For Presence Theatre Simon's productions include CHORALE - A Sam Shepard Roadshow, If So, Then Yes and Warm. Staged Readings include They Have Given Us The Land, You Can't Hear Dogs Barking & Luvina, Perkin Warbeck, Uncle Vanya and, as co-director, The War in Heaven. He co-led the Reading Group Live! event at the Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival, the Performance of Directing workshops at Rose Bruford College and the workshops and discussion sessions at Dreams Before Dawn Festival in Paris.
He has also directed The Tempest, The Dead Dogs and Ivy and Joan at The Print Room, The Complaint at Hampstead Theatre and Making the Sound of Loneliness for Actors Touring Company at Latitude Festival. He has also staged major productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in London’s West End. He has been Artistic Director at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Associate Director of the Leicester Haymarket.
Further credits include The World’s Biggest Diamond, Herons, Mother Teresa is Dead and Black Milk (Royal Court), King Baby and Tamar’s Revenge (Royal Shakespeare Company), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre), Timon of Athens, The Broken Heart, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale (Leicester Haymarket), Pond Life, Not Fade Away, The Mortal Ash and Card Boys (The Bush), Burning Everest and Exquisite Sister (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Mr Puntilla and His Man Matti and Holes in the Skin (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot, Hamlet and Whole Lotta Shakin’ (Coventry Belgrade), Great Balls of Fire (Cambridge Theatre, West End), No Man’s Land (English Touring Theatre) and The Wolves (Paines Plough
Colin Ellwood ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
For Presence Theatre Colin created and co-led the Performance of Directing workshops at Rose Buford and the workshops and discussion sessions at Dreams Before Dawn Festival in Paris.
He was administrator of the Scottish Society of Playwrights 1988-90 and in the same period founded Opening Acts, a T.I.E. company which toured Scotland. Freelance directing included new writing for the Traverse and a local community TV project that won the Royal Television Society ‘Best Dramatised Production’ for 1989. He joined the RSC in 1991 as an Assistant Director, developing and staging projects for the education and new writing department, including Sybil and Waiting for Godot. In 1994 he set up Strangers’ Gallery, a company exploring exile and estrangement. Productions included UK premieres of Lope de Vega’s Jewess of Toledo and The Innocent Child in collaboration with early music ensemble The Dufay Collective, a series of absurdist underground Argentinian plays Tietro Abierto and the premiere of the newly-discovered original version of Rattigan’s Separate Tables.
He was Programme Director of the Directing BA at Rose Bruford College, building a series of projects and commissions in collaboration with Simon Stephens and Simon Usher, and has also directed at other major British drama schools. Other directing work includes performances at Soho Theatre, the Finborough, Shakespeare's Globe and Norwich Cathedral, while extensive workshop experience includes leading sessions at the V&A Theatre Museum and the Actors’ Centre.
Caitlin McLeod ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
Caitlin co-led the Reading Group Live Live! event at the Nottingham European Arts And Theatre Festival for Presence Theatre.
She was Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 2011-12, is currently a member of the OLD VIC 12 and Associate Director with HighTide and Cardboard Citizens and is setting up new company the Coterie, to help female writers explore daring ideas.
Caitlin's directing work includes Home Truths (Cardboard Citizens), One Flea Spare (Playhouse Creatures, New York), A Further Education (Hampstead Downstairs), BRENDA (HighTide and The Yard), POLAR BEARS (West Yorkshire Playhouse), And I And Silence (Signature Theater, New York), The Malcontent (Shakespeare's Globe), CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre), FACTS, And I And Silence, Northern Star (Finborough Theatre), The Children's Hour (Royal Welsh College), The Red Set, Mahua (The Royal Court, readings), Escalator Plays (HighTide), Love, Love, Love (La Mousson d'été Festival and Théâtre du Rond-Point), One Short Sleepe (Southbank Festival), The Lady's Not For Burning, Elephant's Graveyard (Warwick Arts Centre Studio) and Slaughter City (RSC reading). As Associate/Assistant Director, Caitlin's work includes Strange Interlude (National Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe), Love and Information, In Basildon, Love, Love, Love, Haunted Child (The Royal Court), Matchbox (Hampstead Theatre) and The Talented Mr Ripley (Royal and Derngate)
Anna Mors ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Recently completed an MA programme in Arts and Cultural management from King's College London. Previously a recipient of The Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust Bursary in 2008, The Rose Bruford Directing Bursary in 2011 and 2012, and The Kevin Spacey Foundation grant in 2013. Her debut play, Hannah, was awarded a joined runner-up place for the New Writing South New Play Award at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2010. Occupied by Carla Grauls, staged in April 2014 received very positive reviews and was nominated to two Off West End Theatre Awards. Anna first trained acting in Poland and after that theatre directing at Rose Bruford College, where she gained First Class BA Directing degree in 2009. Other directing credits include: I am Gavrilo Princip by Oliver Yellop (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch), Lest We Forget by Marcia Zanelatto (Theatre503, Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris), The Frame by Michael Bhimm (Soho Theatre Upstairs) Showmance by Anna Jordan (Theatre503), A Night Out by Harold Pinter (Rose Bruford College), Someone Like You by Anna Jordan (Theatre503, PLAYlist) Sid by Matt Cunningham, Coming Home by Anna Jordan, (Theatre503: Rapid Write Response), Friends and Family and Other People by Sean Buckley and David Watson (BAC), Holloway Road by Darren Murphy (Theatre503, Urban Scrawl), Dead Dog at Dry Cleaners by Angelica Liddell (Pleasance Theatre).
Deborah Yhip - ASSOCIATE ARTIST
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