Eleanor Bishop
Theatre director



Eleanor bishop


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), Othello (Unitec School of Performing Arts 2017) 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 Festival Fringe 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 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 (forthcoming)). 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.



Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw (USA)
By The Builders Association
Assistant Director
December 12-15, 2018
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Yes Yes Yes
Written by Eleanor Bishop & Karin McCracken
February 27-28, 2019
Hamilton Garden Arts Festival, Hamilton, NZ
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June 17-21, 2019
Auckland Live, Auckland, NZ
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For Yes Yes Yes touring
Helen Sheehan for Zanetti productions

For Jane Doe NZ touring
Zanetti Productions

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

For all other enquires