Carrie Cracknell is a leading British theatre director. Her work is best known for its detailed psychological work with actors, placed in highly visual imagined worlds with cinematic scores. Her most recent play Sea Wall/ A Life has four Tony Awards Nominations. They were for Best Play, twice for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, and for Best Sound Design in a Play for Daniel Kluger. She is currently developing two feature films with Working Title and Film Four/The Bureau.
At university she set up a production company called Hush with a group of friends including the actor Ruth Wilson. Their first show transferred to New York and London while they were still studying. At the age of 26 Carrie became the youngest Artistic Director in Britain when she and Natalie Abrahami took over The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, which they ran for 5 years and where she directed extensively.
Her first dance/theatre collaboration at The Gate, I Am Falling, transferred to Sadler’s Wells and was nominated for a South Bank Show Award. After leaving The Gate, Carrie went on to create her iconic production of A Doll’s House which ran twice at the Young Vic before transferring to the Duke of York’s in the West End and BAM in New York and for which she was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Director Award. It led to her developing the short film Nora with Nick Payne in response to the play which was produced by the Young Vic. She then went on to direct her first opera, Berg’s Wozzeck, for the ENO at the Colliseum, which was nominated for an Olivier Award and an International Opera Award. In 2019 she directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge in Seawall/A Life at The Public and on Broadway.
Carrie now regularly collaborates with the National Theatre where her credits include her acclaimed productions of Medea, A Deep Blue Sea (both with Helen McCrory and which were live-streamed into cinemas internationally as part of NT Live), Blurred Lines and Julie (starring Vanessa Kirby in a new version by Polly Stenham, also NT Live.)
Other credits include Macbeth and Electra (Young Vic) Birdland and Pigeons (The Royal Court) Oil (The Almeida) A Doll’s House and Stacy (National Theatre of Scotland.)
Carrie has been an Associate Director at both the Young Vic and the Royal Court Theatre, and is on the board of the Almeida Theatre.