Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake

Theatre Director

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

Hi, I'm Hannah. I'm a theatre director, producer and dramaturg based in the South West of England where I work freelance as well as running the award-winning site-specific theatre company Insane Root (www.insaneroot.co.uk).

Insane Root's inaugural production of Shakespeare's Macbeth took place in the Redcliffe Caves in July 2015, returning for an extended 6-week run in the summer of 2016. We subsequently produced a new interpretation of the classical myth Orpheus & Eurydice within Clifton Suspension Bridge, which received national acclaim, and in December 2017 we completed a radical reimagining of The Tempest in St John on the Wall's Crypt, which we hope to tour in 2019/20. Our work is characterised by close-knit acapella singing, ensemble staging and expertly adapted text.

My most recent projects include co-directing the critically acclaimed Flies for Pins & Needles and Les Enfants Terribles at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as adapting and directing a vibrant new version of Romeo & Juliet in a disused open air swimming pool in Bristol. I spent most of 2017 as resident director for the National Theatre's tour of Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson. I trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2009-10) where I won the Elsa Roberts Prize for Directing. 

In addition to directing I have dramaturged a number of plays and acted as Script Reader for the Tobacco Factory, Rondo Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. I am also a regular Visiting Director at the University of Cumbria and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and have taught at the University of Bath Spa as well as running theatre workshops.

Work History

Administration Manager - Drake Associates

Apr 2014 - Present

Auditioner - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Jun 2010 - Present

Theatre Director - Freelance

Feb 2010 - Present


Drama Directing - MA - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Apr 2009 - Jul 2010

Classical Studies & Latin - MA Hons (2:1) - University of St Andrews

Sep 2004 - Jun 2008


  • Mentoring
  • Training and Education
  • Arts Fundraising
  • Assistant Directing
  • Copy-editing
  • Directing
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Teaching