Born in Reading in 1964, Katie Mitchell is a British director who over the past 28 years has created over 100 productions that comprise more than 70 stagings of plays – first in the United Kingdom and, starting from 2000, in other European cities, e.g. Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin, Stockholm, Cologne, Vienna, Salzburg and Hamburg – and close to 30 operas in countries that include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Denmark. In the United Kingdom, she directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, serving at times as associated director at all three venues. Her stage version of Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves in 2005 ushered in the new art form of live cinema, which blends theatre and film in a unique and complex symbiosis, in this way influencing a young generation of theatre-makers all over the world. In her work, Katie Mitchell resolutely advocates a stronger position for women in theatre and opera, both with regard to the stories told and the way in which women are presented on stage, and also through her teaching activities involving young female students. She is the recipient of numerous awards and in 2009 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to theatre. Katie Mitchell’s stage productions were shown by Wiener Festwochen three times so far: in 1995, Henry VI: The Battle for the Throne by William Shakespeare; in 2011, Wastwaterby Simon Stephens and, in 2013, Written on Skin by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp.