Ramin Gray is a British theatre director who was born in London and grew up in Oxford, Tehran, New York and Paris before graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1987. He speaks French, Persian, Arabic, German and Italian and has travelled extensively, especially in the Middle East.
He has directed many new plays, working with major contemporary playwrights. From 2000-09 Ramin was at the Royal Court, first as International Associate, and then as Associate Director. There he directed over fifteen world or British premieres. These included: Push Up by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers, Ladybird by VassilySigarev, Way to Heaven by Juan Mayorga, Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, Simon Stephens’s Motortown (also Wiener Festwochen, Falter critics’ prize), Martin Crimp’s Advice to Iraqi Women, two plays by Marius von Mayenburg, The Ugly One and The Stone, and Over There by Mark Ravenhill (also Schaubuehne, Berlin).
Internationally, Ramin has directed two plays by Simon Stephens, the German language premiere of Harper Reagan at the Salzburg Festival and On The Shore of the Wild World at Volkstheater Wien (Karl-Skraup Prize). His 2010 Viennese production of Dennis Kelly’s Orphans was nominated for the Nestroy Prize. His Russian production of The Ugly One won Best Director at the Textura Festival, Perm in 2010.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Actors Touring Company, seen at the Grec Festival with The Brothers Size (2008) and recently with Living With the Lights On at the Lliure (2017). He has directed all of ATC’s productions since 2011. They include The Golden Dragonand Winter Solsticeby Roland Schimmelpfennig, the first major revival of Crave by Sarah Kane, Illusions by Ivan Viripaev, David Greig’s The Events (voted by critics in The Guardian as the ‘Best Play of 2013) and Martyr by Marius von Mayenburg, among many others.