Hannah Drake

Hannah is a freelance theatre director and co-creator of site-specific theatre company Insane Root. In 2017 she was Resident Director for the UK national tour of Jane Eyre for the NT.



Hannah is a Theatre Director, Dramaturg and Producer based in the South West of England. In 2017 she was Resident Director on the UK Tour of Jane Eyre for the National Theatre/BOV, assisting the excellent Sally Cookson.

Hannah trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2009-10) where she was awarded the Elsa Roberts Prize for Directing. She subsequently spent a year on placement at the Rondo Theatre in Bath – a fantastic fringe venue specialising in new work with an eclectic programme – of which she remains an Associate Director.

​In 2014 Hannah joined with fellow Bristol-based Actor and Producer Justin Palmer to found the award-winning, site-specific theatre company Insane Root – to produce known stories in unknown locations. Critically acclaimed productions of Macbeth in the Redcliffe Caves, Orpheus & Eurydice in the Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults and The Tempest in St John on the Wall’s Crypt have earned the company national recognition and a loyal following in the South West.

In addition to directing she has dramaturged a number of plays (Orpheus & Eurydice, Snow Maiden, The Bluebird, Lockdown, Brave Tin Soldier) and acted as Script Reader for the Tobacco Factory, Rondo Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. She has been a regular Visiting Director at the University of Cumbria and at the University of Bath Spa, and maintains strong links with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as auditioner, visiting director and tutor across the acting and directing courses.