Cressida is the Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre (2006 – current) She went to University College London.

email: I cressidabrown@offstage.org.uk I
website: I www.offstage.org.uk I

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Off stage conducts extensive interviews that inspire their imaginative plays, which comes together through exciting and unusual collaborations. They have had 7 shows Time Out Critics' Choice, 1 Scotsman Highly Recommended, 14 Award nominations and has featured in over 30 newspapers, and been on Channel 4, ITN, France 24, and BBC TV news.

 


Recipient of Bulldog Prinsep bursary at the National Theatre Studio, 2007
Awarded the Artist International Development Bursary from British Council and ACE
Click to watch latest TV interview for MACBETH, 2014 I www.france24.com I
Cressida Brown on Radio 4 Today program - Walking the Tightrope.

Winner of UK Kevin Spacey Foundation's UK Artist of Choice 2015 I www.whatsonstage.com I
Nominated for 10 Offies including Best Production twice, Best Director.
Beaumont Community responded to RE:Home I https://vimeo.com I
Twice the recipient of the Big Boost fund for Social Enterprise
Granted Fellowship of the Centre of Excellence in Theatre Training
She is Associate Artist at the Yard Theatre & Theatre Uncut
Workshop Facilitator for Synergy, Arts Ed, RADA, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central, Tricycle, RSC, BOV/NT regional tour

PRODUCTION/DATE
  COMPANY/NOTES
MAPPING BRENT
by Somalia Seaton (2016)
  Tricycle Theatre
SCREENS
by Stephen Loughton (2016)
  Theatre 503
SEPTIMUS BEAN AND HIS AMAZING MACHINE, UNICORN THEATRE (2016)   Unicorn Theatre - Offie Nomination (Best Production for under 7s)
RE:HOME (2016)

  Winner of the Kevin Spacey Award - UK Artist of Choice - A sequel to Offstage's HOME 10 years ago on the Beaumont Estate. Nominated for two Offies, Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble.
Link to: I Beaumont Community responded to RE:Home I
HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
by Federico Garcia Lorca (2016)
  Rose Bruford
CAUGHT by Christopher Chen (2015)
  Arcola Theatre - Nominated for TBC Offie, UK premiere
MACBETH (2015)   Watermill Theatre
TIM FOUNTAIN'S BEYOND THE FRINGE
(2015)
  House of Commons, in association with Belarus Free Theatre
ACCIDENTAL BRUMMIE (2015)   Birmingham Rep. A promenade play around the library and theatre.
WALKING THE TIGHTROPE:
the tension between Art and Politics (2015) by Caryl Churchill
April De Angelis
Sarah Solemani
Mark Ravenhill
Evan Placey
Ryan Craig
Julia Pascal
Neil LaBute
  An Offstage production, in association with Theatre Uncut
And in partnership with Free Word Centre at Theatre Deli.
Conceived, curated and Directed by Cressida Brown.

Edinburgh, 2015 co-production with Underbelly Productions

With new pieces from Omar El-Khairy and Timberlake Wertenbaker
Nominated for Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award
DYING FOR IT by Moira Buffini (2015)   Royal and Derngate.
ARTIST INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (2014)   To collaborate with Neil LaBute and Annie Hamburger; and observe Rachel Chavkin. New York, USA. Awarded by ACE and British Council.
THE TEMPEST (2013)   Royal Shakespeare Company, Roy Bowen Theatre, OSU, Ohio, USA.
SPINE (2013)   Theater Row 42nd Street, New York / Theatre Uncut. By Clara Brennan (UK)
THE BIRTH OF MY VIOLENCE (2013)   Theater Row 42nd Street, New York / Theatre Uncut. By Marco Canale (Spain)
THE PRICE (2013)   Theater Row 42nd Street, New York / Theatre Uncut. By Lena Kitsopoulou (Greece)
MACBETH (2014)   Outdoor production by Notredame, Paris Shakespeare & Co’s Bard En Seine, Paris.
BOAT PLAY (2014)   Offstage, RADA and Livett Launches, staged on Queen Elizabeth pleasure boat. A traveling boat play along the Thames based on interviews with river dwellers.
LOVE AND INFORMATION (2014)   Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Schoolpromenade around the entire building.
DRAWING PLAY (2013)   Yard Theatre. ACE funded, National Tour starting at The Berry Eastleigh 2016. A family play where the audience draw devised by Off stage Theatre.
MY VILLAGE AND OTHER ALIENS (2013)   Zoo, Edinburgh Festival. By Terence Blacker.
DRAWABOUT (2013)   Arts Depot/ Bush / Natural History Museum / Unicorn/Eastleigh, The Point / Science museum. RBCK funded.
DEATH ROW GOURMET (2013)   Gate Theatre Reading, By Silva Semerciyan
RUNNING SCARED (2012)   Yard Theatre. By Evan Placey, For Conspirators
YESTERDAY (2012)   Young Vic, Theatre Uncut
THE PROMISE (2012)   Arts Ed by Megan Barker
THE RIOTS (2011)   Tricycle Theatre As Interviewer - edited by Gillian Slovo
AMPHIBIANS (2011)   Offstage Theatre / Bridewell Theatre by Steve Waters
Nominated for 6 Offies including Best Director.
WHIFF WHAFF (2011)   Theatre Uncut / Latitude Festival by Jack Thorne
CONSPIRATORS PROJECT (2011)   NT Studio. Symposium hosted at NT Studio with 8 international writers on human rights.
Produced by Clare Slater (Executive Director at the Gate Theatre).
THINGS THAT MAKE NO SENSE (2011)   Soho Theatre / Southwark Theatre Vaults by Dennis Kelly
THE ENCHANTED PIG (2009)   Nominated for 6 offwestend Awards including Best Director, Best Play
Royal Opera House / Young Vic / Broadway as Associate Director
THREEPENNY OPERA (2009)   Trinity Buoy Lighthouse by Bertolt Brecht; site-specific production
ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (2009)   Novello Theatre, in association with the RSC by Tom Stoppard; site-specific production
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (2008)   Royal Shakespeare Company by William Shakespeare; as Assistant Director; directed by Gregory Doran
HAMLET (2008)   Royal Shakespeare Company by William Shakespeare; as Assistant Director; directed by Gregory Doran
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2008)   Royal Shakespeare Company by William Shakespeare; as Assistant Director; directed by Gregory Doran
("YOU") (2008)   National Theatre Studio Workshop
THE WHISPER OF AN ANGEL'S WINGS (2008)   National Theatre Studio by Nick Stafford; reading
SWIMMERS (2008)   National Theatre Studio Workshop
BOILING FROGS (2007)   National Theatre Studio by Steven Bloomer; rehearsed reading
RIVEN COURT (2007)   National Theatre Studio by Cecily Hobbs; rehearsed reading
RIPPER (2007)   Union Theatre by Mark Ravenhill; as Associate Director; part of the 2007 Terror Season directed by Tamara Harvey
GUNS OR BUTTER (2007)   Union Theatre by Lucy Kirkwood; as Associate Director; part of the 2007 Terror Season directed by Tamara Harvey
STILL LIFE (2007)   Hampstead Theatre by Anouke Brook; s part of Upstart Night
PHAEDRE (2007)   Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh by Racine; site-specific production
DOUBT: A PARABLE (2007)   Tricycle Theatre by John Patrick Shanley; as Assistant Director; UK premiere directed by Nicolas Kent
THE CHANGELING (2007)   Rose Theatre, by Middleton and Rowley
GATES OF GOLD (2006)   Traf algar Studios - Studio 2 by Frank McGuinness; as Assistant Director; directed by Gavin McAlinden
SENTENCED (2006)   Union Theatre by Matt Hartley
HOME (2006)   St Catherine's Tower, Beaumont Estate, London by Cressida Brown, Gbolahan Obisesan & Emily Randall; site-specif ic play
CHICKEN SOUP WITH BARLEY (2006)   Tricycle Theatre by Arnold Wesker; as Assistant Director; directed by Giles Croft
THE GLASS MENAGERIE (2001)   Garage Theatre, UCL by Tennessee Williams

  “Offstage Theatre is important. It engages with key social, architectural and political issues and gives a voice to a community and engages with their heartfelt problems.” - Richard Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside.
   
 

I WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: The tension between art and politics I

 I Scotman's Pick of the Fringe! I

I New York Time's Pick! I


I
★★★★★ http://www.themetropolist.com I
"Superb"
"An explosive surgery of freedom of expression"
"Walking The Tightrope is an incredibly important production.
As crocodiles gather below and landmines wait ahead, the tightrope between arts and politics is becoming increasingly dangerous
– it bellies the need for artists to become philosophers. Thankfully Offstage Theatre has risen to the challenge."


I ★★★★ http://femalearts.com I
"Brave storytelling", "Remarkable", "Intrepid."
"A great project and the director-curator, Cressida Brown, should be delighted with what she’s achieved."
“You become part of a much larger and greater discourse by simply being in the audience."


I ★★★★ EverythingTheatre I
"The twelve works are incredibly varied in their subject matter, interpretation and comment on the issue.
Often light hearted and illuminating, sometimes cryptic and incisive, the writers infuse their own take on the commission,
bouncing the audience through the unrelated scenes, charging the production with provocative energy."

I★★★★ http://www.theatrebubble.com I

I ReviewsGate - Carole Woddis I
"Brown’s Walking the Tightrope is clearly a labour not just of love but passion, created on a shoestring, by a stirling, hard-working and very versatile cast of seven. Amazingly, Brown herself directed the majority of the plays supplemented by colleague Kirsty Housley.
Housed in a make-shift space on a plain wooden stage, in the old Guardian building in London’s Clerkenwell/Farringdon area,
the context only added to the strange frisson of an event of artistic worth and intense moral questioning."

I ★★★★ http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk I
"Bravo to producer Cressida Brown, her group Offstage Theatre and collaborates Theatre Uncut for bringing Walking The Tightrope to the stage. It truly entertains while challenging, and that is no mean feat!"

I ★★★★★ http://www.themetropolist.com I
"Superb"
"An explosive surgery of freedom of expression"
"Walking The Tightrope is an incredibly important production.
As crocodiles gather below and landmines wait ahead, the tightrope between arts and politics is becoming increasingly dangerous
– it bellies the need for artists to become philosophers. Thankfully Offstage Theatre has risen to the challenge."

I ★★★★ http://femalearts.com I
"Brave storytelling", "Remarkable", "Intrepid."
"A great project and the director-curator, Cressida Brown, should be delighted with what she’s achieved."
“You become part of a much larger and greater discourse by simply being in the audience."

I ★★★★ EverythingTheatre I
"The twelve works are incredibly varied in their subject matter, interpretation and comment on the issue. Often light hearted and illuminating, sometimes cryptic and incisive, the writers infuse their own take on the commission, bouncing the audience through the unrelated scenes, charging the production with provocative energy."

I http://www.independent.co.uk I
"It felt tricky, dangerous, stimulating,  discomfiting – what serious theatre is for, in other words"

I Independent feature I

I The Guardian I


I http://www.britishtheatreguide I

   
  I MACBETH in Rene Vivani Park in Notre dame, in Paris I
  TV interview for MACBETH, 2014: I www.france24.com I
  Articles about production:
  Port Magazine: I www.port-magazine.com I
  Messyness Chic: I www.messynessychic.com I
  Melville House: I www.mhpbooks.com I
  Port Magazine: I www.port-magazine.com/photo-story I
   
 

I AMPHIBIANS, in Bridewell Theatre pool, by Steve Waters I

Awards: Time Out Critic's Choice, Nominated for 6 OffWestEnd Theatre awards including Best Director, Best New Play, Best Choreography, Best Sound, Best Writer, Best Design.Additional coverage: The Independent, The Spectator, The Guardian, BBC London Radio, British Airways inflight magazine.

“For once a production has earned the description ‘site-specific’…Cressida Brown’s direction makes it extraordinary: both detailed and fluid…it’s total immersion.”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“Potent…lyrical…impressive…it casts a shiver-inducing spell”
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Terrific…imaginative…it’s well worth taking the plunge”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Rather magically Amphibians invokes the memory of water on many levels…Amphibians is a lovely and elusive piece of fringe theatre.”
Caroline McQuinn, Time Out, Critic’s Choice

“Beautifully judged…touching…I was more engaged with their world than ever before, more full of wonder and empathy for extreme athletes in their absurdity and glory.”
Libby Purves, The Times

“Amphibians is an artistic pleasure with its mix of popular storytelling, good acting and fine directorial vision.”
British Theatre Guide

“Director Cressida Brown explodes Amphibians into a sparkling set of fragmented conundrums.” Matt Trueman, Culture Wars

“It looks amazing,..Cressida Brown directs moments of ungainly vulnerability, dissecting the limitations of her actors with choreographed physical exertion.”
GroupOn

“Cressida Brown’s superb new show…a fascinating and compettling insight into the raw win-or-pose realities of life as an elite swimmer.”
The Arbuturian

 

I PHEADRE by Racine, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh I

"A classic tale of forbidden love set in the ruins of a 15th century castle, Phaedreis more than just theatre – it's an experience, and an inspired one at that."
Three Weeks ★★★★★, shortlisted for an Editor Award

"Welcome to tragedy...sublime"
The Scotsman ★★★★, Recommended Show

"All the archetypal appeal of the Greeks, epic humanness of Shakespeare and enough Gallic melodrama to fill a dozen castles."
The Stage

"Phaedre is a multi-sensory experience that leaves no part of our body unconscious in the unravelling story of forbidden and fatal love."
Fest ★★★★

"Brown makes great use of a number of imposing, and slightly spooky, locations within the ruin. As they line the staircases between scenes the female chorus add to the play's tension with their haunting songs and chants.”
Edinburgh Evening News

 

I HOME, staged in St Catherine’s Tower, Beaumont Estate, E17 I

Features in Channel 4 News, ITN news, BBC news, Evening Standard, The Times, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Building Design, Walthamstow Guardian.

"Unique"
Channel 4 News

"Extraordinary theatre"
BBC London

"An infectiously defiant spirit...linguistically versatile and politically charged...heartening"
Time Out ★★★★

“An enterprising young theatre company”
Evening Standard ★★★★

“Offstage pulled off a coup de theatre, creating a piece at once human, gripping, touching…the writing, direction and acting were impeccably sensitive and nuanced.”
WhatOnStage ★★★★★

 

I ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, staged in Novello Theare I

Featured in publication “Something written in the state of Denmark: an actor’s year with the Royal Shakespeare Company”,
Keith Osbourn, published RSC.

  I SENTENCED I

“Sensitively directed by Cressida Brown.”
TimeOut ★★★★, Critic’s Choice
 

I THEATRE UNCUT, Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York (transfer from Young Vic) I

“Cressida Brown directs The Birth of My Violence’ By Marco Canale (Spain). Brown’s terse treatment of apathy in the face of political violence is a powerful examination of the role of protest in the survival of the human species”
Theatre Review unlimited.

 

I MY FAMILY AND OTHER ALIENS, Edinburgh Zoo Bar I

“accomplished, illuminating and enjoyable” ★★★★
Alice Jones, Independent

  Further press:

HAMLET (RSC, Assistant Director for Greg Doran and directed the understudy for Hamlet, Edward Bennett, who performed during Press Night, 2008)
  Awards: Edward Bennett and Tom Davey were nominated and won prizes for the Ian Charleston Award for their work in their Understudy roles
  “Edward Bennett assumed the role with great style and achieved a well-deserved ovation at the curtain call.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian
  “Edward Bennett provided a true theatrical thrill by taking over the role…after this, no one will think that an understudy should be a mimic, obliged to imitate a star performance. After this budging up, everyone will see more clearly the hierarchy of the play”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer
  “Playing the prince with a mixture of biting wit and burning anger…the anguished, indecisive and intellectual Hamlet becomes a more sardonic, scornful and definitely sane character, a first-class mimic, in charge rather than a victim of events.”
Ivan Fallon, The Independent ★★★★