I’ve always felt that the scene is something that happens in the space between the actors.

Declan Donnellan

Theatre Director

Being an actor and producer of new writing and new work for over 10 years, at the beginning of 2007 I was asked to direct a revival of a production of It’s A Girl! by John Burrows for its upcoming run at an international theatre festival in Romania. At the same time, I read Thin Toes an extraordinary first play by a very talented young writer named Laura Stevens. Even though at that point I was an actor and producer and there was a role I could play in Thin Toes, I felt very strongly I wanted to direct it. So empowered by being chosen to direct It’s A Girl!, I began developing Thin Toes as my first show as a director and the production eventually premiered on the London fringe in 2008.

My process as a director has been greatly influenced by my work as an actor and through watching the productions of theatre companies such as Steppenwolf and so I work closely with actors to release the performer’s freedom on stage in order to create visceral, emotional characters. I have also been influenced by directors and theatre-makers such as Declan Donnellan, Robert Lepage and Katie Mitchell and so collaborate with designers to produce a unique environment in which the actors and audience discover the play.

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