Lou Corben

Lou Corben  studied Drama at the University of Lincoln, graduating in 2010.

Her first production for Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, The Tiger’s Bride, was described as “a plush and captivating take on one of Angela Carter’s famously subversive fairy tale retellings [with] luxury enough to sink into” (Daily Info), “atmospheric, beautifully choreographed”, “Magical, amazing, full of joy” and “Gaspingly good. So, so tender” (audience comments).

She has recently completed a short tour of an adaptation of Orlando by Virginia Woolf alongside a diverse company of LGBTQIA+ performers and creatives. The production included live music and foley, shadow puppetry, dance and movement. The company also hosted discussions with LGBTQIA+ academics from Oxford University and the show also raised over £450 for Say It Loud Club, which supports LGBTQIA+ refugees.

Audience comments about ORLANDO include “Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing” and “I’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!”. Newbury Weekly News said that ORLANDO “succeeds in teasing out provocations within Woolf’s story… [an] intriguing, thoughtful production.”

As well as producing and directing shows for Marvellous Machine, Lou also creates props, puppets and costumes, and designs graphics for marketing.

Alongside Directing Marvellous Machine, Lou works as a freelancer on a variety of projects including festivals, carnivals, parades and theatre productions.

Credits

YearShow/ProjectVenueRoleCompany / Artist
2020TBC 2020 Marvellous Machine ProjectTBCDirector and ProducerMarvellous Machine Theatre Company
2019Dream LoverThe Drayton Arms Pub & Theatre, Earls CourtDirectorHere & Queer Productions
2019ThingThe Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish TownDirectorBee In My Beanie
2019PROPERTYNew River Studios, HarringayProduction AssistantAll Ignite Theatre
2019Womb to TombThe Drayton Arms Pub & Theatre, Earls CourtDirectorRoungPeg Theatre
2019Red as RubiesTheatro Technis, CamdenDirectorKibo Productions
2019British VogueBurton Taylor StudioDramaturgAshanti Wheeler-Artwell
2019EdgeSouthwark PlayhouseDirectorSlackline Productions
2018 & 2019Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDOBurton Taylor Studio, Oxford / The Warren: The Hat, Brighton / Theatro Technis, CamdenDirector, Producer, Tech Operator, Stage Manager, MusicianMarvellous Machine Theatre Company
2018Cowley Road Carnival 2018Cowley Road, OxfordAccess Project CoordinatorCowley Road Works
2018The Tiger Who Came to Lunch Fundraising EventOxford PlayhouseEvent Planner and CoordinatorThe Story Museum, Oxford
2018Oxford PrideOxfordProcession ConsultantLGBT+ Oxfordshire
2018Ten Fat Sausages (R&D)The Story MuseumR&D DirectorLittle Seeds Music
2017Playwrighting students’ rehearsed readingGoldsmiths UniversityRehearsed Reading DirectorHelen Eastman
2017 & 2016The Tiger’s BrideBurton Taylor Studio, Oxford (2017) / St Aldate’s Tavern, Oxford (2016)Producer, Director, WriterMarvellous Machine Theatre Company
2017Oxford Christmas Light FestivalOxfordParade AssistantIan Nolan Events
2017Cowley Road Carnival 2017Cowley Road, OxfordAssociate Producer / Zone ManagerCowley Road Works
2017Jane EyreOxford PlayhouseRehearsal AssistantOxford Playhouse 17/25 Young Company
2017 & 2016OffBeat FestivalBurton Taylor Studio, Oxford / Arts at the Old Fire Station, OxfordProduction AssistantOffBeat Festival
2016A Tale of Two CitiesOxford PlayhouseEnsemble PerformerRoyal and Derngate (dir:
2014 & 2013Oxford FringeArts at the Old Fire Station, OxfordMarketing and Programming AssistantUnder the Fringe
2012Chi A Mi Wellbeing FestivalManor House Wildlife Park, TenbyAssistant to Event ManagerChi A Mi Wellbeing Festival

Training

YearCourseCompany / Institution
2018Building Ensemble with Simon Harvey, KneehighThe JMK Trust
2018Puppetry WorkshopOxford Festival of the Arts / Luke Howarth
2018Things to Do Before We Die: Creating Inclusive Environments & ExperiencesFarnham Maltings
2018An Introduction to Inclusive Carnival ArtsThe New Carnival Company
2018Making Change WorkshopGecko Theatre
2018Physical Theatre: Meyerhold and BiomechanicsFuture Learn & University of Leeds
2016Continuing Professional DevelopmentFrantic Assembly
2010B.A. (Hons) DramaUniversity of Lincoln

Lou speaks basic French, is currently refreshing her Spanish on Duolingo, and is looking for BSL lessons