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Russell Bender

Director London

I trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and on the 2010 Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab. I'm passionage about developing new work with ambitious new forms, often in the boundary between new writing and devising. I am artistic director of Potential Difference ( and Creative Associate at Penned in the Margins ( for whom I have been a director, dramaturg or consultant on more than 15 new performance works. I have taught at UCL, East 15 Acting School and Central School of Speech and Drama.

I also have extensive experience in developing software and working with new technology. Recently, I've started bringing this to my theatre work - workign as a Creative Technologist to find new ways of implicating audiences in the story and challenging the boundaries of theatre.


CO-DIRECTOR/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Fair Field, Multiple venues - Ledbury Poetry Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall, 2 weeks, 2017

DIRECTOR, No Dogs, No Indians, Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Live Theatre, Newcastle, 7 performances, 2017

DIRECTOR, Darknet, Southwark Playhouse, 4 weeks, 2016

CO-DIRECTOR, Kiss of the Earth, 27 venue UK tour, 2014-15

DIRECTOR, The Shroud, 2 week UK tour, 2014

DIRECTOR, Game of Life, The Yard, 3 weeks, 2012


STAFF DIRECTOR, The Good Neighbour, BAC, 6 weeks, 2013/14

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, The Master and Margarita, Complicite, 2011

STAFF DIRECTOR, The Kitchen, National Theatre, 2011


Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab - 2010
Ecole Jacques Lecoq, 2007


5-10 years


Movement Direction
Music - Can learn by ear
Music - Can Read
Music - Plays Instruments
Physical Theatre
Site Responsive/Immersive

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