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Diane Trevis is an English theatre director. She was born in Birmingham and educated at Sussex University.[1] After eight years as an actress, she began directing in 1981.[2]

Trevis was the first woman to run a company at Britain's Royal National Theatre.[3] Between 1986 and 1993, she directed Happy Birthday Brecht, The Mother, The School for Wives, Yerma, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui and Inadmissible Evidence for the National.[4] In 2001 she adapted, with Harold Pinter, Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. The production, which transferred to the Olivier stage in 2002, was described as "ravishing"[5] by the press and won an Olivier Award.[6]

Trevis has also worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company, with productions of Happy End, The Taming of the Shrew, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Much Ado About Nothing and Elgar’s Rondo.[7] In 1991 she mounted a production of Harrison Birtwistle's opera Gawain at the Royal Opera House. She also directed The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera and The Voluptuous Tango for the Almeida.

Trevis has had a long-standing affiliation with the USA, directing and teaching in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Her American productions include: As You Like It, The Duchess of Malfi, Human Cannon, Le Grand Meaulnes and Silverland. In December 2008 she directed London Cries at the Irondale, Brooklyn, featuring Jenny Galloway and Richard Poe.[3]

For the past seven years, Trevis has been teaching actors and directors in her international workshops. She has taught in the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Austria and Cuba.[2] Gary Oldman, Kenneth Brannagh and Rupert Everett have all passed through her workshops and she has a following of young actors in London who regularly attend her Sunday workshop. Between 2003-7, Trevis was Head of Directing at Drama Centre London.[2]

A friend of Ian Charleson, Trevis contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.[8] She has written a book about her life as a director, which is soon to be published.[9]

Personal life

Di Trevis is married to the composer Dominic Muldowney.


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  8. ^ Ian McKellen, Alan Bates, Hugh Hudson, et al. For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. London: Constable and Company, 1990. pp. 21–32.
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