Ed Theakston

Ed Theakston

Freelance director, theatre-maker and performer. Founder, KILTER theatre.

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

Director, performer and theatre-maker. Co-founder of KILTER theatre.

Bit of Sunshine, KILTER's debut production, won the Best Play award at the LOST Theatre One Act Festival. www.wearekilter.co.uk

RECENT: Bit of Sunshine, by Nicole Zweiback (EdFringe 2016 / Theatre503)
The Waves (Debut Festival 2017 / in development)
Attic (King's Head)

NOW: The Others (development, STYX)

NEXT: Visiting director @ Wimbledon College of Art

Assistant Director on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (dir. Tony Bell, STYX). Associate on Endgame: Ariel (DeadLeaf Theatre Company, Camden People's Theatre / Courtyard Theatre), producer/director West End Switched Off (St James Theatre). Worked on R&D projects for the RSC, CPT, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Above the Stag and The Alchemist Theatre Company. 

Training: East 15 Acting School - BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre (First Class). Member of the Soho Theatre Writers' Lab 2013.

Mentored by Charlotte Josephine and Jesse Briton.

Reviews for previous work:
“Ed Theakston's production is studiously considered and inspires highly confident performances from both actors.” Act Drop
“The direction has a lovely youthful and energetic physical aspect to it, which acts to keep the audience engaged and somehow positive, despite the content of the material. A brave piece of theatre which should be seen and embraced." BroadwayBaby
“The direction is perfect... An astounding piece ofwork.” Young Perspective
“The play was finely acted, written and directed... earned a well deserved standing ovation.” West End Wilma
“A full-bodied, intense and penetrating production.” London Theatre 1

Work History

Artistic Associate - Dead Leaf Theatre Company

Jul 2016 - Present

Artistic Director - KILTER theatre

Mar 2016 - Present

Assistant Director - The Winter's Tale, dir. Tony Bell @ STYX, Tottenham Hale

Apr 2016 - May 2016


Acting & Contemporary Theatre - BA (Hons) - East 15 Acting School

Oct 2014 - Jul 2017

Foundation in Acting - Cert HE - East 15 Acting School

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013


  • Assistant Directing
  • Cabaret
  • Directing
  • Director
  • Drama
  • Dramaturgy
  • Musical Theatre
  • New writing
  • Physical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Producing
  • Theatre
  • Writer