I’m a freelance theatre director with a passion for new work, committed to making theatre that is rigorous, imaginatively ambitious and emotionally truthful.

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 sides 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 was just 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.

My work as an Associate / Resident Director has included productions with Ian Rickson, Patrick Marber, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Carrie Cracknell, Rupert Goold, Clare Lizzimore, Mark Ravenhill and Elizabeth LeCompte – at the Old Vic, National Theatre, RSC, Hampstead Theatre and in the West End.

Some of my directing credits include – THE DARK ROOM, a multi-award-winning new play by acclaimed Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, at Theatre503, Chinonyerem Odimba’s WE TOO ARE GIANTS for Kiln Theatre, and APOLOGIA by Alexi Kaye Campbell at the English Theatre Frankfurt.

I was selected Best Director Finalist for the Off-West End Awards 2017/2018 (The Dark Room, Theatre503), nominated for The Arts Foundation Awards 2018, and was thrilled to be selected as an Old Vic 12 Director 2019 – developing Charlotte Josephine’s new play, SKIN AND BLISTER, through R&D and with a staged reading at the Old Vic. I also feel very lucky to be a recipient of an MGCfutures bursary 2020, which is supporting me to further develop my practice and work with Sarah Connors on her excellent new Papatango-prize shortlisted play, PUSHING ON OPEN DOORS .

Most recently, I directed the brilliant and beautiful THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble back at ETF again, and am excited to be working with Hannah Khalil on her new play, SLEEPWALKING for Hampstead Downstairs. I’m currently part of the amazing TWENTY TWENTY team – the Young Vic’s extraordinary year-long project – working on a new short film with writer Nessah Muthy and Certitude London, alongside developing several other new theatre and film projects for later this year and beyond. 

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

Audrey Sheffield CV 2020


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