“Directors Acting is such a valuable resource.”
   – Katie Mitchell OBE

Since 1999 we have supplied weekends, weeklong process work with leading industry directors and teachers who have a tried and tested rehearsal methodology.

For those who need one-to-one contact and a tailor-made approach we offer Skype coaching in director practice and leadership.

Occasionally we can offer observation opportunities during our rehearsal process.

We offer NLP training for theatre practitioners and other sectors.

We use creative means in all its forms to help the process of healing and rehabilitation for groups and individuals.

18-month supported programme for up to four participants

We are pleased to announce the first four recipients of the Living Pictures Cultural Diversity Bursary. This scheme is directly focused at promoting and supporting accessibility and opportunities for people of colour and members of the BAME communities, to actively address the imbalanced representation within the cultural sector.

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Mingyu LinMingyu Lin

Ming is a director for stage and film, she trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is an alumna of the Royal Court Writers' Program and was a reader for the Bruntwood Prize. She is a founding member of BESEA advocacy group BEATS. She has directed and written a number of short films which have won finalist awards for Sundance Shorts, Sci-Fi London, Enter the Pitch and ITN's Nativity Factor and been screened in festivals worldwide. Her most recent film Sandwich won Best Film at Filming East Festival at the BFI and was selected for the TIC film festival 2019 and her comedy pilot Back in the Day by Kerry Gooderson was a finalist at the 2019 Pilot Light Festival.

Stage directing credits include: Babel (ArtsEd, Digital Production), Overheard (CAN, Nottingham Lakeside Arts/York Theatre Royal/Wun's), Does My Bomb Look Big in This (Tamasha, Soho Theatre), Lòng Mẹ (Van Thanh, Vaults Fest 2020), No Bond So Strong (Sampad, mac Birmingham), Silently Hoping (Ellandar, Applecart/Vaults Fest 2019), Grotto (Next Up Talent, National Theatre Studios), Hear Me Now (Tamasha, Rich Mix), Rice Paper Tales (Trikhon, The Albany/ mac Birmingham) and A Dream from a Bombshell (Trikhon, The Albany).

Monique ToukoMonique Touko

Monique is a London-based multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, radio and film. She is a theatre director, her most recent show was BLANK by Alice Birch at Rose Bruford and a reading of This Might Not Be It by Sophia Chetin-Leuner at Bush Theatre.

Her directing training includes Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme at Royal Exchange Manchester. At the Young Vic, her training has involved the Intro to Directing course led by Sasha Wares, Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Directors Programme and the Jerwood Assistant Director Scheme.

Her assisting credits include Wishlist by Katherine Soper, directed by Matthew Xia at Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court, HighTides’ touring production of Kanye The First by Sam Steiner directed by Andrew Twyman, Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Nancy Medina at Young Vic, China Plate’s On the Exhale by Martin Zimmerman directed by Christopher Haydon at Traverse Theatre, Cock by Mike Bartlett directed by Kate Hewitt at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Richard II directed Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Ibsen’s Rosmersholm adapted by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Ian Rickson at Duke of York Theatre and Lorca’s Blood Wedding adapted by Marina Carr directed by Yael Farber - Young Vic.

Monique is a producer in film and music videos, her credits include an independent project for Franklyn Lane Film Productions. She is also part of The Ubunifu Space which is an online platform that builds and raises the profiles of creative artists within Africa. Monique is Partnership Manager and Assistant Producer for Ubunifu Radio as well as a regular member of the UK reaction team on the YouTube channel which has a global following of 260k+ subscribers.

Monique Touko (website)

Jo TyabjiJo Tyabji

Jo is a director and writer. She is Associate Director at Milk Presents, and co-Director of ivo theatre. Recent work as a director includes a Trio of Audio Plays for Milk Presents, Nemo Martin's romantic comedy [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] which was a 2020 VAULT Origins Award winner, Jay Bernard's solo adaptation of their poetry anthology Surge, performance polemic My Name Is My Own for the Southbank Centre, and What’s Far Is Near, a live broadcast show devised with the company, performed simultaneously in The Purcell Room, London and Hamra Palace Theatre, Beirut. Jo is also a performance artist: in 2019 Jo toured their solo show Motherland, produced in association with Milk Presents, and in 2020 created Cocktails Before The Revolution with Raz Weiner, available now for digital touring.

Photo credit: Max Zadeh

Diyan ZoraDiyan Zora

Diyan is an Iraqi-born London-based theatre director and writer. Her directing work includes Chronicles of a City We Never Knew (Gate Theatre); Ms Y (Young Vic 5 plays); Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre503 and tour); Waiting for Summer (Old Red Lion and tour) and Twelfth Night (Cockpit). As an Assistant/Associate Director, her work includes Faith, Hope and Charity and Evening at the Talkhouse (National Theatre); LOVE (National Theatre and Théâtre de L'Odéon, Paris) The Ferryman (Gielgud); Wolf From the Door and Fireworks (Royal Court). She is an associate artist of Manara Theatre co. Her play Gather Ye Rosebuds won best new play at the Brighton Fringe Festival.


The deadline for applications has now passed, but we're looking to open up a new round in 2022. To register your interest please contact [email protected]. The bursary programme involves:


Living Pictures Workshops:

Free guaranteed bursary places upon a minimum of four Living Pictures workshops during the 18-month programme (subject to participants' availability).

Within the 18-month programme, we will encourage participants to collaborate with the LP Project Manager to suggest, approach and programme workshops with an industry practitioner, and assist with the administration, organisation and facilitation of them.

Director’s Book Club:

Guaranteed and free spaces on Living Pictures Director’s Book Club, which is supported by the Young Vic. The group study 6 practitioners’ books focusing upon the craft of Directing within the 3 academic term dates (September to July; subject to Covid-19 restrictions). The group meets bi-monthly, over the course of a weekend. Within a peer-led environment; each member of the group runs a 45-minute workshop upon a specific pre-allocated chapter of the book, working their way through the book over the course of the two days. (NB: please note Living Pictures will seek to provide relevant publications to participants where possible, but this cannot always be guaranteed)

Funding Applications:

Taking part in all these activities is free of charge and participants on the Bursary programme will be liable for their travel and living expenses. Living Pictures is a registered charity, a not-for-profit organisation and is reliant upon funding, donations and fees generated from workshops to cover its overheads, and along with the free workshop places LP will support / advise participants with any arts funding applications, which support them during the bursary period. LP obviously cannot guarantee the success of those applications.

Industry Mentor:

Three 1-hour mentor sessions during the 18-month programme.

Each participant will be asked to suggest a mentor. LP will approach them on the participant’s behalf, in order to arrange mentorship with them. If the suggested mentor is not available, we will work with the participants to seek alternatives.

Participants' Workshop Day:

Within six months of the end of the programme on an agreed date, all participants will be asked to lead a 1½ hour (or longer) workshop around a chosen subject (Directing / Acting) during a workshop day with participants drawn from the LP community, supported by the LP team.

This will be an opportunity for the bursary directors to ‘try out’ their learnings in a supportive and constructive environment.



Natalie Abrahami
Natalie Abrahami has taken part in and led several past Living Pictures Workshops.

Details of previous Directors Acting Workshops can be found here.