Mathilde Lopez


Mathilde trained at Central Saint Martins in Performance Design, has a Masters in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College and was a founding member of National Theatre Wales. 

She started her professional career as a designer working for the BBC and Robert Lepage. A former assistant director and literary manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East, she is now a freelance director and the founder and artistic director of August 012, an innovative and award winning company based in Cardiff.

Her work is recognisable for its take on space, its irreverence for conventions, its relentless research into aesthetics and its investigation into audience involvement. A lover of text, she is equally at home devising new work or ravaging classics.

She teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is the recipient of a Creative Wales Award for developing new approaches to Opera.

She was assistant director to David Pountney on a site-specific production of La Voix Humaine (Welsh National Opera/Aldeburgh Festival) and is currently developing a site-specific jazz version of The Coronation of Poppea for Welsh National Opera at Llanishen Tax Office, and a binaural headphone version of Robinson Crusoe for Give It A Name with Bristol Old Vic.

She is fluent in three languages, she does not know where she is from and thinks it’s fine.

Directing credits include: Highway One by Katell Keineg (August 012/Wales Millennium Centre); Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (August 012/Chapter); Yuri by Fabrice Melquiot (August 012/Chapter/Underbelly Edinburgh 2017), City of the Unexpected, Associate director to Nigel Jamieson (National Theatre Wales/Wales Millennium Centre); Cyrano by Matt Hartley (August 012); Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes (August 012/Chapter); Tonypandemonium by Rachel Tresize (National Theatre Wales/Parc & Dare); Caligula by Albert Camus (August 012/Chapter); Pornography by Simon Stephens (Waking Exploits/Chapter and touring); Man on the Moon devised piece (George Orange/Wales Millennium Centre and touring); De Gabay development week I and II, devised piece (National Theatre Wales/Gulbenkian Foundation); Serious Money by Caryl Churchill (Waking Exploits/Chapter); Crosswired devised piece (East London Dance/Barbican Centre); Cien Años de Soledad devised piece (London/Prague); Yvonne Princess of Burgundy by Witold Gombrowicz (Hoxton Hall); Hotel Europa by Daniel Spycher and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (Cochrane Theatre/Hoxton Hall).

Longborough debut: La Calisto (2019)