Acushla Bastible

  • Acushla Bastible

Acushla Bastible | director, performer, writer, arts educator



Acushla Bastible is a multidisciplinary theatre artist whose work and interests lie at the intersection between the performing arts and the recorded arts. She is drawn to work that expands our understanding of the what, where,who, and how, of performance. In addition to her freelance work as a director, she serves as the artistic co-director of Angel Exit, an international performance collective based in England and Ireland. Some recent directing projects include staged productions of Samuel Beckett’s radio-play Words and Music (Santa Fe New Music); Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (Chatter: Ensemble, UNM); Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera (The Santa Fe Opera); a site-specific performance of stories from 1001 Arabian Nights (Todi Arte Festival, Umbria); Nino Rota’s I Due Timidi (The Santa Fe Opera); Apprentice Scenes (The Santa Fe Opera) and Pirandello’s The Mountain Giants (Festival Internazionale dell’Attore, Naples). Writing and directing projects include ImprOpera in collaboration with VoiceLab students from the University of New Mexico and composer Molly Sturges; Palimpsest:, a site-specific ambulatory opera, co-written and performed by a youth ensemble, members of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and composer Chris Jonas. Bolt Upright, which she wrote through a devised process with the Angel Exit ensemble. Acushla is also an actor, a movement artist, an educator and workshop facilitator who has worked extensively in Europe and the United States. Since 2002, she has been an artist in residence and the artistic manager of the Student Produced Opera program for The Santa Fe Opera. Acushla is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, École de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.