Get to know us!


The members of Cultural Co-op Kiito work in the fields of theatre, media, research and education. They use participatory arts-based methods for education, facilitation and in the creation of artistic productions.

Katriina (Kati) Andrianov 

Stage Animator

I create, teach and do research on the forms of performing art in which objects become animate(d) in different environments by people with various backgrounds.

Coordinating events from clubs to conferences in this field is an important part of my activities.

tel. +358 40 586 1967, kati (at)

Raquel Benmergui

Arts-based / Graphic Facilitator

I offer arts-based corporate facilitation/training, graphic facilitation/recording, and educational/ intercultural communication training. I engage in action research on using participatory arts for university teaching, presenting my research at many international conferences. I have co- authored 12 textbooks and my specialisation as an educational writer is multisensory and enactive learning.

tel. +358 45 127 1126, raquel (at)

Arttu Haapalainen

Applied Theatre Director / Producer

I am experienced in the creation and execution of audience development, outreach and education projects, which have a wide range of partners involved and participants from all age groups. I like to plan, organise and execute art projects that have meaning.

tel. +358 40 762 6328, arttu (at)

Ursula Hallas

Theatre and Social Pedagogue

I work actively with young people, using artistic methods in preventive mental health services for adolescents.

tel. +358 50 490 4607, ursulahallas (at)

Liisa Jaakonaho

Master of Arts, Dance Pedagogue, Dance Movement Therapist, Artist

tel. (+358) 044 262 4610, liisa (at)


Heidi Kotila

tel. +358 44 564 3029, heidi (at)

Riku Laakkonen

Puppeteer, Theatre Instructor and Performance Art Maker

I do art and facilitate situations.

tel. +358 40 5291204, riku (at)


Jari Laihia

tel. +358 40 551 3605, jari (at)


Susanna Lyly

Freelancer Photographer: documentation, people and events

I mainly take photographs for the publications of the city of Tampere, as well as for different events and happenings. I am co-founder of a project for the elderly, which uses photographs to observe the present and past. I am interested in photography as an artistic rehabilitation method. I capture the moment as you wish!

tel. +358 44 076 1801, susannalyly (at)

Elina Niiranen

tel. +358 400 270 596, elina (at)

Varpu Pekasti

Drama Practitioner, Trager Therapist, Yoga Instructor

My goal is to be with people in various ways. I use drama with different groups. I have Trager sessions to help to ease people’s pain, tension and have better movement in their bodies. I practise yoga with diverse groups and individuals.

tel. +358 50 566 6600, varpu (at)

Ninni Perko

Choreographer/ Dance Teacher/ Applied Theatre Director

I combine dance with other art forms, like theatre, visual arts and music. The emphasis in my work is on process and collaboration.

tel. +358 50 404 3255, ninni (at)


Jarkko Suhonen

Drama Instructor / M.A. / Applied theatre director

I use collaborative working methods to create workshops, performances or texts. I think it is important to create opportunities for all members of a group to bring their own points of view to collaborative creation.

tel. + 358 50 404 5866, jarkko (at)



Jyrki Tamminen

Theatre Director, Drama Pedagogue, PT

I work with children and adults, my focus points being drama and puppetry. I have directed at professional theatres, worked as a Regional Artist of Children’s Culture and Multicultural Art and as a preschool teacher. My expertise includes community theatre, object theatre, puppetry and creative planning of multicultural projects. On demand, I support and counsel various projects. I fly to support art!

tel. +358 40 831 0201, jyrki (at)

Please click the link for my CV (in Finnish)

Anna-Liisa Tarvainen

Art Therapist MA / NLP-master / Regression Therapist

I tutor painting groups and art workshops. As I am also a stage designer (BA) and a puppet theatre artist, I give therapeutic puppet theatre courses and I visualize and direct performances for puppet theatre groups.

”The world is full of little miracles.”

tel. +358 40 524 6425, anna_liisa_tarvainen (at)