1927's The Animals and The Children Took to The Streets
Assistant Director, Touring Director
(2018 - 2019)
Touring UK and Internationally from October 2018.
West Side Story
Associate Director to James Bonas, (2017 – 2018)
As part of a collaboration between the Royal Northern College of Music and Future Stages, this production partnered the RNCM young company with professional actors. As director of the young company, I rehearsed and prepared them to meet this professional standard.
University of Central Lancashire Residencies
The Silver Sword (2017), Director of Puppetry,
Watertight (2014), Assistant Director
Since 2014 I have been a visiting and resident director of musical theatre and puppetry at the University of Central Lancashire. This work introduced me to long-term creative partners Roger Haines and Richard Taylor.
The Go Between, Apollo Theatre West End, Associate and Resident Director (2016)
As Roger Haines’ associate I helped direct the West End debut of this musical including running full company and understudy rehearsals, noting the company directly on five shows a week and working alongside Bill Kenwright’s senior management.
The Girls, Leeds Grand & Lowry Salford, Assistant and Resident Director (2015)
A new musical adaptation of the Calendar Girls story, by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Assisting rehearsals in London, I then creatively managed the piece during its four-month northern run of previews before it transferred to The Phoenix Theatre, London.
The Garage, Norwich,
As part of an evening of scratch performances at Norwich’s Garage, I directed the first installment of an hour-long play entitled, The Soup, a radio play for theatre which also featured my own masks.
PERFORMER & DEVISER
Deviser and Performer, Moon On A Stick Productions, (2017 - date)
Devised and toured two shows, The Abominable Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood to theatres across the UK including Nottingham Playhouse, Blue Elephant, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Norwich Theatre Royal. We are currently researching and developing a new piece for adult audiences. ‘Sticky Tape’ which looks at grief through the eyes of a puppet.
EMBOLON Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre Performer/Deviser (2016)
This is a small cooperative of actors and writers. Our residency at Camden People’s Theatre culminated in the performance of Look Away. We performed our second show, ‘All In’ at The Brighton Fringe in 2017. We test the different levels of engagement available to us within the boundaries of a theatre.
EXP, Camden Fringe, Performer (2015)
At Cambridge University I wrote and performed as part of the Footlights. My cohort has continued to collaborate, producing and performing original plays at venues such as Etcetera Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.
JB Shorts, Assistant Director/Performer (2014)
JB Shorts is one of Manchester’s most exciting theatrical events. Biannually, television and radio writers challenge themselves to write for the stage. I performed in and was assistant director for Peter Kerry’s Icarus Descending.
AMPB Productions, Actor/Deviser
Before graduating I co-founded AMPB, a theatre company of four. For the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival we adapted and performed Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot at the Assembly Rooms, receiving rave reviews from The Times, Broadway Baby and The List. The show was then performed for the BBC.
Mask and Puppetry Commissions
Embolon Theatre - ‘All In’ (The Warren, Brighton Fringe Festival 2017).
Red Rose and Chain Theatre Company – ‘Black Shuck’ (Avenue Theatre, Ipswich)
Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal ‘SumFing’ (Suffolk Tour).
Into The Somewhere
Writer, Performer and Puppet Maker
Supported by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and in collaboration with Rojo Arts, I am developing and piloting an immersive and interactive theatrical experience for primary school children. The piece will be officially launched during the Theatre Royal’s Once Upon A Festival, later this year.
Puppetry in prisons
I have designed and delivered an Arts Award certified course in puppetry with young offenders in prison. The course uses Bunraku puppetry to explore emotions and behaviours ‘once removed’.
FACILITATOR & PROJECT MANAGER
ODD Arts (2013-date)
Since 2013 I have worked as a facilitator, theatre maker and project manager for ODD Arts (winner of The 2014 Spirit of Manchester Award for ‘Most innovative group’). I have managed and delivered over 50 diverse projects for ODD, in schools, prisons (HMP Manchester, Barton Moss Secure Centre, HMP Hindley, Lincolnshire Secure Centre) and for organizations from the Brit Awards to the NHS, honing my theatre making, workshop designing and skills as an educator. I have acted, devised and facilitated in over 100 forum theatre performances.
With the Rubbish Shakespeare Company I toured schools, delivering accessible and highly physical adaptations. As part of the Great Initiative (2016) I go into secondary schools to deliver the Great Men project, designed to challenge conventional and harmful notions of masculinity. I have also designed and delivered inspirational lyric workshops for Drive Forward Foundation, combating young homelessness.
University of Cambridge 2010-2013
BA (hons) History
Told By An Idiot - The Role of the Director in the Devising Process
Strange Face: Making and Performing Half Mask
Noh Budget Films: Theatre of the Oppressed
Odd Arts’ Restorative Justice: Facilitator
Arts Award Adviser: Bronze, Silver, Gold
Roger Haines – email@example.com
Hannah Russell – firstname.lastname@example.org