Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell

Artistic Director

Bill has worked as director /designer with Perspectives,

Theatre Centre in London, Roundabout Young Peoples Theatre, Walk the Plank and the Young Vic Theatre in London.

As a freelance designer he has worked with many theatre companies including Avon Touring, Theatre Foundry, Birmingham Rep, Soho Poly, the Royal National Theatre, The Donmar Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and with The Shaman Company in Budapest.

Bill became a member of the Kneehigh team in 1988 when he moved to Cornwall and then their Artistic Director from 1995 until 2005.
For Kneehigh he devised and directed many productions including ‘Ship of Fools’, ‘Carmen’ and ‘Arabian Nights” and designed most shows from ‘Tregeagle’ in 1989.

Recent design projects include, ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘The Bacchae’, ‘Tristan & Yseult’ ‘Nights at the Circus’ and ‘A Matter Of Life And Death ‘ all directed by Emma Rice,

His work has been seen in Europe, USA, China, Syria, Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years he has created many large site-specific and landscape theatre projects including

‘Ghost Nets’,’ Hells Mouth’ and ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’. This last production was inspired by a Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story,

This event performed to great acclaim in Malta (2003), Cyprus (2004) and in 2005 performed to sell out audiences in Hayle, Cornwall.

In 2005 Bill created his own company WILDWORKS to explore a theatre involving place and the people who belong to it as a vital part of the production. Over the past 7 years Bill’s vision and ideas have grown into several large scale, acclaimed shows such as ‘The Beautiful Journey’, ‘Soutterain’, and most notably the ‘Passion’, which Bill was awarded Best Director for at the TMA’s in 2011.