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. I was lucky enough to train 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 / Education / 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 and BOVTS.

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 the Adrian Pagan Playwriting Prize. I’ve also loved working as one of the Connections Directors for the past few years 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 regularly facilitate a Chat Back session at the Young Vic – a platform for the discussion and exploration of the theatre’s main productions, attended by directors and designers from the Young Vic’s respective networks.

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

I hugely enjoyed directing WE TOO ARE GIANTS, a beautiful, epic new play by Chinonyerem Odimba, commissioned by Kiln Theatre for their new Community Company (as part of Mapping Brent 2017), alongside working as Associate Director on Patrick Marber’s DON JUAN IN SOHO with David Tennant at The Wyndham’s in the West End.

Most recently, I directed THE DARK ROOM, an award-winning new play by acclaimed Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, for Theatre503. And I was delighted to be nominated as Best Director Finalist in the Off West End Awards 2018.

I’ve just finished working as one of the Associates on the incredible NT Connections 2018 for the National Theatre, before which I had a great time directing the brilliant OUR LADY OF 121st STREET by Stephen Adly Guirgis for BOVTS, as well as the Screenwriters’ Showcase with graduating MA Writers at Soho Theatre for NFTS.

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

Looking ahead, I’m excited to soon start as Associate Director on both the upcoming DON QUIXOTE for the RSC in the West End, and the PINTER AT THE PINTER season in the West End. And I’m thrilled to be directing Alexi Kaye Campbell’s APOLOGIA for The English Theatre Frankfurt in the Spring 2019, alongside which I’ll be continuing to develop several new projects for later into this year and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV November 2018

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