Richard Gregory

Artistic director

Richard co-founded Quarantine in 1998 and is co-Artistic Director with Renny O’Shea. 

He has developed a distinctive practice around a creative response to everyday life and the commonplace. Richard’s work with Quarantine has involved collaboration with a range of experts from fields outside the world of arts, engaging with philosophers, politicians, architects, scientists, sociologists, doctors and many others.

Over the past 31 years, Richard Gregory has directed more than 60 theatre and cross-artform projects and productions, in Britain and internationally including large-scale projects such as the opening of The Lowry arts centre, Salford (2000) and co-curated (with Renny O’Shea) Coming & Going (2008), a project for Liverpool Capital of Culture involving 147 artists, activists and academics from 5 cities across Europe.

His recent works include 12 Last Songs (2021), a 12-hour durational piece about labour – the work that we do; dance marathon Wallflower (2015); and the epic quartet of works Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. (2016).

He co-curated Tenancy (2018-19) with Quarantine’s ensemble, where artists were invited to live in a brand new house on the border of Salford and Manchester  – part of Meet the Neighbours, a Creative Europe-supported project around rapid development, neighbourliness and gentrification, with partner organisations in France, Netherlands, Poland and Morocco. Together with other members of Quarantine’s ensemble, he was resident at MITsp 2020 festival in Brazil.

Richard directed What Is the City but the People?, the opening event of Manchester International Festival (2017); for BAK & SPRING Festival, Utrecht (2018); for Ruhrfestspiele (2019); Munich Kammerspiele (2021); the opening event of Bergen International Festival and to open the 50th birthday celebrations of Sydney Opera House (both 2023).

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