"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
Chris White is freelance director specialising in international collaborations and new writing. He is also an Associate for the RSC, where he was assistant director before directing Trouble and Wonder in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a performance of Henry IV Part One in the Houses of Parliament. He has led residencies and projects for the Education department in America, India, China and Singapore and recently directed The Head that Wears a Crown: a production based on Shakespeare's Henry plays involving a large cast of young people performed in the RST.
His production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Centre for Performing Arts, China) currently plays in repertoire in Beijing and was the first time a foreign director worked with the NCPA acting ensemble. His recent production of Scenes From 68* Years (Arcola Theatre) was nominated for three OffWestEnd Awards including Best Director. His production of Booby’s Bay was also Offie Nominated and played earlier this year at Finborough Theatre, London before touring to The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol and a site-specific venue in Cornwall, and will return next year.
Chris's early productions were at Teatro Della Contradizzione, Milan, and included The Visit, The Suicide, and Le Foreste di Arden. Subsequent productions include the premiere of Hard Places by Indian playwright Farhad Sorabjee at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, before an Indian tour; the English language premiere of The Truth, by French writer Florian Zeller at La Virgule, Lille; and Fewer Emergencies by Martin Crimp at Teatro Litta, Milan, and Teatro Instabile, Naples. Other productions Include I Burn, I Pine, I Perish (Belgrade, Coventry) and 40 Years Young (Young Vic).
Chris also works at Soho Theatre developing new plays with young writers in his role leading Writers Lab and has directed a number of new plays in the UK including Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), The Water When it Burns (Hampstead Theatre), The Sale (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff), Plan D, (Tristan Bates), Cocoa (Theatre503) Bitterenders and The Tune is Always Better on the Outside (Mosaic Rooms Art Gallery, London).
He has recently completed an R&D workshop at the Bush Theatre on Hayley Wareham’s first play, bottled, in preparation for a UK production in 2019 and will direct Sharon Byrne’s new play, Gutted, at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
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