I’m a freelance theatre director with a passion for new work, committed to making theatre that is honest, bold and ambitious.

I initially studied Psychology and Anthropology, followed by an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and have always been fascinated by people, inspired by unknown worlds, and am consistently drawn to the human in the story – often intrigued by the darker corners of our minds and lives. I trained as a theatre director for 3 years with the late Russian director and teacher – Sam Kogan – in London and Moscow. I then continued learning, and developing my practice at the Young Vic, as Trainee Resident Director at the King’s Head, and through invited workshops at the National Theatre Studio, the RSC and with Peter Brook.

Passionate about theatre-making with young people and within the community, I’ve led numerous Creative Learning and Participation projects for the National Theatre, Old Vic, Almeida, RSC and Kiln Theatre. And I’ve recently worked as a Guest Director at drama schools including Mountview, Arts Ed, RCSSD, BOVTS and LAMDA.

Inspired by all things writing and dramaturgy, I co-facilitated the NT New Views London hub for 5 years – a brilliant Playwriting Program for Young People at the National Theatre, and am currently on the reading panel for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. Having previously read for the Bruntwood Prize, National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the Print Room, Theatre503 and as one of the judges for the Adrian Pagan Playwriting Prize. I’ve also loved working as one of the Connections Directors for the past few years, and later as Associate Director with so many incredible young companies on all the amazing new plays that have been commissioned by the National Theatre as part of their extraordinary NT Connections Festival.

I feel lucky to have been voted on to the new Board for Stage Directors UK – looking forward to getting stuck in to everything that’s ahead.

Recent directing work includes – THE DARK ROOM, a multi-award-winning new play by acclaimed Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, at Theatre503 – for which I was thrilled to have been nominated as Best Director Finalist in the Off West End Awards 2017/2018, OUR LADY OF 121st STREET by Stephen Adly Guirgis for BOVTS, and Chinonyerem Odimba’s WE TOO ARE GIANTS for Kiln Theatre, Mapping Brent.

I’m always reading a lot, looking for potential next plays and am keen to forge new creative collaborations, so please feel free to get in touch.

Earlier this year, as Associate Director, I worked on DON QUIXOTE for the RSC and PINTER AT THE PINTER – both in the West End, and I directed Alexi Kaye Campbell’s APOLOGIA for The English Theatre Frankfurt.

I’m thrilled to have been one of the Directors for this year’s Old Vic 12 2019, where I had the joy of working with Charlotte Josephine, developing and directing a reading of their exciting new play, SKIN AND BLISTER.

I’ve just finished directing the brilliant and beautiful THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble at ETF, and am thrilled to be working with Hannah Khalil on her new play, SLEEPWALKING for Hampstead Downstairs. I’m also excited to be part of TWENTY TWENTY – the Young Vic’s extraordinary year-long project, performing in November 2020 – working on a new play with writer Nessah Muthy, alongside developing several other new projects for later this year and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV 2020


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