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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



Yes, Yes, Yes (Auckland, NZ)
Created by Eleanor Bishop & Karin McCracken
Presented by Auckland Live
Development showing June 21, 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
Boosted fundraising campaign here

Jane Doe (Pittsburgh, USA)
Written and Directed by Eleanor Bishop
July 8, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw (Illinois, USA)
By The Builders Association
Assistant Director
September 13, 2018
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Urbana, IL, USA
More info here

Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw (New York, USA) 
By The Builders Association
Assistant Director
December 12 - 15, 2018
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY, USA
More info 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