Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director creating feminist theatre, currently based between New Zealand and New York. She has been described as “one of New Zealand’s most daring, intelligent, and political directors” (The Theatre Times).
Eleanor’s work is characterised by a desire to connect the contemporary political moment to the past through exploring both canonical material and popular culture. Recent projects have examined rape culture, sex work and toxic masculinity. Formal approaches include adapting and deconstructing works from the classical canon, weaving contemporary found material (texts drawn from law, media and interviews) and bold use of visual and mediated design.
Recent works include George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession (Auckland Theatre Company 2018), Body Double (created with Julia Croft & Karin McCracken, STAB Commission 2017, Silo Theatre/Auckland Arts Festival 2018) and Jane Doe, a participatory piece about rape culture that has toured multiple colleges campuses in the United States, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and through New Zealand & Australia. Yes Yes Yes, a new theatre piece about consent created for and with New Zealand high school students will premiere in 2019.
In 2016 she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA with an MFA in Directing where she studied as a John Wells Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and a NZ Federation of Graduate Women Fellow. She regularly works as an assistant director for New York based multimedia theatre company The Builders Association (Elements of Oz, Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw). She received her BA in Theatre (Honors) at Victoria University of Wellington.
For Yes Yes Yes touring
Helen Sheehan for Zanetti productions
For Jane Doe NZ/AUS touring
For Jane Doe USA touring
Jess Klein, Education & Outreach Co-ordinator
For all other enquires