Bijan Sheibani

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: St John Donald
Assistant: Jonny Jones

Film, TV & Theatre

Bijan Sheibani is a freelance theatre and opera director.

Most recent theatre credits include The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, at the Young Vic, Inua Ellams' new play, Barber Shop Chronicles, at the National Theatre, and Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker at Home Manchester. Earlier this year Barber Shop Chronicles toured to full houses in Australia and New Zealand after two sell-out runs at the National Theatre in 2017. It will tour the USA in Autumn 2018. 

Recent opera credits include Nothing by David Bruce at Glyndebourne and Danish National Opera (nominated for a 2017 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Best New Opera) and Tell Me The Truth About Love for Streetwise Opera. 

Later this year Bijan will direct Clare Barron’s award-winning new play Dance Nation for the Almeida Theatre (27 Aug-6th Oct).

Bijan has directed two short films, Groove is in the Heart, and Samira’s Party, both of which were selected for the BFI London Film Festival and other international festivals, and he is currently developing a new short film with Film Four.

He was an associate director of the National Theatre from 2010-2015 under Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, and artistic director of ATC from 2007-2010. He won the James Menzies-Kitchen Award for Young Directors in 2003 and held the John S Cohen Bursary at the National Theatre Studio from 2003-2004. He was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2010 for Best Director for his production of Our Class, and his production of Gone Too Far! by Bola Agbaje won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2008. The Brothers Size won Best International Production at the Barcelona Critics Circle Awards 2008 and was nominated for an Olivier Award in the same year. Bijan’s production of Nothing for Glyndebourne was nominated for a 2017 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera. 

Bijan is represented in the US by Mark Subias and Rachel Viola at UTA. 

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2018

Almeida Theatre

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2017

2018

Home, Manchester

Cast: Amelia Bullmore, Con O’Neill, Sian Clifford, Yasmin Paige and Anthony Ofoegbu

2018

Young Vic

Cast: Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu and Anthony Welsh

2017

National Theatre / Fuel / West Yorkshire Playhouse

Two sell out runs at the National Theatre
Sell out runs at Sydney / Perth / Wellington Festivals
US Tour Autumn 2018

YOU GOT OLDER by Clare Barron

2016

RADA

2016

National Theatre

Remount of 2014 production

2016

Hampstead Theatre

Cast: Sinead Matthews, Simon Manyonda, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Dominic Rowan

2014

National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Cast: Lesley Sharp, Kate O’Flynn, Harry Hepple, Dean Lennox Kelly and Eric Kofi Abrefa

2014

National Theatre

2013

National Theatre (Olivier)

2013

National Theatre (Primary Schools Tour)

2012

National Theatre (US Tour)

Ongoing commitment from 2012 - 2014

2012

Almeida

Cast included: Shohreh Aghdashloo and Sarah Solemani

THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker

2011

National Theatre (Olivier)

Cast included: Tom Brooke, Rory Keenan, Sam Roukin, Katie Lyons

MOONLIGHT by Harold Pinter

2011

Donmar

Cast: David Bradley, Deborah Findlay, Lisa Diveney, Liam Garrigan and Daniel Mays

2011

Sky Arts

Cast: Gemma Jones and Tobi Bakare

2010

ATC / Young Vic Theatre

OUR CLASS by Tadeusz Slobodzianek

2009

National Theatre

Olivier Nomination for Best Director 2010

2009

ATC/Arcola London

Cast included: Suzanne Burden and Harry Lloyd

2007

2007 ATC/ Young Vic Theatre & Tour 2008 UK Tour & Arcola Theatre, Istanbul

Olivier Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Winner of the Barcelona Critics' Circle Award for Best International Production.

2007

2007 Royal Court / 2008 Hackney Empire/Albany Theatre & Tour with ATC

Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Cast included: Zawe Ashton

FIXER by Lydia Adetunji

2006

Almeida Theatre

Cast included: Rory Kinnear, Anna Madeley, OT Fagbenle

OTHER HANDS by Laura Wade

2006

Soho Theatre

Cast: Anna Maxwell Martin, Katherine Parkinson, Richard Harrington and Michael Gould

BREATH by Samuel Beckett

2005

Battersea Arts Centre

FLUSH by David Dipper

2004

Soho Theatre

Cast: Katherine Parkinson, Burn Gorman, Christine Bottomley, Elliot Cowan and Darren Tighe

2003

Battersea Arts Centre

HAVE I NONE by Edward Bond

2002

Southwark Playhouse

SUMMER by Edward Bond

2002

Lion and Unicorn Theatre

THE LOVER by Harold Pinter

2000

Burton Taylor Theatre

Opera

ProductionCompanyNotes
2018

Streetwise Opera, Sage Gateshead

2016

Glyndebourne

Nominated for a 2017 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera

2016

BBC Proms

2015

Royal Opera House

2014

Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio)

TARANTULA IN PETROL BLUE by Anna Meredith and Philip Ridley

2009

Aldeburgh

An opera for young people

Short Films

ProductionCompanyNotes
2015

Guardian/Royal Court

Official selection: BFI London Film festival 2015, New York Shorts Festival 2015, London Short Film Festival 2015, Emden Film Festival 2015, Berlin British Short Film Festival 2015, Dinard Shortcuts (in competition), 2016.

BFI / Film London

Cast: Jodhi May, Georgie Farmer, Nathalie Armin and Radha Singh
Official selection: BFI London Film festival 2017, Berlin British Short Film Festival 2018