Louise Bakker is a stage director across opera, theatre and musicals. She is Dutch but London-born, and studied Drama with English at Manchester University. Her Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes are available here until the end of November 2020.
Covid-permitting, she will be assisting Christopher Luscombe on A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Academy in November (she was to have assisted him on his production of The Merry Widow at Opera Holland Park in Summer 2020) . In 2021, she will be returning to Aylesbury Opera to direct Janacek's Jenufa, and her production of The Dragon of Wantley for Richmond Opera will be performed in April (postponed from May 2020).
Past directing credits include: Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes (Susie Sainsbury Theatre), Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci (Aylesbury Opera, Court Theatre), Shaw Goes Wilde (Pegasus Opera, Royal Academy of Music), Edith & Marguerite (Hen & Chickens Theatre), Assassins (Pleasance Theatre), Pravda (Bridewell Theatre), Virtue Reality (Southwark Playhouse), Waiting Room (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Iranian Nights (John Thaw Studio Theatre) and Six Degrees of Separation (Edinburgh Festival).
Assistant Directing credits include Falstaff (The Grange Festival), The Enchanted Island (Peacock Theatre), Jette Parker Young Artist Summer Performance (Royal Opera House), The School of Jealousy (Bampton Classical Opera), Kát’a Kabanová (Opera Holland Park), The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre), National Opera Studio Scenes (Welsh National Opera) and The Color Purple (Cadogan Hall).
She works extensively with the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company and Learning & Participation Department, and has recently begun working with Blackheath Halls children's choir and the Acting Gymnasium. She presents ROH's online learning materials on how to be a director, how to create a character, how to tell a story, how to stage a scene and how to use drama games to direct your class. She also presents the videos for their Hansel & Gretel "Create & Sing" module.
Louise has considerable performing experience as an actress, singer and voiceover artist. She studied singing at Junior Guildhall, and has sung with Manchester University's Chamber Choir Ad Solem under Marcus Farnsworth, OJ Ruthven and Matthew Hamilton, and for the New London Children's Choir under Ronald Corp.
Roles include: Claudia (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Charing Cross Theatre 2016); Gretchen (Boeing Boeing, Bridewell Theatre 2014); Lindy (House & Garden, Bridewell Theatre 2012); Miss Julie (Miss Julie, Strindberg/McGuinness, Teatro Technis 2011); Nora (A Doll’s House, Bridewell Theatre 2011); Lorna (Cigarettes & Chocolate, Teatro Technis 2010); Noleta (Sordid Lives, Edinburgh Festival 2009); Martha (The Constant Wife, Bridewell Theatre 2009); Carol (Oleanna, Theatro Technis 2008); Marlow (She Stoops to Conquer, Landor Theatre 2007); Yvonne/Harriet Pawling, Sunday in the Park with George, Manchester University 2007); Marcia (Mouthful of Birds, Manchester University 2007); Bernada Alba (The House of Bernada Alba, Manchester University 2006); Ouisa (Six Degrees of Separation, Edinburgh Festival 2006); Charlotte (Party Time, Manchester University 2006); Marquise de Merteuil (Dangerous Liaisons, Manchester University 2006); Dana (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Manchester University 2005 Winner: Best Actress Award); Mrs Higgins (My Fair Lady, Manchester University 2004); Flora (The Turn of the Screw, Teatro Regio, Turin, 1995)