Background: Douglas is an award-winning theatre-maker and cultural leader. He was born in Suffolk, grew up on an Essex council estate, read Drama & Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham and trained on: the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Royal National Theatre Studio Young Directors's Programme, and the Clore Leadership Short Course. He champions accessible theatre and often platforms and supports underrepresented voices.
Douglas is the incoming Chief Executive of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. He was the Artistic Director of the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch (2015 - 2022), founder of the national touring theatre company Transport (2010 - 2017), a selector for the National Student Drama Festival (2011 - 2016), and an associate of Complicité (2004 - 2010).
Awards: He won a National Theatre Playwright Foundation Award for his play Elegy and QTH won the London Theatre of the Year Stage Award during his tenure in 2020. His work has received 25 Off West End Award nominations including Best Production (Abigail's Party) Best Production for Young People (1001 Nights) and Best New Musical (Love Letters), and nominations for What'sOnStage, Broadway World, Fringe First and Freedom of Expression awards.
Selected Productions as director:
As You Like It (QTH and National Theatre); Dardanus (English Touring Opera); Abigail's Party (QTH, Salisbury Playhouse, Derby Theatre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), Macbeth (QTH and Derby Theatre); The Crucible (QTH, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Selladoor); Made in Dagenham and Rope
(QTH and New Wolsey Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, In Basildon Love Letters, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical, Misfits, The Hired Man (QTH); Europe (Barbican/Dundee Rep.); State Red (Hampstead Theatre); The
Summer Book (Unicorn Theatre); Jonny Woo's East London Lecture (Shoreditch Town Hall) The Deep Blue Sea, All My Sons, Of Mice of Men (Watermill Theatre); Touched (Trafalgar Studios) Elegy (Transport/Theate503); 1001 Nights
(Transport/Unicorn Theatre); As You Like It Transport/Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg); Invisible (Transport & New Wolsey Theatre); Copenhagen, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Fen (Salisbury Playhouse) Private Lives (New Wolsey Theatre); King Lear (Creation); Closer and Design for Living (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg).
As an associate director: A Disappearing Number, Endgame (Complicité), Measure for Measure (Complicité/National Theatre); Julius Caesar (dir. Deborah Warner - Barbican), Fidelio (dir. Deborah Warner - Glyndebourne) and Testosterone (Rhum and Clay).
As a writer/deviser: 1001 Nights - Offie nomination for Best Production for Young People,'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Unicorn Theatre), The Edge, Elegy (Transport Theatre) Elegy received productions in Spain, Mexico and Australia and was translated into Spanish. Christmas Allsorts, Sharon 'n' Barry do 'Romeo & Juliet'. Sparky the Elf, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Love Letters - Offie nomination for Best New Musical (QTH).
Teaching: He has directed and taught for Complicité, LAMDA, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Mountview, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, University of North London, University of Hyderabad, and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Dramaturgy: Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, QTH, National Theatre Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, Transport and Complicité including work by Tena Štivičić, Atiha Sen Gupta, Sadie Hasler, Vickie Donoghue, Kenny Emson, Clem Garritty, Anne Odeke, Rhum & Clay, Jonny Woo, Guleraana Mir, and Zoe Lewis.
Prior to all of this...
He was an assistant director at London Bubble and the English Shakespeare Company, a script reader for Soho Theatre, an usher at the Royal Court Theatre, a box office assistant at the Royal Albert Hall, a marketing assistant at the National Theatre and the administration assistant followed by administrator at Complicité.