Assistant Director

Assistant Directors play a crucial role within our creative teams at Theatr Clwyd. In turn, our placements provide a vital learning opportunity for young directors. Each year we will work with organisations such as the JMK Trust and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to provide placements, and we also invite applications for two of our productions each year.

Future opportunities to apply to be one of our Assistant Directors will appear on this page, please keep checking for updates.

Katharine Farmer, Assistant Director on Sleeping Beauty, the Rock and Roll Panto

Katharine served as Assistant Director to Zoë Waterman on Sleeping Beauty in 2017. Previous assistant directing credits include Dracula at The Loco Klub (dir. John Walton) and Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic Theatre (dir. Lee Lyford). Katharine used to live in California where she  received two Best Director nominations at the Ovation Awards and most recently  her production of  Gulf View Drive   won Best Production of a Play (large theatre).  Directing credits include:  Kiss Me   by Richard Bean (Wardrobe Theatre);   IncognitoGulf View Drive, See Rock City and Last Train To Nibroc   (Rubicon Theatre Company);  23.5 Hours  (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre);  and  Pig Farm  (St. James Theatre, London). Katharine is also an alum of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directing Drama MA.

“What struck me most about my experience of being an assistant at  Theatr Clwyd was the enormous sense of community that envelopes the building. I loved working at a theatre where there was so much happening and so many people engaging with the work. It really fuelled the creativity in the rehearsal room and the staff took such great care of everyone involved.  I’d never worked on a pantomime  before (especially not a rock and roll panto!) and I learnt so much during the process about how pantomimes are crafted, rehearsed and produced, as well as how large scale technical rehearsals are run. Sitting in on production meetings and during notes sessions were invaluable to my understanding of directing a large scale production and I was so grateful to Zoë for the time she spent explaining her ideas and approaches”. 

Jesse Briton, Assistant Director on Lord of the Flies

Jesse is a writer and director. His credits include: A Pupil (Park Theatre), Reclaimed (UK tour), Derailed (HOME and National Theatre), The Muddy Choir (UK tour), Hiraeth (UK and NZ tour), Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse), and the Fringe First-winning Bound (UK and Australia tour). He is an associate artist at Ovalhouse and a Visiting Director at East 15 Acting School.

Assisting on Lord of the Flies at Theatr Clwyd and Sherman gave me a real insight into the workings of a major producing theatre and the demands placed on a creative team to deliver a timely and prescient revival. It was thrilling, challenging, and exhilarating. I’m already applying the lessons I’ve learnt from it to my own practice.

  Francesca Goodridge, Assistant Director on The Importance of Being Earnest

 Francesca Goodridge trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) achieving a BA Hons in Acting, where she was also awarded the annual ‘Acting Prize’. Francesca has experience as an actress, vocalist, choreographer and director. Francesca is a former Trainee Director of The Other Room Theatre, Cardiff.

Directing/Choreographing credits include: BARK! The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), Adam, Eve and Steve (Kings Head Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe), Shout! The Mod Musical (The Royal Court, Liverpool & Edinburgh Fringe), Secrets (Epstein Theatre), Ticket To Write (Unity Theatre), Shake it Up Baby (Unity Theatre & Royal Exchange Manchester rehearsed reading). Associate director credits include: Sinners Club (The Other Room/Theatr Clwyd). Assistant director credits include; The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatr Clwyd), Constellation Street (The Other Room), Dick Whittington (Torch Theatre), St Nicholas (The Other Room), Love Steals Us From Loneliness (Camden’s People’s Theatre/Chapter Arts). Francesca will also assist Zoe Waterman on Theatr Clwyds Rock n Roll Panto, Dick Whittington this Christmas.

“I am always overwhelmed by the amount of care and support every creative at Theatr Clwyd injects into each company member, not to mention the highest level of skill they have for what they do. I was first introduced to this wonderful theatre during my time with a visiting company (Gagglebabble/The Other Room), working as associate director on Sinners Club, and since then have been lucky to assist Richard Fitch on Theatr Clwyd’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which remains one of the most exciting, creative and fun rehearsal processes I have ever been involved with.  I have learnt invaluable things from working at Theatr Clwyd, which have allowed me to continue to improve my professional development as a director, my approach to theatre, and included me as part of a network which always strives to offer opportunity and quality platforms to those of us who are emerging.”

Charlotte Marigot, Assistant Director on Skylight

Charlotte Marigot is a current M.A in Drama Directing student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She holds a First Class Honour Bachelor Degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance from the University of Roehampton in London. Assistant Director credits include: Queen for a Day (Camden Fringe Festival), The Visitor (Park Theatre), Crystal Springs (Park Theatre), Anna Jordan’s Chicken Shop (Park Theatre) and Our Country’s Good (The Redgrave Theatre, Dir. Gemma Fairlie).
Directing credit include: Dark Matter (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Charlotte is currently directing I Am The Wind by Jon Fosse in an English version by Simon Stephens at The Wardrobe Theatre (Bristol; 16-20 May 2017).

Working on Skylight as an assistant director was a rich and inspiring experience. It was very freeing to work with such a willing and collaborative team of creatives. Everyone worked their hardest for the production to come to life while creating the most securing atmosphere. I enjoyed every moment of it and I will bring this sense of commitment and openness with me everywhere. Thank you for having me as part of your team.

A look at our 2016 Assistant Directors…

Matthew Holmquist, Assistant Director on Insignificance

Matthew graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA Hons in Drama. Whilst at university Matthew founded the Red Oak Theatre Group, a student led performance group, created to give students professional performance opportunities. Directing Credits include: The River (Red Oak Theatre, Loco Bristol), We Had a Black Dog (Red Oak Theatre, Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris), The Last Five Years (Red Oak Theatre, Asylum). Assisting credits include: The Day After (English National Opera, Jamie Manton), Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera, Polly Graham), Le Vin Herbe and Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Opera, Polly Graham), Lighter Than My Shadow (Graphic & The Other Room Theatre, Chelsey Gillard).

Working with the staff at Theatr Clwyd helped me develop my own creative practice. I gained invaluable insights into the production of high quality theatre, whilst learning to push myself as part of a highly skilled creative team.

John Young, Assistant Director on Aladdin

John is a former Resident Assistant Director at The Finborough Theatre and prior to this was on the Emerging Trainee Director Scheme at Theatr Clwyd. Direction includes: To Dream Again (Polka Theatre and Theatr Clwyd), Scattered (Theatr Clwyd, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Tour), We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre), A Place in the Woods (Tristan Bates), The Watchers (Southwark Playhouse), What the Walls Saw and The Thing Is (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Young Company) and Soft Beats the Heart (Theatre503). Assistant Director credits include: The Beggars Opera and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse), Skyhawk the Musical (Theatr Clwyd), Chicken Dust and Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre).

Hannah Noone, Assistant Director on Much Ado About NothingHannah is a member of the JMK Sherman Theatre’s Directors Group, Resident Director for Opera’r Ddraig and founder of Welsh Youth Performance Academy. Directing credits include The Beggar’s Opera, Carmen, Hansel & Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Cinderella (Bute Park Opera, RWCMD) Venus & Adonis (Opera Mint) and Spin it to Gold (Theatr y Crwys). Assisting credits include Pilgrims (Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey), Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal Academy of Music, Dame Janet Suzman), Carmen (Mid Wales Opera, Sir Jonathan Miller) and Olivier award-winning La Bohème (Opera Up Close, European tour, Robin Norton-Hale).

“Assisting at Theatr Clwyd has provided me with the opportunity to work with and learn from an exciting, wide-ranging group of creatives. Not only have I learnt from their collective level of experience, talent and love for what they do, but I’ve also had the most brilliant time doing it.”

Chelsey Gillard, Assistant Director on Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

Chelsey began her career as a Trainee Director at The Other Room, Cardiff’s first pub theatre. Here she assisted on various productions, directed rehearsed readings and made her professional directing debut with Constellation Street. She is also the first recipient of the Young Director’s Development Award at Pontardawe Arts Centre.

“Being part of a large team of creatives all working together to make the show as beautiful and successful as possible was a huge learning opportunity, with each person being generous with their time and mentorship.”

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director on Jumpy

Sarah Bradley has recently graduated with a Masters in Theatre Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is the current artistic director of Octopus Soup Theatre Company. She was awarded the Elsa Roberts Award for Theatre Directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and recently received a commendation for directing Still Here by the Sunday Times National Student Drama Awards.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time working on Jumpy. My favourite part of the process was helping to choreograph and rehearse a burlesque dance routine performed by one of the actors.”