May 11 - 26, 2013

An Immersive, Off-Site Theatrical Event

A World's Stage Production from Scotland
text by Stef Smith
conceived and directed by Cora Bissett
American Premiere

Cora Bissett

Concept and Direction

Ms. Bissett is a multi-award winning director/actor and artistic director of Pachamama. After working for fourteen years as a professional actress, Ms. Bissett launched the company with its first production Roadkill at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010, which has since garnered ten major awards: an Olivier in 2012 for Best Production at an Affiliate Theatre in London, Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression, The Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel, Edinburgh International Festival Award and the Holden Street Award, as well as The CATS Award for Best Production and Best Actress 2011. Most recently she conceived and directed the smash hit new musical Glasgow Girls in a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Richard
Jordan Productions, and her own company
Pachamama. The musical played sold-out runs in Glasgow and London, garnering five star reviews, a nomination for Best New Musical in the Off West End Awards and subsequent film interest. 2012 saw her mount an ambitious cross-disciplinary show Whatever Gets You Through the Night, which won the prestigious Creative Scotland Award for Theatre and will be remounted at the Edinburgh Festival summer 2013. After surviving formative years in a major record deal with Phonogram and touring with the likes of Blur and Radiohead, then surviving a subsequent rock-n-roll swindle at the age of seventeen, Ms. Bissett picked herself out of the ensuing ‘crash.’ She formed her second band, a celtic-gypsy-rock combo called Swellingmeg and made another two albums, embedding herself in the underground Glasgow and Edinburgh music scenes. She trained simultaneously at the RSAMD and has gone on to work in an incredibly eclectic range of theater styles professionally for the past fifteen years, with companies such as The National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Royal Lyceum, Traverse Theatre, Grid Iron Theatre Company, Vox Motus, Oran Mor, and in London at Almeida Theatre, Gate and Theatre Royal Stratford East. She has appeared in numerous television series including the BAFTA-winning High Times, Rebus, River City and currently appears in Scottish cult series Rab C Nesbitt. She has played significant roles in feature films such as The Palm D’or-winning feature Red Road, and in David Mackenzie’s latest feature You Instead. She won the Stage Award for Best Actor for her role in the Traverse production of David Greig’s hit rom-com Midsummer in 2009, which went on to tour to Canada, the US, Brussels, Ireland, and recently completed a sold-out run at Sydney Opera House, a subsequent tour of Australia, as well as an off Broadway run in 2013.

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