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"Chris White’s elegantly economical direction allows the playlets of Khalil’s drama to unfold with transparent economy"

The Telegraph on Scenes from 68* Years

 

"Keeping a tight focus on the large company and the expansive text, Chris White’s direction is bold and wonderfully fluid."

- Exeunt, on

Scenes from 68* Years

Biography

 

Chris is the joint Artistic Director of the Foxrock Foundation a registered charity. The company's inaugural production, the London transfer of New York hit, award-winning Krapp, 39 was produced by Chris and Foxrock and played at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden.

Chris was a founding director of Presence Theatre, for whom he has directed Cocoa by George Gotts at Theatre 503 and co-directed (with Simon Usher) The War in Heaven by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard, at the Rose, Bankside.

Recent directing credits include:

  • Scenes from 68* Years by Hannah Khalil at the Arcola in London;
  • Hard Places by Farhad Sorabjee at the Mercury, Colchester and Prithvi, Mumbai as well as an Indian tour;
  • Ice Cream and Hot Fudge by Caryl Churchill at Arts Ed;
  • The Truth by Florian Zeller at La Virgule, Lille;
  • The Stone by Marius von Mayenburg at Goldsmith's College;
  • Playing The Victim by the Presnyakov Brothers at St Mary's University College.

Chris was the assistant director on the Spanish Golden Age season in 2004/5 at the RSC, for whom he subsequently directed Trouble and Wonder, RST. He has worked extensively at Teatro Della Contraddizione, Milan, where he has directed The Visit, The Fire Raisers and The Suicide, and co-directed Le Foreste di Arden.

Chris is also an Associate Practitioner and director for RSC Education, where he has worked for several years on many projects involving young people as writers or performers. Over the last two years, he has worked closely on the development of the RSC’s flagship project, the Learning and Performance Network. This has involved setting up and co-leading a qualification for drama teachers in the practical teaching of Shakespeare, and supporting the direction of many Shakespeare festivals throughout the country, where the performers range from ages 5-18. He has then re-directed several of these pieces in preparation for a performance at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford, as part of the Regional Schools Celebration.

Chris White

Theatre Director

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