Ellen Havard

Ellen is an emerging director, in both scripted and devised work.

Story drives her work, informed through visual image and emotional connection. Ellen is also strong on collaboration and ensemble theatre.

She is always on the look out for fellow conspirators to do business with…
Ellen has recently moved to Bristol after being brought up here and worked as a director and assistant director in London and Oxford after training at Central School of Speech and Drama, and would like to start to develop work in the city.

As well as directing, Ellen has experience of dramaturgy and writing. Currently she is working on a devised piece, based on a short story she has written.

Ellen is an emerging director, working in both scripted and devised contexts. Ellen has experience as both a director and an assistant director. Story drives her work, informed through visual image, aural experience and emotional connection. She is interested in making theatre that is accessible for a wide audience, to encourage audiences to return to the theatre time and time again.

Ellen is Artist in Residence at Oxford Playhouse on the Evolve residency scheme. She will be focusing her year as Artist in Residence on a a devised piece of children’s theatre, based on a short story she has written called Hurricane Boy.

Most recently Ellen directed a piece of site specific promenade; ‘The Street’ with 14-18 Drama Company at Oval House as part of ‘Truth about Youth’, the Co-Operative Foundation funded, national project. The show took place on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, in local shops and businesses. The production written by the young people themselves with support from award winning writer, Rachel De-Lahay.

Ellen has worked with Shared Experience, Oxford Playhouse, Tricycle Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Oval House Theatre in their respective outreach/participation departments, facilitating process and performance based work with young people from a variety of communities including young offenders, new communities as well as children in statutory and private education settings.

Ellen was Resident Director for MCS/Oxford Playhouse 2011-2012. She graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010.

Directing credits include:

The Street, Oval House 
The Grandfathers, NTConnections for Oxford Playhouse
Six Characters in Search of an Author, MCS Oxford

Assisting credits include:

Lord of the Flies, Joanne Pearce and Adrian Noble (a new adaptation for stage by Joanne Pearce)
Bicycle Boy, Oxford Playhouse, Helen Eastman
Peter Pan, Bristol Old Vic, Sally Cookson
The Tempest, Theatre Royal Bath, Adrian Noble
Aeneid; A Journey, Oxford Playhouse, Joanne Pearce
The Story of the Four Minute Mile, Oxford Playhouse, Jake Oldershaw
Speechless, Shared Experience, Polly Teale
The Site, Heat&Light at Hampstead Theatre, Thomas Hescott