Meet Our Creative Collective — A Vibrant Team of Co-creators

For more than three decades, our handl.e pictures founder and visionary artist Ernst Handl has been designing and implementing art actions across the globe. Inspired by the unifying power of creativity, Ernst brought together brilliant minds to form the collective now known as handl.e pictures.

The roots of our collective are deep — stretching back to the early 90s, when we were known as Story-Dealer. Over the years, we’ve evolved our name and honed our approach, but we’ve always kept our core values central to make sure that everything we do stays true to our analytical, creative, participatory and sustainable nature.

When you choose to co-create with our collective, you know you’re going to be working with creative experts who’ll use a combination of art, craftsmanship, creativity and co-creation to encourage collaboration and a deeper sense of meaning. Check out our profiles below to meet some of the imaginative minds you’ll be working with.

Ernst Handl

Founder, Visionary and Artist

“My favorite thing about art is becoming one with the picture — both creating it and dissolving into it.”

For the past decade, Kyra Marie Zoe Hensel has been guiding and co-creating with groups at various handl.e pictures art actions. Full of creative energy, charm and lots of dynamic cultural experiences, Kyra is always happy to be part of the team. She thrives on being able to bring out the best in those she supports.

From her earliest years, Kyra has used dance and music as a means of artistic expression, and that same heart carries through and can be seen in the way she brings fun and fluid movement into every art action, workshop and the development of performance sequences at handl.e pictures. Through her studies and experiences at Erfurt, Würzburg and the Vorau Abbey in Austria, Kyra gained specialist knowledge and expertise in the restoration of paintings and sculptures — something that taught her the importance of helping creations shine while staying true to their original nature.

Kyra understands the pressure that people — especially those who don’t consider themselves to be creative — can feel when trying to step into that realm. By helping individuals learn to connect with themselves and try new things, she teaches those she works with that they will be more happy when they forget about being perfect.

Ernst Handl

Kirsten Hense-Handl

Partner and Artist

Let’s use art to create a better world.

Kirsten

When corporate leaders who participate in handl.e pictures‘ art interventions come out of an event amazed that they, too, can create pictures and express complex subject areas artistically, Kirsten Hense-Handl is beyond satisfied — she’s thrilled.

To Kirsten, the formative power of art creates valuable, tangible insights that are often easier to work with and build on than intangible concepts. By shifting the focus to making corporate values and mission statements more tangible and accessible, the process naturally brings art to the forefront of companies‘ cultures — even if „creativity“ is not a core business element.

For the past three decades, Kirsten has enjoyed developing and staging stories and events that enchant everyone involved — building on her passion for social, educational and environmental causes while encouraging each individual to enter new spaces of the human experience. Her artistic and pedagogical training at the Berlin University of the Arts laid the foundation for her passion in the arts. Ever since, she’s brought her artistic expertise into co-designing countless formats for leadership training sessions and corporate cultural events at handl.e pictures. As a world traveler who’s equally at home in her Kreuzberg studio or out on the high seas, Kirsten thrives when teaching many artistic techniques to those keen to learn and co-create.

Kyra Marie Zoe Hense

Artist

It’s such a joy to be able to accompany people in discovering their hidden talents.

For the past decade, Kyra Marie Zoe Hensel has been guiding and co-creating with groups at various handl.e pictures art actions. Full of creative energy, charm and lots of dynamic cultural experiences, Kyra is always happy to be part of the team. She thrives on being able to bring out the best in those she supports.

From her earliest years, Kyra has used dance and music as a means of artistic expression, and that same heart carries through and can be seen in the way she brings fun and fluid movement into every art action, workshop and the development of performance sequences at handl.e pictures. Through her studies and experiences at Erfurt, Würzburg and the Vorau Abbey in Austria, Kyra gained specialist knowledge and expertise in the restoration of paintings and sculptures — something that taught her the importance of helping creations shine while staying true to their original nature.

Kyra understands the pressure that people — especially those who don’t consider themselves to be creative — can feel when trying to step into that realm. By helping individuals learn to connect with themselves and try new things, she teaches those she works with that they will be more happy when they forget about being perfect.

Kyra

Lea Kruse

Actress, Filmmaker, Director

I’m addicted to observing and scrutinizing the deeper levels of human behavior.

Lea

As an actress, filmmaker and director, Lea Kruse is driven by a need to observe and explore the deeper levels of human behavior and then bring the characters to life in an authentic, multidimensional way. In putting those skills to use for handl.e pictures for numerous art actions over the past 15 years, Lea has a long history of helping individuals, organizations, companies and corporate entities get in touch with their complex layers of being.

Having studied performing arts in Berlin, Lea has more than a decade of experience working as a freelance actress, artist, film director and screenwriter. Her dynamic experiences — whether that’s combining film art and live performances in a public place, founding a collective of actors and filmmakers called All Change Please, or co-founding a Berlin-based film production company called Affinity Productions — make her an expert when it comes to public speaking, team-building activities and more.

While you may recognize her from her work in various films, television productions and theaters — including at the Staatstheater Neustreliz and the the Hipgnosis Theatre in New York City — Lea is also a somatic bodywork practitioner who uses movement and bodywork techniques to support and coach clients on their individual life journeys.

Dr. Tanja Gluding

Organizational Sociologist

Taking targeted measures can help create a lively, open and modern working environment.

With a long history as an organizational sociologist, Dr. Tanja Gluding has spent the better part of two decades lending her expertise to companies — especially to those in phases of growth, development, restructuring or strategic refocusing.

An expert in her field, Tanja has multiple degrees and qualifications, including a master’s degree in psychology and sociology from RWTH Aachen University, a doctorate in sociology and organizational sociology from FernUniversität in Hagen, and a qualification in systemic organizational consulting from Helm Stierlin Institut Heidelberg.

By viewing companies as communities in which people work together to achieve a goal that could not be accomplished alone, Tanja has been able to focus on corporate culture — reflected not just in the words said but mostly on the actions taken — and how that culture corresponds to corporate structure and strategic orientation.

Using two key questions as a starting point (namely, what do people in companies do and what reasons do they have for their actions), Tanja combines her fascination with art and her sociological expertise for various projects at handl.e pictures. Having joined the team in 2023, she focuses on helping companies cleverly and specifically do what fits — using curiosity, passion, confidence, creativity and resilience to show how art is extremely effective and beneficial.

Tanja

Megan Lillick

Creative Empowerer and Marketer

“It’s way more fun creating something together!”

Megan

Driven by the power of co-creation and her calling to support individuals and teams in finding and feeling empowered by their own creative calling, Megan Lillick is a creative producer and somatic bodywork practitioner who helps people find their fun and flow.

As a recent addition to the handl.e pictures team, Megan brings the benefits of more than 15 years of experience in the creative industry as a creative director and strategic marketer who has both led and collaborated on teams across the globe. Having supported a variety of clients — including nonprofits, startups, scaleups and agencies — she has a proven track record of strategically bringing projects, services, programs and events to diverse, international markets with a bang.

Inspired by the lessons of her sport-filled youth and the sense of fun that many of us seem to be missing in adulthood, Megan started her own global collective called funesse in 2021. With a focus on co-creating with fellow freelancers on creative marketing solutions, Megan knows that it’s way more fun creating something together — which is why she’s our resident marketer, supporting the awareness and growth of handl.e pictures.

Maik Borchert

Screendesigner

“Design with the users in mind.” — Unknown

After successfully completing vocational training in printing technology, Maik Borchert trained as a cross media operator at the Academy for Advertising, Graphics and Printing in Hamburg. Afterwards he worked as a screen designer and art director in agencies in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin.

He has been working as a freelancer since 2005 and is a member of the Alliance of German Designers (AGD).