Dr Zoë Svendsen

Lecturer in Drama and Performance at Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Lecturer in Drama and Performance, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Zoë Svendsen is a theatre director, dramaturg and translator.

She is Lecturer in Drama and Performance in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Zoe is also director of METIS, creating research-driven interdisciplinary performance-as-research projects exploring contemporary political subjects, including the Artsadmin Green Commission, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Barbican Centre 2018), an installation imagining living under alternative economic conditions; World Factory, exploring consumer capitalism through the lens of the global textile industry (UK tour; shortlisted for the Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2016); 3rd Ring Out, an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for climate crisis (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK tour). As dramaturg Zoë collaboratively rethinks classic texts for the contemporary stage, including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure and The Changeling (Young Vic); Miss Julie (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Macbeth and Arden of Faversham (Royal Shakespeare Company); Edward II (National Theatre). Zoë is artistic associate at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, where she is leading a programme exploring the representation of women in plays; and an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre. In 2014-15 Zoë was artist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; in 2016-17 was selected to participate in the Future Scenarios ‘networked residency’ of the Culture and Climate Change project, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Open University, and Sheffield University; and was artist-in-residence at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative in 2018