Diane Trevis (born 8 November 1947) is an English theatre director.
Early life and education
After eight years as an actress, Trevis began directing in 1981.
She was the first woman to run a company at Britain's Royal National Theatre. Between 1986 and 1993, she directed Happy Birthday Brecht, The Mother, The School for Wives, Yerma, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Inadmissible Evidence for the National. In 2000 she adapted for the stage, with Harold Pinter, Pinter's unfilmed cinema adaptation of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. The production, which transferred to the Olivier stage in 2001, was described as "ravishing" by critic Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard and won an Olivier Award.
Trevis has also worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company, with productions of Happy End, The Taming of the Shrew, The Revenger's Tragedy, Much Ado About Nothing and Elgar’s Rondo. In 1991 she mounted a production of Harrison Birtwistle's opera Gawain at the Royal Opera House. She also directed The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera and The Voluptuous Tango for the Almeida.
Trevis has had a long-standing affiliation with the US, directing and teaching in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Her American productions include: As You Like It, The Duchess of Malfi, Human Cannon, Le Grand Meaulnes and Silverland. In December 2008 she directed London Cries at the Irondale, Brooklyn, featuring Jenny Galloway and Richard Poe. Trevis directed a production ofThe Beaux' Stratagem at The Pennsylvania State University in the spring of 2011.
For over a decade, Trevis has been teaching actors and directors in her international workshops. She has taught in the UK, the US, France, Germany, Austria and Cuba. Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh and Rupert Everett have all passed through her workshops and she has a following of young actors in London who regularly attend her Sunday workshop. Between 2003-7, Trevis was Head of Directing at Drama Centre London.
Trevis published her own book, Being a Director: A Life in Theatre in 2011.
Since 1986, Trevis has been married to the composer Dominic Muldowney.
- Trevis, Di. Being a Director: A Life in Theatre. Routledge, 2011.
- "NT Education Workpack: Remembrance of Things Past". National Theatre. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Ian McKellen, Alan Bates, Hugh Hudson, et al. For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. London: Constable and Company, 1990. pp. 21–32.