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Ailin Conant


I am a Japanese- American director with a passion for daring new works of theatre that engage audiences with untold and under-told stories in a visual, visceral way. My Colchester-based devising company, Theatre Témoin, is a supported company of The Lowry, an associate company of The Everyman Cheltenham, a Without Walls Portfolio company, and has held residencies with The Salisbury Playhouse and others. I have worked freelance for various companies including The Bush Theatre, Yellow Earth, and Theatre503 (all UK), Ayyam Al-Masrah (Gaza), Clown Me In (Mexico, Lebanon, and Sweden), The Catalyst (Switzerland), and Satellite Théâtre (Montreal) , and have produced work through Témoin in Rwanda, Israel, Kashmir, Lebanon, France, and the USA. I enjoy working with young artists and have directed showcase work for East 15 and Fourth Monkey; and outreach work for The Old Vic Theatre and The Young Vic Theatre. I am passionate about working for change within the industry and am a delegate member of Artistic Directors of the Future and a board member of Stage Directors UK. I also work as a movement director, fight director, and dramaturg.


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London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) - 2 yr degree in Lecoq Physical Theatre
Wellesley College - BA (hons) Theatre Studies




10+ years

What I do

  • Devising
  • Dramaturgy
  • Movement Direction
  • Physical Theatre / Mime
  • Puppetry
  • Site Responsive/Immersive
  • Street Theatre
  • Teaching / Coaching
  • Working with disabled artists
  • Working with young people
  • Writing

Additional Languages

Japanese, French, Spanish