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.

Tom Hughes is one of the most imaginative and dynamic directors emerging from his generation. He galvanises his collaborators and empowers his actors to an inspiring degree. He is a theatre maker and theatre thinker of immense promise.
— Simon Stephens
Working with Megan Pemberton (photo: Helen Murray)

Working with Megan Pemberton (photo: Helen Murray)


Tom Hughes

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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