Sara Joyce

Sara Joyce

Director with Old Vic 12. Associate Director PanPan Theatre Company

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Lover of new writing and new ideas. And glitter. Macabre interest in stories where the protaganist dies.

Director with Old Vic 12

Associate Director PanPan Theatre Company 

Currently: Best Life by Tamar Broadbent, SOHO Rep NYC (Previously Edinburgh Underbelly).

Next: Loser Like Larkin by Phebe Crawley, Slick Films

Recently: Our Name Is Not John by Sarah Kosar (reading), Old Vic Theatre,DUST by Milly Thomas, Trafalgar Studios (previously Soho & Edinburgh Underbelly), HUNCH by Kate Kennedy (Edinburgh Assembly) One Hand Tied Behind Us, new writing curated by Maxine Peake, Old Vic TheatreElsa by Isobel Rogers, Vault Festival and Edinburgh Assembly. Split by Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard, Vault Festival, Poo Girl (yes, really) by Milly Thomas for Miniaturists at Arcola Theatre, On Raftery's Hill by Marina Carr (reading) at Bunker Theatre as part of Damsel Develops Dust by Milly Thomas (Edinburgh Underbelly, Stage Award Winner); Elsa by Isobel Rogers (Edinburgh Assembly);  The Scar Test by Hannah Khalil (Soho Theatre). Reader for Soho Theatre Verity Bargate Award.

Previously:  Bush Theatre Emerging Writer's Showcase, Soho Young Playwright's Award showcase, Assistant Director to Claire van Kampen on Nice Fish by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins; Associate Director, Don Giovanni by Mozart in a new version by Roddy Doyle & Pan Pan Theatre Co, dir. by Gavin Quinn, Gaiety Theatre & Cork Opera House. Crestfall by Mark O'Rowe at Rada Festival, The WIn Bin by Kate Kennedy, Old Red Lion Theatre, Three Short Plays; Act Without Words I, Rough For Theatre II. Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett, Old Red Lion Theatre (Offie-nominated for Best Director)

Resident Director at Almeida Theatre (Associate Director King Charles III by Mike Bartlett, dir. by Rupert Goold, Assistant Director on Medea by Rachel Cusk, dir. by Rupert Goold & Little Eyolf by Henrick Ibsen, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre). Previously Resident Director  at Soho Theatre (The One, I Kiss Your Heart, Night Before Christmas, Death of A Comedian all dir. by Steve Marmion).

Other Directing credits include Fixed Action Pattern by Francis Grin as part of Etch at Peckham Pelican, The Quality of Mercy by Stuart Slade as part of Play at Hackney Showrooms, Night Tella by Sarah Milton, Draft at Theatre N16, Is She One of Us (Reading), Click, Soho Young Playwhrights' Project, The Playboy Variations. The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Cloud 9, Lunch, The Importance of Being Earnest

Studied Drama at Trinity College Dublin and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. Recently shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Emerging Artist's Award. Co-founder of (Deutsche Bank) award winning Whispering Beasts Theatre Company. Off West End nominated for Best Director.


Work History

Director - Night Tella by Sarah Milton

Sep 2015 - Present

Associate Director A Woman of No Importance - Dir. by Dominc Dromgoolle

Sep 2017 - Dec 2017

Director On Raftery's Hill by Marina Carr (Reading) - For Damsel Productions

Nov 2017 - Nov 2017

Dust by Milly Thomas - Edinburgh Underbelly, Big Belly

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Elsa by Isobel Rogers - Edinburgh Assembly Hall

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

The Scar Test by Hannah Khalil - UK Tour and Soho Theatre Upstairs

May 2017 - Jul 2017

Emerging Writer's Showcase - Bush Theatre

Mar 2017 - Mar 2017

Nice Fish by Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance - Sonia Friedman Productions LTD

Oct 2016 - Feb 2017

Soho Young Playwright's Award - Soho Theatre

Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

Don Giovanni by Mozart in a new version by Roddy Doyle - Pan Pan Theatre Company and Opera Theatre Ireland

Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

Associate Director - King Charles III by Mike Bartlett, dir by Rupert Goold

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Director - Miss M62 by Rachel Finnegan, Old Red Lion Theatre (Reading)

Mar 2016 - Mar 2016

Director - Is She One Of Us (Reading)

Feb 2016 - Feb 2016

Assistant Director - Little Eyolf by Henrick Ibsen, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Assistant Director - Medea by Rachel Cusk, dir. Rupert Goold, Almeida Theatre

Aug 2015 - Nov 2015

Script Reader - Verity Bargate Award

Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

Director and Creator - The Win Bin, Old Red Lion Theatre

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015

Actors' Drop-In Class Tutor - The Actors Centre

Feb 2014 - Jun 2015

Assistant Director - Death of A Comedian dir. Steve Marmion, Soho Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Lyric Theatre

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Director - Act Without Words I; Rough For Theatre II; Catastrophe, Old Red Theatre

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015

Associate Director - I Kiss Your Heart dir. Steve Marmion, Crazy Coqs

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014

Drama Facilitator and Tutor - Smile Days; Verona, Italy

Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

Director - Soho Young Playwright's Showcase

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Director - The Playboy Variations, Whispering Beasts Theatre Co

Mar 2014 - Apr 2014

Director - Click, Ophelia Theatre

Feb 2014 - Mar 2014

Director - Disco Pigs, Whispering Beasts Theatre Company

Sep 2013 - Sep 2013

Assistant Director - Soho Theatre

Nov 2013 - Mar 2013

Director and Dramaturg - Molly's Monologue; Shakespeare & Co.

Jun 2012 - Jun 2012

Director - The Importance of Being Earnest, Samuel Beckett Theatre

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Director - The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Samuel Beckett Theatre

Oct 2010 - Nov 2010

Attempts on Her Life - Flat Lakes Literary and Arts Festival

May 2010 - May 2010


Theatre making Full Time Professional Studies - Diploma - Ecole International du Theatre Jacques Lecoq

Oct 2011 - Jul 2012

Drama and Theatre Studies - BA - Trinity College Dublin

Aug 2007 - Jun 2011

Modern American Drama and Musical Theatre - Diploma - American Academy of Dramatic Arts

May 2009 - Oct 2009


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