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 songwriter based in Glasgow. She is Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland where her productions include Room (with Theatre Royal Stratford East / Abbey Theatre / Covent Garden Productions), Rites (with Contact) and Glasgow Girls (with Theatre Royal Stratford East/ Citizens, Glasgow / Pachamama / Richard Jordan Productions).
After 15 years of Acting across stage, film and radio (winning The Stage Best Actress Award for her role in David Grieg’s Midsummer), Cora started up her company Pachamama in 2009 and launched her first production Roadkill 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 featuring a wealth of Scotland’s most eclectic and original songwriting talent, GRIT-The Martyn Bennett Story celebrating Scotland’s folkdance maverick and two Fringe Runs of Janis Joplin -Full Tilt. She wrote half of the songs for the recent adaptation of Room along with Kathryn Joseph, and composed six of the songs in her musical Glasgow Girls.