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Josie Rourke

Josie directed The Machine which was part of MIF13. For more information, please visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.

Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, London where she directed Berenice, The Physicists and The Recruiting Officer in 2012. Later this year, she will direct The Weir

Josie was born and educated in Salford, at St Patrick's High School in Winton and Eccles College of Further Education. She read English at Cambridge University and then trained under Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse on the annual Resident Assistant Director scheme, which runs to this day. Following this, Josie became trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre before taking up the role of Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres where she directed five productions, including World Music, which transferred to the Donmar Warehouse, Kick for Touch and The Long and The Short and The Tall.

Her 2010 production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart ran in the Lyttelton Theatre at the Royal National Theatre and in 2011 her production of Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, ran in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre (Olivier nomination, Whatsonstage.com Award). Her other freelance credits include King John for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Cryptogram for the Donmar Warehouse, My Dad's A Birdman for the Young Vic and Loyal Women for the Royal Court Theatre.

Josie became the Artistic Director at The Bush Theatre, London in 2007. She departed  in 2011, after securing a 125 year lease on the former Shepherds Bush Library, and creating its new home with Architects Haworth Tompkins. Shows directed for The Bush Theatre include: How To Curse, Tinderbox, 2000 Feet Away, Wrecks, Apologia, If There Is I haven’t Found It Yet, Like a Fishbone. Josie took part in Sandi Toksvig’s Drama: Live! on Sky Arts in which she directed a new play by Eve Ensler at the Riverside Studios and live on Sky Arts 2.

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