Lisa Spirling

Director

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Assistant: Jennifer Thomas

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Born and bred in Lancashire, Lisa read Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London before studying directing at LAMDA.

Along with her freelancing work Lisa is the Artistic Coordinator of the JMK Trust’s Regional Directors Program. The role includes delivering workshops, supporting emerging theatre directors, the selection and awarding of Leverhulme Arts Scholarship bursaries and managing relationships with major venues and companies around the country.  The programme places huge emphasis on access to the arts, identifying talent and developing progression routes. www.jmktrust.org

In 2008 Lisa set up Buckle for Dust Theatre Company with producers Claire Birch and Juliette Rawlins and writers Ali Taylor and Lou Ramsden. With a commitment to creating opportunities for theatre's most distinctive voices.  Buckle For Dust's inaugural production was COTTON WOOL at Theatre503 which garnered  the Meyer Whitworth Award for its writer Ali Taylor. The Times described it as Grittily poetic and thrillingly imaginative... Poignantly funny....  Bewitching and Time Out highlighted thatAll aspects of Lisa Spirling's production are praiseworthy with the Daily Telegraph mentioning its Startling profundity and pathos.... Beautifully directed.... Cotton Wool deserves to be seen on a bigger stage very soon.  Lisa then directed Buckle For Dust's production in association with ETT of Lou Ramsden's HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS at Soho Theatre. Time Out called it A Chilling Parable of self-delusion... David Lynch meet the Brother Grimm, with ghastly echoes of Josef Fritzel and the London Festival Fringe described it as the best play I've seen this year, gripping, tense, thought-provoking and dripping with black humour at every turn. For more information on Buckle For Dust and their upcoming projects please go to www.bucklefordust.org.uk.
 
Lisa was previously associate director at the new writing Theatre503. She is the recipient of a Creative Industries Award from The Hospital Club, London and her work with Idiots of Ants has led to a nomination from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lisa was also the Education Project Manager for the National Theatre's ground breaking Art of Regeneration program.

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

AS DIRECTOR

KEN

2016

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

By Terry Johnson

JUMPY

2016

Theatr Clwyd

By April De Angelis

PINE

2016

Hampstead Theatre: Downstairs

By Jacqui Honess-Martin

HELLO/GOODBYE

2015

Singapore Repertory Theatre

By Peter Souter

DEPOSIT

2015

Hampstead Theatre: Downstairs

By Matt Hartley

THE NINE O'CLOCK SLOT

2014

Ice & Fire Theatre Company / The Red Gallery (Shoreditch)

By Hannah Davies and Annecy Lax

DONKEYS' YEARS

2014

Rose Theatre (Kingston)

By Michael Frayn

THE GARDEN OF MS HARRIET FIGG

2014

Old Vic Theatre

As part of the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala
By Matt Hartley
Performed by Kaya Scodelario, Robert Sheehan, Catherine Tate and Jaime Winstone

FAULT LINES

2013

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

By Ali Taylor

I KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT EVE

2013

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

By Colette Kane

HERE

2012

Rose Theatre (Kingston)

By Michael Frayn

IDIOTS OF ANTS

2011

Pleasance, Edinburgh

Also directed between 2007 - 2009
* Eddy nomination 2009

HUNDREDS & THOUSANDS

2011

Buckle For Dust (in association with English Touring Theatre) / Soho Theatre

By Lou Ramsden

WHERE WE ARE NOW

2010

Theatre503

By Dominic Cavendish
As part of the COALITION season

BOEING BOEING

2010

Alley Theatre (Houston, Texas)

By Marc Camoletti (trans. Beverley Cross)

TERMINAL FOUR PLAY

2009

Theatre503 at Latitude Festival

Book by Julian Woolford and Music by Richard John

COTTON WOOL

2008

Theatre503

By Ali Taylor

BEOWULF

2007

Storm on the Lawn, Theatre Royal Bath

Adaptation by Nicola Baldwin

IDIOTS OF ANTS

2007

Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh / Arts Theatre

By Ben Wilson & Elliot Tiney
* Winner of Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

2006

Jacksons Lane Theatre

By Adrian Berry

1001 NIGHTS NOW

2006

Northern Stage / adapted for the British Museum

By Maziar Bahari & Shazia Mirza

THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING

2006

Pentameters Theatre

By Sylvester Stein

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

2006

Pleasance Theatre, London

By Eve Ensler

GAS AND AIR

2005

Pleasance Theatre, London

By Lou Ramsden

THE LYING KIND

2005

LAMDA Linbury Studio

By Anthony Neilson

 NO ONE MOVE

2005

Barons Court Theatre

By George Gotts

AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 

IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP

2011

In A Forest Ltd. / Nica Burns / Nimax Theatre / Vaudeville Theatres

Written and directed by Neil LaBute

ENRON

2010

Noel Coward Theatre, West End / Headlong Theatre

Associate Director of West End recast and National Tour
Directed by Rupert Goold

THE HYPOCHONDRIAC

2009

English Touring Theatre (ETT)

By Molière
Directed by Gemma Bodinetz

AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

 

ENRON

2010

Noel Coward Theatre, West End

As Resident Director
Directed by Rupert Goold

KING LEAR

2008

Liverpool Everyman / Young Vic

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rupert Goold

BOEING BOEING

2008

UK Tour

By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Crosss
Directed by Matthew Warchus

24 HOUR PLAYS (2005/06)

Old Vic Theatre Company

Directed by Josie Rourke and Nikolai Foster

AS NT STAFF DIRECTOR

DANTON'S DEATH

2010

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre

By Georg Buchner
Version by Howard Brenton
Directed by Michael Grandage

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTIONS

SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE

2012

Drama Centre

By Georges Feydeau

THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAYGLO

2011

Y Touring Theatre Company

By Abi Bown

SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS

2011

East 15 Drama School at Tristan Bates Theatre

By Roy Williams

SIX CHARACTERS LOOKING FOR AN AUTHOR

2008

Year Out Drama Company

By Luigi Pirandelllo
Adaptation by David Harrower

BLOOD WEDDING

2007

Year Out Drama Company

By Federico García Lorca
Adaptation by Tanya Ronder

DRIVING MISS DAISY

2006

Box Clever Theatre Company

By Michael Wicherek