A playwright, down on her luck …
Two lovers, with the whole world ahead …
An AI that might change everything—or nothing at all.
Assistant is an original English language play for the age of generative AI, written by Olivia Fischer in collaboration with ChatGPT. It explores the impact of technology on our creative, professional, and social lives. Neither utopian promise nor dystopian hellscape, it follows Joan, El, and Sasha as their world shifts to one in which plays, articles, even love letters can be generated at the click of a button.
Starring Olivia Fischer, Dœlma Goldhorn, and Luana Fitzgerald
Directed by Désirée Wenger
Intimacy direction by Ximena Sanchez
Original music by Andrin Albrecht
A special thanks goes to everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign, as well as our sponsors and associate producers without whom none of this would be possible:
associate producers The Blueprint Masquerades
UZH & ETH English Theater Club
associate producers THEATER STOK
official sponsor iafob
Institut für Arbeitsforschung und Organisationsberatung
material sponsor KinderJugendTheater
We are an independent multilingual theater production company based in Zurich, Switzerland, founded in 2023. Our focus is on collaboration and exploration, particularly with regards to theater and film productions which are ecologically as well as humanly sustainable. Our projects work across and with languages, consisting of classics, and mash-ups of classics, as well as original plays. For this, our team combines a vast variety of linguistic and artistic backgrounds: collectively, we speak English, German, Swiss German, Italian, French, Spanish and Korean; we have participated in film, theater, music, and creative writing projects across four continents, and are excited to blend the local and the international, the time-honed and the provocative, in works that are both accessible to a wide public and unlike anything the Swiss theater scene has seen so far.
director • writer • intimacy director/coordinator
Désirée (she/her) is a director, writer, and theater drama teacher. She studied French and English literature and linguistics at the ...
Désirée Wenger (she/her) is a director, writer, and theater drama teacher. She studied French and English literature and linguistics at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne, and holds a Master of Arts in Theater Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, completed in 2021. After her studies, she worked as assistant director at Schauspiel Bern, and has completed further training in intimacy coordination while also pursuing various projects of academic and creative writing. Désirée currently acts in and writes on a number of plays, is a boardmember of theagovia theater in Thurgau, and together with Ximena Sánchez founded ICDS (Intimacy Coordinators and Directors Switzerland).
producer • actor • intimacy director/coordinator
Ximena (she/her) is an actress and intimacy coordinator. She studied film and television directing at the National University of Cordoba...
Ximena Sánchez (she/her) is an actress and intimacy coordinator. She studied film and television directing at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and has attended masterclasses with Ricky Ceballos at Real Theater, and with the independent collective Cirulaxia in Córdoba. In subsequent years, she refined her acting through classes in South Beach, Miami, and with Binario 7 in Monza, Italy. After having worked as a store manager for several years, she decided to reconnect with her passion: film and theater. At present, Ximena is training as an intimacy coordinator and mental health ambassador. Together with Désirée Wenger, she founded ICDS (Intimacy Coordinators and Directors Switzerland).
writer • composer • musical director
Andrin (he/they) studied English literature and linguistics, and history, in Zurich, Colorado, and Singapore, and has trained in ...
Andrin Albrecht (he/they) studied English literature and linguistics, and history, in Zurich, Colorado, and Singapore, and has trained in classical and contemporary composition at Konservatorium Winterthur for close to a decade. He has composed original scores for a number of theater productions associated with the University of Zurich, for short films, and orchestral performances at the TaG Winterthur. In addition, his short fiction and poetry has appeared in a variety of anthologies in both English and German, and have won several international awards. In addition to his creative endeavors, Andrin is currently pursuing a PhD in American literature at the University of Jena, Germany.
actor • writer • photographer
Olivia (she/her) is an actress, writer, and academic. She studied English literature and linguistics, and psychology, at the ...
Olivia Fischer (she/her) is an actress, writer, and academic. She studied English literature and linguistics, and psychology, at the Universities of Zurich and Basel, and received her Master of Science in Psychology in 2021. At present, she is pursuing a PhD in the same field. During 2017 and 2019, she was director of marketing and photography for the UZH English theater group The Blueprint Masquerades, and played leading roles in productions of August: Osage County, and The Last Days of Judas Ischariot. In 2020, she performed in the Buchmann&Horst production As It Is in Zurich and St. Gallen, and in 2021 in Right Sensations (by Rich Orloff) with The Semi-Circle Basel.
Luana Fitzgerald (she/her) is a trained actress, filmmaker, and host. Her artistic journey started at the age of 13 at the Junge Bühne Bern Theater. At 19, she moved to Santa Barbara, California, to pursue her dream of working in the film industry. There, she studied Film & TV Production and Acting. Furthering her education, Luana attended The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in Los Angeles, completing the Conservatory in Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Since then, she has been involved in numerous projects on both stage and in front of the camera in the US and Switzerland. Additionally, Luana holds a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and works as a host and editor.
Dœlma Goldhorn (she/her) Dœlma is a poet, artist, and actress. She's fluent in six languages, board-member of the artist collective YoungVisions, and a translator at Wassho! Magazine. Her interest for seeking to understand what lies at the core of human behavior has led her to study Psychology. Currently taking a break from her studies, she is pursuing her other passion: the world of filmmaking. Dedicated to realizing visions and creating an inclusive as well as accessible environment for anyone, she is doing an internship at Contrast Film, Zurich. Among other projects, she has worked as PA on DAVOS 1917, LANDESVERRÄTER (AT) and for White Rabbit Theatre Company as AD & Stage Manager.
Lerie Pemanagpo (she/they) is a transdisciplinary artist, performer and director, living in Zürich and Basel. Pemanagpo has been experimenting with sound and digital media since teenage years and studied physical theatre and Jungian psychology after completing a Specialist degree (former equivalent of Masters Degree in Russia) in philosophy. Since 2021, Pemanagpo has been working as a theatrical and film director, and became an active AI researcher and beta-tester, implementing different models into art and advocating for an ethical and sustainable use of technology.