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Cress is half American, half British and went to University College London.

She is the Artistic Director of award winning Offstage Theatre and a freelance director. She was resident Director at the Royal National Theatre from 2007 - 8

Since 2006 she has commissioned, developed and directed premieres with over 50 emerging and established playwrights including Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, Timerberlake Wertenbaker, and April DeAngelis. Her work repeatedly nationwide headlines most notably with interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, BBC Radio 4’s Today’s Programme, Channel 4 News, ITN, BBC News, and multiple features in the Evening Standard, Independent, Guardian, Times, New York Times.

This last year direction has included The Political History of Smack and Crack by Ed Edwards (Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Soho Theatre and the Manchester’s homeless refuge The Mustard Tree), and Twelfth Night in China (produced by Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre, part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Translation project), and Icarus by Katrin Lange at the Unicorn Theatre, and Spaking Freely by Chris Bush, and Hotel Du Vin by Richard Bean at Theatre503 for The Words Are Comin Now. She made her first documentary, Ruby Francis’ Nubian Songs which was bought by Little Dot Studios, and featured on BBC TV and Radio news.