Katrina Jane Mitchell (born 23 September 1964), better known as Katie Mitchell, is an English theatre director.
Life and career
Mitchell was born in
Reading, Berkshire, raised in  Hermitage, Berkshire, and educated at Oakham School. Upon leaving Oakham she went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, to read English. She is particularly inspired by Eastern European theatre and by choreographers such as Pina Bausch and Siobhan Davies. 
She began her career behind the scenes at the
King's Head Theatre in London before taking on work as an assistant director at theatre companies including Paines Plough and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Early in her career she directed a number of early productions under the umbrella of her company Classics On A Shoestring.
In 1997 Mitchell became responsible for programming at
The Other Place, the RSC's now defunct black box theatre. While at the RSC her productions included which won her the The Phoenician Women Evening Standard Award for Best Director in 1996.
In 2004 she was an Associate of the
Royal National Theatre. 
Her frequent collaborators include writer
Martin Crimp, composer Paul Clark and designer Vicki Mortimer.
The Director's Craft. A Handbook for the Theatre, a book in which she outlines her methods of directing.  The Director's Craft was published by Routledge in 2009.
Mitchell staged a new production of
Luigi Nono's for the Al gran sole carico d'amore Salzburg Festival in 2009, and a new production of  James MacMillan's and Michael Symmons Roberts' Parthenogenesis at the Royal Opera House in June 2009. 
The Department of Theatre and Performance at the
Victoria and Albert Museum invited Mitchell and Leo Warner of 59 Productions to conceive and produce a video installation exploring the nature of 'truth in performance'. Taking as its inspiration 5 of the most influential European theatre directors of the last century, the project examines how each of the practitioners would direct the actress playing Ophelia in the famous 'mad' scenes in Shakespeare's Hamlet. This multiscreen video installation, launched at the Chantiers Europe festival at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris on 4 June, and opened at the V&A on 12 July 2011.  
According to general manager
Peter Gelb, Mitchell was scheduled to direct a future production of Mozart's opera at the Così fan tutte Metropolitan Opera House. 
Mitchell has been described as "a director who polarises audiences like no other" and "the closest thing the British theatre has to an auteur".
In 2007, the artistic director of the NT accused the British press of affording Mitchell's productions "misogynistic reviews, where everything they say is predicated on her sex".  
Her productions have been described as "distinguished by the intensity of the emotions, the realism of the acting, and the creation of a very distinctive world"
and accused of "a willful disregard for classic texts",  but Mitchell suggests that "there's a signature in every director's work"  and that it is not her intent to work to a "strong personal signature".  
Mitchell's process involves long and intensive rehearsal periods
and use of the  Stanislavski's system. She regularly involves psychiatry in looking at characters, and in 2004 directed a series of workshops on Stanislavski and neuroscience at the NT studio.  Since her 2006 play  Waves, she has also experimented with video projections in a number of productions. 
In January 2011 she was a guest on
, the biographical music discussion programme on Private Passions BBC Radio 3. 
She has a daughter Edie, born 2006.
A former associate director at the
Royal Court Theatre, Mitchell was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. 
In September 2017, she was awarded the
President's Medal of the British Academy "for her work to enhance the presentation of classic and contemporary theatre and opera through innovative new production". 
Selected directing credits 1994:
by Rutherford and Son Githa Sowerby 1995:
The Machine Wreckers ( Die Maschinenstürmer) by Ernst Toller 1996:
by The Phoenician Women Euripides 1996:
, an opera by Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1998:
, an opera by Jen?fa Leo? Janá?ek 1998:
, a version by Uncle Vanya David Lan of Anton Chekhov's play 2000:
, a version by The Oresteia Ted Hughes from Aeschylus 2000:
, by The Country Martin Crimp 2001:
, an opera by Leo? Janá?ek Ká?a Kabanová 2002:
by Ivanov Anton Chekhov 2003:
, an Jephtha oratorio by George Frideric Handel 2003:
by Anton Chekhov Three Sisters 2004:
(film), opera by The Turn of the Screw Benjamin Britten 2004:
by Euripides Iphigenia in Aulis 2005:
by A Dream Play August Strindberg 2006:
, a version by Martin Crimp of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull  2007:
Waves, based on Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves 2007:
Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp 2007:
by Euripides Women of Troy 2008:
The City by Martin Crimp 2008:
...Some Trace of Her inspired / based on by The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky 2008:
by The Maids Jean Genet, Sweden 2009:
Wunschkonzert by Franz Xaver Kroetz, Schauspiel Köln, Cologne, Germany 2009:
After Dido based on by Purcell (for Dido and Aeneas English National Opera at the Young Vic) 2009:
Pains of Youth, a version by Martin Crimp of Ferdinand Bruckner's play at the Krankheit der Jugend National Theatre 2009:
Parthenogenesis an opera by James MacMillan and Michael Symmons Roberts at the Royal Opera House 2009:
by The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss at the National Theatre and at the Young Vic 2010:
by Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at English National Opera 2010:
after Fräulein Julie August Strindberg at the Schaubühne, Berlin, Germany 2010:
Beauty And The Beast by Lucy Kirkwood at the National Theatre 2011:
Clemency, an opera by James MacMillan and Michael Symmons Roberts at the Royal Opera House 2011:
Die Wellen based on Virginia Woolf's The Waves at Schauspiel Köln, Cologne, Germany 2011:
Wastwater by Simon Stephens at the Royal Court Theatre, London 2011:
A Woman Killed With Kindness by Thomas Heywood at the National Theatre, London 2012:
The Trial of Ubu Roi by Simon Stephens at the Hampstead Theatre, London 2012:
, an opera by Written on Skin George Benjamin, libretto by Martin Crimp at the Grand Théâtre de Provence during Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012:
Die Ringe des Saturn by W. G. Sebald at Avignon Festival 2012:
Ten Billion by Katie Mitchell and Stephen Emmott at Avignon Festival 2012:
Reise Durch Die Nacht by Friederike Mayröcker at Schauspiel Köln, Cologne, Germany 2013:
Le vin herbé by Frank Martin at Berlin State Opera, Berlin 2013:
The House Taken Over by Vasco Mendonça at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013:
Alles Weitere Kennen Sie aus dem Kino a version by Martin Crimp of Euripides' The Phoenician Women at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg 2013:
Die gelbe Tapete by Charlotte Perkins Gilman at the Schaubühne, Berlin, Germany 2013:
Atmen by Duncan Macmillan at Schaubühne, Berlin, Germany 2014:
by Wunschloses Unglück Peter Handke at Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria 2014:
The Forbidden Zone von Duncan Macmillan, Salzburger Festspiele, Austria 2015:
by Glückliche Tage Samuel Beckett at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, Germany 2015:
by Alcina Handel at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Streaming-Live, Blu-ray/DVD released in 2016) 2015:
by Reisende auf einem Bein Herta Müller at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, Germany 2016:
by Cleansed Sarah Kane at the Royal National Theatre, London 2016:
by Lucia di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti at Royal Opera House 2016:
by Neither Morton Feldman at Berlin State Opera 2016:
Schatten (Eurydice sagt) by Elfriede Jelinek at Schaubühne, Berlin, Germany 2016:
by Pelléas et Mélisande Claude Debussy at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Streaming-Live) 2017:
Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch at Royal Court Theatre 2019: Orlando by Virginia Woolf with the Schaubühne, Berlin
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