We’re delighted to announce that we have appointed Sarah Bickerton as Associate Director. Sarah joins us on a two year fixed term contract during an exciting period, as we prepare to announce further plans for the remainder of 2017.
She brings with her a wealth of experience of directing and theatre making and is also currently working on an MA through research in dramaturgy at Birmingham University, researching various processes in developing new plays for the stage. Originally from Montgomeryshire, mid Wales, Sarah graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2008, before going on to train as a theatre director with Living Pictures and Sherman Cymru. She was Literary Assistant at Sherman Cymru, where she was responsible for coordinating the new writing project, ScriptSlam. Sarah has worked with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in the past; she directed the new play Nansi by Angharad Price, which was staged at the Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod, 2015 – a production that went on tour during 2016 and was nominated for Best Production in the Welsh Language at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017 – and she was an associate director on our production Y Bont in 2013. She has worked on a variety of projects as director, assistant director and workshop leader with many other companies, including Sherman Cymru, National Theatre Wales, Rimini Protokoll, Living Pictures, Mess up the Mess, Theatr Iolo, Dirty Protest, Copenhagen International Theatre Festival and Bristol Old Vic.
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Sarah into the team, and feel very fortunate to have appointed someone with her level of skill and experience. Not only has Sarah already shown her ability as a theatre director to the very highest standard, but she is also someone who is very able indeed to lead on creative projects, to nurture talent and to help others realise their vision. I look forward immensely to working with her on various projects over the next two years, and to seeing her influence the company’s creative output.”
Sarah said of her appointment:
“It’s a great honour to be joining the team at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. I look forward to working with Welsh artists and to be a part of the company’s future development.”
As part of her role, Sarah will be working to develop new ideas and talent. She would like to hear from any writer, prospective writer or theatre maker who has an idea they would like to develop. To contact Sarah, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01267 233 882. For news of Sarah’s upcoming projects, keep an eye on our website over the next few weeks.