Lydia Parker

Lydia Parker

Freelance theatre director, Artistic director, Over Here Theatre Company, Producer, Playwright

  • Location: London
  • Freelancer: Available

Lydia Parker is artistic director of Over Here Theatre Company which produced ObamAmerica, a festival of new American short plays at Theatre503. Last spring she directed a sold out production of Our American Cousin at the Finborough Theatre. Other work includes A Big Fridge by James Fritz at the Hen and Chickens, Our Children Will be Next by Suzette Coon at Theatre 503, Skinhead by Jessica Brown at the Brockley Jack Studio and Something There That’s Missing, by Anh Chu at the Edinburgh Festival. Lydia has directed many short plays for Little Pieces of Gold including work by James Fritz, Sarah Kosar, Christopher Adams, Madeleine Brettingham and Jessica Brown. She had a residency at the Arcola Theatre, working with BAME actors. Forthcoming projects include multimedia piece Love, Sex and Apps by Michelle Sewell at Bread and Roses Theatre and The Beautiful Dark by Erik Gernand.

Lydia is also a playwright, having written two full length plays, Gringo and American Dream which were produced at the Union Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio. Most recently, her short play A Better Pronoun has been produced by both Little Pieces of Gold and Sheer Heights. With her writing partner Maureen Oakeley, Lydia has written many sketches for their comedy shows at the Hen and Chickens, Canal Café, Hard Rock Café and Edinburgh Festival as well as a live sitcom, All I Need is a Fuck Buddy. They have also written for several comedy sketch shows on BBC Radio 4. 

Work History

Artistic Director - Over Here Theatre Company

Jan 2013 - Present

Freelance theatre director - Lydia Parker

Jan 2011 - Present


Acting - Post Graduate Diploma - Drama Studio, London

Sep 1983 - Jun 1984

Drama - BFA - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Conservatory

Sep 1980 - Jun 1983


  • Acting
  • Artistic Director
  • Director
  • Playwriting
  • Producer
  • Singing