Eleanor Bishop
STAGE director



Eleanor bishop


Eleanor Bishop is a stage director working across theatre and opera. As a feminist artist, her work weaves classical material with documentary forms such as found text and filmed interviews. Her work often features video and projection.

Currently working between New Zealand and the United States, she has been described as “one of New Zealand’s most daring, intelligent, and political directors” (The Theatre Times).

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 young people 14-22 premiered 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/Marianne Weems (Elements of Oz, Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw). As an assistant director she has worked at New York venues such as the Park Avenue Armory, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Montclair Peak Performances. She is an alumna of the Académie du Festival d'Aix’s Women Opera Makers Workshop with Katie Mitchell, the European Commission Citizen Artist Incubator and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. She received her BA in Theatre (Honors) at Victoria University of Wellington.



The Turn of the Screw
by Benjamin Britten
Directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess
New Zealand Opera
Assistant Director

October 3-5, 2019
Opera House, Wellington, NZ

October 18-23, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland, NZ
Bookings here

The Builders Association: Elements of Oz
Directed by Marianne Weems
Assistant Director
Dec 7 - 8, 2019
NYU Skirball, New York, USA
More info here





For Yes Yes Yes touring
Zanetti Productions

For Jane Doe USA touring
Jess Klein, Education & Outreach Co-ordinator

For all other enquires