Elayce Ismail

I am a freelance theatre director and RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage. I was Resident Director at the NT Studio in 2014/15, having won the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors. My focus is on new writing and devised theatre, and I’ve directed work for the NT, Deutsches Theater, Young Vic, Gate, Royal Court, Royal Opera House, Soho, HighTide, Talawa, Yard and Almeida.

Prior to directing, I produced for companies including Complicite; founded and ran Offstage Theatre; and performed internationally with companies including Complicite/ENO, Oily Cart and RSC.

The knowledge I gained as a producer and performer are a valuable asset to the SDUK board, as is my experience of working with a range of touring and building-based companies. I love to be an advocate for early career directors and to use my understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing directors today to build a more sustainable industry.