Joanna Turner – Artistic Director

Joanna Turner – Artistic Director

For Baseless Fabric Joanna has directed Carmen (Merton Street Opera & Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre), Die Fledermaus (Merton Street Opera & Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre), Reunion & Dark Pony (Libraries Week), Cosi Fan Tutte (Merton Street Opera), Drifting Dragons (Merton Street Opera & Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre), A Secret Life (Theatre 503), A First Class Death (VAULT Festival). She also wrote the new English librettos for Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte & Die Fledermaus.

Other directing credits include Battersea Odyssey (Lightbox Theatre), A Little Princess (University of Cumbria), Opera Scenes (including Morley Opera and Leeds College of Music), The Price (Theatre Uncut at the Bussey Building), Do You Wish to Continue? (Theatre 503), Nine Stories High (Wrexham Soap Opera, Welsh National Opera), The Withered Arm (Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, Riverside Studios), You’re It (Southwark Playhouse) Paperweight (Liverpool Everyman Young Writers Programme), Can You See Me Yet? (Brockley Jack) and Treasure This? at the Bush Theatre in collaboration with Theatre Delicatessen.

Revival/Associate Director credits include: Cosi Fan Tutte at the Royal Danish Opera, Carmen at Opera North, Prima Donna at New York City Opera and Carmen at Vlaamse Opera. Previously she worked as Assistant Director at Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe and others. She was Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic in 2011. Directors assisted include Katie Mitchell, Tim Albery, Daniel Kramer and Lucy Bailey.

Joanna has worked as a script reader for Liverpool Everyman and Manchester Royal Exchange including for the Bruntwood Prize, and as a youth theatre leader at the Orange Tree Theatre and Hackney Music Development Trust.

The Press on Joanna Turner:

Hadjilouca’s design stands back and lets the piece flow, the ideal backdrop for Joanna Turner’s skilfully choreographed, high-energy direction- , Theatre Cat
Joanna Turner’s lean, entertaining production- , Theatre Cat
It’s great fun, and Turner’s updating gives a ring of truth to the potentially farcical story.- , The Stage
Turner’s slick adaptation… is propelled by natural colloquialisms … and an enthusiastic and convincing cast- , The Stage


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