I’m an acting teacher, theatre director and active advocate of both new writing and new work commissioning and developing plays within the conservatoire and for industry. I’m currently training to become a humanistic psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute. As Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Acting, I teach Stanislavsky derived acting methodologies and scene study. I also direct public productions and showcases on both the Classical and Contemporary Acting courses.
I have worked in the industry for almost 25 years. After studying Drama and English at the University of Bristol and undertaking research into Thomas Middleton’s plays at Brunel University, I trained as a theatre director at The Orange Tree (with Sam Walters), at the Donmar Warehouse (with Sam Mendes) and at the National Theatre Studio. Subsequently I worked as freelance director for The Orange Tree, The Gate, The Tobacco Factory, Brighton Festival, and New Perspectives; as associate director for Live Theatre, Newcastle; and as Artistic Director of Lincoln Community Play and Forest Forge Theatre Company where I was also joint CEO.
I’m particularly passionate about the development of new writing and have collaborated with many leading playwrights including Sarah Kane, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Sabrina Mahfouz, Peter Oswald, Harold Pinter, Colin Teevan and Amanda Whittington. I’ve commissioned over a dozen plays, provided dramaturgical support to writers and directed many premieres.
At Central I have been responsible for the development of a commissioning programme which has, over the last six years, enabled a number of leading and emerging women playwrights to write big cast plays in association with MA Acting Contemporary. I was also Central’s lead on an Arts Council England funded new writing partnership project run in conjunction with The Writer’s Guild and Leicester Square Theatre.
I’ve directed upwards of thirty productions; those at Central include The Heresy of Love, Miss Johnson, The Commune, Purgatorio, Lear (co-director), Measure for Measure, A Kind Of Alaska, The Lover, A New World Order and Precisely, Macbeth, Before the Cock Crows (scenes from), Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Photographs from some of these productions can be seen below.
I’ve delivered acting workshops or masterclasses internationally in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Portugal, Russia, USA and most recently Chile.
BA (Hons) Drama and English, University of Bristol
MPhil, Brunel University
PG Cert LTHE, Central School of Speech & Drama
I have directed upwards of 20 professional productions across a range of venues in the UK from Live Theatre Newcastle to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. I have directed a dozen public productions at Central including four premieres.
2015. International Guest Director and Keynote Speaker, Decimo Encuentro De Escuelas De Teatro 2015, Bogota, Colombia.
2014. Director of Workshops, Playwrights’ Progress, Leicester Square Theatre.
2012. Director, Memorial by Alice Oswald, Brighton Festival
2015. Director, Miss Johnson by Amanda Whittington, Webber Douglas Studio
2014. Director, The Commune by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Webber Douglas Studio
2012. Director, Purgatorio by Marcella Evaristi, Webber Douglas Studio
2007. Director, Before The Cock Crows by Peter Oswald, Embassy Theatre
2005. Director, Briefs by Alice De Sousa and Gez Casey, Live Theatre Newcastle
2004. Director, Cock of The North by Colin Teevan after Euripides, published as Alcmaeon in Corinth (Oberon Books), Live Theatre Newcastle
2001. Director, Last Stop Louisa’s by Amanda Whittington, New Perspectives, Regional Tour
2001. Director, The Camp by Mark Breckon, Show of Strength at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
2000. Director, Dead Men Dancing, by Mike Harris, Lincoln Community Play
1999. Director, The Odyssey by Peter Oswald after Homer, published as Odysseus (Oberon Books) the Gate and The Other Place RSC, National Tour, part of the Peter Brook Award Winning Life Journey’s season.