Sita Thomas

Directing audio drama with community participants (via Zoom)

Thursday 25th June 2020, 10am-12pm, via Zoom

Although the world is in lockdown now and we are not able to physically meet, the value of creative community engagement is now more important and relevant than ever, and in anticipation of life returning to normal in the not-too-distant-future we are running a live 2-hour workshop with Director Sita Thomas on directing audio with community participants. 

How is directing audio drama different from working with actors in a rehearsal room? 

How do you get the best out of your team and create an enjoyable experience? 

With a focus on working with community participants, in this virtual workshop, you’ll join facilitator Sita Thomas as she guides you through the basics of directing audio dramas. You’ll go through working with actors, creating an enjoyable experience, how to break down script, planning, and preparation. There will be practical exercises for the group to engage with, as you consider the importance of audio drama in our current times, and possibilities of remote recording. 

About Sita

Sita has directed short plays at National Theatre, Rich Mix, Southwark Playhouse, RADA and Old Vic. She is developing Queer Tales with the support of National Theatre Wales, Arts Council of Wales, MGCfutures and Jerwood Bursaries. Theatre as Director: The Edelweiss Pirates (Mountview), We Are Shadows: Brick Lane (Tamasha), The Rose and the Bulbul (Stockwood Park, Horniman and Geffrye Museums). 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: Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Pity (Royal Court); Mass (Southbank Centre); Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour). Sita holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Movement Direction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is also a presenter on Channel 5’s milkshake! Twitter: @sitathomas5

This workshop is suitable for:

  • For early career/aspiring directors with zero experience of directing audio drama.

  • For directors / theatre artists who want to explore directing audio in order to upskill themselves. 

  • For directors who may have little experience who would like a refresher.  

This opportunity is open to all ages and locations within the UK, but positively aimed at those who identify as a person of colour of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage.

Application process

No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants must demonstrate an interest in directing theatre. Applications should include:  

1) Your current CV if you have one, including any relevant experience (this does not have to specifically refer to your directing interests), or a short (max 200 words) statement of interest including your particular interest in this masterclass.

2) A completed Data Form

Workshop fee: Pay What You Decide*

*Please ensure your payment(s) are made at least 24 hours prior to the workshop start time

Please email all new applications to Tamasha’s Lead Producer with the above information to apply. 


Deadline to apply: Friday 19 June, 12pm