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I have worked in opera houses and theatres across Europe including Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia.


As assistant director at West Yorkshire Playhouse I directed the premiere of Oliver Emanuel's new play on commission, Magpie Park (Guardian critics' pick), and in 2011 I directed Over Gardens Out by Peter Gill at Riverside Studios.


As a writer and performer I co-devised the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe hit show Learn To Play The Ukulele In Under An Hour (How George Formby Saved My Life) ​with comedy writer Donal Coonan.


I am currently writing an opera libretto.

I am a theatre and opera director and writer based in London.


I read Classics at Oxford and studied on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, London.


In 2006-7 I was Assistant Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in 2009-11 Staff Director at Opera North.


In 2011 with designer Annemarie Woods I won the European Opera Directing Prize and the Ring Award. This was only the second time a director from the English speaking world had won either award, and the first time any director had ever won both.

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Carmen, Wermland Opera, March 2019 - (Photograph: Mats Bäcker)


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