What’s in a title?
I direct. I devise. I write. I dramaturg. I facilitate.
I make theatre.
Originally from Essex, I’m now based in Glasgow after training for my BA Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I’m drawn to stories that are innately theatrical; tales of strange places where the rules aren’t quite the same as here and now. Sometimes these places are real, and sometimes not. I aim to tell exciting stories that capture the imagination, encourage reflection and curiosity in how we live, and spark conversation between us all about the complicated issues we experience outside the theatre.
My work is tied to a strong narrative, is physical, visual, and almost always devised. I am heavily inspired by graphic novels and illustration, and this is most present in the movement of my work. I like to create collaboratively, and I’m excited by the areas where disciplines overlap to unlock new ways we can share ideas.
Recently I have been working with artists within a creative process which places design in a co-leader position, deviating from the traditional director-led/script-led processes where design is added later. By positioning direction, design, and playwriting as equal instigators, simultaneously leading and responding throughout, we believe our unique structure creates compelling, innovative, and visually-striking ways we can tell stories. You can find out more about our current work here.
I began my career working as part of the Mercury Theatre Company, a rep company in Colchester staging modern classics. It is this grounding that built the foundations of my values in outward looking, inclusive, community-engaged theatre while striving for excellence. I shadowed, assisted, and worked in many departments within the theatre: I believe it is very important to know the whole machine in order to understand how your cog best fits in. As well a numerous assistant director roles on main-stage productions at the Mercury, I undertook roles in stage management, community and education, ultimately directing and producing new work. During my studies at RCS I took this one step further with a placement at National Theatre Scotland shadowing Laurie Sansom, artistic director, and the senior management team for four months. My skill set is broad, and my understanding is interconnected.
If you would like to chat about a project I have worked on, or a project to be, I’m always open to conversations and coffees.
Header Photo Credits:
Main – Mihaela Bodlovic
About – Amy Kennedy
Workshops – Andy Catlin/YTAS