Mia Theil Have
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Mia is a Danish director and actress living in London for the past 11 years. She has translated two Danish dramas: "Sandholm" by Anna Bro and "The Secret" by Thomas Howalt.


Mia Theil Have is the founder and artistic director of Riotous Company. 

“Consistently inventive and impressive performances” British Theatre Guide 2014

“Provocative and original thoughts about the purpose and power of theatre … incredibly ambitious pieces.”  A Younger Theatre, 2014


Mia created and produced following medium scale theatre performances including international tours: 'Eyes of the Landscape' (Denmark), 'The Sandpit in Rainy Weather' (extensive Danish tour), ‘Out Of Blixen’ (Print Room at the Coronet London), ‘Scherzo for Piano and Stick’ (Print Room at the Coronet London, HOME Manchester, Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, Teatro Vascello Rome, Odin Teatret Holstebro), ‘Divertimento for Rope and Strings (in partnership with Gisele Edwards at Tete a Tete Festival London), ‘Insomnia a pas de deux drama for two girls and a piano man’ (Italy, Denmark & UK arts council funded tour), ‘Khariko Ghero’ (a Nepalese adaption of Brecht’s Chalk Circle with Aarohan Theatre Kathmandu and Delhi International Theatre Festival), ‘Longing for Darkness’ (London, Cuba, South Africa), ‘Hungry  Tigers’ (Denmark, Chile, UK, South Africa, Nepal).

As a freelance director Mia received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award together with the ‘We Are Shadows’ team in 2011 (5* The Times), and was selected for Teatertreffen Forum, Berlin 2009 as well as The Operating Table, Royal Opera House 2009. Theatre/opera direction includes: ‘Penelope X’ (Large scale new musical, National Opera and Ballet of Macedonia), ‘Sarha’ (Guimaraes 2012 European Capital of Culture and The Freedom Theatre Palestine), ‘Bodas de Sangre’ (Havana International Theatre Festival, Cuba), ‘Carnival over the Rainbow’, ‘Feast Kakhulu’ (Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa), ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ (Aarohan Theatre, Kathmandu and 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, Delhi), ‘We are Shadows’ (Spitalfields Music Festival, RPS Award), ‘Fogonogo’ (Spitalfields Music, Award winning Musical Rumpus series), ‘White Suit’ (GDIF 2012 Greenwich Festival), ‘The Third Man’ (Secret Cinema, Farmiloe Building), ‘Skyggen’ (Contemporanea Denmark and international tour). In London Mia has collaborated extensively with Walter Meierjohann (‘Kafka’s Monkey’, Young Vic and international tour 2009-15, 'The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui’, Liverpool Playhouse, Romeo & Juliet’, HOME Manchester), as well as being an associate director to Kathryn Hunter on Told by an Idiot’s acclaimed internationally touring ‘My Perfect Mind’, and with Helen Chadwick and Steven Hoggett (Dalston Songs, Royal Opera House, ‘War Correspondents’, National Theatre Studio),

Mia has taught on various acting and directing courses at leading drama schools and universities worldwide on MA and BA level. Her research and practice is described in Routledge publications by professors Adam Ledger (Birmingham University), Jane Turner and Patrick Campbell (Manchester Metropolitan University). 

As an actress Mia formed part of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and the core ensemble at Odin Teatret in Denmark until 2007, acting in four of Eugenio Barba’s main performances including Ophelia in ‘Ur-Hamlet’ at Elsinore Castle in 2006. Mia has since worked with leading UK theatre practitioners including Katie Mitchell, Paul Hunter (Told by an Idiot), Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni (Complicite co-founder).

Mia created numerous applied theatre performances as a way of engaging with local communities whilst touring in over twenty five countries. In London she directed Secret Cinema’s sold out hit, ‘The Third Man’, an immersive theatre and cinema experience staged with lead up narratives online, in the public spaces around Barbican and ultimately in the seven floor high Farmiloe building, playing to two thousand audience members every night for two months. Whilst at Odin Teatret she co-created large scale multi-performances in festivals such as: ‘Bidevind’ in a fish auction hall and on the harbour front in Thorsminde, Denmark, and ‘Splendour of Ages’ in a large riding arena in Holstebro, including hundreds of professional and amateur performers.