Sue Buckmaster, born in London (Great Britain) in 1963, has an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from Essex University. In 2018 the University of Essex awarded her an honorary doctorate in recognition of her inspiring leadership in theatre direction and puppetry. She is the Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites, a puppetry expert and the fourth generation of theatre practitioners in her family. Since 1996 she has directed 12 site-specific productions and 15 theatre productions for Theatre-Rites including Houseworks (1996), a seminal site-specific show for children commissioned by LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), the award winning Mischief (2007), a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and three productions for the Ruhrtriennale Festival (Salt 2008, Paradise 2010 and The Welcoming Party 2018). Outside of Theatre-Rites she has worked with many companies including the UK’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Complicité. In 2015 she directed Chotto Desh (a version of Akram Khan’s award winning Desh for family audiences) which toured extensively for three years and, in 2020, she will collaborate once again with the Akram Khan Company to direct Chotto Xenos, an adaptation of Akram Khan’s award winning Xenos, for family audiences. In the 2019/20 season she stages Die unglaubliche Geschichte vom kleinen Roboterjungen at Schauspielhaus Bochum.

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