Crispin Lord | Artist & Researcher

Credit: Callum Leo Hughes
Crispin is an artist-researcher working with music and performance. His practice looks into exhausting the potentials of recorded musical material, how guided and instructed listening can be a generative proposal in the moment of performance, and blurring the line between audience and director, or audience and composer. 

His work has been shown at Live Art Development Agency, V&A Museum, And What Queer Arts Festival and Theatre N16. As a director, his credits include La Boheme (ENO, Revival), PREPARE IT (MY BODY) (Barbican Pit Theatre), A Father is Looking for his Daughter (Cockpit Theatre), Last Thursday (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), and A Hand of Bridge (Waterperry Opera Festival).

In 2021 he received funding from Arts Council England to pursue a composition- and performance-based research project into the reception of political documentary theatre and opera. He is developing this and other research on the MA Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Inter-University Centre of Dance (HZT) and University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin.

Based between London and Berlin, he also works internationally as an assistant director and has been a Staff Director at English National Opera since 2018. He has worked with Joe Hill-Gibbins, Jack Furness, Keith Warner and Michael McCarthy. As an assistant director, his credits include The Marriage of Figaro (ENO), HMS Pinafore (ENO), La Cenerentola (Grange Festival), Don Giovanni (Teatru Manoel) The Lighthouse (Shadwell Opera), and Written on Skin (Melos Sinfonia in St Petersburg).

Crispin speaks English and German.