About Us

Company of Wolves is a laboratory theatre company based in Glasgow.

We make performance by experiment, crafting unique and compelling theatre that speaks directly to the times in which we live.

The company was formed by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky after an eight year immersion in the Polish laboratory theatre tradition of Song of the Goat Theatre, Jerzy Grotowski and Gardzienice.

Over time, we’ve digested these influences together with dance and vocal improvisation, experimental music, improvised comedy, and conscious movement practices.

We train and we practice, we research and we search.

Our theatre and our lives inform each other. We want our work in the studio to change our lives, and we want our lives to shape what we make.

We make theatre that speaks to all that we are. Theatre that is raw, irreverent, uncivilized, and sublime.

  • Anna Porubcansky

    Artistic Director

    Anna Porubcansky is a musician and performer whose training includes classical, traditional and choral singing, natural voice, and vocal anatomy. She is co-artistic director of Company of Wolves.

    Originally from the USA, she has lived internationally for twenty years (Russia, Austria, Poland, UK) and has studied traditional song, lamentation, and polyphony with artists from Siberia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Poland. She works as a music director and live sound designer, blending traditional song and experimental electronic music, and as a voice coach, where she focuses on the relationship between voice, breath, movement and body. Most recently, Anna has designed sound for Hysteria! (Oran Mor) and The End of Things (Company of Wolves); performed in Seven Hungers and Invisible Empire (Company of Wolves), and is currently making unbecoming, her first solo performance.

    She has co-produced all of Company of Wolves’ performances to date, and holds a PhD in ensemble theatre and community engagement from Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • Ewan Downie

    Artistic Director

    Ewan is an acclaimed performer, writer, director and teacher with a lifelong interest in the roots of creativity and the study of human behaviour.

    He read philosophy at Edinburgh University before training as an actor at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting, and has studied and taught improvisation, movement and experimental theatre for over 20 years. He has worked with many internationally renowned practitioners including Keith Johnstone, Kristin Linklater, Katie Duck, Bruce Myers (Peter Brook Company) and Professor Zygmunt Molik (Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium).

    He spent 2004-2012 immersed in the Polish laboratory theatre tradition, including 6 years as a member of Poland's renowned Song of the Goat Theatre, with whom he toured internationally winning many awards.

    He is joint artistic director of Company of Wolves, and has directed and co-produced all of the company's work to date.

  • Corinne Salisbury

    Producer

    Corinne Salisbury's producing experience stems from working as Administrator for various theatre companies and venues since 2007, before she took on the role of full-time Shared General Manager for a consortium of new writing theatre companies - nabokov, Theatre Uncut, Forward Theatre Project and Pieces Productions - from 2013 to 2015, in an innovative cross-organisation role funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Since going freelance in 2015 she has worked as producer, tour-booker and fundraising consultant for companies including Fifth Word (associate company at Oxford Playhouse), Company of Wolves, Tavaziva Dance, Jabuti Theatre, Paper Doll Militia, Fuora Dance Project, The DH Ensemble, Faction Theatre, Theatre Uncut, Tangled Feet, Forward Theatre Project, 59 Productions, Poleroid Theatre, Les Enfants Terribles, Notnow Collective, Sheer Drop Theatre and the Bush Theatre.

  • Tuesday McPhail

    Company Manager

    Tuesday comes to the arts from a musical background, having studied music at the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music at Edinburgh Napier University. She has combined her love of performing and teaching music with a career in arts and festivals administration for several years, having worked for the Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh and Abu Dhabi Science Festivals and Longbridge Learning camp in Switzerland. For the last three years, Tuesday has been working with Underbelly as the Operations Manager for their Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festivals before taking the decision to return to Freelance Arts Administration in 2020.