Robyn Winfield-Smith

Robyn Winfield-Smith

Director

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

I am Artistic Director of REND Productions, Associate Director at Omnibus (Peter Brook Royal Court Support Award 2016), & Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC.

I’m passionate about telling stories that ask urgent questions about our contemporary world, and about pushing at the boundaries of what is possible onstage and onscreen. I want to give voice to the voiceless, reimagine the familiar, and challenge convention in order to engage, stimulate & move audiences through truthful, powerful stories that ask what it means to be human.

Last year I spent 5 weeks with Katie Mitchell at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, having trained at the RSC with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, at the Donmar Warehouse on Trafalgar Season 2012/13, and at the Print Room with Lucy Bailey. In 2016, I produced & directed the transfer of my bold theatrical experiment, GREY MAN, at Theatre503. I previously produced & directed my ACE-funded HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at Arcola (2015) & my ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK launching multi-arts venue Omnibus (2013).

My debut production, the UK premiere of LOT & HIS GOD at the Print Room in 2012, kickstarted my directorial career, to great critical acclaim (★★★★ “Robyn Winfield-Smith's shrewd, searching production is full of light and dark and boasts a quartet of terrific performances”, Lyn Gardner), following my year as Community & Education Officer at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Alongside my directing work, I am the youngest founding Board member of SDUK & a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation.

Work History

Director - GREY MAN at Shakespeare In Shoreditch Festival & Theatre503

Mar 2016 - Jul 2016

Director - Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)

Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Assistant Director - HECUBA directed by Erica Whyman at the RSC (Swan Theatre)

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

Director - Sonnets at Dower House, RSC

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Assistant Director - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM directed by Owen Horsley under the creative guidance of Gregory Doran for Garsington Opera/Southbank Centre/RSC

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Assistant Director - LOVE'S SACRIFICE directed by Matthew Dunster at the RSC (Swan Theatre)

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

Creative Producer - HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL (Arts Council England)

Jul 2014 - Dec 2014

Director - ALBAN'S GARDEN (ObamAmerica) at Theatre 503

Jun 2014 - May 2014

Director - Arts Council England-funded centennial WOYZECK at Omnibus Arts Centre

Jul 2013 - Jan 2014

Assistant Director - World Premiere of THE DANCE OF DEATH, Donmar Warehouse, Trafalgar Studios

Nov 2012 - Jan 2013

Director - UK Premiere of LOT AND HIS GOD by Howard Barker at the Print Room

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

Director - Rehearsed Reading of THE TWELFTH BATTLE OF ISONZO by Howard Barker starring Nicholas Le Prevost

Feb 2012 - Feb 2012

Associate Director - THE CHANGELING by Thomas Middleton at Southwark Playhouse

Oct 2011 - Nov 2011

Assistant Director - KINGDOM OF EARTH directed by Lucy Bailey at the Print Room

Mar 2011 - May 2011

Skills

  • Mentoring
  • Acting Coaching
  • Arts Fundraising
  • Assistant Directing
  • Collaboration
  • Creative Producing
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Leadership
  • Producing
  • Project Management
  • Running
  • Script Development
  • Workshop Facilitation

Network