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ABOUT

For over ten years I have worked as a director in theatre specialising in new writing. I started as an assistant and script reader at the Kings Head Theatre.  I then trained at The Lincoln Centre’s Directors Lab in New York before becoming Artistic Director of Epsilon Productions, where I directed several award-winning shows, including Chicken Shop by Anna Jordan (which won West End Frame’s LONDON fringe production of the year 2016)

 

I have just completed a short film ORIGAMI written by Sumerah Srivastav (Eastenders, Sketching, Bollywood Rose) featuring Pearl Mackie (Dr.Who, ) and Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude) I am currently working with children’s author Rachel Barnett on a new children’s play for the Singapore Repertory Theatre called FLY HIGH with my new company Fly High Stories. Earlier this year I directed RATTLED by Rachel Harper at The Old Red Lion Theatre, London which has been nominated for an off west end award for Best Female Performance and will be transferring to the West End 2020.

 

Over the last two years whilst working on my best (and most tiring) production to date, becoming a Mum, I have worked as a Dramaturge on several new writing projects including THE EDINBURGH TEST by Rachel Harper– dealing with the hidden stories around post-natal mental illness, NORMALITY by Nige Reid and Jules Kleiser – a new comedy musical addressing the continued lack of accountability following the 2008 crash, and SILENCE by octogenarian William Stanton-a family drama dealing with the difficulties of undiagnosed dementia.

 

This year I am an Associate Director for the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, working alongside 300 young companies around the UK to stage their versions of ten commissioned new plays at their home venues as well as one of 30 Partner Theatres. 

 

For the last five years I have worked with Stage Directors UK, the trade organisation for Directors.  Originally a founding Board Member, I then became their Membership Engagement Officer. 

 

I am driven by socio-political new writing and the need to make the world a better place for my child. Dramatic new writing can give someone a way of processing something terrible that is happening in the world; it can reduce them to tears, of grief and of joy. This is the work I strive to make.

 

 

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