Elayce Ismail is a director, dramaturg and librettist, working in the UK and internationally across theatre, opera and film. She is the Artistic Associate at Music Theatre Wales and has previously been an Associate Director at Northern Stage in Newcastle and a Resident Director at the National Theatre in London.

Theatre direction includes: Calvino Nights (Minack Theatre), Love and Other Acts of Violence (Donmar Warehouse); Shedding a Skin, Girls (Soho Theatre); Nanjing (Shakespeare’s Globe); If Not Now, When? (National Theatre); Under Milk Wood, The War of the Worlds (Northern Stage); The Lost Ring (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Stay Another Song (Young Vic), When I Am Queen (Almeida).

Opera includes: 4:48 Psychosis (Concert Director; Ensemble intercontemporain/Philharmonie de Paris); Our Dark Side and The Moon (Creator/Librettist; Royal Opera House); They Whisper Don’t Gaze at the Stars… (Director; ENO); 4:48 Psychosis (Revival Director; Opéra national du Rhin/Royal Opera House); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Associate Director; Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier).

Film includes: Nanjing (Director; Theatertreffen Stückemarkt); AMAZON (Creator/Writer; MTW/London Sinfonietta); Simone (Director; Young Vic).