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Lou Corben

Theatre Director

I'm a Northern, neurodivergent working-class Queer theatre director, based in Merseyside, and sometimes London. I'm Artistic Director of Marvellous Machine Theatre Company. My work has been described as “plush and captivating”, “atmospheric, beautifully choreographed”, “Gaspingly good”, and “Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing".

My work centres the stories of women and the Queer community and often blends poetic writing, music, and movement.

I've recently completed courses and training in Directing with prestigious directors including Emma Rice, Robert Icke, Lyndsey Turner, and Rebecca Frecknall.

Alongside Directing Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, I work as a freelance producer, director, and administrator on a variety of projects including festivals, carnivals, parades and theatre productions.

“I’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!

“Words, words would not have enough impact to explain how incredible the performance was”

Seeking Collaborators...

I love meeting creatives from all walks of life, whether experienced or new to the arts. Take a look at my Works in Progress page to see what I'm currently working on, and what I'm interested in making, and get in touch if anything sounds of interest! I'm especially interested in meeting Producers and Writers, as well as all kinds of creatives from underrepresented backgrounds. 

currently seeking

I'm currently looking to connect with fellow neurodivergent creatives for upcoming projects. In particular

  • Writers

  • Designers

I'd love to hear from you. Click here to get in touch



Audition Preparation

"Throughout this process Lou helped me truly understand the Shakespeare language and pronunciation in the monologue. Lou was a great mentor who guided me and made the process of learning and performing the monologue fun and enjoyable."

Do you have a big audition coming up for drama school or a project? Get in touch! I'm experienced with young actors (16+), disabled performers, Queer actors, and with Shakespeare. I am DBS checked. Rates from £10 per hour.

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Script Reading

Working on a script and need some help? Are you struggling with how to move to the next draft, or looking for advice on where to take it? Please contact me for a bespoke service - rates upon enquiry.

I have recent experience as a reader for the Papatango New Writing Prize and the Theatre503 International Playwrighting Award, and have given feedback on over 100 plays.

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