Stef O’Driscoll replaces Joe Murphy at Nabokov theatre company
Stef O’Driscoll has been named artistic director of touring theatre company Nabokov, with plans to place greater focus on site-specific new work.
She has replaced Joe Murphy, who has left the company after six years.
Previously an associate director at Paines Plough, O’Driscoll has also worked at the Lyric Hammersmith and is currently co-directing Filter’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream there.
Discussing her plans for Nabokov – founded in 2001 by Paines Plough artistic directors James Grieve and George Perrin – the director explained she wanted to “democratise” theatre by taking it out to the public.
She said: “I’ve long admired Nabokov’s work and in particular its political roots and history of risk taking. I’m intent to continue in that vein, telling stories through cross-art forms, with a mission to democratise theatre by taking it out of traditional venues and bringing it to places you’re more likely to stumble across than seek out.”
O’Driscoll said locations for productions currently in development included car parks, pubs, and an NHS hospital.
She continued: “The world of entertainment has changed and theatre needs to keep up. Our aim is to bring stories to people, rather than asking them to come to us. We won’t compromise on quality, but we will make it affordable – that’s key.”
In addition to O’Driscoll’s appointment, Nabokov has also hired Liz Counsell as a producer.
Counsell, previously a producer at Camden’s Roundhouse, has taken over from Paul Jellis.