Lily McLeish

Lily McLeish

Theatre Director

  • Location: UK / Germany
  • Freelancer: Available

I am a bilingual English-German theatre director based in the London with links to Germany. Born in Sheffield, I grew up in Cologne, Germany. After graduating from the University of Cologne with a BA degree in English Literature and Art History, I began training with Katie Mitchell and for the past 4 years I have worked as assistant / associate director to her in Europe. Most recently I have been working as her Associate on productions for the Royal Court including Ophelias Zimmer and 2071

I am a creative fellow of the RSC and am currently directing a new play for Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse.

In the past I have run education workshops for the National, RSC and Royal Court.

Work as director includes Three Lives for Fringe Arts Bath; Absence by In-Sook Chappell directed as part of the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme for the Young Vic; This Despised Love a devised piece based on Hamlet for the RSC Fringe Festival, a staged reading of The White Bike by Tamara Von Werthern at the Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh; Old Times by Harold Pinter at Artheater Cologne; Footfalls by Samuel Beckett at the Severins-Burg-Theater Cologne.

About my work: 

I am drawn to pushing formal boundaries and questioning the limits and conventions of narrative. I want to explore how emotion is embedded in the body. I want to combine detailed psychology with movement and dance and see how this connects with the unique text based tradition here in Britain. I am interested in plays with strong female voices at their centre. I think of theatre as part of a cultural and political dialogue. I want to make theatre that raises questions that are relevant to the challenges of our times.

Work History

Associate Director - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg - Reisende auf einem Bein

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015

Staff Director - National Theatre - The Beaux' Stratagem

Apr 2015 - Sep 2015

Associate Director - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg - Happy Days

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Associate Director - Royal Court - 2071

Oct 2014 - Dec 2014

Assistant Director - RSC - Two Gentlemen of Verona

May 2014 - Oct 2014

Assistant Director - Salzburg Festspiele - Forbidden Zone

Feb 2014 - Jul 2014

Assistant Director - Burgtheater Wien - A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

Dec 2013 - Feb 2014

Assistant Director - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg - The Rest Will Be Familiar To You From Cinema

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013

Director - Artheater Cologne - Old Times

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Assistant Director - Hampstead Theatre - Say it with Flowers

Mar 2013 - Apr 2013

Assistant Director - Schaubühne Berlin - The Yellow Wallpaper

Dec 2012 - Feb 2013

Assistant Director - Schauspiel Köln - Reise durch die Nacht

Aug 2012 - Nov 2012

Performer / Collaborator - SIGNA - Hundsprozesse

Mar 2011 - Jun 2011

Director - Severins-Burg-Theater Cologne - Footfalls

Jul 2008 - Aug 2008


English Literature & Art History - Bachelor of Arts - University of Cologne

Oct 2007 - Sep 2011


  • Photography
  • Video Editing
  • Assistant Directing
  • Camera Operating
  • Directing