Robyn Winfield-Smith

Robyn is a freelance theatre director currently based as Assistant Director at the RSC, working with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman on Marina Carr's searing new version of HECUBA, and as Associate Director at Omnibus Arts Centre, where she directed the inaugural production, an Off West End Award nominated centennial WOYZECK.


I am a young director currently based as Assistant Director to Erica Whyman on Marina Carr's searing new version of Euripides' HECUBA at the RSC, and as Associate Director at Omnibus Arts Centre in Clapham. In November 2015 I will be directing the English premiere of Howard Barker's THE TWELFTH BATTLE OF ISONZO as part of an exhilarating HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at the Arcola (25 Nov - 19 Dec 2015).

In 2013, I directed and creatively produced Omnibus' inaugural production: an ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK. In 2012, directed the Off West End Award-nominated UK Premiere of Howard Barker's LOT AND HIS GOD (★★★★ “Robyn Winfield-Smith's shrewd, searching production is full of light and dark and boasts a quartet of terrific performances”, Lyn Gardner), with the rare support and approval of the playwright, at the Print Room.

Prior to my assisting at the RSC, I assisted on the Donmar Trafalgar world premiere of Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Strindberg’s THE DANCE OF DEATH, having assisted Lucy Bailey and Edward Bond, and worked for a year at Chichester Festival Theatre.


This was the inaugural production of brand new arts centre, Omnibus, in Clapham, and was designed as a celebration of Büchner's influential and fragmentary play, WOYZECK. The production transformed the Victorian arches of Omnibus' newly refurbished theatre space into an ill-kept military barracks overtaken by an irresistible, wild Nature. With a cast of 12 actors, live music, puppetry, an immersive design and an original musical score, this production offered a thrilling experience for any theatregoer ...

"A bold, beautiful, and bewitching presentation of a disorienting classic play" Broadway World

Lot and his god

In November 2012, the Print Room presented the UK premiere of this powerful and imaginative Howard Barker play. A haunting and deeply moving portrait of a marriage in the face of apocalyptic destruction, LOT AND HIS GOD is a beautifully witty reimagining of the biblical story of Lot, exposing the human truth behind the legend ...

"**** The Direction of Robyn Winfield-Smith coupled with the dedication of a uniformly excellent cast supports a play that might in lesser hands become highly conceptual and head-based" The Good Review