Born in 1965, Rufus Norris spent his childhood in Africa and Malaysia. He trained at RADA and was an actor for several years before turning to directing. From 2002-2007 he was an Associate Director at the London's Young Vic Theatre where his work included Feast, Vernon Good Little, Herge's Adventures o Tintin and Afore Night Come. In 2011, Norris became the Associate Director at the National Theatre a position he held until 2015 when he succeeded Nicholas Hytner as Director of the National Theatre, sharing the leadership with Tessa Ross as Chief Executive. For the National he has directed Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, Death and the King's Horseman, Market Boy and London Road. He has won an Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award, an Evening Standard & Critics' Choice Award for Best Director and the 2013 British Independent Film Award for Best Film with his feature debut Broken. Forthcoming productions include Everyman, a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy with Chiwetel Ejiofor, and wonder.land a new musical by Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini.
Screenplay & Lyrics
In 2003, Alecky set up Recorded Delivery (Verbatim Theatre Company) and since then, the term 'recorded delivery' has become synonymous with the verbatim technique she employs. Her first play, 'Come Out Eli' won the Time Out Award for Best Production on the Fringe and inevitably transferred to the BAC for the Critic's Choice Season. In 2007 she was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow following A Man in a Box for Channel 4. London Road, which she co-authored with composer Adam Cork, won Best Musical at the Critics' Circle Awards and was revived in 2012 at the National Theatre in the Olivier after its sellout in the Cottesloe in 2011. Her additional theater credits include Little Revolution, Friday Night Sex, Where Have I Been All My Life?, Decade, Do We Look Like Refugees?!, The Girlfriend Experience, I Only Came Here For Six Months, Cruising, Strawberry Fields and All the Right People Come Here. Her TV and Film work includes The Riots and In Their Words. She is currently working on a short film for BBC 4's forthcoming Dialogues strand.
Music & Lyrics
Adam has written mainly for the stage, incorporating sound design within his work since 1999 to create integrated music and sound scores embracing instrumental music, electronic music and song for many celebrated and award-winning productions. Prior to London Road, his screenwork included BBC's Macbeth and The Hollow Crown: Richard II. He was nominated for a Tony in 2008 and 2010 as well as a Drama Desk Award in 2007. He received an Olivier Award for King Lear in 2011, the Evening Standard Best Design Award 2011 for Anna Christie and King Lear and a 2010 Tony Award for Red.
After attending London's Trinity College of Music, David Shrubsole has gone on to become a very successful composer, arranger and musical director. His compositions include The Crucible, The Diary of Anne Frank, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Of Mice and Men, A Streetcar Named Desire and the 2010 adaptation of Pinocchio. As an orchestrator/arranger his credits include Porgy & Bess, Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Peter Pan, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Three Musketeers, A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun and two seasons at New York's 59E59 Theatres with Clearly Coward and Traveling Light. Musical Direction credits include Dorian Gray, The Alchemist, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady and Enron. Most recently David was music supervisor and vocal arranger for Duncan Sheik's premiere of American Psycho. He is preparing to orchestrate and musically supervise Damon Albarn's new musical wonder.land for the Manchester International Festival and National Theatre.
Javier De Frutos
Javier was born in Venezuela in 1963 where he began his dance training in 1980, continuing at the London School of Contemporary Dance and at the Merce Cunningham School, New York. From 1988 to 1992 Javier was a member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians in New York. In 1992, he was appointed Choreographer in Residence at Movement Research in New York City. On his return to the UK in 1994 he established the Javier De Frutos Dance Company which toured to great acclaim around the world. He was nominated for Olivier Awards for best achievement in Dance in both 2004 and 2005. He was the choreographer/movement director for Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe and the acclaimed West End and touring productions of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer in 2007. Javier's recent production credits include choreographer for the Tim Rice musical From Here to Eternity, movement director for the National Theatre's Table as well as London Road – which earned him a nomination for the Best Theatre Choreographer at the 2012 Olivier Awards.
Dixie Linder Joined Cuba Pictures in 2012 as the Head of Film and Television. During this time she has produced Broken starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear and Eloise Lawrence. The feature went on to win two of the nine BIFAs for which it was nominated. Linder recently produced James Graham's Coalition which aired in the UK on Channel4. Additional credits include The Ones Below, Bent, The War Zone, The Martins, In My Father's Den, Churchill the Hollywood Years and Trap for Cinderella.