Lea Anderson is a noted choreographer who was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. Her work as artistic director of two performance companies in England, The Cholmondeleys (all female) and The Featherstonehaughs (all male), has been called “one of the success stories of British new dance” (Financial Times), offering “a dense and specific coherence of image and choreography that sets the eyes on fire” (Daily Telegraph).
Jenny Killick first came to the theatrical world’s attention in 1985, when she was named Artistic Director of the celebrated Traverse Theatre Club in Edinburgh. Britain’s youngest artistic director, she was the first woman to hold the position at the Traverse. After her outstanding tenure at the traverse, Killick has directed at such celebrated theatres as the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre Studio, the Haymarket Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, and the Oxford Playhouse.
Kate Whoriskey is co-artistic director at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. She previously served as associate director at the La Jolla Playhouse and has worked at leading regional theatres including the Goodman (Chicago) and the Shakespeare Theater (DC). A few of her regional credits include Lady from the Sea and The Chairs at Intiman, Antigone at South Coast Repertory, and The Master Builder at American Repertory Theatre. Most recently she directed the world premiere of Intimate Apparel.
Nigel Charnock has been creating enigmatic dance pieces for many years. He founded his first company in 1995, and since then has gone on to perform his shows internationally. He served as artistic director of Helsinki Dance Company from 2002 – 2005, and is known for unique, often improvisational, solo performances including Human Being, Hell Bent, Original Sin, Resurrection, and Frank. While working with his dance company and traveling the world, he still manages to find time to teach, write and direct.
Director John Burgess has been associated with new plays and new writing since he began working at the Open Space Theatre in the early 1970s. Burgess joined the National Theatre in 1980 and, with Peter Gill, founded the National Theatre Studio, the experimental wing of the theatre, in 1984. In his 30-year career in theatre and film, Burgess has been the Literary Manager (New Writing) at the National Theatre, associate director of the National Theatre Studio, Resident Director of the National Theatre, Artistic Director of Drum Arts, and Associate Director of Riverside Studios.
Celia Lowenstein is the creator of over 50 documentary films on art, science, and philosophy, among them The Silk Road Project, Bill T. Jones, Like a God When He Plays, The Essential History of France (in which Anderson appears), and The Culture of Violence. Her film The Pitt Rivers Museum was nominated for an Emmy in 1989, and her films have been shown at film festivals around the world.
Indhu Rubasingham directed Moliere’s The Misanthrope, adapted by Martin Crimp, at Chichester, and was an Associate Director on the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Bombay Dreams. Upon arriving at UC Davis, she had directed 20 world premieres with major theatre companies, including the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Tricycle Theatre, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Young Vic Studio and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Glen Walford, a writer, theatre and musical director, has had an extraordinary international career, directing classic and contemporary works in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Germany, Borneo, Greece, Japan, Austria and Russia, usually in the host country’s language. Her English directing work includes the development of a new version of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with the London Philharmonic, and creation of a new musical version of Our Day Out for the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Yvonne Brewster traveled to the UK to study speech, drama and mime. In Britain, she founded Talawa, the UK’s largest Black theatre company. She has undertaken a vast variety of directorial work in all media, from the first ever Black production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Opera House, Newcastle, to Pantomime, a two-hander by Derek Walcott, in a pub.
Irina Brown was born and educated in Leningrad (St Petersburg), Russia. She started her work in the theater as an assistant director to Andrei Tarkovsky, Yuri Lubimov and Anatoly Vassiliev, and later on as a staff director with Richard Eyre, David Hare and Mike Alfreds at the Royal National Theatre.
Since 1978 she has been living and working in Britain, establishing a versatile career as an internationally acclaimed stage director and teacher. Her work spans the experimental and the popular, classical drama and new writing, opera and musicals.
Mark Ravenhill is a playwright known for writing visceral, provocative work regarding contemporary society. His most famous plays include Shopping and Fucking (1996), Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and Mother Clap’s Molly House (2001). His play, The Cut, opened in 2006 at London’s Donmar Warehouse starring Sir Ian McKellen . It depicts a world dominated by the administering of a surgical procedure.
Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theater, opera, film, television and fashion. His Bottomland was the critic’s pick for Dance in America’s “Wolf Trap’s Face of America,” nationally broadcast on PBS in 2008. His direction and choreography of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice garnered him a 2006 Obie Award.
Granada Artist-in-Residence Helena Kaut-Howson worked with students on a collaborative theatre piece based on the work of Polish writer Bruno Schulz titled Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass after one of Schulz’s stories.
Ellen Bromberg, a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, has been creating dances for companies and solo artists for over 30 years.She has received numerous awards for her work including three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards; one for outstanding achievement in choreography for “The Black Dress,” which was subsequently broadcast on PBS Television’s “Alive From Off Center,” a second for her work with Douglas Rosenberg on Singing Myself A Lullaby and a third for Visual Design for her work with Della Davidson for Collapse (suddenly falling down).She was also honored with a UC Berkeley Townsend H
Mindy Cooper has directed, choreographed and performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway in Chicago - The Musical (original revival), Titanic (original cast), Dracula – The Musical, 50 Shades – The Musical Parody, Mars/Venus Live, The Eternal Space, Soul Doctor, Wrong Mountain, Five Course Love, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Song & Dance, and Tenderloin, as well as TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Jules Aaron has directed more than 250 stage and television productions including Equus, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray (world premiere) and award-winning runs of Into the Woods, Cabaret, Company and Merrily We Roll Along. Frequent stage venues include the New York Shakespeare Festival (Public Theatre), the Humana Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), South Coast Repertory and Pasadena Playhouse.
Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theater in America. Over the past three decades his plays and advocacy have helped deliver stories of Asians in the United States to mainstream American theatreas well as to Europe and Asia. His works have been presented at venues including American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Shakespeare Festival, and London’s Gate Theatre. Philip is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts awards, as well asnumerous honors and awards.
John Jasperse has been Artistic Director/Choreographer of John Jasperse Company New York, NY, since 1985. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe including The American Dance Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Cannes International Dance Festival, Dance Umbrella, EuroKaz, Kampnagel, Montpellier Danse, Tanz im August, TanzQuartier Wein, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, and the VEO Festival.