Josie Rourke

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Josie Rourke (3 September 1976) is a British theatre director and, since 2012 has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London.

Early life[edit]

She attended St Patrick's RC High School in Eccles, Salford, and then Eccles College of Further Education, before reading English Literature at New Hall, Cambridge.[1]

Early career[edit]

Her first notable work was as assistant director to Peter Gill in his premiere of The York Realist in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 she worked as a freelance director, with her work including the 2002–03 Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self by DeObia Oparei at the Royal Court Theatre, and 2006 RSC productions of Believe What You Will and King John (the latter starring Joseph Millson as 'the bastard' and Richard McCabe as 'King John').[2] During that period she also worked as the Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres and Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court.

Bush Theatre[edit]

In 2007, Rourke was appointed Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in West London.[3] There she directed many plays including Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, as well as overseeing the theatre's move to new premises.

In 2008, Rourke directed a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, starring Michelle Beck, Mark Montgomery, and Karen Aldridge.

In 2011, Rourke directed a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's Theatre, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. The production ran from 16 May to 3 September.[4]

Donmar Warehouse[edit]

In March 2011, it was announced that Rourke would take over from Michael Grandage as director of the Donmar Warehouse theatre in January 2012. In the Donmar's 2012 season, Rourke directed the first production, The Recruiting Officer, as well as Friedrich Duerrenmatt's The Physicists and Jean Racine's Bérénice.

Theatre productions directed[edit]

Productions directed by Josie Rourke
Play Author Theatre Opening date Notes
Privacy James Graham Donmar Warehouse 22 April 2014 [5][6]
Coriolanus William Shakespeare Donmar Warehouse 6 December 2013
The Machine Matt Charman Manchester International Festival 4 July 2013 [7]
The Weir Conor McPherson Donmar Warehouse 18 April 2013 [5][8]
Berenice Jean Racine, in a new version by Alan Hollinghurst Donmar Warehouse 27 September 2012 [5][9]
The Physicists Friedrich Dürrenmatt, in a new version by Jack Thorne Donmar Warehouse 31 May 2012 [5][10]
The Recruiting Officer George Farquhar Donmar Warehouse 9 February 2012 [5][11]
Sixty-Six Books various Bush Theatre 10 October 2011 [5][12]
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare Wyndham's Theatre 1 June 2011 [13][5][14]
The 24 Hour Plays Old Vic Theatre 21 November 2010 [14]
Men Should Weep Ena Lamont Stewart National Theatre 18 October 2010 [13][5][14]
Here Eve Ensler Riverside Studios 1 July 2010 Broadcast live on British television in conjunction with Sky Arts[5][15][16]
...like a fishbone... Anthony Weigh Bush Theatre 7 June 2010 [13][5][15]
The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare Chicago Shakespeare Theater 7 April 2010 The production included new scenes written by dramatist Neil LaBute[13][5][14][17]
If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet Nick Payne Bush Theatre 17 October 2009 [5][18]
Apologia Alexi Kaye Campbell Bush Theatre 17 June 2009 [13][5][19]
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Chicago Shakespeare Theater 29 March 2009 [13][5][14]
2,000 Feet Away Anthony Weigh Bush Theatre 11 June 2008 [13][5][20]
Tinderbox Lucy Kirkwood Bush Theatre 23 April 2008 [13][5][21]
How To Curse Ian McHugh Bush Theatre 10 October 2007 [13][5][22]
A Year and a Day Christina Reid Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 17 November 2006 Part of National Theatre Connections[14]
The Cryptogram David Mamet Donmar Warehouse 12 October 2006 [13][5][14]
The Life and Death of King John William Shakespeare Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 27 July 2006 [13][5][14]
Flight without End Joseph Roth, adapted by Steve Waters London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art 1 May 2006 [23]
The Long and the Short and the Tall Willis Hall Lyceum Theatre (Sheffield) 23 February 2006 [13][5][23]
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 21 September 2005 [13][23]
Believe What You Will Philip Massinger Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 18 May 2005 Later the People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne and Trafalgar Studios, London[13][5][23][24]
The Unthinkable Steve Waters Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield 26 October 2004 [13][5][25]
Butterfly Fingers Fraser Grace The Junction Theatre, Cambridge 1 July 2004 [23]
Changed So Much I Don't Know You Steve Waters The Junction Theatre, Cambridge 1 July 2004 [23]
Dead Hand Anthony Neilson Old Vic Theatre 6 June 2004 Part of The 24 Hour Plays[23]
My Dad's A Birdman David Almond Young Vic 4 December 2003 [13][5][23]
Crazyblackmuthfuckin'self DeObia Oparei Royal Court Theatre 29 November 2003 [13][5][26]
Loyal Women Gary Mitchell Royal Court Theatre 11 November 2003 [27][23][13][5]
The Herd Sandesh Kulkarni Royal Court Theatre 1 August 2003 [27]
World Music Steve Waters Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 28 May 2003 Later Donmar Warehouse[13][27][5]
Children's Day Marvin Blair Royal Court Theatre 27 February 2003 This piece was written by Marvin Blair in 2003, whilst serving a life sentence in prison in the UK. It was developed during Voices From Within, a writing project at HM Prison Grendon in conjunction with the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. It is a 15-minute monologue, and played after the evening's performance of Iron, by Rona Munro in the Jerwood Theatre downstairs at the Royal Court.[27]
The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler UK tour 2003 UK tour director, 2003 tour[13][23]
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Liverpool Playhouse 3 October 2002 [27]
Kick For Touch Peter Gill Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield 23 May 2002 [27][13][5]
Frame 312 Keith Reddin Donmar Warehouse 14 March 2002 World premiere.[27][13][5]
The Wrong Side of the Rainbow Donmar Warehouse 28 January 2001 A dramatic piece based on a Carlton TV television show of the same name. Stories from the streets about London's homeless were dramatised for the stage[27]
Orpheus Descending Tennessee Williams Donmar Warehouse 27 June 2000 [28]
Passion Play Peter Nichols Donmar Warehouse 18 April 2000 [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2013/apr/21/josie-rourke-donmar-artistic-director-interview
  2. ^ King John by William Shakespeare, 2006; http://www.rsc.org.uk/newsandevents/events/2201.aspx (accessed 27 February 2008)
  3. ^ Josie Rourke appointed Bush Theatre artistic director; http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/16181 (accessed 27 February 2008)
  4. ^ "David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's from 16 May 2011", LondonTheatre.co.uk, 8 January 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Josie Rourke – Biography". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Privacy". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Machine". Manchester International Festival. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Weir". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Berenice". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Physicists". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Recruiting Officer". Donmar Warehouse. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sixty-Six Books". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Josie Rourke". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "gb71-thm/342 – Josie Rourke Collection". Archives Hub. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "gb71-thm/342 – Josie Rourke Collection". Archives Hub. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Theo Bosanquet (19 April 2010). "Sky Arts Premieres Five More Plays from June". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Taming of the Shrew". Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Apologia". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "2,000 Feet Away". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Tinderbox". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "How To Curse". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "gb71-thm/342 – Josie Rourke Collection". Archives Hub. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Annual Report and Accounts". Royal Shakespeare Company. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  25. ^ John Highfield (1 November 2004). "The Unthinkable". The Stage. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "Crazyblackmuthaf***In'self at The Royal Court Theatre". The Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h "gb71-thm/342 – Josie Rourke Collection". Archives Hub. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "gb71-thm/342 – Josie Rourke Collection". Archives Hub. Retrieved 4 July 2013.