Josie Rourke


Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse

Josie has directed shows including; Measure for Measure, with Jack Lowden and Hayley Atwell; Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton and broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live; Nick Payne’s new play Elegy;  Les Liaisons Dangereuses, also at the Booth Theatre, New York; The Vote, which was broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, also at The Public Theater, New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe;  Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; and World Music. Her additional theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare; Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self and Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the RSC; and The Long and the Short and the Tall and Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres.

Josie was previously Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership.

At the Bush Theatre, her credits include the premiere of If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet by Nick Payne.

Josie’s first feature film Mary Queen of Scots, produced by Working Title Films / ​Focus Features and starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, ​will be​ released in cinemas later this year.


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