I am a freelance director, I am interested in making work professionally and with the wider community through new writing, devised work and adapted classic texts. Most recently I have directed new writing for the Bush Theatre, Talawa Theatre and Company Three.  I have been the Participation Director on the Spalding Suite for Fuel. A director for rehearsed readings with Synergy Theatre and at the Bush. Leading workshops for Company Three, the Tricycle Theatre and the Royal Court. I am a Script reader for the National Theatre and an NT Connections Director. I am also Artistic director for Twisted Theatre, a diverse collective of artists making theatre in immersive and site responsive ways.

                 

Previously I was Young company Director at the Bristol Old Vic from 2009 until October 2014, I was responsible for 350 young people engaged in weekly theatre making sessions. I championed more diversity within the young company collaborating with schools and other organisations across the city to target a wider demographic of membership. I developed the pioneering initiative: Made in Bristol, a one year part time apprenticeship scheme which nurtures a group of 18-25 year old theatre makers. This scheme now in its sixth year led to the formation of the award winning Wardrobe Ensemble. My production of Our Country’s Good won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival. I directed two productions selected to perform at the National Theatre for connections and their pop up space. I directed the sell-out show Pigeon English adapted for the stage from the man booker prize nominated novel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. In 2014 I was invited to be a guest director at the College of Charleston, USA.

 

Directing Credits

 

The Love of the Nightingale: written by Timberlake Wertenbaker  (Bristol Old Vic, performed in a nightclub, 2017)

The Rest of Your Life: written by Barney Norris (The Bush Theatre, Bar FM, 2016)   

Half Breed: written by Tash Marshal (Talawa Theatre, Soho Theatre, 2016)

All the Colours: written by Davina Cole (The Bush: Black lives, Black words , 2016)         

Wired: written by Francesca Beard (Company three, Platform, 2015) 

Magic Elves: written by Mike Akers (Bristol Old Vic, 2014)        

Death and Treason: written by the company (Twisted Theatre: South West tour , 2014)   

Dancing at Lughnasa: written by Brian Friel (Simons Arts Centre, Charleston USA, 2014)

Talon: written by Theo Fraser Steele (Bristol Old Vic, 2014)

Pigeon English: written by Stephen Kelman adapted by Gbolohan Obesisan (Bristol Old Vic: Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013)

The Life After: devised by BOVYC (Bristol Old Vic, 2013)

Hey Diddle Diddle: devised by the company (Bristol Old Vic, 2012)

Laundry Day: devised by the company (Twisted Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, 2012)

I Would Not: devised by the company (Tin Can Collective, Bristol Old Vic Studio, 2012)

In a Town: devised by the company (Twisted Theatre and the Dearheart Ensemble, Ferment, Bristol Old Vic 2011)

Sense: written by Anja Hilling (The Wardrobe Ensemble, Bristol Old Vic, 2011)

Children of Killers: written by Katori Hall (Bristol Old Vic: Cottesloe, National Theatre, 2011)

Our Country’s Good: written by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Bristol Old Vic: NSDF, 2010)

Swarm: dance film (Twisted Theatre, 2010)

Othello: devised by the company (Twisted Theatre, Ferment, Bristol Old Vic 2010)

Fallen: devised by the BOVYC (Outdoor, site specific, Harbour Festival, 2010)

BRAVE : devised by BOVYC (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal, 2009)

 

Assistant and Associate Directing Credits

An Enemy of the People: written by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Howard Davies (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2016 )

hang: written and directed by debbie tucker green  (The Royal Court, 2015)                 

Coram Boy: written by Helen Edmunson, directed by Melly Still (Colston Hall, 2011) Associate Director

Swallows and Amazons: written by Helen Edmunson, directed by Tom Morris (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre 2010) Assistant Director

Faraway: written by Caryl Churchill, directed by Simon Godwin (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre 2010) Assistant Director

 

Performing Credits

 

Moved by Conflict: written and directed by Melly Still (Film, 2014)

The Stick House: written and directed by Sharon Clarke (The Watershed, 2013)

Othello: devised by the company (Twisted Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, 2010)

 

Dramaturg Credits

 

Death and Treason, Ryhme and Reason: devised and composed by the company (Twisted Theatre, Ferment, touring 2014)

Eliza and the wild Swans: devised by the company, directed by Fiona Mikel (The Wardrobe Ensemble, the Bike Shed Theatre, 2013)

 

Education

 

BA Hons: Contemporary Theatre with Choreographic practices, 2:1 (Dartington College of Arts)

Fully qualified British Gymnastics Club Coach

Arts award advisor: Gold, Silver and Bronze

 

‘But above all, this heart-lifting production demonstrates the transformative power of theatre… …The festival judges — the actors Joanna Scanlan and Cyril Nri, and I — had no hesitation in giving the company an award for their ensemble playing, and their director, Miranda Cromwell, an award for her artistic leadership.’The Sunday Times; Robert Hewison (Our Country’s Good, The Stephen Joseph Theatre; NSDF 2010, Bristol Old Vic Young Company)

 

‘Engaging, dynamic and ultimately poignant'.

Scotsman **** (Pigeon English, Underbelly; Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013)

 

'Successfully avoiding all the clichés and stereotypes that burden typical depictions of 'youth culture' ... A powerful examination of teenage fragility.'

Fest**** (Pigeon English, Underbelly; Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013)

MIRANDA CROMWELL

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