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Josie Rourke


Josie is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, London.

Josie is currently directing Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer at The Booth Theatre, New York following the sold out run of her production of PRIVACY, starring Daniel Radcliffe at The Public Theater, New York.

Directed at the Donmar Warehouse: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; The Vote (live broadcast on More4 on election night); City of Angels (won an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival); PrivacyCoriolanus (screened in cinemas around the world by NT Live), The Weir (transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre, West End), The Machine (transferred to The Amoury, New York after premiering at Manchester International Festival), The Recruiting OfficerThe PhysicistsBerenice.

Josie read English at Cambridge before training under Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse.  She became trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre before taking up the role of Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres where she and Sam West scheduled Sam’s opening season.

Josie became the Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre, London in 2007 and during her tenure oversaw the acquisition and transfer of the theatre into its new home on the Uxbridge Road.

Directed at the Bush Theatre: How To Curse, Tinderbox2000 Feet Away, WrecksApologia, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Like a Fishbone.

Josie’s 2010 production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart ran in the Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre and in 2011 her production of Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, ran at Wyndham’s Theatre, West End.  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.

Previous directing work as a freelance director: The Taming of the Shrew, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; King John and Believe What You Will, Royal Shakespeare Company; The Unthinkable, Much Ado About Nothing and The Long & Short & The Tall, Sheffield Theatres; Loyal Women and crazyblackmuthafuckin’self,  Royal Court Theatre; World Music and The Cryptogram, Donmar Warehouse.

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