About Cora Bissett
Cora Bissett is a director, actor and writer based in Glasgow. She was Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland from 2014-2022, where she explored a passion for shows inspired by and rooted in real life Scottish stories. Her productions with NTS include the hit political Musical 'Glasgow Girls', (With Theatre Royal Stratford East/ Richard Jordan Productions/|Pachamama) 'Rites' (With Yusra Warsama/ Contact Theatre Manchester), the multi award winning ‘Adam’ (by Frances Poet) which they went on to turn into a BAFTA award winning TV Drama co-directed with Lou Lockwood, and in 2019 the near -future trilogy of short plays 'Interference.'
Cora also creates work independently having started up her company Pachamama in 2009 and launched her first production Roadkill created with writer Stef Smith, at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe which won nine major awards including an Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Speech. It toured to Glasgow, Paris, Chicago and New York, winning an Olivier Award for Outstanding Production. Cora has a passion for experimenting with new forms of music-theatre, as seen in the Arches collaborative project she directed Whatever gets you through the Night ( with Swimmer One and David Greig) featuring a wealth of Scotland’s most eclectic and original song writing talent, GRIT-The Martyn Bennett Story (written by Kieran Hurley) celebrating Scotland’s iconic folk/dance maverick (Winning 'Event of The Year' at the Scottish Trad Awards) and Peter Arnott's electrifying Janis Joplin -Full Tilt starring Angela Darcy.
Cora's most recent music theatre project was her own autobiographical story. She wrote and performed in the raucous gig theatre production 'What Girls Are Made of' (Traverse Theatre/Raw Material) in 2018, 2019 and again in 2023 and toured it Internationally picking up a Herald Angel, a Fringe First and Herald Culture Award for Outstanding Performance. She is currently adapting it as a feature film with Black Camel Productions. Broadening her work in film she most recently co-wrote and Directed the short film 'The Singer' with deaf actor-writer Jamie Rea, which was chosen to be screened at The BFI Film Festival at the Southbank summer 2023.