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theatre making | directing

Examples of Previous Projects

Public - The Musical - by Stroud & Notes

August 2023 

A pop/rock musical about four strangers trapped together in a gender-neutral bathroom.

- Sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Winner of the Charlie Hartill Reserve. BBC Popcorn Prize Runner Up. Soho Playhouse (NYC) Fringe Encore Season Finalist  

- Sold out WIP run at VAULT Festival and winner of the Vault's Origins Award.

Twelfth Night - by William Shakespeare

March 2023

At the Young Actors Theatre Islington. Directing students on the Foundation Acting course, over 12 weeks. Culminated in an internal sharing.

Everyman - by Carol Ann Duffy

April 2022

Production at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, working with third year actors and creatives. Performed in the George Harrison Studio

Vinegar Tom   -   by Caryl Churchill

July - September 2021

An R&D co-led with theatre maker and designer Davy String. We explored the creative possibilities of co-creating a contemporary queer staging of Churchill's piece. The process involved engaging LGBTQIA+ artists and audience in series of online discussions and workshops; curating a digital scratch cabaret; and rehearsing online with a company of queer performers. Supported by Arts Council England.

Some People Feel the Rain   -  by Kieran Knowles

August 2021

A play about sticking together when the world is falling apart. A performed reading in the Den in Leigh. Produced by the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Red Brick, Render  -   by Kieran Knowles

December 2020

A four-part piece about Glebe Street in Leigh. Commissioned for the Manchester Royal Exchange's ‘All I Want For Christmas’ digital project.

Dick Whittington   -  by Sam Knights

January 2019

An original community pantomime, involving workers from the hospitality industry. Performed  for 4 nights at Leicester Square Theatre. Produced by Spellbound Theatrical Productions.

Obsession  -  by Kate Marston

May - June 2018

A new piece of writing exploring obsessive compulsive disorder and interrogating ideas of compromise and control. The piece was first performed at Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival (where I was awarded a prize for my direction) before it transferred to the Katzapce studio theatre for a week’s run.

No Matter Where I Go  -  by Amahl Khouri 

February 2018

This was a performed reading of Amahl Khouri's piece, which gives voice to the experiences of queer womxn in Beirut. Commissioned for the Arcola’s festival of Global Queer Plays.

Girls Like That   -  by Evan Placey

March 2018

A production with Lower Sixth students at Sevenoaks School. Performances included post-show discussions addressing some of the play’s major issues that fell in line with the students’ PSHE curriculum, such as: bullying, peer pressure and behaviour online.

Aladdin   -  by David Armitage

January 2018

An original community pantomime, involving workers from the hospitality industry. Performed for 3 nights at the Arts Theatre in London.

Human Animals   -  by Stef Smith

August 2017

A student production at theSpace Triplex, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

associate | assistant directing

April - May 2024

42 Balloons - by Jack Godfrey 

Associate Director - Hannah Sands
Director - Ellie Coote      
Choreographer -  Alexzandra Sarmiento      Orchestrator/Arranger & Musical Supervisor - Joe Beighton 
The Lowry 18th April - 19th May 2024

Staged Concert at the Vaudeville Theatre - November 2022

July 2022

Spotlight Prize Showcase

Assistant Director - Hannah Sands

Director - Atri Banerjee

June - July 2021

BLOODY ELLE - a gig musical   -  by Lauryn Redding 

Associate Director - Hannah Sands 

Director - Bryony Shanahan.      

August 2022 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe         

June - July 2021 Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre  

WhatsOnStage Nominated for Best Regional Production

April 2011 - March 2012

Connect Fest   -   created by Testament and the Royal Exchange's Young and Elder companies. 

Associate Director - Hannah Sands

Director - Nicki Miles-Wildin

Five 20-minute videos released on YouTube.               Produced by the Manchester Royal Exchange 


February 2020 - March 2020

Wuthering Heights   -   by Andrew Sheridan 

Assistant Director - Hannah Sands

Director - Bryony Shanahan             Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

November 2019 - February 2020

Gypsy    -  Book by Arthur Laurents.     Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 

Assistant Director - Hannah Sands 

Directed - Jo Davies.            Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre 

September 2019 - October 2019

Macbeth - by William Shakespeare 

Assistant Director - Hannah Sands 

Directed - Christopher Haydon.            Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

December 2017 - January 2018

Dear Brutus   - by J. M. Barrie

Assistant Director - Hannah Sands 

Director - Jonathan O’Boyle             Southwark Playhouse 

creative facilitator | workshops 

March 2023 - present.

Young Company & Adult Acting Director

At The Young Actors Theatre Islington, I lead weekly skill sessions for the Senior Young Company (ages 11-18), and the professional adult actors, signed onto YATI's agency. 

September 2022 - present.

Young Company Director - The Rose Theatre, Kingston

Leading weekly sessions for the Rose Theatre's young company (ages 11-14). Rehearsing and staging The Hunting of the Snark (Jan 23), The Forger (Jun 23)  and Gulliver's Travels (Jan 24).

January 2021 - July 2022.

Performing Arts Youth Worker – Legacy Youth Zone, Croydon.

Delivering weekly drama sessions to children aged 8 to 12. These energetic sessions aimed to facilitate a space where the young participants can express themselves, while introducing them to the performing arts.

June  - August 2020

Lead Workshop Facilitator – Spellbound Online

Leading theatrical based workshops for organisations over Zoom, promoting creative thinking, team work, storytelling, as well as encouraging confidence in front of the webcam.

April - June 2021

Creative Facilitator - Manchester Royal Exchange

Running weekly Creative insight Sessions for the Royal Exchange over Zoom. These sessions brought students and young artists into conversations with creatives recently involved at the Exchange, and significantly contributed to the theatre’s level of outreach during the start of the first Covid Lockdown. 

September 2020 - March 2021

Workshop Facilitator – Manchester Royal Exchange

Leading workshops and discussions with schools, around the theatre’s current productions.

Leading workshops for the theatre’s Young Company and Young Makers on acting and directing (ages 14-21).

August - September 2015 

Co-workshop Facilitator – The Rickshaw Theatre Project

The project aimed to contribute to the imaginative development and individual expression of children and young people in India. I lead workshops in puppetry, story-telling, character and ensemble work, and then worked with the young people to create a final performance, encompassing their own ideas and the dramatic forms explored together.

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