WINNER OFFIES BEST DIRECTOR 2017
BURSARY WINNER MGC FUTURES 2018
I am a theatre director and writer with a background in film.
I make bold new theatre for adventurous & open-minded audiences.
I have worked for National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, Young Vic, Southwark Playhouse and several drama schools.
I grew up in the Scooby Doo seaside town of Folkestone in Kent. As a teenager, I played, sung & toured with various punk rock bands. This gave me a DIY ethic and a love of intimate and energetic performance. I work to instil these qualities into theatres.
In 2009 I was awarded a PhD in Film Studies at Warwick University, where I completed a dissertation about the director Richard Linklater and digital technologies. I am still very influenced by film.
In 2013, I was one of 14 people invited to be on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course. And in 2017 I won the Off-West End Offie Award for Best Director for my production of Gregory S Moss's 'punkplay'.
In addition to my main directing work, I have also worked as a staff or assistant director to Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre), Michael Longhurst (Caroline, or Change Playhouse Theatre; Amadeus, National Theatre), Carrie Cracknell (A Doll's House, Young Vic), Wils Wilson (I Want My Hat Back, National Theatre) and Nancy Meckler (Brontë, Shared Experience). In 2015, I was invited to the Munich Kammerspiele to observe Sebastian Nübling's rehearsals for Camino Real. Between 2009-2011 I studied with Living Pictures, where I took workshops with Katie Mitchell, Mike Alfreds and Elen Bowman.
I am experienced in working on new plays, old plays, musical theatre and devised work. I work very closely with actors to find their own connection to a text, and to find & communicate a text's core to a contemporary audience.
I am an experienced education practitioner: I regularly work for National Theatre Learning & National Theatre Connections, and I have also run education workshops for the Young Vic and Southwark Playhouse. I specialise in working with teenagers.
I also watch up to 8 hours a week of professional wrestling. I know it's pre-determined. Don't judge me, alright?
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