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Each year, The Windsor Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing attracts directors, both professional and amateur, who want to play a part in one of the few festivals in the UK which celebrates new writing talent.

Directors For 2014

DIRECTORS pic for 2014 Paula Chitty: is a freelance director/designer/producer of both opera and plays. She also directed for us in 2012 and is about to undertake Shakespeares’s The Comedy of Errors for Chiltern Shakespeare and Leon Cavallo’s Pagliacchi & Beggar’s Opera   for SACO. Opera Credits: numerous and include being assistant director on Anna Nicole/Puccini’s Il Trittico (Royal Opera House) Theatre credits inc: Abigail’s Party, Aykbourne’s Improbable Fiction and Cinderella and the Soul Sisters ( both JL RADA Studios ) www.irrationaltheatre.co.uk

Mary Fitzgerald: has been acting & directing for four decades with many companies and schools inc. ETON COLLEGE, where she taught Eddie Redmayne and Damien Lewis amongst others and has taken many productions to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Richard Elson: In a varied career of directing BBC Drama, Features and West End theatre, Richard’s work often focuses on family and social issues. He directed 3 series of the CBBC spy drama M.I.High for Ireland’s first Christmas Kids feature film A Christmas Star .He has directed for the Fringe three times including the winning play WALKING in 2011 and has since worked with its winning writer Tina Jay on several other works in London Theatres. 2015 sees the release of his documentary Shadow Trade, exposing the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand and Vietnam. www.elsonmedia.com

Directors for 2013

Adam Leon pic Adam Leon: trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has been directing theatre for the last six years. He has worked all over the UK and built a credible reputation as both an actor and director. It was during his training at The Guildford School of Acting that his passion for directing was inspired further by working with the vast array of talent associated with said School. He works all year round on various projects and new writing ventures. He particularly enjoys his youth work over the summer period. His recent credits include: The Tempest, The Minack theatre, Cornwall – Hairspray, Health Idol, London. -Matilda Summer Project, Gable Hall youth project, Hertfordshire. – Romeo & Juliet, The Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Legally Blond Summer Project, Gobstoppers Theatre Company, Hertfordshire. – I Believe, The Queens Theatre, Essex. – The Comedy of Errors, The Minack Theatre, Cornwall.

Sophie Gilpin: is Artistic Director of HeadFirst Productions and Director in Sophie GilpinResidence for the New London Opera Players. Having studied at the University of Warwick, Sophie was involved with the research & development for Sasha Wares’ production of Wild Swans for the Young Vic Theatre, and was Trainee Resident Director at the Kings Head Theatre. Directing credits include: And Then He Came Back (Park 200, Park Theatre); Quys & Laila (Grimebourne, Arcola Theatre); Him, Her & Us (Park200, Park Theatre); When the Last Bird Flies (Theatre503); Don Pasquale (Morley Opera/Bridewell Theatre); Tosca (New London Opera Players); Macbeth (RSC Open stages); Double Falsehood (Warwick Arts Centre Ensemble Room); Hal V, (RSC Dell Theatre). Credits as Associate/Assistant Director include: La Traviata (Iford Arts); Carmen (Riverside Opera/Epsom Playhouse); Otello (Dorset Opera); Cosi, Pagliacci (Kings Head Theatre); King Lear (Trinity Theatre/RSC Open Stages); Tchaikovsky and His Eugene Onegin (Opera by Definition). Future projects include: A Dickensian Christmas (site-specific); La Bohème (HeadFirst Productions); Ot[h]ello (Secret Opera).

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Lorna Pearson-Hall: Lorna trained at Laine Theatre Arts & The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has many acting and directing credits. She is an experienced teacher, choreographer and director and also visiting lecturer at The Arts Educational Schools and Research in Directing at Royal Holloway University.

Directors for 2012

Paula Chitty pic Paula Chitty: is a freelance director/designer/producer of both opera and plays. She also directed for us in 2012 and is about to undertake Shakespeares’s The Comedy of Errors for Chiltern Shakespeare and Leon Cavallo’s Pagliacchi & Beggar’s Opera   for SACO. Opera Credits: numerous and include being assistant director on Anna Nicole/Puccini’s Il Trittico (Royal Opera House) Theatre credits inc: Abigail’s Party, Aykbourne’s Improbable Fiction and Cinderella and the Soul Sisters ( both JL RADA Studios ) www.irrationaltheatre.co.uk

 

Peter-Frank de Wulf : directed our winning plays also in 2008 & 12.Peter Frank-de Wulf pic He studied Photography & Film Direction in Belgium finishing with a BA (Hons) in Film & an HNC in Photography in the UK. During this time his Kodak commercial won a KODAK Student Award in 1999.He has since directed several short films, music videos and idents for Davey Inc. which was nominated for The National Business Awards in 2005.His short film “Mr. Jones” has been selected for the Liquid Room, Video-Art & Architecture Event and by Saatchi &Saatchi for their New Directors Showcase 2009. He has worked extensively in TV inc: “Sugar Rush 2” for Channel 4 which won an Emmy in 2006 and “Harry & Paul “ for the BBC, which won the Comedy Bafta Award in 2009 and “Detectists” which won 2 Baftas.  www.peterfrankdewulf.com
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Natalia Gleason: is Hungarian and graduated in theatre top of her year from the University of Surrey. She has been involved in a number of diverse theatrical projects both in the UK & Hungary: running drama groups for teenagers, being a young writer at Soho Theatre, London, to directing /producing shows & always looking for new challenges. “Theatre is my true passion in all its shapes and forms” She is now living & working in the USA.

Directors for 2011

CHLOE FAINE Chloe Faine: trained at Bristol & London School of Musical Theatre. With directing credits including: A MidsummerNight’s Dream, Fiddler on the Roof, The Legend of King Arthur, Don Juan in Soho and Shared (a radio play starring Rula Lenska).

ANTHONY SHRIBSHALL Anthony Shribshall: Runs his own productions company with many shows touring nationally & internationally. He is the former Artistic Director at Drayton Court Theatre London with numerous credits . Anthony is the Course Leader /Chair for Drama at Northampton Uni.. and has written/published on Samuel Beckett, Theatre d’Complicite’s Jos Houben, Harold Pinter and Vsevolod Meyerhold . He is also a Member of the Director’s Guild of Great Britain.

 

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Richard Elson: In a varied career of directing BBC Drama, Features and West End theatre, Richard’s work often focuses on family and social issues. He directed 3 series of the CBBC spy drama M.I.High for Ireland’s first Christmas Kids feature film A Christmas Star .He has directed for the Fringe three times including the winning play WALKING in 2011 and has since worked with its winning writer Tina Jay on several other works in London Theatres. 2015 sees the release of his documentary Shadow Trade, exposing the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand and Vietnam. www.elsonmedia.com

Directors for 2010

Richard Elson: In a varied career of directing BBC Drama, Features and West End theatre, Richard’s work often focuses on family and social issues. He directed 3 series of the CBBC spy drama M.I.High for Ireland’s first Christmas Kids feature film A Christmas Star .He has directed for the Fringe three times including the winning play WALKING in 2011 and has since worked with its winning writer Tina Jay on several other works in London Theatres. 2015 sees the release of his documentary Shadow Trade, exposing the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand and Vietnam. www.elsonmedia.com

Simon LawSimon Law: His work is well known both locally & internationally with his Director & Musical Director credits including: Annie, The Sound of Music, Oliver, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe as well as pantomimes. In Spain film directing credits inc: Lord of the Flies, Once Bitten Twice Shy and musicals Grease and Bugby Malone. Simon was also principal franchisee for Stagecoach Theatre Arts School.

 

Lorna pearson hall pic 2013 Lorna Pearson-Hall: Lorna trained at Laine Theatre Arts & The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has many acting and directing credits. She is an experienced teacher, choreographer and director and also visiting lecturer at The Arts Educational Schools and Research in Directing at Royal Holloway University.

 

Directors for 2009

Bbarry mccormick's picarry McCormick comes from a theatrical background, his grandfather, mother and father being actors. He went to RADA at the same time as Albert Finney & Peter O’ Toole etc. After a spell at Wimbledon rep, he went into films and ended up as an editor/dubbing editor on feature films at Pinewood, Elstree, Soho, Shepperton and abroad. Barry has directed over 35 productions, mainly for the Windsor Theatre Guild, Award winning Windsor Festival plays, Richings Park, The Slough Operatic Society and the Cookham Arts Festival.

 

Francis Watson Francis Watson has worked across the theatrical gamut embracing opera, musicals  Commedia, Shakespeare and stand-up comedy. He has developed work with members of companies such as Trestle, Complicite and Horse and Bamboo. Directing credits: numerous. Francis has worked extensively with new writers through the London Playwrights Collective at Theatre 503 and the London Fringe. He studied Le Coq Technique under Monica Pagneux in Metz and won a Perrier nomination for comedy stand-up work.

 

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Mark Holliday directed two of our winning playsMr. Percy & King Lear” by Kathleen Kiley(2009) and winning play “Don’t Open the Door” by Richard Roques ( 2006). He is a co-director with Center Stage Partnership, providing actors, facilitators. His directing & Stage credits are numerous.

Directors for 2008

© Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 mail@bartpics.co.uk Pete Gallagher has directed dozens of productions – drama, musicals and variety, many critically acclaimed and award nominated. Aged 25, he took charge of London’s Corona Academy and has since been Director of Musical Theatre in two colleges, and Head of Drama in another. He was a director of Miscellany Theatre Co. and co-founded GAJIT, a theatre master class company.. Pete has huge experience in selecting winning scripts.Writing, Theatre & Directing Credits: inc. Godspell, Cabaret Jesus Christ Super star, & many others. Resident drama coach on Any Dream Will Do for BBC1 training aspiring Josephs in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent show, as well as coaching on Strictly Come Dancing and Gladiators. Pete directed our winner Fairy Lightsby Suzy Clements (2008) and our winning 2007 play “The Last Laugh” by Simon Lynn. He has been performing professionally since 1983. Film &TV credits: Numerous inc. Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls & The Rocky Horror Show.. Directing: includes the critically acclaimed gothic-punk A midsummer Night’s Dream, the 5* musical at Edinburgh Fringe this year. At 25 Pete took charge of the Corona academy of Theatre Arts in London. As a TV Drama Coach: Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream will Do and Gladiators. www.houseofgulliver.co.uk

Lorna pearson hall pic 2013

Lorna Pearson-Hall: Lorna trained at Laine Theatre Arts & The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has many acting and directing credits. She is an experienced teacher, choreographer and director and also visiting lecturer at The Arts Educational Schools and Research in Directing at Royal Holloway University.

 

Peter-Frank de Wulf : directed our winning plays also in 2008 & 12.Peter Frank-de Wulf pic He studied Photography & Film Direction in Belgium finishing with a BA (Hons) in Film & an HNC in Photography in the UK. During this time his Kodak commercial won a KODAK Student Award in 1999.He has since directed several short films, music videos and idents for Davey Inc. which was nominated for The National Business Awards in 2005.His short film “Mr. Jones” has been selected for the Liquid Room, Video-Art & Architecture Event and by Saatchi &Saatchi for their New Directors Showcase 2009. He has worked extensively in TV inc: “Sugar Rush 2” for Channel 4 which won an Emmy in 2006 and “Harry & Paul “ for the BBC, which won the Comedy Bafta Award in 2009 and “Detectists” which won 2 Baftas.  www.peterfrankdewulf.com

Directors for 2007

Joerg Stadler Joerg Stadler: The Fringe were very happy to give Joerg the chance of his first directing work. He trained at the Lee Strasberg Studio London. Acting credits are numerous and inc: Revolver by Guy Richie , Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg and Spy Game by Tony Scott. Major directorial influences: Charlie Chaplin, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg.

 

 

Peter-Frank de Wulf : directed our winning plays also in 2008 & 12.Peter Frank-de Wulf pic He studied Photography & Film Direction in Belgium finishing with a BA (Hons) in Film & an HNC in Photography in the UK. During this time his Kodak commercial won a KODAK Student Award in 1999.He has since directed several short films, music videos and idents for Davey Inc. which was nominated for The National Business Awards in 2005.His short film “Mr. Jones” has been selected for the Liquid Room, Video-Art & Architecture Event and by Saatchi &Saatchi for their New Directors Showcase 2009. He has worked extensively in TV inc: “Sugar Rush 2” for Channel 4 which won an Emmy in 2006 and “Harry & Paul “ for the BBC, which won the Comedy Bafta Award in 2009 and “Detectists” which won 2 Baftas.  www.peterfrankdewulf.com

 

 

© Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 mail@bartpics.co.ukPete Gallagher has directed dozens of productions – drama, musicals and variety, many critically acclaimed and award nominated. Aged 25, he took charge of London’s Corona Academy and has since been Director of Musical Theatre in two colleges, and Head of Drama in another. He was a director of Miscellany Theatre Co. and co-founded GAJIT, a theatre master class company.. Pete has huge experience in selecting winning scripts.Writing, Theatre & Directing Credits: inc. Godspell, Cabaret Jesus Christ Super star, & many others. Resident drama coach on Any Dream Will Do for BBC1 training aspiring Josephs in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent show, as well as coaching on Strictly Come Dancing and Gladiators. Pete directed our winner Fairy Lightsby Suzy Clements (2008) and our winning 2007 play “The Last Laugh” by Simon Lynn. He has been performing professionally since 1983. Film &TV credits: Numerous inc. Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls & The Rocky Horror Show.. Directing: includes the critically acclaimed gothic-punk A midsummer Night’s Dream, the 5* musical at Edinburgh Fringe this year. At 25 Pete took charge of the Corona academy of Theatre Arts in London. As a TV Drama Coach: Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream will Do and Gladiators. www.houseofgulliver.co.uk

Directors for 2006

Shane Davey pic.jpeg Shane Davey served eight years and through two wars before returning to education: An A-level in Film Studies and an Animation Course where he specialised in direction. The British Council selected his graduation film for International Festival distribution. Since then he has shot low budget music videos, short films, test commercials and experimental work in film and photography. His ambition is to direct for the theatre and the Fringe were happy to give him that experience www.shaneshoots.co.uk

 

 

Emma Serlin left the Oxford School of Drama and straight away founded a theatre company in a disused factory in Primrose Hill. Since, she has directed to critical acclaim and won a Award for Best New Director for Lost Theatre Festival at The Courtyard Theatre. She is also moving into script editing for TV.

 

 

Mark Holliday new pic 2013 Mark Holliday directed two of our winning playsMr. Percy & King Lear” by Kathleen Kiley(2009) and winning play “Don’t Open the Door” by Richard Roques ( 2006). He is a co-director with Center Stage Partnership, providing actors, facilitators. His directing & Stage credits are numerous.