About Cora Bissett
What do you do?
My job is Associate Director at NTS. I choose subjects to make shows and direct them for NTS. I also help in the broad planning of programming.
What was your first job?
Working in Halfords car and bike shop in Glenrothes.
Why does theatre matter?
Theatre matters because humans need stories to understand the world. Watching a live show where we empathise and try to understand others decisions, situations and lives is vital to being human.
Cora is a director, actor and song writer based in Glasgow. She has been Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland since 2014 where she has focussed her passion for finding real life stories dealing with burning contemporary issues particularly reflecting a dramatically shifting Scotland, and finding innovative ways to ring those stories to a wide audience. Her productions with NTS include the hit political Musical 'Glasgow Girls', ( With Theatre Royal Stratford East/ Richard Jordan Productions) 'Rites' ( With Yusra Warsama/ Contact Theatre Manchester) a stage adaption of Emma Donoghue's 'Room' (Theatre Royal, Stratford East and the The Abbey Dublin) and the near -future trilogy 'Interference.'
Cora enjoyed a hugely eclectic journey in theatre for 15 years as a hard slogging actor across theatre, film and Tv (High Times, River City, Red Road) before stepping back to become Outreach Director at Ankur Productions where she directed many community productions. Cora 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 also 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 featuring a wealth of Scotland’s most eclectic and original song writing talent, GRIT-The Martyn Bennett Story 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.
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) and toured it Internationally picking up a Herald Angel and Fringe First and winning Outstanding Performance at The Herald Culture Awards. She is currently adapting it for screen with 'Black Camel Productions.' and is working on an ambitious new Musical for NTS this year.