Who is Sophie Hunter?
Sophie Irene Hunter was born in 1978. She is an English avant-garde theater director, former performer and opera director. Her debut play, 'The Terrific Electric' was put on stge in 2007 after her theater company, Boileroom was granted the Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. Hunter has also directed an Off-Off-Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen's 'Ghosts' (2010) at Access Theater. She also directed the performance art titled 'Lucretia' (2011) and the Phantom Limb Company's '69° South' also known as the 'Shackleton Project' (2011).
In August 2015, Hunter directed the play, 'Phaedra' and 'The Turn of the Screw' which were received with critical acclaim.
Hunter is the daughter of parents Anna Katharine and Charles Rupert though the couple's marriage ended in divorce. She has two younger brothers, Timothy and Patrick as well as two half-siblings from her father's second marriage. Hunter is the niece of pianist Julius Drake.
Hunter studied at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith before studying Modern Languages with a concentration in French and Italian at Oxford University. After graduating from Oxford, Hunter moved to Paris to study avant-garde theatre for two years at the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. She later trained at the Saratoga International Theater Institute in New York City under theater and opera director Anne Bogart.
Hunter, initially, had a long-term relationship with sculptor Conrad Shawcross whom she met while studying at Oxford, but they split in 2000. On 14 February 2015, she married actor Benedict Cumberbatch at St. Peter and St. Paul Church on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor. They have two sons, Christopher Carlton and Hal Auden. Hunter can speak fluent French and Italian and she is also a skilled pianist.
Her net worth is estimated to be around $1.3 million dollars. Her husband Benedict Cumberbatch's net worth is around $17 million dollars.
Hunter's career can be divided into Theater, Creative Arts, Music and films and Television:
Hunter is the founder of the Lacuna Theater Company and she was also an associate director at the Royal Court Theater in the West End and Broadhurst Theater in Broadway for the play 'Enron.'
She is also the co-founder and artistic director of theater company Boileroom.
Known for her avant-garde plays, Hunter has directed and performed in theater productions throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. She directed the experimental play '69°' South in 2013, and 'Lucretia' in 2011 which was based on Benjamin Britten's opera 'The Rape of Lucretia.' She also had a role in the 2010 revival of Henrik Ibsen's 'Ghosts.' She was also a member of the performance collective Militia Canteen. Her other plays include 'Phaedra' in 2015 which was met with praise with 'The Guardian' saying it is "exquisitely realized," She also staged Benjamin Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' in Suffolk and London for Aldeburgh Music.
In June 2017, Hunter narrated the play, 'Music on the Meare' at Aldeburgh Festival with readings from Ovid, John Dryden and Ted Hughes alongside oboist Nicholas Daniel.
* Creative arts:
Hunter worked on the transfer of Punchdrunk's 'Sleep No More' to New York City in 2011 while serving as creative director for the theater company Emursive. She has also directed the company's theatrical experience 'The Forgotten' in 2012 and 'Don't Major in Debt, Student House' in 2012. In 2013, she developed Loma Lights in 2013 which is one of the largest public arts programs in New York City.
In 2005, Hunter recorded a French-language music album, 'The Isis Project' in collaboration with songwriter Guy Chambers. In 2011, she released an English-language EP titled 'Songs for a Boy'. "Songs for a Boy' was again done with Chambers. Hunter has also collaborated with Armin van Buuren for the song 'Virtual Friend' which was included in Buuren's 2010 album Mirage.
* Film and television:
Earlier in her career, Hunter acted in film and television. She has had supporting roles in the television series 'Midsomer Murders' (2004), 'Keen Eddie' (2004), 'Friends and Crocodiles' (2005), 'Mumbai Calling' (2007), 'Torchwood' (2009) and 'Macbeth' (2010).
'Friends and Crocodiles' was a one-off British television drama production, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. 'Macbeth' is a 2010 television film based on William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. In 2004, she played the role of Maria Osborne in the film 'Vanity Fair' starring Reese Witherspoon and she played the part of Annabel Blythe Smith in the 2009 thriller film 'Burlesque Fairytales'. 'Burlesque Fairytales' was a film set one night in a 130's London theater where all is not what it seems. The fashionable theater audience members become trapped and watch five fairy tales act out on the stage.
In May 2017, Hunter was announced as a producer of the film, 'The End We Start From,' alongside her husband Cumberbatch.
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Here are some interesting facts about the theater director all summed up:
1. Hunter graduated from Oxford with a Modern Languages degree with a concentration in French and Italian. She moved to Paris to study avant-garde theater for two years at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
2. She is the co-founder of the Lacuna Theatre Company and is an artistic director of the Boiler Room. Hunter is also an associate director at the Broadhurst Theatre.
3. She has directed and conceived numerous theater productions throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and in North America.
4. Not only has Hunter directed and produced several plays, but she has also acted in film and television including films like 'Vanity Fair.'
5. In 2007, Hunter received the Samuel Beckett Award for writing and directing the avant-garde play 'The Terrific Electric' at the Barbican Centre.