Nickie Miles -Wildin is Associate Director for Graeae Theatre Company where she manages the Write To Play programme. Previously Nickie was Resident Assistant Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.
Assistant Director credits at RET include: Mother Courage, Death of a Salesman. Directing credits include: The Tempest (RET Young Company) The Forest Of Forgotten Discos (Contact) Staff Director on Mosquitoes (Dorfman, National Theatre).
In 2014 Nickie co-founded TwoCan, Gloucestershire’s first professional disabled-led theatre company.
As an actor Nickie is best known for her role as Miranda in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony, London 2012.
Katie joined Paines Plough as Joint Artistic Director with Charlotte Bennett in August 2019.
Katie is an experienced and award-winning director. She has worked across a wide variety of productions both overseas and on national tours, including multiple productions with York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre with whom she was Associate Director from 2009 until 2017. Her work encompasses both intimate pieces of new writing and larger-scale community pieces. In 2019 Katie received a UK Theatre Award nomination as Best Director with her production of My Mother Said I Never Should at Theatre By The Lake.
Recent productions include: My Mother Said I Never Should (Theatre By The Lake), Mold Riots (Theatr Clwyd) and The Seven Ages Of Patience (Kiln Theatre).
Recent credits include: Swallows & Amazons (Storyhouse), Babe (Mercury Theatre), Playing Up (NYT), Finding Nana (New Perspectives), Made In India (Tamasha, Belgrade, Pilot), Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes (York Theatre Royal), The Season Ticket(Northern Stage), A View From Islington North (Out Of Joint), In Fog And Falling Snow (National Railway Museum), Running On The Cracks (Tron Theatre), End Of Desire (York Theatre Royal), York Mystery Plays (Museum Gardens York), Blackbird, Ghost Town, Clocking In, A Restless Place (Pilot Theatre).
Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low directing most of their work over the last decade including projects with the Barbican, the RSC, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Singapore Arts Festival and the Lowry. Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre work on stages, trains, castles, swimming pools, fishing boats and town centres.
In 2017 Slung Low headlined Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with Flood by James Phillips: a 4 Part epic performed online, live and on the BBC. Over half a million people saw a part of Flood. It won a Royal Televisual Award Yorkshire for innovation in drama.
Alan has directed in places as wide ranging as the National Theatre of Croatia, a sari shop in Manchester, Buckingham Palace and in a village in Purulia, Southern India.
He was the Artistic Director for the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 2016: a ceremony with a people’s theatre company of 450.
In 2018 Slung Low, with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, will open a new Cultural Community College in Leeds offering a full range of cultural lessons in activities from South Indian Cooking to Blacksmything, star gazing to documentary film making and much in between.
In 2019 Slung Low took over management of the oldest working men’s club in Britain, The Holbeck in South Leeds: they run this venue as a Pay What You Decide creative and community space.
During the Covid crisis of 2020 the company was the ward lead for the city council’s coronavirus helpline with responsibility for 7500 homes. They run a non-means tested self-referral food bank.
Tarek is Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre. Previous roles include Director for Theatre at Arts Council England and Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. Tarek was also one of the founders and Associate Artistic Director of the Yard Theatre in Hackney. Prior to embarking on a career as a director and writer, he held a wide variety of senior management roles in the National Health Service.
Credits as Director include Qudz and Shiver (both at the Yard Theatre and also written by Tarek), Minotaur (The Unicorn Theatre) and A Winter's Tale (Batumi Drama Theatre/ British Council Georgia).
Associate Director credits include The Ice Breaker (Birmingham Opera Company, dir. Graham Vick) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octagon, dir. David Thacker).
Rory Kinnear In Conversation with James Phillips
Writer and NSDF Director James Phillips in conversation with award winning Actor, Writer and Director Rory Kinnear
Clint Dyer In Conversation with Mark Shenton
NSDF Trustee Mark Shenton sits down with the Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre Clint Dyer