Zoe Svendsen Biography

Zoë Svendsen is a theatre director, dramaturg and researcher. Artistic director of performing arts company, METIS, Zoë creates research-driven interdisciplinary performance projects exploring contemporary political subjects, including World Factory (UK tour, produced by Artsadmin; shortlisted for the Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2016); 3rd Ring Out (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK tour), an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for a climate crisis set in 2033; and an adaptation of Brecht’s parable on the moralities of capitalism, Four Men and a Poker Game (Northern Stage; The Tron)As dramaturg Zoë collaborates creatively on innovative productions of classic texts, including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure and The Changeling (Young Vic); Miss Julie (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Arden of Faversham (Royal Shakespeare Company); Edward II (National Theatre). Zoë lectures on dramaturgy at the University of Cambridge; is artistic associate at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; an honorary (artistic) research fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre; and in 2014-15 was artist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Zoë is currently one of the artists participating in the Future Scenarios ‘networked residency’ programme of the Culture and Climate Change project, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Open University, and Sheffield University. The performance work developed from this project, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE, will be performed at the Barbican in 2018 as part of their Art of Change season, commissioned and produced by Artsadmin.

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