Lily McLeish is an Anglo-German theatre director. She read English literature and art history at the University of Cologne. From 2008 to 2012 she was part of the theatre ensemble Port in Air as director, assistant director and performer. Since 2012 she has been working as assistant director and more recently as associate director to Katie Mitchell. She works in Germany as well as the UK.
As director her work includes The White Bike by Tamara von Werthern at The Space Theatre, a colder water than here by Matt Jones for the Vaults Festival (Origins Award for Outstanding New Work), She Echoes devised for the University of Northampton, Housekeeping by Rory Platt for Little Pieces of Gold, Absence by In-Sook Chappell directed as part of the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme at the Young Vic, This Despised Love a devised piece based on Hamlet for the RSC Fringe Festival, Old Times by Harold Pinter at the Artheater Cologne, and Footfalls by Samuel Beckett at the Severins-Burg-Theater, Cologne.
As associate director, her work includes La Maladie de la Mort (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2018), Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2017) at the Royal Court, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2017) at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schatten by Elfriede Jelinek (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2016) at the Schaubühne Berlin, Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2015) at the Schaubühne Berlin and Royal Court, 2071 by Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2014) at the Royal Court, Reisende auf einem Bein by Herta Müller (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2015) and Happy Days by Samuel Beckett (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2015) at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.
As assistant director, her work includes Cleansed by Sarah Kane (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2016) and The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar (Dir. Simon Godwin, 2015) at the National, The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (Dir. Simon Godwin, 2014) at the RSC, The Forbidden Zone by Duncan Macmillan (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2014) at the Salzburg Festspiele and at the Schaubühne Berlin, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2014) at the Burgtheater, Vienna, The Rest Will Be Familiar To You From Cinema by Martin Crimp (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2013) at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Say It With Flowers by Gertrude Stein (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2013) at Hampstead, The Yellow Wallpaper after Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2013) at the Schaubühne Berlin and Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe Paris, Reise durch die Nacht after Friederike Mayröcker (Dir. Katie Mitchell, 2012) at the Schauspiel Cologne, also touring to Festival d’Avignon and Theatertreffen Berlin, SIGNA’s site-specific installation Hundsprozesse by Signa Köstler (Dir. Signa & Arthur Köstler, 2011) at the Schauspiel Köln.