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Robyn Winfield-Smith

Director London

I am Artistic Director of Liminal Stage Productions, Associate Director at Omnibus Theatre (Peter Brook Royal Court Award Winner 2016), and Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC. I create original, formally ambitious stage productions that explore the interplay between different media, genres & forms, and that interrogate alternative perspectives in order to tell urgent, powerful stories about what it means to be human. This year I have been awarded a £10k Developing Your Creative Practice grant to build on my previous work with internationally-renowned British theatre and opera director Katie Mitchell and thereby develop the scale, multimedia complexity and international scope of my stage directing.

I trained at the RSC with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, at the Donmar Warehouse on Trafalgar Season 2012/13, & at the Print Room with Lucy Bailey. In 2016, I creatively produced & directed the transfer of my bold theatrical experiment, GREY MAN, at Theatre503. Previously, I creatively produced & directed my ACE-funded & “technically inventive” (The Stage) HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at Arcola (2015) & my ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK launching Omnibus (2013). My debut production, the UK premiere of Barker’s LOT & HIS GOD at the Print Room (2012), kickstarted my directorial career, to great critical acclaim, following my year as Community & Education Officer at CFT. Alongside my directing, I am the youngest founding Board member of SDUK, a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation & an elected member of Equity’s Directors & Designers Committee.

Credits


RESIDENT DIRECTOR, AN INSPECTOR CALLS Dir. Stephen Daldry, UK Tour, Aug 2019-present day
DIRECTOR, PAPER FORTUNE TELLER, Tristan Bates Theatre, 6, 10 & 16 Nov 2019
DYCP-FUNDED ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ORLANDO (Premiere) Dir. Katie Mitchell, Schaubuehne Berlin, Sept 2019 (in rep)
DIRECTOR, KING LEAR (PG Acting Students), Mountview Studio, 3 April 2019
DIRECTOR, LOVE & INFORMATION (PG Acting Students), Pleasance Main House, 30 May–2 Jun 2018
DIRECTOR, JUDITH, UK Tour, 5-30 Sep 2017
OBSERVATIONAL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, 4:48 PSYCHOSIS Dir. Katie Mitchell, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Mar 2017 (in rep)
DIRECTOR, GIRLS LIKE THAT (3rd Year Acting Students), Guildford School of Acting, Nov 2016
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE 1-week R&D, NT Studio, Jul 2016
DIRECTOR, GREY MAN (Premiere & Transfer), Shakespeare In Shoreditch/RIFT & Theatre503, Apr-Jun 2016
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HECUBA Dir. Erica Whyman, RSC Swan Theatre, Aug-Oct 2015
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Garsington/RSC/Southbank Centre, July 2015
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LOVE'S SACRIFICE Dir. Matthew Dunster, RSC Swan Theatre, Apr-Jul 2015
DIRECTOR, ALBAN’S GARDEN (Festival short), ObamAmerica at Theatre 503, Jun 2014
DIRECTOR, HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL, Arcola Studio 2, 25 Nov–19 Dec 2015
Büchner’s WOYZECK, Omnibus Theatre, 19 Nov–7 Dec 2013
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, THE DANCE OF DEATH (Premiere) Strindberg/McPherson, Donmar Trafalgar, Dec 2012-Jan 2013
DIRECTOR, LOT AND HIS GOD (UK Premiere), Print Room, 3–24 Nov 2012
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, KINGDOM OF EARTH Dir. Lucy Bailey, Print Room, Mar-May 2012

Training

I am a Directing Tutor and Supervisor on the MA Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy for Theatre Arts, as well as a Visiting Lecturer teaching on Katie Mitchell's MA Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University London.

Courses (lasting a week or more) that I have completed since entering the industry include:

Living Pictures (Ian Rickson & Elen Bowman)
Classical Theatre Workshop (Giles Taylor)
Directing and Designing (Joe Hill-Gibbins)

I have also completed many 1-3 day courses with companies such as Frantic Assembly and Complicite and with practitioners ranging from Anna Morrissey to Tim Crouch.

Experience

5-10 years

Skills

Devising
Dramaturgy
Movement Direction
Music - Can Read
Performance Art
Physical Theatre
Set Design
Site Responsive/Immersive
Teaching
TV / Film
Working with disabled artists
Working with learning disabled adults / children
Working with Young People
Working with young people with special educational needs
Writing

Additional Languages

I speak some basic French, German and Italian

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