Background: Douglas is an award-winning theatre-maker. He grew up on a council estate in Essex, 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 Programme and the Clore Leadership Short Course. Much of his work is about making inspiring theatre that's accessible to all audiences and platforming unheard voices.
Douglas is the Artistic Director of the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch (2016 -), was a freelance director, an associate of Complicité (2004 - 2010), founder of the national touring theatre company Transport (2010 - 2017), and a selector for the National Student Drama Festival (2011 - 2016).
Awards: He won a National Theatre Playwright Foundation Award for his play Elegy (which gives a voice to the experience of Gay Iraqi refugees). QTH won the London Theatre of the Year Stage Award 2020. His work has received 19 Off West End Award nominations including Best Production (Abigail's Party - QTH) Best Production for Young People (1001 Nights - Unicorn Theatre - writer & director) and Best New Musical (Love Letters - QTH- writer & director), a What's On Stage Award nomination, a Broadway World nomination and a Freedom of Expression Award nomination.
Productions as a director include: As You Like It (QTH and National Theatre); 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); Love Letters, Misfits, In Basildon, The Hired Man, Much Ado About Nothing, DNA, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Robin Hood, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (QTH); Dardanus (English Touring Opera); 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, New Wolsey Theatre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg); Invisible, The Edge (Transport and New WolseyTheatre); Copenhagen, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Fen (Salisbury Playhouse) Private Lives (New Wolsey Theatre); King Lear (Creation); Closer, 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 is 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 admin. assistant and then administrator at Complicité.