Dr. Helen Eastman trained as a theatre director at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, after graduating from Oxford in Classics and English. She works as a director and playwright at theatres throughout the UK and internationally. Highlights include Seamus Heaney's Cure at Troy at the Delphi International Festival, Fair at Trafalgar Studios, Dido and Aeneas for ETO and the European tour of Cloudcuckooland. She has written the libretto for a number of opera commissions, and is currently writing an opera about the suffragettes for W11. She is Associate Artist of the APGRD at Oxford University and director of the Cambridge Greek Play. She founded the Live Canon Ensemble seven years ago. Her doctorate is from King's College London, where she studied dialect verse translations of ancient plays.