In 2000 Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchin young director of the year award, making her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, which transferred to the west end and toured the UK twice. Thea was then made Britain’s youngest artistic director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse for three years, before then going on to be the artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
Since then as a freelance director, her credits include productions for the Almeida and the Donmar, the National Theatre and many in the west end including Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (also Broadway), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightly, Heroes with John Hurt, Cause Célèbre with Anne-Marie Duff at the Old Vic. Her production of After The Dance for the National Theatre won 8 major awards.
She has also directed Henry V starring Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC, as well as the recent Christmas Special/ Episode 1 of Call The Midwife also for Neal Street and the BBC. Recently on stage she directed Richard Griffiths in his last stage performance in The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito at the Savoy Theatre before directing her first musical, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi. Most recently she directed Miranda Hart in her arena tour for 2014, as well as Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow for the Old Vic. She is currently attached to direct a feature film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You for MGM which is set to go into production in Spring 2015.
|2014 Jury Member|