Irina Brown, born and educated in St Petersburg, has lived and worked in Britain since 1978, establishing a versatile career as opera and theatre director, dramaturge, adapter and teacher of acting, directing and theatre design. Her work spans the experimental and the popular, classical drama and new writing, opera and musicals. She started out as assistant director to Andrei Tarkovsky, Yuri Lubimov and Anatoly Vasiliev, Richard Eyre, David Hare, Mike Alfreds and Anthony Page.
Between 1996-1999 Irina was Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. For the Tron she directed: The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union by David Greig, Lavochkin-5 by Alexei Shipenko, Mate in Three, Sea Urchins by Sharman Macdonald, Speedrun by Isabel Wright and The Tempest Dream after William Shakespeare.
2007-2011 Irina was a joint Artistic Director of Natural Perspective Theatre Company (with Timberlake Wertenbaker). Their first production Jenufa had a successful run at the Arcola Theatre.
For the Royal National Theatre: Hoffmaniana; award-winning Further Than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris (also Cottesloe; Edinburgh Festival; Tron; Tricycle and the British Council Tour of South Africa); Critics Pass Judgement on the School for Wives by Moliere; Marina Tsvetaeva. Poet. Outcast. (with Fiona Shaw)
Other theatre credits include: Britannicus (Natural Perspective/ Wilton’s Music Hall) Jenufa (Natural Perspective/ Arcola); War & Peace at the Circus writer/ director (Giffords Circus Tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park); Desire Lines (Cymru, Cardiff); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women (Oxford Playhouse, Guildford, Cambridge); The Vagina Monologues (West End and national tour); The Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran (New York); FillerUp! (Drill Hall, London and world tour), A Doll’s House (Birmingham Rep); Blood Libel by Arnold Wesker (Norwich Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Contact Theatre, Manchester); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southern Shakespeare Festival, Florida); The Sound of Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our Country’s Good (Tabakov Theatre, Moscow).
Opera credits include: l’Enfant et les Sortileges and Orango (both Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall); The Gamblers (LPO, RFH); The Letter (Scottish Opera 5:15 Festival); Prokofiev’s War and Peace (Scottish Opera/ RSAMD); Bird of Night, a new opera by Dominique Le Gendre (Royal Opera House); Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House, L’Opera de Monte Carlo and the Mariinski); Dido and Aeneas (Royal Academy of Music) and a translation of Donnerstag aus Licht by Karlheinz Stockhausen (ROH). She was a staff producer at the ROH on Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Samson et Dalila and Prince Igor.
She is currently a board member of Stone Nest, a performing venue in London’s West End.