Eleanor Bishop is a stage director and writer working across theatre and opera. She has written adaptations of classic plays, adaptations from literature and new works. BOYS adapted from Greg McGee’s Foreskins’ Lament was presented by Auckland Theatre Company in 2017 and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2019. With core collaborator Karin McCracken, they are EBKM and their works include Jane Doe, Body Double (with Julia Croft), Yes Yes Yes and Aliens & Anorexia (adapted from the book by Chris Kraus, forthcoming). With Eli Kent she has written Chekhov’s The Seagull - a new online version (Auckland Theatre Company 2020) and Maybe Something Different Will Happen (after Euripides’ The Phoenician Women, The Actors Program 2022).
She holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA where she studied as a John Wells Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and a NZ Federation of Graduate Women Fellow. She is a former associate director for New York based multimedia theatre company The Builders Association/Marianne Weems. She is an alumna of the Académie du Festival d'Aix’s Women Opera Makers Workshop with Katie Mitchell, the European Commission Citizen Artist Incubator and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. In 2021 she was the Friedlander Foundation Associate Artist for NZ Opera. She received her BA in Theatre (Honors) from Victoria University of Wellington.