Meet the Emerging Directors

Chelsey Gillard
Chelsey Gillard is a theatre director and writer born and raised in Bridgend. She is a co-founder of PowderHouse (company in residence at Sherman Theatre) and is currently working with various companies in South Wales and London to develop several pieces of new writing. Her production of Constellation Street by Matthew Bulgo (co-directed with Dan Jones) was winner of ‘Best Production in the English Language’ at the 2017 Wales Theatre Awards. Recent directing credits include: [BLANK]–National Theatre Connections festival (Sherman Youth Theatre), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Graphic and The Other Room),The Burton Taylor Affair(Sherman Theatre and Oran Mor).
Chelsey was a recipient of the Boris Karloff Emerging Director Bursary.

Tina Pasotra
Tina Pasotra is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans film, theatre, dance, fashion and installation. Her work has a distinct aesthetic and sensibility, often inspired by themes relating to women, identity and migration. Her latest short film‘But Where Are You From?’, commissioned by C4/Random Acts in association with Big Dance Shorts India, fused movement, fashion and music, imagining cultural identity and race as fluid concepts. The film was featured at the Science Museums “illuminating India” event and has been screened at festivals across the UK and India. Tina is currently developing a range of projects both in Wales and internationally.

Nia Morris
Nia has worked over a broad range of roles leading to her position as Emerging Director with NTW, from deviser/designer/performer/stage manager to assistant director and now Emerging Director. Nia studied Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins College of Art and graduated in 2013. She continues to keep design close to the core of her work and is particularly interested in exploring the dramatic potential of composition, space, and scale. She most enjoys working on projects that include a range of people of different ages and backgrounds, believing her love for theatre is fuelled by the simple desire to listen to people’s stories.

Kyle Legall
Kyle Legall comes from an animation and film multimedia background. He began his artistic career by making animations for S4C and Channel 4. He was artist in residence at National Theatre Wales in 2014, and from then has begun expanding his artistic practice further, into radio and theatre. He has most recently been working on his play The Rats, funded by Arts Council Wales and supported by Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales.

Luke Hereford 
Luke is a Director with a passion for contemporary plays and stories of humanity. Initially training at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Luke has since had a range of experiences in his Directorial practice, having assisted for Sherman Theatre, The Other Room and Tron Theatre in Glasgow, and founding No Boundaries Theatre, and Directing the Edinburgh Fringe run of Golf Course War Machine and the Welsh premiere of Where Do Little Birds Go? for Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival. Luke is thrilled to expand his practice even further through working with NTW and Migrations on Touch.

Francesca Pickard 
Fran is a born and bred Cardiffian with an appetite for theatre that involves the community. She is interested in how artists share their process with audiences as well as their product. For much of her career she has been active in the youth arts sector and she remains committed to making work with, and for, young audiences. Francesca has recently founded Theatr Penwmbra, a new company with a core focus on engaging communities with telling their own stories in collaboration with professional performers. Fran is a mum, a hoarder and a lover of all things 80’s.

This programme is supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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