Joint Artistic Director
Elen was born in Swansea, South Wales and trained at RADA as an actor working with companies such as Shared Experience, Sherman Cymru and the RNT. She trained as a director with Sam Kogan who was trained by Maria Knebel, Stanislavski’s pupil. Shortly after finishing her training she assisted director Mike Alfreds at Method & Madness. During this time, Elen taught directing methods to directors at the Royal Court Theatre and became a personal tutor to Katie Mitchell, Ian Rickson and others. Elen’s work has formed part of ‘The Directors’s Craft’ written by Katie Mitchell (Nick Hern Books).
Elen has been an Associate Director for Theatr Genedlaethol, Sgript Cymru and Artistic Associate at Sherman Cymru Theatre for whom she directed Amgen : Broken by Gary Owen and co-produced the award winning fringe first production Deep Cut for Sherman Cymru and Edinburgh Festival.
She won a Theatre in Wales Award for her stage show ‘Amdani’ and has two Welsh BAFTA nominations. The first in 2002 for her short film ‘What?’, and the other in 2006 for A470, a twelve part series which she produced and co-directed for ITV Wales.
For National Theatre Wales, Elen directed John Osborne’s first play ‘Devil Inside him’, unearthed at the British Museum in 2005. For Theatr Genedlaethol she directed a tour of Deffro’r Gwanwyn (Spring awakening the musical) translated by Dafydd James and Y Storm (Tempest) translated by Poet Gwyneth Lewis as part of the 2012 RSC World stages festival.
For Living Pictures she has directed Andromache, The Nest and has created and lead numerous projects and workshops.
Elen coaches theatre and film directors in the UK. She is also a recipient of the Welsh Arts Council’s Creative Wales Scheme (2017) researching The Outsider’s Dignity.
Joint Artistic Director
Directors Acting Project Manager 2018 –
Neil originally trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with Sam Kogan, and worked throughout the industry before retraining as a Director through Living Pictures and the Young Vic Directors Programme.
As Director: Everything Between Us (Finborough); New Futures: Young Writers (Pentabus); The Angry Brigade (Mountview); Hope (Mountview) What Flows Past the Baltic (Arcola Theatre / Nottingham Playhouse – Neville Studio), Made in ‘Salem (Theatre503); Bassett (Mountview); Peripheral (Theatre503); The Jasmine Terrace (Soho Theatre), and DNA (Chiswick Theatre Arts School).
As Associate Director: The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate / Chichester Festival Theatre / Fiery Angel – UK Tour)
As Assistant Director: Journey’s End, A Bunch of Amateurs and Far From The Madding Crowd (The Watermill Theatre); Jack (Nottingham Playhouse / Outreach tour), Charlie Peace (Nottingham Playhouse / Belgrade Coventry).
Neil also works with the theatre mentoring charity Scene & Heard as a Director and Dramaturg, and is a member of the board for Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast.