Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists, a former Fellow of St. Chad's College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is also an accredited Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) lecturer.
As a producer he has presented a wide range of international work -
Recent directing credits include: The Glass Menagerie, Northern Stage, USA, March 2009; a Zimbabwean version of Oedipus Tyrannus, The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Zimbabwe, May 2009; Marathon, HIFA, Zimbabwe, May 2010; Showcase for the CulturArte Project, Island of Fogo, Cape Verde, September 2010; The Rainmaker, Northern Stage, USA, March 2011; Burn Mukwerekere Burn, HIFA, Zimbabwe, May 2011 (Awarded Best Actor and Best Production by The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe); When Angels Weep, HIFA, Zimbabwe, May 2012 (Winner: Best Production); Looking into the Abyss, HIFA, Zimbabwe and British Council Tour, May 2013; Jean Genet's The Maids, HIFA, Zimbabwe with The British Council, May 2014; Burn Mukwerekwere Burn, National Theatre of Mannheim, Germany, June 2015.
Giles was educated at the universities of Cambridge, London and Durham (where he was President of the Union). He also spent a year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts as part of his MA in drama. After leaving university Giles led The British National Debate Team on its annual tour of America and he has been the recipient of both a Chautauqua and a Page Scholarship from The English Speaking Union as well as winning The Soho Theatre's Westminster Prize for new writing. Throughout the 1990s he was Director of Studies for Summer Schools in Drama at the University of Edinburgh.
Giles has run theatre projects in Botswana, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Kosovo, Palestine, Mexico, Thailand and Zimbabwe. He has also organised many development and travel programmes for theatres affiliated with the North American Theatre Communications Group and given numerous talks for institutions ranging from The Foundation for Mexican Literature in Mexico City to The Royal College of Physicians in London. He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 as it sails from New York to the UK.
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