About Us

Lumenis Theatre Company, founded in 2006 in London, UK by international practitioners has produced many shows in London, China and Singapore: new and existing text-based plays as well as non-text based work by emerging artists with a particular focus on multiculturalism and cultural integration. They produce theatre that is provocative and controversial, which calls for a fearless company willing to take creative risks. After serval years in Singapore and Asia Lumenis is now based in Colchester and intends to work with East-Anglia based theatres as well as seeking strong bonds with theatres in all regions of the UK

Our Team

Mary Mazzilli

Creative Director and Founder

She is currently a Lecturer in Drama and Literature at University of Essex and her book Gao Xingjian's Post-exile plays out now with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 


Having graduated from the Royal Court (taught by Simon Stephens) and Soho Theatre, Mary has written several plays that have been staged in both UK and China. Her work has received good recognition in both countries.

Her most recent play, Priority Seating, a semi-verbatim play about migrants’ life in UK received Arts Council Funding and had a staged reading at the Mercury Theatre. Most of her writing touches upon multi-cultural and societal issues, such as dementia, social integration, and the difficulties met by marginalized groups such as the elderly and migrant communities. She enjoys experimenting with styles and language. Bright Azzurro Sea is her first ‘digital’ play.

Credits: Magical Chairs at Southwark Playhouse and at People’s Theatre as part of the Beijing International Fringe Festival (2011); Old Bags at the New Wimbledon Studio; Attempts on a Missing Chair (Old Red Lion, Camden People’s theatre) Wrong Sleep (Cock Tavern Theatre; Etcettera Theatre), Cavemen (Blue Elephant Theatre)

She shares her writing career with an academic interest in literature, she holds a PhD in Chinese Theatre and Comparative Literature at SOAS, London on Gao Xingjian and Martin Crimp‟s plays and has lectured in Chinese Theatre and Films at SOAS. 

David Ahlbrecht

Producer and Founder

David is one of Lumenis founding members. David lived in Australia, Germany, Sweden and Italy and travelled across the continents. After studying Economics and Law, David has been a Legal adviser and Manager for several organisations in Germany.

He started to grow a passion for theatre visiting both big productions and several fringe venues all around Germany, which was sealed after seeing an epic performance of Goethe’s Faust (from Peter Stein) with Bruno Glans with Klaus Maria Brandauer as Mefisto.


David has produced all Lumenis shows. He was recipient of CTC British Council grant- 2011 and 2013 and was UK representative for AC Orange, one of the largest Chinese arts promoters. www.juooo.com.


David retrained as a psychotherapist and now works as a BACP registered psychotherapist and coordinates the adult bereavement service at a hospice in East Anglia.

Jonathan Man

Theatre Director and Lumenis Director in Residence

Jonathan is an award winning professional theatre director based in London, UK, with a keen interest in culture and people of all backgrounds and persuasions. His degree was in Physics at Durham University, UK. He later gained a Diploma in Production Operations in Theatre, Television, Film & Radio at the ARTTS International Skillcentre, near York. He has since worked in many settings from community theatre, new writing, children‟s theatre to national touring, as well as running Yellow Earth, the UK‟s leading British Chinese & East Asian theatre company, as co-artistic director for two years. His practice embraces innovation and interculturalism.


His directing credits include – for Polka Theatre: Monkey! (based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West). Contact Theatre: Diabolic Kyogen, a British-Japanese comedy double bill; There‟s Only One Wayne Matthews, a new Roy Williams‟ play. Trafalgar Studios: After Jane Eyre: Prism, for the Shared Experience Youth Theatre & Soho Theatre. The Young Vic: Voyage of the Three Star Gods, an African-Chinese community music project. For BBC Radio 3: The Inventor of Fireworks.

For Southwark Playhouse: A Midsummer Night‟s Dream, as winner of the Better Bankside Shakespeare Award 2009. For Yellow Earth Theatre: wAve (Greenwich Theatre, Riverside Studios & national tour). For Lumenis Theatre: Old Bags (New Wimbledon Studio). Jonathan is a member of the Sustained Theatre network for black & Asian theatremakers, the Young Vic Genesis Directors Network, and the 2010 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York. He has been invited to speak at the National Asian American Theatre Conference & Festival in Los Angeles in June 2011, and was recently awarded a Grants for arts from the Arts Council England for a "Future Theatre" programme to support research into theatre in America and China. 

Simon McCabe

Technical Director and Sound Designer

Simon's involvement in sound and music began in his native Dublin where he worked as a radio DJ. In recent years he has become an avid consumer of theatre in particular the work of German directors Thomas Ostermeir and Falk Richter. 

Recent credits include Secret Boulevard at The Courtyard Theatre (Sound Design), Steve Reich's Three Tales at Riverside Studios (Technical Director), Apartment 2012 at The White Bear (Sound Design), The Wonderful World of Dissocia at City Lit (Sound Design).


For Lumenis he worked as Sound Designer on Old Bags at the New Wimbledon Studio in October 2010 and as a Stage Mananger and Light Designer on Casa/Magical Chairs at the Blue Elephant Theatre in May 2011.

He has recently successfully completed 1 year Post Graduate courses in Music Technology at Goldsmiths University and Technical Theatre at The City Literary Institute.