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Zoë Svendsen

For the National:

Zoë’s Svendsen’s current practice-as-research project, based at the Donmar Warehouse, explores ‘climate dramaturgy’. Her work has been developed in several interdisciplinary artistic residencies, including at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Cambridge. Zoë Svendsen is currently writing Theatre & Dramaturgy, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2023.


Zoë Svendsen is a European theatre director/dramaturg based in the UK, who makes participatory theatre performances and installations exploring ecological crisis and capitalism, including the Amt für Zuwart und Gegenkunft at reEDOcate me! Floating University, Berlin; the cabaret improvisation show, Love Letters to a Liveable Future at Cambridge Junction; Ness, a sonic landscape work adapted from the prose poem by Robert Macfarlane for Metal and Estuary Festival; the video installation Factory of the Future (Oslo Architecture Triennale); the Artsadmin Green Commission, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE at the Barbican; and World Factory at the New Wolsey, the Young Vic and on UK tour.

As dramaturg, for the National: Othello and Edward II

Other productions include: Arden of Faversham and Macbeth for the RSC; Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse; Hamlet, Merchant of Venice at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure and The Changeling at the Young Vic; and Miss Julie in Aarhus.


(Updated November 2022)