Theatre Director: JUDY GORDON
Please do go to my company's website for full details of my work as performer and director/choreographer: www.montagetheatre.com I feel at home working in many different mediums of theatre and have worked extensively with professional performers and non-experienced alike of all ages. Born and brought up in London and Australia, Judy is an experienced theatre director, performer, choreographer and teacher and has worked in England and abroad. She is a Genesis Young Vic Young Director, an Equity member and holds a First Aid Certificate (2005). Judy was most recently dramaturg for Mem Morrison’s nationally touring prodution ‘Leftovers’,currently touring and in London. She is also working on her own devised physical theatre piece, ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’, to be shown later in the year. Her work as a soloist classical ballerina in Germany includes: Snow Queen in The Nutcracker (Bielefeld); Koblenz Ballet; Die Puppenfee (German tour/Swansea Grand). Plays, musicals and pantomimes include Aladdin (Coventry), The King and I (Aberystwyth) , Cinderella with Des O' Connor (Birmingham Hippodrome/Plymouth Theatre Royal), Godspell (Jackson’s Lane), The Marriage (director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace), BBC television (Monster Café, Grange Hill, Maid Marion). She created roles with Josette Bushell-Mingo in site-specific works including ‘the young girl’ in The Tango Room (Loughborough Inn, Brixton) and ‘Goatess’ in Love, Lust, Desire and Longing (Camden Roundhouse), Rose Talbot in Quiet (BAC/London tour). Freelance directing/choreography work includes choreography for Talawa Young People Theatre's "Happy Returns" at the Lilian Bayliss, Sadler's Wells in London. She directed the play-reading of Schneider and Shuster by Joshua Sobol (Diorama); assisting director Josette Bushell-Mingo’s, (5 shows Royal Shakespeare Company's Fringe Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon); assisting director Vicky Featherstone’s Wild Lunch (Paines Plough, Young Vic); assistant director for Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle (Bridewell - world premiere); Space Over Time (choreographer - motion animated video, Cochrane); directed Nora (Spitz); choreographed Sancta Susannah (world premiere by Christopher Hampton); directed Baal (Brecht) and Vinegar Tom (Churchill). Judy's freelance teaching work includes national theatre-in-education projects, local schools, the RSC's Education Department (Stratford), musical theatre at National Theatre's Summer Arts College (Albany, Deptford), digital arts residencies and lectures at University of Greenwich, University of Brighton, for Stour Valley Arts with Kent Institute of Art and Design, and Penn State University, USA. As an arts consultant her work includes Quality in Youth Culture Youth Led Action Research Project for Lewisham and Children and Young People’s Strategic Plan. She founded Montage Theatre in 1998 and her work as artistic director includes the planning and directing of every show and event the 250 students partake in throughout the year. Performing, directing and devising multi-media works with the company include Figments (CD Rom), Forest Flicks (Canterbury), Bess (Greenwich Theatre), dance piece 'Sorry, which me did you mean?' (opened The Place's Resolution! 2000), Lightlines (Leicester, BAC, Brighton, Chisenhale, Oval House), Greenwich 2000 International Symposium on Digital Creativity, Struggle for Utopia (performed on a car!) and Breakdown (both London).