Beverly Blankenship

Director and Writer

Born in Texas, grew up in Vienna, bilingual. Trained as an actress at the Max Reihardt Seminar. First contract at the Landestheater Salzburg, then left Europe for the blue skies of Australia. Took up writing film scripts and theatre directing, then returned to Europe in 1992.  She has been working in major theatres continuously since then.

THE THEATRE DIRECTOR:

Beverly Blankenship prefers new plays – the work of living authors. She directs plays in big State Companies, as well as for Fringe Theatres, experimenting with new ideas.

Blankneship´s next productions:
ROMEO AND JULIET for the Hanoi Youth Theatre (2019)
WASSERFÄLLE VON SLUNJ, an adaptation of Doderer´s novel for the Festspiele Reichenau (2020)

She received the Skraup Prize for her production of Howard Barker´s SCENES OF AN EXECUTION (Volkstheater Wien). Also at the Volkstheater CLARA S. by Nobel Prize Winner Elfriede Jelinek.

Her production of Godber´s BOUNCERS (Theater Drachengasse, Vienna) was invited to Moscow

She directed Tankred Dorst´s MERLIN twice (Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Landestheater Salzburg)

She produced Daraini´s MARIA STUARDA twice (Theater Drachengasse, Vienna, Arge Nonntal, Salzburg)

Beverly worked as dramaturg and script editor for the Australian Film Council and Playworks (Ros Horin), and worked as a panel member of the funding body of the Australian Arts Council.

She received an award for her work in theatre from the Goverment of Lower Austria.

She founded a new company, DRAMATIC SERVICES, to develop and produce VIVACE, an experimental music theatre piece which was developed by six actors, five authors, two directors (with Thea Brejzek) and five composers and produced at the Schauspielhaus, Vienna.

With her daughter Jessica Gerger she developed MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX. This production was seen in London, Vienna, at the Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their production of MRS T AND THE PLASTIC PROBLEM is touring schools in Melbourne.

As long as there are plenty of new plays to direct she also enjoys working on the classics:

Shakespeare (HAMLET, Sydney, AS YOU LIKE IT, Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Salzburger Landestheater, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Volkstheater Vienna)
Schiller (JUNGFRAU VON ORLEANS, Staatstheater Saarbrücken)
Schnitzler (WEITES LAND, ZWISCHENSPIEL, DER EINSAME WEG, PROFESSOR BERNHARDI, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Festspiele Reichenau)
Racine (PHEDRE; Volkstheater Wien)

and many others.

THE OPERA DIRECTOR
Beverly started directing opera when she returned to Europe:
Big stories, mythic landscapes and large casts and great music have turned out to be irresistable.
Her next production (with Rebecca Blankenship).
DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES for Oper Mönchengladbach (April 2020).

Here some examples of opera houses Blankenship has worked for:

LAND DES LÄCHELNS (Volksoper Wien)
TSAR ZALTAN (Staatsoper am Gärtnerplatz, Munich)
DON GIOVANNI (Landestheater Linz, Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück, Festspiele Reinsberg, Theater Dortmund)
DER JUNGE LORD (Landestheater Linz)
LA CENERENTOLA (Landestheater Linz, Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück)
DER ROSENKAVALIER (Landestheater Linz, Theater Dortmund)
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Theater Bielefeld)
THE LOVE OF THE THREE ORANGES (Landestheater Linz, Staatstheater Nürnberg)
DON CARLOS (Staatstheater Saarbrücken)
CARMEN (Theater Dortmund)
FAUST (Staatstheater Nürnberg)
And many more

The last three productions were created as a directing team with her sister Rebecca Blankenship:
BARUCHS SCHWEIGEN (Entarteopera, Wien)
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Theater Hagen, Opera Rennes/Anger/Nantes)
DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES (Oper Krefeld/Mönchengladbach)
Sister Power!

THE FILM DIRECTOR
In 1999 Beverly directed her first film:
DER HUND MUSS WEG (THAT DOG HAS GOT TO GO) for Austrian National Television. Script: Elfriede Hammerl. Televised November 2000
She also directed the drama sequences for the documentary films
ANDREAS HOFER (ORF,ARTE, ZDF) and
GARIBALDI (ORF, ARTE, ZDF).

THE AUTHOR
SHAME. Beverly´s first script SHAME (with Michael Brindley) was a big success, shown internationally, garnering many prizes, including BEST SCRIPT (Critic´s Choice 1988).
Gray Pictures produced a US remake with Amanda Donehue in the lead.

CHARLES DARWIN AND THE QUESTION OF FRONTAL SEX (with Harald Posch) is the second film script and is in German.

TEACHING
From 2011 – 2018 Beverly was a professor at the University of Drama and Music in Vienna (MDW). She had an opera class in the Masters Course of Institute 9 at the MDW. She produced over 15 operas with her students, while still working at various theatre and opera companies.
She has taught master classes and workshops for actors, singers, and stage designers at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, University of Zurich, Prinzregenten Akademie in Munich, the Academy of Cinema and Theatre Hanoi and many more.

STUDIOBLANKENSHIP3
Was founded by Beverly Blankenship, Rebecca Blankenship and Sawako Yamada-Blankenship. The Studio offers coaching for opera singers in Acting, Voice, and musical Coaching, singly or in groups.

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