Together with his company COFO Entertainment, Oliver Forster is one of Germany’s most successful event organisers for concerts and tours. Not only does he fill famous concert halls and open-air theatres with big names such as David Garret, Xavier Naidoo, Elton John, CRO and Simply Red, he is also a renowned tour organiser. Among others, he has staged biographies by star producer Bernhard Kurz such as “All you need is love! - The Beatles Musical”, “THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC – the ABBA-STORY”, “SIMPLY THE BEST - The TINA TURNER Story” and “ELVIS – The Musical”.
In addition, Oliver Forster is one of the leading local organisers in Southern Germany and Austria, presenting stars from the genres of rock, pop, schlager and folk music as well as dance shows, festivals, exhibitions and top-class classical music events. One of his most successful projects was his own production of “FALCO – The Musical” in 2017. Over the last two years this show has welcomed more than 250,000 spectators at more than 100 events. In 2018, his next genial performance is “BEAT IT” – The Show about the King of Pop”.
Stefan Warmuth studied musical in Berlin and Los Angeles. After he had finished his degree, he first worked as a freelance musician at theatres in Berlin and he accompanied many well-known German-speaking artists during their studio-, TV- and tour productions.
Under the directorship of Boy Gobert, Warmuth obtained the opportunity to enact at the workshop stage of the public drama theatres Berlin, during his studies. As a consequence of that, he founded the "Comédie Berlin" in 1980, with which he produced his own music-revues (i.a. with Günter Lamprecht and Rüdiger Wandel).
The collaboration with André Heller led him into the world of varieté. As conductor of the orchestra of the Wintergarten-Varieté in Berlin, Warmuth got charged to direct several Shows there and in different prestigious german and international locations.
Besides his function as stage director, Warmuth composed film and incidental music. He directed "FALCO - The Musical", a triumphantly production of COFO Entertainemnt.
Andy Machals looks back at ten years of experience in the fields of theatre, performance and events. After completing a degree in Business Administration and Event Management in Rostock and Durham, he studied for a Master of Arts in Performance Research at the University of Bristol and went on to pursue a PhD in Theatre and Performance at the same institution.
Andy has a great passion for non-verbal show theatre. He supported the team at Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin for several years, most recently as a freelance creative producer for major shows, seasonal summer and winter reviews and performances staged by the young ensemble. He has also worked on trans-medial theatre and exhibition concepts both in Germany and abroad.
Manfred Waba is one of the most renowned and experienced stage designers for open air productions. As co-founder of the St. Margarethen Opera Festival in 1996, he was responsible for all spectacular stage designs until 2014, where he also worked as a production manager and artistic director.
He received 4 golden DVDs for Aida 2004 / Carmen 2005 / Nabucco 2007 for his work in St. Margarethen and also for his direction and equipment of the Magic Flute 2010, which was also awarded Platinum; unique in Austria!
He also worked as a stage and costume designer, director, light- u. effect designer for operas, operettas, ballets and musicals in closed houses.
He was also very successful as event planner with the spectacular stage set for the 20th anniversary of the "Live-Ball" in Vienna and the creation of several entertainment shows as well as the most popular exhibition of the "Sistine Chapel" 2016 in the Votivkirche in Vienna with more than 80.000 enthusiastic people visitors for example. His new exhibition: "The Great Masters of the Renaissance" also became a visitor magnet.
With the "Greatest Violin of the World" as set design for the operetta "Countess Mariza" at the Seefestspiele in Mörbisch, Manfred Waba caused a furore and a huge hit in 2018.
The theater director Prof. dr. Robert Herzl describes his style as follows:
In his connection of the given natural space with realistic and stylized elements, a compelling visual realization of the respective musical drama is repeatedly undertaken.
His rooms have not only become visible music, they also allow the viewer to identify with them. The fact that he confidently uses the most up-to-date technical aids of the theater is mentioned only for the sake of completeness. For me, the interior design of Manfred Waba represents the perfect form of an "optimal scenic poetic realism".
Beginning with the first opportunity to absolve an education about event technology, 20 years ago, Thimo Kolonko was one of the first graduates at the management for event technology in Bavaria.
After being part of the technical performance for a couple of years, the master-qualification followed. After some initial, mostly technical executions in fields of light and audio, Thimo Kolonko was drawn to creative and logistic fields, more and more.
As technical director for numerous festivals, major events and musicals, he created technical master plans and also played a part in the implementing of those plans. During the last 16 years, Thimo Kolonko attended many successfull productions of COFO Entertainment as technical director and technical consulter such as FALCO - The Musical, ELVIS, Simply The Best and many more. As a part of the FeedBack Show Systems & service GmbH, he and his team supervise the whole engineering and logistic executions for the tour production.
Gerald is a native Hanoverian. His career began with classical music studies, which he has now "absorbed" very well. He has been working as a freelance trombonist, teacher and arranger in Berlin for over 30 years now, he worked with the RIAS Big Band, at the Theater of the West among others.
After a detour as musical director of the orchestra of the Friedrichbau-Vaudeville in Stuttgart, Gerald nowadays works as an arranger mainly, occasionally he also tours as a conductor of musicals.
Amy, native-born in Australia got her education as stage dancer at the Victorian Collage of the Arts and at the Australian Ballet School. Since 1990, she has been acting as solist in various ensembles, among others at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, at the Theater Dortmund, at the Landestheater Salzburg and at the Operahouse in Kiel. Stand travels guided her to Paris, Den Haag, Austria, Montreal and numerous German cities.
For over 18 years, Amy has been working as Choreographer for ballett, opera, musical and acting. In 2013, she created the successful, full-lenght first release "Falco The Spirit Never Dies".
Haegar Deutsch studied media art. Since 1997 he has been working in the fields of graphics, camera and editing for various agencies. In addition to his own art and exhibition projects, as a motion designer he has created video clips and live visuals for numerous artists and music productions, including Herbert Grönemeyer, The Fantastic Four and Fury in the Slaughterhouse.
Leo Herrmann was born in 1979 in Landsberg am Lech. After completing his 3-year education as a chef, he decided to work in other areas. From 1999 to 2000, he worked for ZDF Bavaria in Unterföhring in the Munich district. He then started at Munic Sound GmbH and has been working as a freelance lighting and video designer since 2004.
Jobs from his past include:
- Light design Amadeus Horse Indoors
- Light design Best Of Belron
- Light design classic radio tours
- Light design Mercedes Benz Actros presentation Barcelona
- EU lighting design award 2011
- Light design forest Christmas
- Light design Taubertal Festival
Stephan began by training as a craftsman in the fields of armoury, millinery, and costume painting at the City of Cologne Opera House and subsequently studying Egyptology, classical archaeology, art history and fashion design in Berlin. In 1995 he began freelance work as a fashion designer, stylist, set designer, costume designer and stage designer.
Among others, Stephan Bolz has designed costumes and sets for music videos and stage shows by David Bowie, Rammstein, Madonna, and Helene Fischer. Since 2008, Stephan Bolz has regularly been engaged as a costume designer for the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. He has also been able to bring his ideas to numerous theatre productions at home and abroad, including renowned works such as Swan Lake, The Magic Flute, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2015 he created, among other things, the set for Circus Krone.