Illumine Theatre is a collaboration between Cardiff playwright Lisa Parry and award-winning director Zoë Waterman. We make theatre with new writing at its core, theatre which reveals stories hidden in plain sight – stories all around us that we are too busy to notice. We aim to encourage debate, make theatre for everyone and reach out to overlooked audiences with our work.
We formed Illumine in early 2016 after more than a decade of working together intermittently on various projects, notably at Theatre503, the Arcola and Arch468.
Lisa's work has been staged by leading new writing theatre companies including: Dirty Protest, The Miniaturists, PopUp Theatrics (NYC), The Internationalists (NYC), Sherman Cymru and Agent 160 Theatre. She has also developed work with The Traverse (new futures project – staged reading), Sherman Cymru (staged reading as part of the Egin: Springboard festival) and The Young Vic on its Genesis Directors’ Theatres project. Theatres where her work has appeared include: The Other Room, Sherman Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter Arts, Theatre 503, The Arcola, TACT Studio (Broadway NYC), The Arches, Bridewell Theatre London, Martin E Segal Theater (NYC). Lisa has been a finalist in The Internationalists’ Playwriting Competition, the Ronald Duncan Award, the King’s Cross Award, The Summer Plays Festival (NYC) and Stellar Network’s international plays-in-progress competition. She is a graduate of Sherman Cymru’s advanced writing group (invitation only) and holds an MPhil in Playwriting Studies from The University of Birmingham. Lisa has also spoken widely on theatre and gender and the relationship between theatre and science, notably giving a talk at TEDx, Cardiff in 2017.
Zoë was the recipient of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Emerging Directors Award 2007. Theatre includes: THE KITCHEN SINK (New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent); THE RUBENSTEIN KISS, AMY’S VIEW and AFTER MISS JULIE (Nottingham Playhouse); REMARKABLE INVISIBLE, THE VERTICAL HOUR, ENLIGHTENMENT and SHINING CITY (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); THE BOGUS WOMAN (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick and UK tour); SLEEPING BEAUTY (Theatr Clwyd); SWAN SONG: AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND SONG (The Swan, Royal Shakespeare Company); THE PROMISE (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio); and nine pantomimes for Little Wolf Entertainment. As Associate Director: to Lucy Pitman-Wallace on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Malmö Stadsteater) and JOKING APART (Nottingham Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse) and to Giles Croft on ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (UK tour). Assistant directing includes 2012-13 at the RSC, assisting Gregory Doran on THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO.
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