Movement director Liz Ranken made her Royal Opera debut in 2015, creating the choreography for Orfeo at the Roundhouse, directed by Michael Boyd.
Ranken studied biology and speech therapy before training as a choreographer at Trinity Laban. She was a core founder member of DV8 physical theatre and is an Associate Artist of Shared Experience and of the Royal Shakespeare Company, for which she has created the choreography for more than fifty productions. Her many other theatre credits include War and Peace (National Theatre), The Histories (The Roundhouse), Plasticine and Fireface (Royal Court), Arabian Nights (Young Vic), Dreaming (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh) and Miss Julie (West End). Further projects include performing in and touring work created in prisons, performing in and choreographing site-specific work for NVA Glasgow and performing in and generating verbatim work for the Grassmarket Project, Glasgow. Her choreographic awards include a Place Portfolio Award, a Time Out Award and a Capital Award.
Ranken’s work as a visual artist includes a portrait of Boyd, which is held in the RSC’s Portrait Collection and is in the record of the National Portrait Gallery.