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Ramin Gray


Ramin is the Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. His current production, THE EVENTS, written by David Greig, won a Fringe First at Edinburgh last summer and transferred to the Young Vic in October as part of a UK tour. The tour continues through 2014, before returning to the Young Vic in July.

Earlier last year Ramin directed THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a new operatic adaptation by Gerald Barry of Oscar Wilde’s classic play, for the Royal Opera House.

Ramin was born in London and grew up in Oxford, Tehran, New York and Paris before graduating from Christ Church, Oxford in 1987. He speaks French, Persian, Arabic, German and Italian and has travelled extensively, especially in the Middle East.


In 1990 Ramin won a place on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, on which he directed classic texts including Franz Wedekind’s SPRING AWAKENING and Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at the Liverpool Playhouse. He re-opened the Liverpool Playhouse Studio as a dedicated space for new plays from 1992-95, arranging co-productions with the National Theatre and the Royal Court. As well as directing a great deal of new work by playwrights from the North West, he directed new plays in Paris at the Odéon Théâtre National de l’Europe and Théâtre National de Gennevilliers and at London’s Gate Theatre, he directed the British premiere of Jon Fosse’s THE CHILD, as well as new plays by Paul Godfrey and Gregory Motton.

From 2000-09 Ramin was at the Royal Court, first as International Associate, then as Associate Director, and directed over fifteen world or British premieres, including PUSH UP by Roland Schimmelpfennig, TERRORISM by the Presnyakov Brothers, LADYBIRD by Vassily Sigarev, WAY TO HEAVEN by Juan Mayorga, WOMAN AND SCARECROW by Marina Carr, JUST A BLOKE by David Watson and SCENES FROM THE BACK OF BEYOND by Meredith Oakes.

In the Theatre Downstairs he directed the world premiere of Simon Stephens’ MOTORTOWN (and Wiener Festwochen, Falter critics prize), Max Frisch’s THE ARSONISTS, Martin Crimp’s ADVICE TO IRAQI WOMEN, two plays by Marius von Mayenburg, THE UGLY ONE and THE STONE and OVER THERE by Mark Ravenhill, which transferred to the Schaubűhne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. Ramin also did play development work for the Royal Court on almost every continent.

Ramin’s freelance theatre work in the UK includes two plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, David Grieg’s THE AMERICAN PILOT and Leo Butler’s I’LL BE THE DEVIL as well as Alistair Beaton’s KING OF HEARTS, which he co-directed with Max Stafford-Clark for Hampstead Theatre and Out of Joint.

Internationally Ramin has directed two plays by Simon Stephens, the German language premiere of Simon Stephens’ HARPER REAGAN at the Salzburg Festival in a co-production with the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, as well as ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD at the Volkstheater Wien, where it won the Karl-Skraup Prize. In Moscow, Ramin’s production of THE UGLY ONE is now part of the repertoire of Praktika Theatre.

Future plans include Mark Ravenhill’s SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT in Budapest, the Austrian premiere of Dennis Kelly’s ORPHANS at Schauspielhaus Wien and the British premiere of Simon Stephens’ THE TRIAL OF UBU.


In 2009 Ramin directed Benjamin Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE at the Hamburg State Opera, conducted by Simone Young. The production then transferred to Theater an der Wien, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Ramin recently directed the European premiere of Brett Dean’s new adaptation of the Peter Carey novel, BLISS, which ran in September at the Hamburg State Opera.