“Director Cressida Brown thinks traditional theatre is for wimps” - The British Theatre Guide.
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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.
This year Direction includes 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).
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• Recipient of Bulldog Prinsep bursary at the National Theatre Studio, 2007 • Awarded the Artist International Development Bursary from British Council and ACE • Winner of UK Kevin Spacey Foundation's UK Artist of Choice 2015 I www.whatsonstage.com I • Nominated for 14 Awards, including 9 Offies (including Best Production twice and Best Director), Amnesty Arts Award, Carol Tambor Award, and Three Weeks Editor’s Award) • Twice the recipient of the Big Boost fund for Social Enterprise • Granted Fellowship of the Centre of Excellence in Theatre Training • She has previously been Associate Artist at the Yard Theatre & Theatre Uncut
Cressida Brown is the Artistic Director of award winning Offstage Theatre who since 2006 have been dedicated to celebrating unheard voices. Extensive outreach always goes hand in hand with their incendiary productions and they have commissioned, developed and directed premieres with over 28 emerging and established playwrights They repeatedly make 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.
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Including for RSC, Synergy Theatre RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Ed, LAMDA, JMK, Bush Theatre, Tricycle Bristol Old Vic Theatre school, Rose Bruford, ALRA, Birmingham University, Advent Theatre. Cress was also responsible for workshops with over 18 Regional Theatres on directing as Associate Director for Swallow and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic and NT, Number 1 UK Tour).
Ruby Francis' Nubian Songs Short documentary - I Click here to see on BBC London News I ICARUS by Katrin Lange. Translated by Purni Morell Unicorn Theatre THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK by Ed Edwards Manchester HOME's Push Festival. Paines Plough's Roundabout. Soho Theatre
Nominated for Best New Play and Best Director Offies'
TWELFTH NIGHT Ghangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre & Royal Shakespeare Company, China THE WORDS ARE COMING NOW
Speaking Freely by Chris Bush
Hotel Du Vin by Richard Bean
Sorry not sorry by Patrick Russell
Theatre 503 LAND DEFENDERS (working title) Ice & Fire commission with human rights lawyer Danna Ingleton THE MACHINE by Susan Mulholland Unicorn Theatre (in development) CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE
by Adam Peck
Batumi State Drama Theatre, Georgia - A co-production between the British Council and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara Autonomous Republic FOOD by Steve Rodgers Finborough Theatre THE JOURNEY Bush theatre Associate company Nubian life Bush Theatre Almost, but Not Quite
by Somalia Seaton (2017)
Tricycle Theatre Hassan Abdulrazzak's Trump In Palestine and Caryl Churchill's Beautiful Eyes A collection of short political plays responding to the election of Trump over his inauguration at Theatre 503 Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill RADA 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.
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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
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
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 ICARUS by Katrin Lange. Translated by Purni Morell I at the Unicorn Theatre.
The joy for Cressida Brown's production is its stagecraft....This is a fine example of what the Unicorn does best: intelligent, creative and un-patronising theatre for children and young adults. ★★★★ The Stage
I THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK I
I KONCHIA: A FAIRYTALE by Adam peck I
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I SCREENS I★★★★ The Stage "Strong performances, slick staging and a unpredictable script elevate this timely drama about identity"
I ★★★★ Carole Woddis "Writer Laughton and director Brown who produced the politically charged Walking the Tightrope...deserve to be seen much more. An important milestone. I
I TOP TRUMPS I
I RE:HOME I
British Theatre Guide: The show does not make any judgements on the wisdom of demolition but it does give voice to a number of those whose subsequent history is in some ways the poorer for the changes. That is something the government should bear in mind as they tear up old communities in the name of market regeneration or some other grand design.
I WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: The tension between art and politics I
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I ★★★★ The Scotsman I
I ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide I
I ★★★★★ edfringe review I
I ★★★★ Time Out I
I ★★★★ http://www.theatrebubble.com I
I ReviewsGate - Carole Woddis I
I MACBETH, Bard En Seine Festival in Rene Vivani Square, Paris I
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I AMPHIBIANS, staged in the Bridewell Pool I
Awards: Time Out Critic's Choice, Nominated for 6 OffWestEnd Theatre awards.
I PHAEDRE , staged in Craigmillar Castle I
I HOME , staged in St Catherine’s Tower, Beaumont Estate, East London I
I HAMLET I (RSC, Assistant Director for Greg Doran and directed the understudy for Hamlet,
Edward Bennett, who performed during Press Night, 2008)
I ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, staged in Novello Theare, Westend I
Featured in publication “Something written in the state of Denmark: an actor’s year with the Royal
Shakespeare Company”, Keith Osbourn, published RSC.
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