VAT Teater

(Tallinn, Estonia)

We’re the oldest independent theatre of Estonia. We have seen the time before Euro and time after Estonian Kroon. We have evolved from a traveling theatre of the 1990s into a versatile repertoire theatre, with around 220 shows per season.

Staff photo of VAT team, arranged in a garden space surrounded by stone walls.

We´re not the biggest theatre company of Estonia (with 14 permanent workers), but we’re fierce and tireless. Our repertoire consists of a diverse palette of classical and contemporary materials from around the world. We play for all age groups and even find time and energy for teenagers (an age group sadly often forgotten in Estonian theatre). We have participated in multiple international theatre projects and we tackle every new challenge with the idea “Size doesn’t matter!” – as Estonians we know well, how to do something big our of very little.

#vattastic

PlayOn! Team
Aare Toikka, Artistic Director
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Artistic Director of VAT Teater since 1993. He is one of the founding members of the theatre in 1987. He has done over 50 productions (also written many of them) in VAT Teater and also directed many productions all around in Estonia and abroad.

Helen Rekkor, Director
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is a freelancing director, who specialises on visual theatre. She has directed three productions in VAT Teater – two of them (Mister Green and #deleteme) were created in the international theatre project PLATFORM SHIFT+.

Margo Teder, Actor
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is an actor and director of VAT Teater since 1997. He has directed multiple productions with the topic of digitality and internet (Born online in 2013, Estonian Hikikomori in 2015 and Web Demon in 2016).

Marion Jõepera, Writer
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is a writer, creative and a user journey designer. She is focused on creating multi-platform experiences and is passionate about combining digital and video game dramaturgies with real life adventure games.

Mihkel Seeder, Dramaturg
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is the dramaturg of VAT Teater since 2014. He has written and translated plays for VAT Teater and other theatres in Estonia.

Tiiu Talvist, Organisational Manager / PR Coordinator
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During my lifetime I have worked in very many different positions: as an accountant, dressmaker, sales person, journalist etc. The last 16 years I have been working in VAT Theatre as Organizational Manager and PR Coordinator, seven years ago I graduated from Tartu Uneversity as cultural manager. I am happy to have so different work experiences in my life and I feel that all what I have done before, helps me to do my job now as good as I can.

Villem Rootalu, Composer
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is a composer and sound engineer. He studeid jazz music and music technology and has participated in various theatre projects with different creative and technical tasks. His first work in VAT Teater was creating original score for the production Predator. He is also interested in the gaming world and has participated in multiple game jams.

Direction
Aare Toikka, Artistic Director
Headshot of Aare Toikka

Artistic Director of VAT Teater since 1993. He is one of the founding members of the theatre in 1987. He has done over 50 productions (also written many of them) in VAT Teater and also directed many productions all around in Estonia and abroad.