Elen Bowman

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.

Robert Bowman

Joint Artistic Director

Robert was born in Longview, Washington State, U.S. He is an actor, acting teacher and NLP master practitioner trained by Ian McDermott at ITS.
Robert trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He began his career in Dublin working at Ireland’s National Theatre (The Abbey). He then appeared at the Gate Theatre in London as part of Stephen Daldry’s award winning season of foreign plays where he was  nominated for a Carling Fringe Theatre Best Actor Award for his role in The Crackwalker. He continued his relationship with Stephen Daldry playing Eric in the ground breaking first production of An Inspector Calls  at the RNT and tour. After taking a year out to study directing with Sam Kogan he went back to the RNT to appear in Ted Hughes’ version of The Orestia directed by Katie Mitchell and to The Royal Court in Rebecca Gilman’s Spinning into Butter directed by Dominic Cooke.
Other work at the RNT includes Mali in Haroun and the Sea of Stories (RNT) directed by Tim Supple and  Ivanov (RNT) directed by Katie Mitchell.
For the RSC and West End Robert appeared as Reverend Hale in Dominic Cooke’s award winning staging of The Crucible. Other plays at the RSC include Twelfth Night, Wives Excuse, Broken Heart, Comedy of Errors, Love in a Wood and The Prisoner’Dilemma.
At the Young Vic Robert was part of Tim Supple’s ensemble perforing in Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (RSC/YV), Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Cash in As I lay Dying.
For Bristol Old Vic Robert appeared in title roles of Cyrano De Bererac and The Odyssey. He appeared in the award winning  production Deep Cut for Sherman Cymru, at the Edinburgh Fringe and Tricycle Theatre. For Living Pictures Robert appeared in The Nest, A Place with the Pigs (Living Pictures/Sherman Cymru),  Diary of a Madman and Sexual Perversity in Chicago
More recently, The Duke in Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Fixer for Fanshen Theatre Company at the Oval House, London.
Directing work includes co-director Andromache (Living Pictures), Macbeth (Ways and Means TC), Free from Sorrow (Living Pictures), The Seagull, Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic), Small Family Business, The Seagull (RWCMD), The Blue Room (Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal),Caucasian Chalk Circle (Trinity St Davids, Carmarthen) and Miss Julie (Living Pictures).
He has been working on Diary of a Madman with Sinead Rushe focusing on the techniques of Michael Chekhov since 2012 and has since toured Wales, parts of the UK, was part of the Armenian Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 and 2015, was chosen to be part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Festival Showcase 2015, and won the Welsh Theatre Critics Best Actor in an English Language Production Award 2014 for his performance in Diary of a Madman.
He is a recipient of the Welsh Arts Council’s Creative Wales Scheme (2016) where he studied neurology, biology and physiology to better understand the latest thinking on how we learn with the aim to disseminate that information through theatre games, theatre practice and magic. He also has an ongoing curiosity (which was part of the award) with trauma and how it affects brain function.

Tom O’Brien

Directors Acting Project Manager 2017 –

Tom is a freelance theatre director and currently Resident Director on the West End Transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre & Cameron Mackintosh’s production of ‘Half a Sixpence’ at the Noel Coward Theatre, London directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. Tom trained at Arts Ed London, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre Studio and with Living Pictures.

Most recently Tom’s production of ‘Fabric’ by Abi Zakarian won The Scotsman Fringe First Award and was chosen by Lyn Gardner as a Top Show To See in The Guardian at the Edinburgh Festival 2016. He also directed brand new site-specific comedy ‘Foiled’ was a Pick of the Fringe in The Stage and also heard on BBC Radio 2. Following a successful run at Edinburgh Festival (2013) and two UK tours, Tom’s production of ‘Our Friends, The Enemy’ transferred Off-Broadway to Theatre Row, 42nd Street in New York City in December 2015.

In London Tom directed ‘The Dogs of War’ by Tim Foley (2015) which was Pick of The Week in The Stage and won the OffWestEnd.com award for most promising playwright. In 2013, he directed the sell-out 21st anniversary production of ‘The Fastest Clock In The Universe’ by Philip Ridley at the Old Red Lion, London. The show was selected to be filmed for the V&A National Video Archive of Performance.

From 2013-2014 Tom was acting Artistic Director of The Company Music Theatre directing productions of ‘How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’ at The Lowry, Salford.  Tom has worked as a visiting director at Arts Ed, Mountview, Liverpool Theatre School and Birmingham Ormiston Academy and as a drama workshop facilitator for Royal & Derngate, Northampton, West End in Schools, Peploe Williams Academy & Stagecoach PLC.