"one of the finest classical directors in the region"
- Kris Hallett (Bristol Post)
Hannah is a Theatre Director, Dramaturg and Producer based in the South West of England. She is a co-founder of award winning site-specific theatre charity Insane Root Theatre, producing known stories in unknown locations. Critically acclaimed productions of Macbeth in the Redcliffe Caves and Orpheus & Eurydice in the Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults earned the company national recognition and a loyal following in the South West. When COVID-19 struck in 2020, Hannah led the conversion of the company into a charity, working with Chair Vanessa Moon to recruit a talented board of trustees. Two ambitious productions followed: Hansel & Gretel in Arnos Vale Cemetery Woodlands (script by Saikat Ahamed):
a walking Christmas 2021 production in an illuminated heritage woodland filled with atmospheric soundscapes; and A Midsummer Night's Dream in Eastville Park Swimming Pool; a large-scale pop-up production in an abandoned Victorian lido in the summer of 2022.
Hannah trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2009-10) where she was awarded the Elsa Roberts Prize for Directing. She subsequently spent a year on placement at the Rondo Theatre in Bath - a fantastic fringe venue specialising in new work with an eclectic programme - of which she remains an Associate Director.
In addition to directing she has dramaturged a number of plays (Orpheus & Eurydice, Snow Maiden, The Bluebird, Lockdown, Brave Tin Soldier) and worked as Script Reader for the Tobacco Factory, Rondo Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. She has been a regular Visiting Director at the University of Cumbria and at the University of Bath Spa, and maintains strong links with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as auditioner, visiting director and tutor across the acting and directing courses.