Rachel Grunwald

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2015A beautifully staged show about the brutal Depression-era dance marathons
Michael Billington
theguardian.com
2015An inspirational highlight of the year so far
Michael Coveney
independent.co.uk
2015Mind-blowing achievement... JT Roger's brilliant 'Blood and Gifts'
Michael Billington
theguardian.com
2015I don't see how Grunwald's delightful, idiosyncratic cast could perform the material better. Recommended.
Paul Taylor
independent.co.uk
2015Rachel Grunwald's raging, exhilarating production... a musical for our time. HIT OF THE YEAR
Andrzej Lukowski
timeout.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2016Director
Theatre
The Wardrobe ProjectVisible Theatre
2015Co-ordinating Director
Theatre
Moby-Dick UnabridgedThe Special Relationship and Southbank Centre
Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre
2014Director
Theatre
Spoken TruthsThe Social Enterprise
2013Director
Theatre
Marathon '33GSAMD
Barbican
2012Director and Co-Creator
Theatre
ChildsplaySPID Theatre Company
UK Tour/ Normand Park/ Riverside Studios
2011Director
Theatre
Dinner at Pharaoh's Table by Leon FlemingJersey Arts Trust
Jersey Arts Centre
2011Director
Theatre
ChildsplaySPID/Riverside Studios
Normand Park
2010Director
Theatre
Pins and NeedlesGNOP
Cock Tavern Theatre
2010Director
Theatre
Wood for the Fire by Lee BlessingTricycle Theatre
Tricycle Theatre
2010Director
Theatre
A Bright Room Called Day by Tony KushnerRADA - Third Year Public Production
RADA Gielgud Theatre
2009Director
Theatre
Blood and Gifts by JT RogersTricycle Theatre
Tricycle Theatre
2009Assistant Director
Theatre
The Great Game: AfghanistanTricycle Theatre
Tricycle Theatre
2008Artistic Director
Event
Act for Darfur: TestimonyAct for Darfur
House of Commons
2008Director
Theatre
Potency by Michael J FlexerApikoros
Edinburgh Squash Court (site specific)
2008Director
Theatre
The Garden by Helena ThompsonSPID Theatre Company
Little Wormwood Scrubs (outdoor)
2008Director
Theatre
SuperhumanSPID Theatre Company
Kensal House (site specific)
2008Director
Theatre
The Accidental ProteusCompany of Angels
Soho Theatre
2007Artistic Director
Theatre
Act for Darfur: The 11th HourAct for Darfur
Tricycle Theatre
2007Director
Theatre
Richard IIIKADA
ASAD, London
2007Director
Theatre
Weightless by Sarah CuddonHighTide Festival Theatre
The Cut, Suffolk
2007Artistic Director
Event
Act for Darfur: The 11th Hour FestivalAct for Darfur
Tricycle Theatre
2007Assitant Director
Theatre
Comedy of ErrorsRoyal Shakespeare Company
UK No 1 tour
2006Assistant Director
Theatre
The Late Henry Moss by Sam ShepardAlmeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
2006Assistant Director
Theatre
Romeo and JulietRoyal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2005Director
Theatre
Open House by Helena ThompsonSPID
Kensal House (site specific/promenade)
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2015Fellowship in Cultural LeadershipClore Leadership Programme
    2011Directors CourseNational Theatre Studio
    2009Directors LabLincoln Center Theater, New York
    2005Graduate Diploma in Theatre DirectingRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art

    Additional Skills

    Organising, programming and producing

    Strategic thinking

    Chairing meetings and facilitating

    Mentoring

    Public speaking

    Writing

    Devising

    Dramaturgy

    Script and writer development

    Teaching

    Additional Information

    I'm the Gatsby Charitable Trust Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, 2014-2015, and winner of the Clore Anniversary Prize Fund award, for the SPID Theatre Company project, 'Trellick Tales'.

    Referees

    Nicolas Kent, Artistic Director, Tricycle Theatre.

    Nancy Meckler, Artistic Director, Shared Experience.

    Industry Awards

    - Time Out Hit of the Year on the Fringe 2010 for 'Pins and Needles'.

    - Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Work in an Affiliate Theatre (2009) for 'The Great Game: Afghanistan', for which I directed 'Blood and Gifts' by JT Rogers and assistant directed 11 other plays.

    - Associate Director of SPID Theatre Company, winner of the Fringe Report Award for Best Outreach Theatre Company 2010.

    About me

    I'm currently Director of Programming at JW3, London. I'm an experienced director and excellent team leader with a passion for politics, exploring the world through theatre, trying to influence change, and really good musical overtures. I've directed extensively including new writing from the UK and America, musicals, Shakespeare and promenade or site-specific shows that explore community and take the audience on a shared journey through public space. I'm a Theatre Fellow on the Clore Leadership Fellowship 2014-2015, supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • French
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Community
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Experimental
    • Festival
    • Fringe
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Outdoor Events
    • Pantomime
    • Revue
    • Shakespeare
    • Tragedy
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • UK Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard