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

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 and RCSSD. And I’m also passionate about theatre-making and facilitating with young people and the community, having been a Workshop Leader and Theatre Practitioner on varied projects for the National Theatre, Old Vic, Almeida, RSC and the Tricycle.

Inspired by all things writing and dramaturgy, I am enjoying my fifth year as Co-facilitator for the NT New Views London hub – a brilliant Playwriting Program for Young People at the National Theatre, and am on the reading panel for the National Theatre. Having previously read for the Bruntwood Prize, Hampstead Theatre, the Print Room and Theatre503, I was also on the Judging Panel for the Adrian Pagan Playwriting Prize at the King’s Head. And I’ve loved being one of the National Theatre Connections Directors for their incredible 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.

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, and was thrilled to be nominated as Best Director for the Off West End Awards 2017.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to be working as Associate Director on NT Connections 2018 for the National Theatre, and to be developing several new projects for the end of this year and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV 2017

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