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 National Theatre. Having previously read for the Bruntwood Prize, 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, I worked as Associate Director on DON QUIXOTE for the RSC, and on PINTER FIVE – part of the PINTER AT THE PINTER season – both in the West End, and I’ve just finished directing Alexi Kaye Campbell’s APOLOGIA for The English Theatre Frankfurt.

I’m thrilled to be a Director for this year’s Old Vic 12 2019, and to be working with Charlotte Josephine on their extraordinary new play, SKIN AND BLISTER.

I’m looking forward to going back to ETF next year – to direct the brilliant and beautiful THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble, and to be working with Alison Carr on her new play, DOGWALKER, supported by an MGCfutures bursary. I’m also excited to be part of TWENTY TWENTY – the Young Vic’s extraordinary year-long project from November 2019 – Nov 2020 – working on a new play with writer Nessah Muthy and a community company from Certitude, as well as to be developing several other new projects for later this year and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV November 2019


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