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

Having initially studied Psychology and Anthropology, followed by an MSc in Medical Anthropology, I have always been fascinated by people, inspired by diverse and unknown worlds, and am consistently drawn to the human in the story. I was lucky enough to train as a theatre director with the late Russian director, actor and teacher, Sam Kogan, for 3 years, in London and Moscow, and 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.

I’ve recently worked as a Guest Director at drama schools including Mountview, Arts Ed, RCSSD and BOVTS. And I’m also passionate about theatre-making with young people and within the community, having worked as a Director, Workshop Leader and Theatre Practitioner on numerous projects for the National Theatre, Old Vic, Almeida, RSC and the Tricycle.

Inspired by all things writing and dramaturgy, I worked for 5 years as Co-facilitator for the NT New Views London hub – 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 at the King’s Head. And I’ve loved working as one of the Connections Directors for the past few years on the unique and extraordinary Connections Festival for the National Theatre.

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.

A few months ago, I enjoyed directing WE TOO ARE GIANTS, a beautiful new play by Chinonyerem Odimba for the Tricycle Theatre (Mapping Brent), alongside working as Associate Director on Patrick Marber’s DON JUAN IN SOHO with David Tennant at The Wyndham’s in the West End.

I’m very happy and proud to have been voted on to the new Board for Stage Directors UK, and look forward to getting stuck in to everything that’s ahead.

Most recently, I directed THE DARK ROOM, an award-winning new play by acclaimed Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, for Theatre503, for which I received a Finalist nomination as Best Director in the Off West End Awards 2018.

I’ve just finished 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 currently working as one of the Associates on Connections2018 for the National Theatre, and am also always reading and keen to find potential next plays and forge new creative collaborations (- so please do get in touch), and I’m excited to be developing several new projects for later in 2018 and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV March 2018

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