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Eleanor Bishop
Theatre director



Eleanor bishop


Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director creating feminist theatre. She has been described as “one of New Zealand’s most daring, intelligent, and political directors” (The Theatre Times).

Her large scale feminist deconstruction of canonical works include BOYS (adapted from Greg McGee’s Foreskin’s Lament, Auckland Theatre Company 2017), Othello (Unitec School of Performing Arts 2017), Antony & Cleopatra (Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama 2016) and Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession (forthcoming Auckland Theatre Company 2018).

Eleanor’s original works include 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 evolved over three years with participation from multiple colleges campuses in the United States. Developed at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama it has subsequently toured to 11 college campuses in the US, and continues to tour. In 2017 it was presented in New Zealand in the Auckland Fringe Festival (Winner of Social Impact Award) and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.

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 has worked as an assistant director for The Builders Association (Elements of Oz), the conceptual artist Taryn Simon (Occupation of Loss at the Park Avenue Armory) and as a directing intern at The Wooster Group (Early Shaker Spirituals, Pinter’s The Room).

Before her graduate study in the US, she worked in New Zealand as a freelance director, and co-director of acclaimed New Zealand theater company The PlayGround Collective (with Eli Kent & Robin Kerr) whose work across site-specific, new writing and participatory forms toured to arts festivals and venues nationally. She directed many of Eli Kent's early plays: The Intricate Art of Actually Caring, Tinderbox and Like There's No Tomorrow (co-director with Robin Kerr). She received her BA in Theatre (Honors) at Victoria University of Wellington.

She currently divides her time between her native Aotearoa-New Zealand and New York.

Resume available here



Body Double (Auckland)
Created by Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft with Karin McCracken
March 20 - 29, 2018
Q Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
Presented by Auckland Arts Festival and Silo Theatre in association with Zanetti Productions
Tickets available here

The MiNDFOOD Season of Mrs Warren's Profession
Written by George Bernard Shaw
Adapted and Directed by Eleanor Bishop
May 1 - 16, 2018
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Theatre Company
Tickets available here

Jane Doe is still taking bookings for more US college touring - visit for more info





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

For Jane Doe NZ touring and Body Double touring
Zanetti Productions

For all other enquires