PROFILE

Ed has worked as a director, assistant director and resident director in a number of different genres.

Most recently, Ed was the assistant to Stephen Daldry and Julian Webber and resident director for the first UK Tour of Billy Elliot The Musical. As part of his work, he has put 5 boys into the show as Billy and his work with the “Michael” cast resulted in a nomination for the boys as best newcomers in the Manchester Theatre Awards 2017.

His work as Writer and Director of Black was nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and playing with form as part of its month long run at Assembly in Edinburgh (produced by SOHO Theatre). Black then went on to performances at Contact Theatre, Manchester and Theatre Royal, Stratford East this year (2017).

His work with orchestrator Julian Kelly has enabled a series of workshops hosted by University of Chichester exploring the neglected work of Richard Maltby and David Shire and Stephen Sondheim with special permission from the authors to reimagine small revues as fully coherent orchestral ensemble works.

As well as directing, Ed has considerable experience working with young people and community groups of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities. He has been a visiting practitioner for Old Vic New Voices most recently running a day’s course in the practice of American Acting Teacher Sandford Meisner. He regularly visits conservatoires including Trinity Laban, Urdang, BRIT School and Italia Conti as both an acting teacher and director. He has also run workshops for BBC Shakespeare for Schools, Birmingham Stage Company and Billy Elliot.

Ed trained originally as an actor. Notable credits as an actor include: Power (National Theatre), Iphigenia at Aulis (Oxford Playhouse), The Tempest and Macbeth (Large Scale National Tours), Cinderella (London), The Iron Eyelashes (Croydon, Dublin, Ipswich) as well as dancing for Jane Campion in Bright Star, playing a dancing dad in a campaign for Samsung and reciting Homeric Greek at King’s Place (Poet in the City, London).

Awards:

Scotsman Fringe First for Jekyll,

Spotlight Award 2003 for best newcomers

Nominated Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form for Black (2015)

Billy Elliot nominated for Best Musical at Manchester Theatre Awards.