CROMWELL (Director)

I am a freelance director, I am interested in making work professionally and with the wider community through new writing, devised work and adapted classic texts. Most recently I have directed new writing for the Bush Theatre, Talawa Theatre and Company Three.  I have been the Participation Director on the Spalding Suite for Fuel. A director for rehearsed readings with Synergy Theatre and at the Bush. Leading workshops for Company Three, the Tricycle Theatre and the Royal Court. I am a Script reader for the National Theatre and an NT Connections Director. I am also Artistic Director for Twisted Theatre, a diverse collective of artists making theatre in immersive and site responsive ways.

Previously I was Young company Director at the Bristol Old Vic from 2009 –  2014, responsible for 350 young people engaged in weekly theatre making sessions. I championed more diversity within the young company collaborating with schools and other organisations across the city to target a wider demographic of membership. I developed the pioneering initiative: Made in Bristol, a one year part time apprenticeship scheme which nurtures a group of 18-25 year old theatre makers. This scheme now in its sixth year led to the formation of the award winning Wardrobe Ensemble. My production of Our Country’s Good won three awards at the National Student Drama Festival. I directed two productions selected to perform at the National Theatre for connections and their pop up space. I directed the sell-out show Pigeon English adapted for the stage from the Man Booker prize-nominated novel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. In 2014 I was invited to be a guest director at the College of Charleston, USA.

As Director

Death of a Salesman (co-director with Marianne Elliott) Young Vic/Piccadilly Theatre
Half Breed Talawa Theatre/Soho Theatre/British Council tour of India
The Love of a Nightingale Bristol Old Vic Young Company (Bristol Nightclub)
The Rest of Your Life Bush Theatre/ Bar FM
All the Colours (Black Lives, Black Words) Bush Theatre
Wired Company Three: Platform
Magic Elves Bristol Old Vic
Death and Treason Twisted Theatre: South West tour
Still Lives Mulberry Girls School/Tamasha Theatre
Dancing at Lughnasa College of Charleston, USA
Talon Bristol Old Vic Young Company
Pigeon English Bristol Old Vic at Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
The Life After Bristol Old Vic Young Company
Hey Diddle Diddle Bristol Old Vic
I Would Not Bristol Old Vic at National Theatre Pop Up Space
Shifting Voices Prince's Trust: Bristol Old Vic
Children of Killers Bristol Old Vic at National Theatre Connections
Sense The Wardrobe Ensemble: Bristol Old Vic
Our Country's Good Bristol Old Vic Young Company: NSDF
Fallen Bristol Old Vic Young Company: Bristol Harbour Festival
BRAVE Bristol Old Vic Young Company: Bristol Old Vic
Persephone Bristol Old Vic Young Company: Bristol Old Vic

As Assistant/Associate Director

Company (associate to Marianne Elliott) Gielgud Theatre
A Monster Calls (associate to Sally Cookson) Bristol Old Vic/Old Vic Theatre
Angels in America (associate to Marianne Elliott) National Theatre / Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway
Strife (assistant to Bertie Carvel) Chichester Minerva Theatre
An Enemy of the People (assistant to Howard Davies) Chichester Festival Theatre
hang (assistant to debbie tucker green) Royal Court
Coram Boy (associate to Melly Still) Colston Hall
Swallows and Amazons (assistant to Tom Morris) Bristol Old Vic
Faraway (assistant to Simon Godwin) Bristol Old Vic