Justin AudibertJustin Audibert Photo

Justin is Artistic Associate for HighTide Festival Theatre and Red Ladder. Recent directing credits include Beached by Melisa Bubnic (Marlowe Theatre, Soho Theatre), Hamlet (Watermill Theatre), Wingman by Richard Marsh (Soho Theatre, Pleasance), Raymondo by Annie Siddons (BAC, Summerhall, Pulse Festival) World Enough And Time by Sarah Sigal, the Papatango New Writing Prize Winner Unscorched by Luke Owen (Finborough Theatre), The Fu Manchu Complex (Oval House), A Season In The Congo: Parallel Project (Clare, Young Vic), Wrong’ Un by Boff Whalley (Red Ladder), Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Gate Theatre), The Tempest (RSC Shakespeare in a Suitcase), Future Regrets by Roz Wyllie (live theatre / RSC), Armley The Musical by Boff Whalley (Interplay) and Company Along The Mile by Tom Bidwell (WYP / Arcola). In 2012 he was the Acting Coach for the finalists of BBC 2’s Shakespeare Off By Heart. He was the recipient of the 2012 Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors from the National Theatre Studio.

Sophie AustinSophie Austin

Sophie is Artistic Director at Teatro Vivo and Creative Associate at Dash Arts. Her recent directing credits include Mother Courage and her Children staged around the Woolwich Arsenal, The Hunters Grimm, a devised show currently touring and The Odyssey, an urban adventure. She has created work for the Young Vic, Royal Court, Barbican and Roundhouse amongst others.
Sophie has just set up SHH Productions with the aim of making bold and beautiful films that have an international flavour and a female focus.

 Jeremy Herrin (Co-chair)Jeremy Herrin

Jeremy is currently Artistic Director of Headlong, he was previously Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court (2009-2012) and Associate Director at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne (2000-2008).
Theatre directing credits include: The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court); Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (RSC/West End); That Face, Tusk Tusk, No Quarter, Hero, Kin, The Heretic, The Priory, The Vertical Hour (all Royal Court); Another Country (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); This House (National Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); South Downs (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre); Absent Friends (West End); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe). Jeremy was also named as one of ‘The Stage’ Top 100 in 2014.

James MacdonaldJames Macdonald

James was associate and deputy director of the Royal Court from 1992 – 2006. Since then he has directed productions at the Donmar [Roots], the National Theatre [Dido Queen Of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Exiles], the Almeida [A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day], Hampstead Theatre [The Arrest Of Ai Weiwei], the Royal Court [The Wolf From The Door, Circle Mirror Transformation, Cock, Love And Information] and in the West End [Glengarry Glen Ross]. In New York he has worked for the PublicTheater, the Lincoln Center, NYTW and for MTC on Broadway.
He also directed the film version of A NUMBER for HBO/BBC.

Phelim McDermottPhelim McDermott

Phelim has been directing and performing since 1984. Credits include Improbable Tales (Nottingham), The Government Inspector (WYP), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ESC), and Shockheaded Peter. He co-founded IMPROBABLE in 1996, productions including multi-award-winning 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Animo, Coma, Spirit, Sticky, Cinderella, The Hanging Man, and Theatre of Blood (NT). At the Metropolitan Opera NY, he recently directed the world premiere of Enchanted Island, Satyagraha and the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala. At the ENO, Satyagraha, The Perfect American both by Philip Glass, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Improbable were awarded the Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for their ground-breaking Open Space event: “Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?”
Phelim has won a Time Out Director’s award, An Obie award and an Olivier Award. He improvises with The Comedy Store Players and is an honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.

David MercataliDavid Mercatali Photo

David is Associate Director of Southwark Playhouse. In 2011 he was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Outstanding Newcomer Award for his production of the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm. Other work with Philip Ridley includes Fringe First award winning Dark Vanilla Jungle (Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre), Feathers in the Snow (Southwark Playhouse) and Moonfleece (Riverside Studios and Tour). Other credits include: world premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Ajax and Johnny Got His Gun(Southwark Playhouse), Black Jesus (Finborough), Sochi 2014 (Hope Theatre), Someone to Blame (King’s Head) and People’s Day (Pleasance Theatre).

Kate Saxon (Co-chair)Kate Saxon

Kate has been a freelance theatre director for over 15 years and was also Associate Director of Shared Experience from 2000 – 2012. Credits include: The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park); The Real Thing (West Yorkshire Playhouse/English Touring Theatre); The Years Between (Theatre Royal Northampton – nominated in British Theatre Awards); The French Lieutenant’s Woman premiere (Fulton Opera House, USA & UK national tour); Chains of Dew (Orange Tree); Far From The Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre) and Nine Parts of Desire (The Public, New York & The Wilma, Philadelphia – winner of 3 Barrymore awards in USA).

Kate has developed new work for The Royal Court, The Bush, Arcola, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and The Public, New York. For television, Kate directs Eastenders. Kate also directs performances for animation games; titles include BAFTA winning Fable II.

Lyndsey Turner

Lyndsey is an Associate Director at the National Theatre. She has worked at the Royal Court, Donmar, Almeida, Lyric, National Theatre, Bush, Gate and on Broadway.



Lisa Spirling

Lisa is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre503 London. Previously she was the coordinator of the JMK Trust Regional Director’s Program and a founder of Buckle for Dust Theatre Company.
Directing Credits Include:- Jumpy by April De Angelis(Theatr Clwyd), Ken by Terry Johnson, Pine by Jacqui Honess-Martin, Deposit by Matt Hartley, Fault Lines by Ali Taylor, I Know How I Feel About Eve by Colette Kane (Hampstead Theatre); Hello / Goodbye by Peter Souter (Singapore Rep Theatre) The Nine O’Clock Slot (Ice & Fire Theatre Company / Red Gallery); Donkeys’ Years and Here by Michael Frayn(Rose Theatre); The Garden of Ms Harriet Figg by Matt Hartley(Old Vic Theatre 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala); Enron by Lucy Prebble(West End Recast & UK Tour), Idiots of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh / Arts Theatre); Hundreds & Thousands by Louise Ramsden (Buckle For Dust / English Touring Theatre / Soho Theatre); Cotton Wool by Ali Taylor ( Buckle for Dust / Theatre503 – Meyer Whitworth Award Winner) Terminal Four Play by Julian Woolford (Theatre503 at Latitude Festival); Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti(Alley Theatre, Texas); The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler and Gas and Air by Louise Ramsden (Pleasance, London).

Matthew WarchusMatthewWarchus

Matthew’s film credits include: Pride (Calamity Films/Pathé) & Simpatico (Atlantis Films) starring Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone and Albert Finney.
Theatre credits include: Matilda The Musical, Ghost: The Musical & La Bete (Broadway & West End); Deathtrap, Our House, The Lord of the Rings, Endgame & Much Ado About Nothing (West End); The Norman Conquests, God of Carnage, Boeing Boeing & Art (Broadway & West End);  Speed the Plow (Old Vic); Buried Child & Volpone (National Theatre); Follies (Broadway); Life x3, (National Theatre, Old Vic & Broadway); True West (Donmar Warehouse & Broadway); The Unexpected Man (RSC, West End & Broadway);  Hamlet & Henry V (RSC); Betrayal, Death of a Salesman & Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse).  Opera credits include: Falstaff & Cosi Fan Tutte (ENO) and The Rake’s Progress (ROH & WNO). Matthew has just been announced as the new Artistic Director of the Old Vic, London.

Robyn Winfield-SmithRWS Headshot (Jiri Rezac) (3)

Robyn is based as Associate Director at brand new arts centre Omnibus, where she last year directed the inaugural production, an Arts Council England-funded centennial adaptation of Woyzeck. In 2012, she directed the Off West End Award-nominated UK Premiere of Howard Barker’s Lot And His God (Print Room), and assisted on the world premiere of Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar). She previously trained as a Resident Director on the pioneering Edward Bond season at the Cock Tavern and assisted Lucy Bailey on Kingdom of Earth at the Print Room. She recently curated a new writing festival at Omnibus, and directed short play, Alban’s Garden at Theatre503. Forthcoming work includes a Howard Barker Double Bill at the Arcola (Nov-Dec 2014) and a new adaptation of a rarely-performed European play at Omnibus in 2015.


Sam Brown (Opera)Sam Brown

Sam is an opera and theatre director based in London. He read Classics at Oxford and completed the MFA in Theatre Directing  at Birkbeck College, London. He was assistant director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and staff director for Opera North. In 2011 with designer Annemarie Woods he won the European Opera Directing Prize and the Ring Award. He made his opera directing debut at the Bavarian State Opera with the Kinderoper Sigurd the Dragonslayer by Andy Pape, and he has directed operas, plays and musicals in the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

His world premiere production of Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest in Nancy, France, won the Opera Now Premiere of the Season 12/13 award. In December 2013 he was profiled by Opera Magazine in their ‘Directors Edition’ alongside Graham Vick, Barrie Kosky, and Patrice Chereau and in 2016 was interviewed by Opera Now Magazine as one of their ‘Rising Stars’.

 Martin Berry (Midlands)MB directing 1

Martin is currently associate director at Lakeside Arts Centre. Recent credits include: Macbeth, Harvest, Richard the Third (Italia Conti, London), The Last Five Years (Brewery Theatre/Lakeside), The Lonesome West (Alma Tavern), A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Lysistrata, Oh What a Lovely War, Little Shop of Horrors, Doctor Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside), The Mod Crop (Theatre Royal), Savage Children, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic and tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End and tour), Hammer of Defiance (Galleries of Justice), Terrorism (Greenwich Playhouse), To Kill A Mocking Bird with Harriet Walter (Bath Literature Festival) and The League of Youth, Our Man in Havana (Nottingham Playhouse).
Credits in TV and radio include associating on The Archers for Radio 4.

In 2015 Martin will be developing new productions of Oedipus Rex, The Wiz and Neverland, as well as a revival of his production of Michael Eaton’s All Schools Should Be Art Schools. His production of Hubbub with Aurora Orchestra is touring throughout 2015/16, and he will be working with them on a new Beethoven concert production at the Royal Festival Hall in 2016.

Martin is an international examiner for Trinity London, including extensive work in Asia.

Kirstie Davis (South West)kirstie.davis

Kirstie has worked at many theatres around the country including the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Salisbury Playhouse. For six years she was the Associate Director and then Acting Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre. Plays included: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Crucible in History, Mother Courage and her Children, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Daughter-in-Law and Top Girls. She has also directed Fable and Brecht’s Lehrstucke for the Nuffield Theatre and she ran the Studio Theatre at Cheltenham Everyman where she directed Man to Man and led on their New Writing, Outreach and Professional Mentoring programmes.
Since joining Forest Forge as Artistic Director in January 2009, Kirstie has directed Around The World In 80 Days, Ashputtel – the Cinderella Story, Free Folk (2009), For The Record, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Peeling, The World Outside, The Phoenix and The Carpet, Bloom, Midnight is a Place, The Boy at the Edge of the Room, Free Folk (2013), Anne of Green Gables, Battle Lines Woman of Flowers, Stardust and Hansel and Gretel. www.forestforge.co.uk

John Garfield-Roberts (North West)John.Roberts (2) small

John is Artistic Director of Monsta Productions based in Liverpool and was a finalist in the 2015 Regional Young Theatre Directors Scheme. Recent directing credits include: Kissing Frogs (North West Tour), Pinocchio (Altru Drama), Christmas in New York (Palace Theatre – Manchester & West End), Momentous Musicals starring Gareth Gates and John Owen Jones (No1 UK Tour); The Games (Spike Theatre UK Tour); The Myth of Escape (Happystorm Theatre UK Tour); Theatre Uncut (Drawlight Productions at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool). John also has over 10 years directing & workshop experience with youth theatre and community groups around the country.  John recently worked as Assistant Director to Paul Hunter on The Ghost Train – a Royal Exchange Theatre and Told by an Idiot co-production.


Simon Harris (Wales)Simon.Harris

Simon trained at RADA. Until 2007, Simon was Artistic Director of the national company for new writing in Wales – Sgript Cymru. He followed this with participation on the Clore Leadership Programme. He has been an Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award winner, an Associate at the Torch Theatre and is now the founding Director of Lucid. He is an award-winning theatre director with a professional track record as a producer both within organisations and as an independent for over twenty years.



Jonathon Humphreys (South East)Jonathan Humphreys

Jonathan is a freelance director. He trained at Drama Centre London before working as an assistant director at the National Theatre and RSC. He was awarded the Regional Young Theatre Director bursary in 2010 to Sheffield Theatres. His productions include: Romeo and Juliet, Boeing Boeing, The Village Bike, Happy Days (Sheffield Theatres); The Circus (Invisible Dot); The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator); Krapp’s Last Tape, Spoonface Steinberg (Hull Truck); Unknown Warriors (NT/Waterloo Festival); Mojo Mickybo (Trafalgar Studios); Moscow Live (Hightide). His first short film, The Send Off, was commissioned by BBC and has played at festivals internationally.

Jemima Levick (Scotland)Jemima.Levick.3.bmp (2) small

Jemima has been joint Artistic Director at Dundee Rep Theatre since 2013, and prior to that was Associate Director for 3 years. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and also on a Scottish Arts Council Traineeship with the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. She has won and been nominated for a number of awards and has directed more than 16 productions at the Rep, most recently The Glass Menagerie, James and the Giant Peach and Emily Mouse’s Christmas Tales. Prior to joining the Rep she worked freelance as a director and producer with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre,The National Theatre of Scotland, The Tron, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Perissology Theatre Productions, Borderline, Grid Iron Theatre Company, The Traverse and Paines Plough.

Mark Rosenblatt (Yorkshire)Mark Rosenblatt (1)

Mark has been Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse since 2013. He was Studio Associate at the National Theatre (2011 -13), ran Dumbfounded Theatre from 2001 as well as working as a freelancer director. Mark is a Trustee for the JMK Young Directors Trust, an association he has maintained since winning the JMK Award in 1999. He has directed productions for Oxford Stage Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, WYP, Northampton Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, the Young Vic, English National Opera, Hightide Festival, Sheffield Theatres, amongst many others. He has also directed for BBC Radio and written for film.


Jonathon Carr (Assistant Directors)Jonathon Carr

Jonathon is a freelance director and writer. His directing credits include a critically acclaimed production of Line (Stephen Joseph theatre) and he won the Off Cut festival award with In A Box (Riverside studios). Other credits include: HTTT (Old Vic Theatre), 20 Moments (Almeida Theatre), Puddles (Three and Ten). He also works as an associate director with Fat Git Theatre. His assistant work includes director Steven Berkoff on his play Religion & Anarchy, and the companies Theatre Ad Infinitum and Coney.