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Cora Bissett


Directors: Theatre

Cora Bissett is a director, actor and musician. After graduating from the RCS in 1997 Cora worked as an actor for 14 years before launching her Production Company and flagship Production ROADKILL. Cora is passionate about creating innovative cross-form work rooted in collaboration. Her work has toured the UK and internationally. Amongst numerous awards for her work, she gained an Olivier for the acclaimed production ROADKILL in 2012 for 'Outstanding Production in an Affiliate Theatre’. She continues to run her own company Pachamama and is currently an Associate Director with the National Theatre of Scotland. Recent work includes directing the BBC WorldWide Drama Showcase at the Liverpool Arena; RITES, a verbatim production about FGM, which was co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Contact Manchester and which toured across the UK in 2015; the remount of JANIS JOPLIN: FULL TILT at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015; the remount of her production of GLASGOW GIRLS, which she co-created with David Greig as well as directed, in 2016; and her production of JUMPY at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh in Autumn 2016. She was co-lyricist and co-composer on Emma Donoghue’s new musical adaptation of her novel ROOM, which Cora also directed for its May 2017 opening at Theatre Royal Stratford East. ADAM, conceived and directed by Cora, opened at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival 2017 before going to the Citz, Glasgow. In May 2018 it embarks on a Scottish tour and in Autumn this year comes to the Battersea Arts Centre. Cora’s first play WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF opens at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival 2018.