Irina Brown, theatre and opera director, dramaturg, translator and theatre pedagogue. A former Artistic director of the Tron theatre, Glasgow, and Natural Perspective TC, London, she also directed for the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, in the London West End and internationally. At the Tron Irina focused on developing and directing New Writing, and creating international collaborations.
She commissioned and directed Zinnie Harris’ award-winning play Further than the Furthest Thing. Her most recent production was Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany. Throughout her career, Irina continued to teach acting, directing and theatre design in many leading British drama schools (RBC, RCSSD, BADA, RADA, LAMDA and Guildhall) as well as USA (UC Davis and Georgetown University).
Her ex-students include Monica Dolan, Natasha Little, Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Geraldine Sommerville and many others. In 2021 Irina’s celebrated course Unlocking the Director’s Imagination led her to create the MA/MFA Contemporary Directing Practice at Rose Bruford College. Irina’s ongoing commitment to exploring the art and craft of directing resulted in her translation of Active Analysis by Maria Knebel, published by Routledge in 2022.
BA Hons and MA in English and German (Summa cum Laude) – Herzen State Pedagogical University, St Petersbug (1976)
Stage Directors UK (SDUK)
Anna Bolena by Donizetti, Karlsruhe, Germany (2018)
Chigger Foot Boys by Patricia Cumper, Tara Arts/ StrongBack (2017, world premiere)
Stravinsky’s Tales: Renard, Mavra, Les Noces, Royal Festival Hall (2015)
Bird of Night by Domenique Le Gendre, Royal Opera House (2006)
Curator of RBC Stanislavski Centre (from 2018)
Active Analysis by Maria Knebel, Routledge (2022)
Translated by Irina Brown
“Irina’s teaching is immense. It was crucial to my understanding of the craft when I first started out – giving you life-long tools to release the text and explode your imagination. Inspiring.” Amy Hodge, Theatre and Film director, 2020 Olivier Award Nominee