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Douglas is an accomplished theatre-maker and cultural leader. He studied Drama & Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham, received a bursary on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, and was invited onto the Royal National Theatre Studio Young Directors' Programme.  

 

His upbringing on a council estate in a non-theatre-going family shapes the work he makes and the defines the organisations he likes to run. Enabled by passionate drama teachers during his state education, he went on to higher education and a career in theatre and has directed a wide range of productions including actor-musician musicals, opera, large scale community productions, contemporary drama, classics, and devised work. All of his productions are accessible and moving, often giving a voice to those on the fringes of society. His work is a testament to his commitment to creating theatre that is both accessible, thought-provoking and emotionally resonant.

 

His work has been seen across the UK and abroad including Barbican London, Hackney Empire, Trafalgar Studios, Theatre503, New Diorama, Vault Festival, Unicorn Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Watermill Theatre, Dundee Rep., Derby Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Northern Stage, Yvonne Arnaud, Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg,  

 

He is currently the Chief Executive/Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, was previously the Artistic Director of the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, founded and ran the national touring company Transport and was an Associate Director at Complcité.

 

He has won several awards, including a National Theatre Playwright Foundation Award for his play Elegy and the London Theatre of the Year Stage Award for Queen's Theatre Hornchurch during his tenure in 2020. His recent production of Dick Whittington and his Cat is nominated for Best Pantomime Award (under 500 seats) at the UK Pantomime Awards and his musical Love Letters, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for Best New Musical at the London Off West End Awards, 1001 Nights his first production for young people which he wrote and devised was nominated for Best Production for Young People at the London Off West End Awards.

Selected productions as director: Footloose (New Wolsey Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (New Wolsey Theatre and Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds) Brief Encounter (NWT, Wiltshire Creative & Yvonne Arnaud), 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.); DNA, Private Lives (New Wolsey Theatre), 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); 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).

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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, Vikki Stone, Atiha Sen Gupta, Sadie Hasler, Vickie Donoghue, Kenny Emson, Clem Garritty, Anne Odeke, Rhum & Clay, Jonny Woo, Guleraana Mir, and Zoe Lewis. 

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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.

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