Victoria Gartner

Assistant Director

Victoria Gartner is an award-nominated writer and director, whose work has been produced in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Her most recent project, Bard in the Yard, was developed in the first Covid-induced lockdown. These two solo plays about Shakespeare experiencing writer’s block during the Elizabethan plague have been performed not only in theatres but also in private gardens, schools, care homes and outdoor venues by many actors across the UK to great public and critical acclaim (The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent), with Dame Helen Mirren as patron.

Other work by Victoria includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British Youth Music Theatre); Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life, which has toured Europe in both French and English, Verona (Theatre tri-bühne, Stuttgart); and Judith & Hamnet (Lausanne Shakespeare Festival).

Victoria has also been teaching for many years, including at LAMDA, East15 and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Previous Assistant Director credits include The Comedy of Errors, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and operas Acis & Galatea, Teenage Bodies, Snow White (Switzerland).

Victoria was born in Ukraine and grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland before moving to the UK. She has an MA in English literature with a specialisation in Shakespearean studies as well as a degree in Dramaturgy and Directing, and is the Artistic Director of Will & Co.