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, teacher, dancer, wrestler – 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. I’m passionate about theatre-making with young people and within the community, having worked as a Director, Workshop Leader and Theatre Practitioner on numerous Creative Learning / Education / Participation projects for the National Theatre, Old Vic, Almeida, RSC and the Kiln Theatre.

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. I’ve also loved working as one of the Connections Directors for the past few years with numerous 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.

I recently enjoyed directing WE TOO ARE GIANTS, a beautiful new play by Chinonyerem Odimba commissioned by the Kiln 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.

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.

Most recently, I directed THE DARK ROOM, an award-winning new play by acclaimed Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, for Theatre503, for which I was 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 keen to forge new creative collaborations – so please feel free to get in touch.

And I’m excited to soon start as Associate Director on the upcoming PINTER AT THE PINTER season in the West End, and am 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 2018 and beyond. 

Audrey Sheffield CV July2018

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