I work as a Theatre Director on a freelance basis, and am also Artistic Director of female-focussed theatre company The Thelmas.
I work in two main areas; professional text-based theatre, and in participatory settings particularly within the male prison estate. I have extensive experience working with non-actors from so-called 'hard to reach' groups on devised and text-based performance. I also have a strong track record of working with new writing, both as a director and dramaturg.
My work is strongly informed by my interest in disrupting traditional gendered narratives and tackling big ideas through a feminist lens. I enjoy exploring themes of social justice in surprising and irreverent ways through playfulness with form, and drilling down into common tropes and subverting them.
I find myself most inspired when working with thematic and/or dramatic complexity, humour that is so wrong it's right, and I am not afraid of mess, ambiguity, and risk. Having said that, without rigour it all means very little! I work within a minimalistic, contemporary aesthetic with a naturalistic, psychologically detailed performance style. I am interested in exploring working with sound, film and other digital disciplines.
If you have a project that you think might interested me, please get in touch here
Training & Qualifications
3yr Actor Training - Arts Ed, London
MA Applied Theatre (Distinction) - Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
6 month Practical Film Making - Met Film School, London
Empowering Female Directors - NT Studio (Katie Mitchell)
Analysing Text Study Week - Living Pictures (Mike Alfreds)
Micheal Chekov Intensive Study Week - Living Pictures (Sinead Rushe)
The Role of the Director in the Devising Process - Told by an Idiot (Paul Hunter)
Devising from Text - Complicite (Simon McBurney & Catherine Alexander)
Permission Improbable (Impro with women) - Improbable (Phelim McDermott, Lee Simpson, Angela Clerkin and guests)
Forum Theatre & Theatre of the Oppressed - Cardboard Citizens (Terry O'Leary) & Catherine Pinhorn.
Equity, Directors UK & SDUK Member
Cat A - D Prison Security cleared
Full clean driving license