Rubess the director: a short history

Baņuta Rubess directs her passions. She directs the works of Baņuta Rubess, contemporary work, mutlidisciplinary pieces, Oscar Wilde and Aspazija, musicals, opera. Now and then her visions fall outside traditional theatrical parameters.


In Canada, she has worked with:


Banff Arts Centre

Bicycle Opera

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts

Factory Theatre

Froth Productions

Great Canadian Theatre Company

National Arts Centre

Nightwood Theatre

Playwrights' Workshop Montreal

Tapestry New Opera Works

Tarragon Theatre

Theatre Columbus

Theatre Direct

Theatre Passe Muraille

The Shoe Project



In Latvia, with:


Daile Theatre

Latvian Concert Productions

Latvian National Opera

Liepaja Theatre

National Theatre of Latvia

New Riga Theatre

New Theatre Institute

Ri-Be-Ja Mute


For her most recent work, consult the separate categories on this site. 

For a history, keep reading. 


Early work


... in English

Banuta cut her theatrical teeth working in collectives rebelling against traditional authorities such as an author or a director, or even a stage. Together with English luminary Neil Bartlett, she founded THE 1982 THEATRE COMPANY, an international ensemble which created work collectively.  Subsequently, she remained in Canada, where her first success was THIS IS FOR YOU, ANNA , also a collectively created piece.




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Sweat, the opera

An a cappella opera about the fast fashion industry with nine singers

Composed by Juliet Palmer with a libretto by Anna Chatterton

Produced by Bicycle Opera

For more information take a look at the Bicycle Opera website

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