About

I am an emerging creative, with training from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in MA in Theatre Directing. I am based in the North of England, working class female identifying and aim to champion regional theatre and Northern trained creatives.

I am interested in sociopolitical theatre staged in non-traditional venues and diverse ways.

While studying for my BA in Anthropology at Durham University, I took an active role in the student theatre community through acting, producing, stage managing and directing.

I was given a Commendation by the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) Judging panel for my debut directorial show 'After The End' by Dennis Kelly in 2017. After this I carried on directing within Durham and tackled a fantasy Pratchett with a cast of 35+ and a dog ('Carpe Jugulum') and created an original Mad-Max inspired version of 'Romeo & Juliet' by William Shakespeare.

Along with two friends, I produced and was creative overseer to 'Angels in Erotica' by Freddie Drewer, an original piece of writing that we took to Edinburgh Fringe 2017. We gained 4* and 5* reviews, gained sold out status, received publicity in the British Comedy Guide and The Metro Online, and made profit that was returned back into the Durham Theatre Community.

I entered Durham Drama Festival 2018 with an original piece of comedic writing called 'Hypoclitical' - a satirical take on the ideas of modern love stereotypes perpetuated in pop culture, and received positive feedback from industry professional judges.

In 2018 I decided to take the next step in becoming a professional creative and started the brand new MA Theatre Directing at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wigan, aimed to develop and nurture creative philosophies and provide us with industry placements and experiences. Here, I am feeding my creative interest in mixed-media performance and interacting with like-minded Northern artists. While here, I was assistant director Alyx Tole on 'Treasure Island' by the BA Actors, Box of Tricks Theatre's 'The Last Quiz Night on Earth' by Alison Carr, and Sarah Punshon on 'The Jungle Book' at the Oldham Coliseum. 

In April 2019 I took the initiative to reach out to Junction 8 Theatre and was given the role of Assistant Director on Lancastrians under Liz Stevenson, actively contributing to rehearsals and running social media, experiencing my first professional rehearsal room and production.

In July 2019 I became part of the New Creatives North, commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England to produce an audio piece around the subjects of Youth, Femininity, Protest and Power. 'Another Joan' will be available on BBC Sounds in August 2020.

During the Covid-19 Lockdown I formed Burning Brick Theatre Company with Uni friend Alexandra Hannant and developed 'Seeking Arrangement', chosen for Waterloo East Theatre's SHORTS night. "Eat The Rich' was part of Brainchild Festivals Digital Hatch night, playing on the digital anarchism of how the virus caused an obvious class disparity - 'Where they rank their cleaner higher than your mum.'

I directed 'One Good Tree' by Robert Barnett as part of Up 'Ere Productions WeeklyWatch over Zoom, complete with sound effects and 'scene changes', seen internationally by over 80 people live, and raised £500 for local theatres.

Future work includes:

  • Unseemly Women - Series 2 with HER Productions

  • Direct a new piece of writing for Just Some Theatre's Forward Dialogue (new writing festival)

I also hold a Project Management Qualification accredited by the Association of Project Managers, and am interested in production creation and management.

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Kitty Ball - Theatre Director