Tamasha Directors Programme

Tamasha Directors Programme is a year-long pilot, led by Sita Thomas, focused on the professional and artistic development of Directors of colour, who are at the beginning to mid-stages of their career, and who demonstrate exceptional promise.

The programme will cover the Director's role in a production, where directors will engage in practical activities and group discussion, covering topics such as: working with text, working with actors, working with a creative team movement direction, tech and dress and so much more. In addition, each Director will receive mentoring, peer and industry networking opportunities, a masterclass with a renowned director, and a speed-dating session with our Tamasha Playwrights group, where each Director will be paired with a playwright to approach a new piece of writing. Plus there will be the opportunity to direct a Tamasha Scratch at the end of the programme. 

Current participants:

2020: Abigail Sewell, Brigitte Adela, Eileen Bellot, Esme Allman, Gavin Joseph, JaniseĢ€ Sadik, Omar Khan, Sonny Nwachukwu, Tian Brown-Sampson and Zhui Ning Chang. Read more ›


About Sita Thomas

Sita has a Masters in Movement Direction and PhD examining cultural diversity, casting and representation in Shakespearean performance (University of Warwick). She has directed short plays at National Theatre, Rich Mix, Southwark Playhouse, RADA and Old Vic. She is developing Queer Tales with the support of MGCfutures and Arts Council Wales. Theatre as Director: We Are Shadows: Brick Lane (Tamasha), The Rose and the Bulbul (Stockwood Park, Horniman and Geffrye Museums, Lauderdale House). As Staff Director: Top Girls (National Theatre). As Associate: The Glee Club (Out of Joint, Kiln, Cast), Bitched (Tristan Bates); Zigger Zagger (Wilton’s Musical Hall). As Assistant Director: Pity (Royal Court); Mass (Southbank Centre); Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour).

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