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Gemma Fairlie

Gemma is currently Associate Director on Anthony Neilson’s Unreachable at the Royal Court. Last year she was Associate Director at the New Vic in Staffordshire, responsible for the Hoard Festival – a season of new writing inspired by the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Past directing work includes Full Stop, an outdoor work commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, GDIF and Watford Palace Theatre, What Happens in the Winter, co-directed with Upswing Aerial Arts, Bee Detective (Unlimited Commission for the Cultural Olympiad), The Littlest Quirky for Theatre Centre (Stratford Circus and Bath Theatre Royal), The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Oxford Shakespeare Company, Hangover Square at the Finborough, Fight Face by Sophie Woolley at the Lyric Hammersmith, a national tour and sell out dates at the Royal Festival Hall of When to Run by Sophie Woolley, Eden's Empire at the Finborough, Thatcherwrite, Hallelujah and Decade at Theatre503 and Silence by Moira Buffini (The Other Place, Stratford and Arcola).

She won the Gate Theatre’s directing bursary in 2004 and took part in the National Theatre Studio’s Directors Course in 2006. She was a regional director with NT Connections 2009 and is part of the Old Vic New Voices network. She is also Artistic Director of the award winning Tin Bath Theatre Company: a company dedicated to creating artistic led accessible theatre for deaf and hearing audience, through a mix of captioning and visual art.

She regularly works as a practitioner for RSC Education, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Youth Music Theatre UK and directs at drama schools: Bristol Old Vic, LIPA, Arts Ed and ALRA.