Daniel Winder

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2012as vital and relevant as anything in the West End - flavorpill.netiristheatre.com
2012biblical beginnings hit the heights - Remotegoat.co.ukiristheatre.com
2012stylish production of Greek classic- Aline Waites - remotegoat (four stars)iristheatre.com
2012Shakespeare would have loved this. - ***** FIVE STARS remotegoat.comA striking, riotous promenade production. -Tamara Gausi for Time Outiristheatre.com
2012When the spectacle is as good as it is here you will not be disappointed. *****- The Public Reviewsiristheatre.com
2012Has a lightness of touch and infectious enthusiasm that leaves you feeling positiviely sunny. ****- The Public Reviewsiristheatre.com
2012Dan Winder's finely pitched show. **** - TimeoutPerfect summer night of fun **** - Remotegoatiristheatre.com
2012Just superb, sucking us into the drama straight away with their very physical performances ★★★★★ - The Public Reviewsiristheatre.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2007 - 2020Artistic Director
Theatre
GeneralIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2018Production Management & Fundraising
Theatre
The Odyessy
Phil Willmott
Gods & Monsters Theatre
The Scoop, More London
2018Director
Theatre
H.R.Haitch.
Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre Company
The Union Theatre
2018Director
Theatre
The Tempest
Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2018Writer
Theatre
The Three Musketeers
Paul Ryan Carberry
Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2018Production Management & Fundraising
Theatre
Wizard of Oz & King Arthur
Phil Willmott
Gods & Monsters Theatre
The Scoop, More London
2018Director; Dramaturg
Theatre
Arabian Nights
Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre Company
Hoxton Hall
2017Director
Theatre
Macbeth
Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2017Writer
Theatre
Hansel and Gretel & the Witch Baba Yaga
Amy Draper
Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2016Director & Writer
Theatre
Treasure Island
Daniel Winder
Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2015Director
Theatre
Blind Date 2015Iris Theatre Company
2015Director & Writer
Theatre
PinocchioIris Theatre Company
2015Director
Theatre
H.R.Haitch.Iris Theatre Company
2014Director
Theatre
Coral's AnusIris Theatre Company
2014Director
Theatre
IEDTheatre 503
Theatre503
2011 - 2014Director
Theatre
A WakeTheatre 503
Theatre503
2014Director
Theatre
Richard IIIIris Theatre Company
2014Writer
Theatre
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Jamie Jackson
Iris Theatre Company
2014Director
Theatre
Xmas FactorIris Theatre Company
2014Director
Theatre
Alice In WonderlandIris Theatre Company
The Cockpit
2013Director
Theatre
The Hunting of the SnarkIris Theatre Company
2013Writer
Theatre
Alice In Wonderland
Andrew Lynford
Iris Theatre Company
2013Director
Theatre
Julius CaesarIris Theatre Company
2012Director
Theatre
Sleeping BeautyThe Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
The Castle, Wellingborough
2012Director
Theatre
As You Like ItIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2012Director
Theatre
Circuit R&DIris Theatre Company
Circus Space
2012Director
Theatre
Gutter PressIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2012Director
Theatre
Workin Process 3 - Blind DateIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2011Director
Theatre
BLAST!First Draft
The Horse, Waterloo
2011Producer
Theatre
Die FledemausIris Theatre & Orchestra of St Paul's
St Paul's Church
2011Director
Theatre
A Midsummer Night's DreamIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2011Director
Theatre
Circuit - Episode 1Iris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2011Director
Theatre
April Showers - March ReadingsFirst Draft
The Horse, Waterloo
2010 - 2011Producer
Film
Senet11 Little Films
Soho
2010Director
Theatre
Dido & AeneasIris Theatre & Orchestra of St Paul's
St Paul's Church
2010Director
Theatre
Wind in the WillowsIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2010Director
Theatre
Romeo & JulietIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2010Director
Theatre
King LearEuropean Shakespeare Days
Murau, Styria, Austria
2010Workshop Leader
Theatre
Nov Shakespeare WorkshopPassion in Practice
Three Mills Studios
2009Director
Theatre
Romeo & JulietIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2009Director
Theatre
MacbethVienna's English Theatre
Tour
2009Producer
Theatre
L'Enfant et les Sortileges & O SaciIris Theatre & Orchestra of St Paul's
St Paul's Church
2009Director
Theatre
MacbethEuropean Shakespeare Days
Murau, Styria, Austria
2008Director
Theatre
HamletEuropean Shakespeare Days
Murau, Styria, Austria
2008Director
Theatre
AlcestisIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2007Director
Theatre
The MysteriesIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2007Director & Producer
Theatre
Murder in the CathedralIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church
2007Director
Theatre
Romeo & JulietEuropean Shakespeare Days
Murau, Styria, Austria
2006Movement Director
Theatre
The TempestEuropean Shakespeare Days
Murau, Styria, Austria
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2006ActingDrama Centre, London
    2001PhD Theoretical PhysicsImperial College, London

    Additional Skills

    PhD Theoretical Physics

    Referees

    Tara Finney

    Producer - SJT and Tara Finney Productions

    **contact removed**

    Sofi Berenger

    Producer - Les Enfant Terribles

    **contact removed**

    Ine Van Riet

    Development Manager

    The Bush Theatre

    **contact removed**

    Simon Grigg

    Chair of Trustees

    Iris Theatre

    St Paul's Church

    Covent Garden

    London

    WC2E 9ED

    **contact removed**

    Industry Awards

    Offwestend Award 2017 - Best Production for Young People 8+ for Treasure Island as a Writer and Director

    About me

    Over the past eleven years, since graduating from Drama Centre, London, Dan has built Iris Theatre (www.iristheatre.com), a company based out of the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden, into a celebrated facet of London’s fringe theatre scene. The company has a particular focus on working with emerging professional artists. Iris Theatre’s year is centred round a large scale summer season. This summer of outdoor site-specific theatre consists of two months of innovative classical and family shows playing to a broad audience of 10,000+ people. Each year Daniel directs at least one of the main summer shows as well as, for the last five years, writing the family shows. He also provides dramaturgical to all of Iris Theatre’s Shakespeare projects.

    Alongside its summer work Iris Theatre has a growing tradition of developing new musical theatre. Last year it produced a new British musical H.R.Haitch with writers Mary Evans and Luke Bateman. Its work in this area is supported by new musical theatre organisations Perfect Pitch, Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network and the Book, Music and Lyrics Workshop.

    Beyond Iris Theatre Dan has worked on new writing projects with Theatre503 and First Draft Theatre as well as directing a panto at the Castle in Wellingborough. He has also worked with the Circus Space to undertake an Arts Council funded research and development process into a circus, dance and theatre piece called Circuit.

    The other main strand of his professional biography is his work directing Shakespeare in Austria. He started his directing career with the Shakespeare in Styria Company, for whom he directed five shows, and with the Vienna English Theatre, for whom he both wrote and directed for their national tours.

    Though he has spent the last decade in London Dan is a proud Northerner and still has deep roots in his home town of Bolton.

    Over the last three years Iris Theatre and Daniel Winder have been nominated for eleven Offwestend Awards; and his 2016 production of Treasure Island won the Best Production for Young People in the ‘Offies’. Press coverage for his work has included;

    Iris Theatre & Tempest ’18 – “(one of the) five stars of the outdoor stage” The Evening Standard

    Macbeth ’17 – “The originality & sheer brutality of this adaptation make it the best production of Macbeth I’ve ever seen.”

    ***** Westendwilma

    Treasure Island ’16 – “Feels like you’ve stepped into a different world, full of entertainment and energy”

    ***** Everything Theatre

    Pinocchio ’15 - “An exquisitely adaptation of the children’s classic that captivates from start to finish”

    **** The Guardian

    Richard III ’14 – “Simply breathtaking” ***** Whats On Stage

    Alice through the Looking Glass ’14 – “Brilliant, for want of a more original word” ***** Whats On Stage

    Alice in Wonderland ‘13 - “The lunacy of Wonderland is retained beautifully… an enchanting evening.” Huffington Post

    Julius Caesar ‘13 - “...this is as chewy and juicy as anything you’ll sling on the barbecue this summer.” The Times

    Sleeping Beauty ’12 – “A festive treat for all the family” – Northamptonshire Telegraph

    As You Like It ‘12 - “Director Daniel Winder marshals a committed cast with a nicely dynamic touch” - Evening Standard

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream ’11 - “Dan Winder's finely pitched show." **** Time Out

    The Wind in the Willows ‘10 - “A lovely way to spend a summer's evening” - **** Time Out

    Romeo & Juliet ‘09 - "A striking, riotous promenade production." - Time Out

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Organisation Memberships
    • DGGB (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Circus
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Immersive Theatre
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • Site Specific Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Circus
    • Comedy
    • Dance
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Experimental
    • Fringe
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Outdoor Events
    • Pantomime
    • Shakespeare
    • Tragedy
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • Education
    • European Tour
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Industry Training
    • First Aid (Any)