Omar Elerian is a freelance director, dramaturg and theatre-maker.
Italian of Palestinian descent, Omar trained in Italy and then graduated from Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris in 2005. He’s based in London since 2009.
He was the resident Associate Director at the Bush Theatre from 2012 to 2019, where he commissioned and directed some of the theatre’s most successful shows.
As sole director for the Bush, his credits include smash-hit Misty by Arinzé Kene (Bush and West End), NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour (Bush, Traverse Theatre and world tour), Going Through by Estelle Savasta and Islands by Caroline Horton. As Associate Director working alongside Madani Younis, his credits include The Royale by Marco Ramirez, Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock and Perseverance Drive by Robin Soans. Outside the Bush, he directed Olivier nominated show You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy by Caroline Horton and co-created acclaimed site-specific show The Mill: City of Dreams with Madani Younis for Freedom Studios. His last show before the lockdown, Autoreverse, created with Argentinian performer Florencia Cordeu, opened at Battersea Arts Centre in February 2020.
Omar is currently living between Milan and London, developing projects with the Almeida, National Theatre, Royal Court, Collective Malouba and The Shed in New York.
Omar Elerian is an artist participating in LIFT’s Concept Touring commissioning programme.