Lou Corben

My pronouns are she/her

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).

Her second production for Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, ORLANDO, was created alongside a diverse company of LGBTQIA+ performers and creatives. The production included live music and foley, shadow puppetry, dance and movement. As well as producing and directing shows for Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, Lou also creates props, puppets and costumes, and designs graphics for marketing. 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.” 

Lou has recently completed courses and training in Directing with Emma Rice, for which she was chosen as one of six applicants out of over 100, with Robert Icke and Lyndsey Turner over an online course, and with Rebecca Frecknall at the Almeida.

Alongside Directing Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, Lou works as a freelance producer, director, and administrator on a variety of projects including festivals, carnivals, parades and theatre productions.


YearShow/ProjectWriter/AdapterVenueRoleCompany / Artist
2021 – 22MorverenKate WebsterUK TourDirectorMarvellous Machine Theatre Company
2021The Unbirthday PartyKristoffer HubballThe Story MuseumStage Manager / Assistant to the DirectorKristoffer Hubball / The Story Museum
2020Extract of Orlando for Virginia Woolf GalaSarah RuhlZoomDirectorMarvellous Machine Theatre Company for Aurora Metro
2020Cowley Road Virtual CarnivalZoomCo-HostCowley Road Works
2020One Night Stand (How to Say I Love You)Marianne KellyOmnibus TheatreDirectorKibo Productions
2019The ClownJosh KingThe Front Room DirectorWrong Shoe Theatre Company
2019Dream LoverRoisin MoriartyThe Drayton Arms Pub & Theatre, Earls CourtDirectorHere & Queer Productions
2019ThingHannah KennedyThe Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish TownDirectorBee In My Beanie
2019PROPERTYJelena BudimirNew River Studios, HarringayProduction AssistantAll Ignite Theatre
2019Womb to TombSophie DreweryThe Drayton Arms Pub & Theatre, Earls CourtDirectorRoungPeg Theatre
2019Red as RubiesKate WebsterTheatro Technis, CamdenDirectorKibo Productions
2019EdgeEmily Brauer RogersSouthwark PlayhouseDirectorSlackline Productions
2018 & 2019Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDOSarah RuhlBurton 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)Michelle RobinsonThe Story MuseumR&D DirectorLittle Seeds Music
2017Playwrighting students’ rehearsed readingVariousGoldsmiths UniversityRehearsed Reading DirectorHelen Eastman
2017 & 2016The Tiger’s BrideLou CorbenBurton 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 EyrePolly TealeOxford 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 CitiesMike PoultonOxford PlayhouseEnsemble PerformerRoyal and Derngate
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


YearCourseCourse Led by
2021Developing your Directing PracticeRebecca Frecknall, Almeida
2020Adapting and Directing for Emerging DirectorsEmma Rice, Wise Children
2020DirectingRobert Icke & Lyndsey Turner
2020Directing TheatreLisa Cagnacci, Morley College
2018Building EnsembleSimon Harvey, Kneehigh
2018Puppetry WorkshopLuke Howarth, Oxford Festival of the Arts
2018Things to Do Before We Die: Creating Inclusive Environments & ExperiencesFarnham Maltings
2018An Introduction to Inclusive Carnival ArtsThe New Carnival Company
2018Making Change WorkshopAmit Lahav, Gecko 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