UnitedRain is a film production studio with a focus on musical-films. UnitedRain was founded by Götz Neumann in 2007 and has since then worked on its first feature film “Nighshift” that is scheduled for shoting in 2010. In late 2008 Claudia von Lienen joined UnitedRain as coproducer. UnitedRain works internationally and is based in Köln (Cologne) Germany.
Götz Neumann serves as producer, director and writer for the upcoming UnitedRain-production “Nightshift”. He has a masters in Theaterwissenschaft (Theaterarts) from the J-L-Universität in Giessen.
In 1990 he founded the Kölner Musical Company and served as their president. For the last 19 years the company has staged more than 35 productions.
Götz contributed as writer, actor and composer for the company on many productions. In 2008 after 18 years he stepped down as active president to focus on his new venture UnitedRain.
He is also CEO of 01 Digitales Design GmbH a software and media-company which he founded in 2000 and has composed, produced and recorded numerous music and scores for TV-Spots, Theatres, Artists and Movies.
He lives with his wife and his 2 children in Köln (Cologne), Germany.
CLAUDIA VON LIENEN
Claudia serves as co-producer for the upcoming featurefilm-production of Nightshift. She holds a master-degree in nutrition and sportscience. She also completed a degree as a musical-performer and loves to be on stage since she is young. If there´s time left she still acts and sings on tv and for private.
Right now she works as a freelancer in the health section and supports nightshift with all her heart.
She lives with her husband in Cologne, Germany.
KAREN D. SAVAGE
Karen will be responsible for the choreography on Nightshift. She is the exciting young choreographer/dancer that heated up the Musical Dom in the musical production of ‘Saturday Night Fever’. She started her career in the USA in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Germantown Dance Theatre where she studied ballet. She later received a scholarship to the prestigious ‘Alvin Ailey’s Dance School’ and ‘Adelphi University’. Karen embarked on her teaching career while she was still lead dancer in various Musical Productions including ‘Philadanco’ dance company, Joseph Holmes Chicago dance theatre, the national tour of ‘The Harlem Nutcracker’ where she worked with famed choreographer Donald Byrd and as a ‘Check it Out’ dancer in KYW Television Philadelphia.
Since her debut in Cologne Germany, she has remained in the beautiful city upon popular request. In Germany, she has choreographed the promotion tour for the UK Group “BeatFreakz” in the remake of Michael Jackson’s “Somebody watching me”, ‘The Walt Disney Casting Audition Düsseldorf’, ‘Gospel Weihnacht for RTL television’ , ‘SAT 1 Hit Giganten’‘Cologne Night of Music in the Köln Arena’,.‘The Viva Cuban Brazillian Dance Tour’ and ‘The Nigerian Musical Dance Project’. She was also choreographer for many corporate galas in Germany including ‘Mercedes Benz Gala’ ‘Volkswagon’ and ‘DHL’. She has also performed in many different Countries and has choreographed and danced aboard the luxurious ‘Norwiegen Cruise Lines’ and the ‘MS Europa’. She has performed in many Star-studied productions. including ‘Phil Collins’ for Red Nose Day’ and the FIFA world congress closing ceremony show in Marrakech.
Karen if one of the few Choreopraphers that performs convincingly in a various array of dance styles including Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Musical theatre and Street style dance. She has choreographed for huge international productions as well as for local singers and small shows. In her own words ‘I enjoyed the blessings of being a professional dancer at a very young age and am now enjoying the ability to share my creativity with other performers.’ This is what she lovingly refers to as her ‘Amazing Joy’.
You can find more about Karen on her website http://www.karendsavage.de.
HANS J. GRUBE
Hans, nicknamed “Gene“ for his unconditional admiration for dancer Gene Kelly, serves as Co-Producer/Controller for UnitedRain and is responsible for planing and budgeting. Hans had the good fortune of spending the most formative time of his younger years with Leighton and Catherine Rollins, theatrical and Shakespearian scholars from Boston, who had moved to Montecito, among other things an artists’ colony on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, California. Leighton had followed a call to resuscitate the venerable Lobero Theater, bringing it to fame as the unique staging post for new theatrical and musical productions that came to the West Coast. Living with the Rollins’s Hans witnessed impressive and memorable first nights of such celebrities as Charles Laughton, director, and the actors Tyrone Power, Dame Judith Anderson, Raymond Massey, and a hand-picked Choir of Twenty Voices, in the World-first on-stage performance of “John Brown’s Body” (1952), which went down in theater history as an absolute first for new standards in blending spoken word and song. He socially met such celebrities as Martha Graham, Lotte (Charlotte) Lehmann, Yehudi Menuhin and many others from the theatrical, dance and musical scene. Nevertheless, he needed a solid “day-job” to be able to raise a family. Hans studied engineering and became an aviation and transportation consultant active in Africa, Europe and the US. Planning, implementing and overseeing multi-faceted projects such as new airports and transport schemes taught him valuable skills in running and heading up substantial projects, which he is now bringing to the team of “Nightshift”, thereby having returned to his early ambitions.
Corinna serves as musical supervisor, conductor and vocal coach for Nightshift. She was a long time member of the “Kölner Musical Company”, where she filled the same position. Living music since she was a little child and being a member in a couple of well known regional youth-orchestras she final studied music-therapy at the Universität Köln. For many years she worked as a vocal-, piano-, and saxophone-teacher. Aside from her commitments for Nightshift she’s employed by the Cologne Opera House.
Susann Chrapow will be responsible for the Make up and Hair .
All her life she had a passion for design and colours and started an aprenticeship in the age of 15.
As the youngest student in her college she finished it with the best grades and began to work as a fulltime special make up artist in the age of 18.
Since 2007 she works as a freelancer for many musical-,film-,tv, photo productions mostly based in cologne(we will rock you, spamalot…)
She is currently living and working in cologne.
You can find more information about Susann on her website http://www.susann-chrapow.de