Noah Young, he has performed at places including The Barbican, London o2, The Trycicle, and Riverside Studios, and played parts ranging from Oberon and Sir John Falstaff to Munta, the Ugly Sister. 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.
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). His company, Windhouse Compositions, is currently creating a classical soundtrack for a documentary about Angela Merkel.
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, and since completing her master’s in acting has performed with Vital Stages and Sell A Door Theatre Company.
Jennie’s Lecoq training inspired NMT Automatic’s use of object manipulation in TOP and her acrobatic-dance background enabled a development of adagio-style movement. Acclaim includes: The Cambridge Fool’s When In Rome (‘outstanding choreography’ “WhatsOnStage”) and recently Where’s Your Mama Gone (Hen and Chickens) and Matchstick Girls (Redbridge Youth Workshop).
Rion Willard is an architect, designer, artist and musician. His studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, explored the relationship between Performance and Architecture through installation, drawing and interactive design. His work has been exhibited in London and internationally and has been featured in publications and architecture journals. He has also toured and performed extensively as a musician with the highly acclaimed theatrical ‘Post-punk Pop-rock’ group Myernark.