Gemma Fairlie

Gemma Fairlie leading a workshop with young people. Photo by Ed Moore © RSC

Gemma Fairlie is a director specialising in Shakespeare, new writing and physical theatre who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the past seven years.

Her directing work includes:

  • Critically acclaimed run of Hangover Square (Finborough)
  • Fight Face by Sophie Woolley (Lyric Hammersmith)
  • National tour and sell-out dates at the Royal Festival Hall of When to Run by Sophie Woolley
  • Eden's Empire (Finborough)
  • Hallelujah and Decade at Theatre503
  • Silence by Moira Buffini (RSC: TOP, Stratford and Arcola)
  • For Every Passion Something (RSC Learning Residency in USA)
  • Julius Caesar for RSC Education in Michigan, USA

Gemma's credits as Assistant Director include:

  • King Lear and The Seagull, directed by Trevor Nunn (RSC)
  • Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC regional tours)
  • Happy Yet? (Gate Theatre, London)
  • Anthony Neilson's Realism (NTS and Edinburgh International Festival)

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 and one of seven directors to take part in the inaugural Old Vic New Voices Exchange to New York.

Gemma is also Artistic Director of Tin Bath Theatre Company, which won an Unlimited award in 2012 to develop a new children's show as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

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