Sita Thomas BA, MA | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Sita Thomas, BA, MA

Job title

Personal Academic Tutor, MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching

Profile

Sita is a Creative Associate at Watford Palace Theatre. She has worked as a trainee Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre.

Recent credits Pity (Assistant Director, Royal Court), Bernstein’s Mass (Assistant Director to Jude Kelly, Royal Festival Hall), Aladdin (Choreographer, Watford Palace Theatre), Sisters (Performer/Movement Director, National Theatre Wales), Bitched (Associate Director, Tristan Bates), Zigger Zagger (Associate Director, Wilton’s Musical Hall), The Rose and the Bulbul (Director, Stockwood Park, Horniman Gardens, Geffrye Museum), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Assistant Director, UK Tour) and Bollywood Carmen (Assistant Choreographer, BBC3). Other credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Changing Minds and Truce (New Wimbledon Theatre) and the London 2012 Olympic Welcome Ceremonies.

Sita creates and facilitates drama, dance and storytelling workshops for people of all ages and has worked for the British Library, Science Museum, Eastside Educational Trust, West End in Schools, and many more. As a film producer/director, Sita created a series of films about Movement for the National Theatre including work with Frantic Assembly that have over 700,000 views on the NT YouTube channel.

She holds a Masters in Movement Direction (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and is a PhD scholar examining issues of cultural diversity in Shakespearean performance (University of Warwick). She is a presenter of Channel 5’s children’s television programme milkshake! and can be seen performing in the UK theatre tour of Milkshake Live: The Magic Story Book.

Research Areas

  • Movement Studies
  • Physical theatre
  • Shakespeare
  • Cultural diversity
  • Casting practices in the UK
  • Postcolonial performances

Qualifications

PhD - ‘In Search of a New National Story’: Issues of Cultural Diversity in the Casting and Performance of Shakespeare in Britain 2012–2016’, University of Warwick

MA - Movement Directing and Teaching, Central School of Speech and Drama

BA – English Literature and Theatre Studies (1st Class), University of Warwick

Courses

Movement: Directing and Teaching, MA/MFA

Other Details

‘Souks, Saris and Shakespeare: Engaging young, diverse audiences at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre’, in The Diverse Bard: Shakespeare, Race and Performance, ed. by Delia Jarrett-Macauley (London: Routledge, 2017)

'The Dog, the Guard, the Horses and the Maid': Diverse Casting at the RSC’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 24, Issue 4, Taylor and Francis, 2014

Much Ado About Nothing dir. By Iqbal Khan (review)’, Asian Theatre Journal, Volume 32, Number 2, Fall 2015

E-mail

sita.thomas@cssd.ac.uk

Twitter

@sitathomas5