Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Trainee Director in residence at Chichester Festival Theatre

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

Originally from Billingham Stockton – On – Tees, I trained as the Trainee Director at Chichester Festival Theatre, one of the UK’s flagship theatres with an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality, ranging from large scale musicals to distinguished dramas. I want to continue to foster my ambition to create contemporary theatre that can reach a wide variety of audiences. In pursuit of this ideal I previously attended a residency with the Festivalul International de Teatru Sibiu, Romania, which I funded independently. I was able to observe Yuri Kordonsky in rehearsals for The Chronicles of Love Incidents and further my understanding of an international theatre festival organisation. This was a really fruitful opportunity to seek out new ideas and the perspective of artists from across the world. I am furthering this passion through the development of new work by international and regional based playwrights and theatre makers. I will be directing a new play from New York in 2017 by Halley Feiffer and I am currently working with the writer Hanif Kureishi on a new stage play. I am drawn to humane stories set in extraordinary circumstances. I want to produce work from across the globe both contemporary and classical, which can be provocative, challenging, entertaining and ultimately an ‘event’, which might manifest itself in a variety of ways. I like to adopt an ensemble based approach to rehearsal where attention can be given to the actor and together through exploration of the text the creative team can refine and produce a svelte production. I am currently represented by Chris Davis at Chris Davis Management Ltd.

Director: The Tempest, (by William Shakespeare, Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Open Air), Citizenship, (by Mark Ravenhill, National Theatre Connections, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, The Capitol Horsham), The Boy Who Built Clock, ( a new short play by Aaron Hubbard, Paperback Pictures, Arts Theatre), Andy Capp The Musical, (Music and Lyrics By Alan Price and book by Trevor Peacock, Finborough Theatre), A Christmas Carol, (by Bryony Lavery, Music by Jason Carr, Chichester Festival Theatre), Arthur, (Staged – reading), (a new play by Ben Weatherill, Theatre Royal Haymarket), Smoke (and mirrors), (a short play by Stef Smith, Theatre Uncut), The Little Match Girl, (adapted by Morgan Sproxton, Assemble Fest), Alice’s Site, (a new play by Melanie Anne Ball, Hull Truck Theatre), The Coronation of Poppea, (an opera by Claudio Monteverdi, Middleton Hall), Swan Song, (Staged-reading), (by Anton Chekhov, Minerva Theatre), I am Scratch (Staged-reading), (a new play by Benjamin Lyon-Ross, Old Red Lion Theatre), Betjeman with Edward Fox, (Staged-reading), (by Hugh Whitemore, Chichester Festival Theatre)

As Assistant and Staff Director: Nikolai Foster on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, (Based on the novel by Truman Capote, Adapted by Richard Greenburg, Curve Leicester, UK Tour and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Howard Davies on For Services Rendered, (by W Somerset Maugham, Minerva Theatre), Nadia Fall on Way Upstream, (by Alan Ayckbourn, Chichester Festival Theatre), Christopher Morahan on Stevie, (by Hugh Whitemore, Hampstead Theatre), Dale Rooks on The Hundred and One Dalmatians, (by Bryony Lavery, Chichester Festival Theatre), Jonathan Kent on Gypsy, (by Julie Styne & Stephen Sondheim, Chichester Festival Theatre), Max Stafford-Clark on Pitcairn, (by Richard Bean, Chichester Festival Theatre & Out of Joint), Jamie Glover on Miss Julie (by August Strindberg in a version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Minerva Theatre) & Black Comedy, (by Peter Shaffer, Minerva Theatre)





Work History

Trainee Director in residence - Chichester Festival Theatre

Mar 2014 - Present

Founding Member - Assemble Fest

Sep 2013 - Mar 2014

Creative Learning Facilitator - Hull Truck Theatre

Sep 2013 - Feb 2014


Drama and Theatre Practice - Ba Hons - University of Hull

Sep 2010 - Jul 2013