Guest Directors

Natasha Kathi-Chandra

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Training:

BA (hons) Film Studies & Creative Writing, Queen Mary University of London

Piano Forte (Grade 6) and Singing (Grade 8), Keys Western Music Academy, Associated Board for The Royal Schools of Music

 

Natasha is a director and writer from India and London. She won "Most promising Young Director" and reviewed a "Teenage Sensation" while directing with her Youth Theatre company in Hyderabad, India that she founded age 17. She ran it as Artistic Director for 5 years, alongside qualifying in the UK. She is currently a Facilitator and Workshop Leader for the Creative Learning Program at The Park Theatre and is Artistic Director of her company Namashkar Arts. 

Directing Credits include:

Om Shanti F*ck (&writer) / Doll Face (Camden People's Theatre - upcoming, Arcola Theatre), Sad About the Cows (Caspa Arts Productions for Tristan Bates Theatre), Mummy Dearest (Tabard Theatre), Here She is (female led show case, Peckham Theatre), Om Shanti F*ck (&writer RichMix), Symbiosis (&Producer- Script Accelerator Program Park Theatre), Voices of The Movement (Park Theatre), The Infinite Line between Dating and Dying (& writer The White Bear & Etcetera Theatre), Checkmate (&writer), The Crucible, Alexander: Rising of The Great, Les Miserables, Simba, The Lion King (various, Hyderabad, India). 

Assistant Directing Credits include:

The Woods at The Royal Court, The House of in Between at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Natasha is currently associate director for Kali Theatre.

For Caspa Arts:
The Scratch, October 2018 - Game Over by Janice Hallet & Snowing by Lizzie Fitzpatrick.

The Scratch, February 2019 - Full Circle by Michelle Payne.

The Scratch, June 2019 - The Loop in My Tress Sings This Song by Britny Virginia.

Lauren Dickson

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Training: 

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Directors Scheme. MA Theatre Directing, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

 

Lauren is a director from Liverpool with particular interest in straight plays with a political edge, physical theatre, and working with new writers.

Lauren studied Drama at university, going on to be a part of the Everyman and Playhouse emerging directors scheme where she worked alongside directors such as Nick Bagnall, Chris Tomlinson, and Gemma Bodinetz. Her professional directorial debut was Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Everyman Theatre). Lauren co-wrote and directed Narky Marky the Narcoleptic which premiered in 2014. Other directing credits include Hummingbird by Marcus McManus (Lion and Unicorn), Orphans by Dennis Kelly (Unity Theatre) Confidence by Judy Upton (Mountview) and most recently Luke Barnes’ No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Karamel N22).

 

Assisting Credits include: Oliver! (New Wimbledon Theatre)

(Whilst training): Boris (Everyman Studio) Live Like Pigs, Brigadoon and Six Characters (Mountview).

For Caspa Arts:

The Scratch, October 2018 - Me. She. We by Natasha Kathi-Chandra & The Body Washer by Rosemary Frisino-Toohey

Lizzie Fitzpatrick

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Lizzie Fitzpatrick is a writer and director based in London, working on plays in the London Fringe and beyond. After working in Art Galleries and Theatres, Lizzie took a Short Course in Directing with Central School of Speech and Drama and has been working freelance for just over a year. She has recently completed a play with Soho Theatre Writer's Lab.

She has a vested interest in bold new writing, especially LGBTQ+ and female narratives.

For Caspa Arts

The Scratch, October 2018 - Jay by Michelle Shortland & Breathing Space by J Jackman 

The Scratch, February 2019 - Face Time by Jill Hucklesby

The Scratch, June 2019 - Walk of Shame by Amelia Marshall-Lovsey & Stephanie Silver

Olivia Munk

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Olivia is a director and producer originally from Queens, New York City.

 

She attended Harvard University, where she studied English and directed six productions, ranging from plays to musicals to operas. She then earned her Master's at the University of Oxford, where she studied Modernist English Literature and co-directed the university's national tour musical, STOP.

 

In 2017 she co-founded Part of the Main, a theatre company dedicated to advancing female creatives in the industry, and produced The Squirrel Plays in 2018 at the Wandsworth Arts Festival, Theatre503, and the Edinburgh Fringe.

 

She recently was a creative assistant on Heathers at The Other Palace and Theatre Royal Haymarket, and serves as Interim General Manager at Outside Edge Theatre Company

For Caspa Arts:

The Scratch, October 2018 - The Robbing Class by Michelle Payne & The Selfie Portrait by Ollie George Clark.

The Scratch, February 2018 - Our Big Love Story by Amelia Marshall-Lovesy & Stephanie Silver.

Lizzie Manwaring

Lizzie is a Welsh/American director who grew up in Germany and is now training on Birkbeck’s MFA in Theatre Directing

Directing Credits include: 

Bible John (Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Upcoming), The Woman Who Gave Birth To A Goat (Camden People’s Theatre), WAGGO (Edinburgh Fringe 2017), And Then… (Latitude).

 

Assistant Directing Credits include: 

The Diary of A Scoundrel (Rose Bruford), A New And Better You (The Yard), Timeless/Twelfth Night R&D (National Youth Theatre).

For Caspa Arts

The Scratch, June 2019 - Top of the Hill by Emma Finnen, Emma Muir-Smith & Christina Schelhas.

Jack Silver

Jack Silver is an Offie-nominated theatre director, producer, and writer. He trained in acting at the Poor School, The Actors Class, and The Impulse Company, and in directing for theatre at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

His first full-length play was a semi-immersive version of Tennessee Williams’ play Confessional, reimagined in a run-down pub in modern day Southend on Sea. It sold out on it’s 2015 run in Edinburgh (★★★★ “A mini-masterpiece of theatre” ~ The Stage) and transferred to Southwark Playhouse in 2016, where it broke the box office record for The Little (81%), and picked up two Offie nominations, including Best Director.

He produced and artistic directed the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Angry at Southwark Playhouse in 2018, starring Georgie Henley (Chronicles of Narnia) and Oliver Nominee Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar, Dream Girls, Book of Mormon). The play picked up two Offie nominations (Best Male, Best Female), picked up major TV (Channel 4 News) and newspaper coverage (The Times centre spread), as well as becoming the second best selling show in The Little, just 75 seats behind Confessional despite one show cancellation due to extreme snow.

Jack directed a series of workshops for Natasha Kaeda’s debut full-length play Time Equals Zero, working with actors Ellie Fanyinka (Holby City), Rosie Brear (Inside Pussy Riot), and Rosa Escoda (Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV 2019). The play has since been picked up by Hampstead Theatre and is expected to be premiered in 2020.

He was chosen as one of 4 directors for Wilton’s Music Hall’s Plays without Décor scheme in 2018, workshopping a play about Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancer cells became the first immortal cell line used in medical research.

Blow, which Jack co-wrote with D/deaf actor Libby Welsh, was shortlisted for Pleasance Theatre’s Charlie Hartill Award in 2019. They play tackles representation of D/deaf and disabled people in the industry, and perceptions of them within fiction.

Jack has done talks and masterclasses for up and coming actors and film directors at Pinewood and Tricycle Theatre.

 

He regularly directs at new writing nights around London, including Page to Stage, Scratch at the Jack (Brockley Jack), Millennials (Pleasance), The Lowdown (Rich Mix).

He will be producing the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s next play, The Beast of Blue Yonder, in 2020, and directing a revival of Philip's play Piranha Heights in 2020.

For Caspa Arts:

The Scratch, June 2019 - A Taste of the Future by Allie Costa

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