Jane Gibson is an Associate Director of Cheek by Jowl. Since the late 1980s, she has provided the movement direction for many of the company's productions.
Jane studied acting at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, and later with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She also trained as a teacher, focusing on movement-base subjects – improvisation, historical dance, etc. She was a founder-member of Common Stock, one of the first community theatre companies in London.
She moved away from teaching in drama schools when she was became Di Trevis' movement director at the National Theatre, under Peter Hall. She was later appointed Head of Movement by Richard Eyre and held the post from 1999 to 2001.
Jane's work outside Cheek by Jowl includes choreography and movement direction for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. She has worked on many productions for television, including Pride and Prejudice for the BBC, which was nominated for an Emmy. Her film credits include work for Tri-Star, Miramax and BBC Films.
On working with Declan Donnellan, Jane has said ...
"He is perfectly prepared to give me the time and space to... help the actors use their bodies like a good clay, which can transform into something and take on another rhythm."
"Declan makes an investment in movement and then he gets his pay-back, which is that the actors are physically dynamic in Cheek by Jowl. It's one of the things that audiences look forward to."
Jane Gibson's theatre credits include Fuente Ovejuna, The Wind in the Willows, Angels in America, Mother Clapp's Molly House, Tartuffe (Royal National Theatre); The School for Scandal, Twelfth Night (RSC). Opera includes Gawain, La Traviata (Royal Opera House); La Clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (ENO); Falstaff (Salzburg). Television includes Daniel Deronda, Pride and Prejudice, Love in a Cold Climate, Wives and Daughters (BBC). Film includes Sense and Sensibility (Tri-Star), Iris (Miramax), I Capture the Castle (BBC Films).