Crispin is a multi-disciplinary performance maker based in London. He graduated from Durham University in 2016 with BaHons in Music, where he focused on experimental electronic music, transcultural performance practices, and non-clinical music therapy.

Having performed in operas as a child as both soloist and chorister (Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh etc.), he began directing whilst at university. His performance work is centred around queer structures, the body in motion, insidious violence, and creating a dialogue between Opera and Live Art practices.

As a Director, his credits include A Father Is Looking For His Daughter (Cockpit Theatre), Last Thursday (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), A Hand of Bridge (Waterperry Opera Festival), Carmen and Orpheus and Eurydice (Durham Opera Ensemble). He is also a Staff Director at English National Opera and works internationally as a freelance Assistant Director. His credits include Britten on Film (National Opera Studio, Keith Warner), La Boheme (ENO, Natascha Metherall), Il Barberi di Siviglia (Grange Festival, Stephen Barlow), Don Giovanni (Jack Furness, Teatru Manoel), The Lighthouse (Shadwell Opera, Jack Furness) and Written on Skin (Mariinsky Theatre, Jack Furness).

Crispin also works as a Designer, and has created sets and costumes for a number of theatre projects, including Curlew River (Ante Terminum Productions) and Don Giovanni (Teatru Manoel), and for films such as Wie Verklart: Wesendonck-Lieder.

Since early 2018, he has worked with Composer Jonathan Packham to interrogate the performative capabilities of Virtual Reality and its conceptual ties to fluid understandings of gender and sexuality. Crispin and Jonathan presented their first work untitled (THEY) at Candid Arts Trust, and are currently working on a longer “operatic” work, untitled (THERE). He also created a VR film in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency in September 2018, entitled Self Portrait Experiments in 360.

In 2017 Crispin launched MaloMalo - a platform for developing interdisciplinary queer performance - with Dancer/Researcher Marcus Bell. This has seen them collaborate with several visual and multimedia artists already including Jake Elwes and Kate Davis. In June 2019 they will premiere a new installation work with Berlin-based sex-positive collective Pornceptual at Alte Muenze in Berlin.

Pronouns: He/Him

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