Hannah will soon be directing Mother Courage at Southwark Playhouse, starring Josie Lawrence.
Recent directing credits include: Flashdance (UK Tour); workshop productions of Angry Birds (Mountview) and Em (Central School of Speech & Drama); Rent (Urdang Academy); Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); the UK professional premiere of the musical Side Show at the Southwark Playhouse; Down the Dock Road by Alan Bleasdale (Liverpool Royal Court), Brass for NYMT at Hackney Empire, Rags & Amour (both at the Royal Academy of Music), Ragtime (Urdang), Marry Me a Little (St James’ Studio), No Reasonable Offer Refused – reading (Park Theatre) & Teechers for the John Godber Theatre Company.
Hannah studied Drama at the University of Hull and immediately after graduating, she was Assistant Director to Matthew Warchus on the play Art in London and New York. She then won a Bursary from the Channel 4 Directors’ scheme and spent a year as Mark Clements’ assistant at Derby Playhouse where she directed her first main stage production – John Godber’s Perfect Pitch and stayed on as Director in Residence for a further two years, co-directing two pantomimes and directing The Blue Room by David Hare, Life in the Theatre by David Mamet and On The Piste by John Godber. During her time in Derby, Hannah was also responsible for developing new writing, working on over 15 world Premieres.
After leaving Derby, Hannah returned to London to direct Jamie Theakston, Steve McGann and Chris Luscombe in Art by Yasmina Reza at the Whitehall Theatre and then spent three months in Manchester as Associate Director for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
In 2003, Hannah became the youngest women to become an Artistic Director in the UK, when Harrogate Theatre appointed her at the age of 25. For her first production, she did the regional premiere of Art with Les Dennis, Christopher Cazenove and John Duttine, which then toured nationally. Her second production, Teechers, transferred to The Globe Theatre in Warsaw Poland.
Other productions for Harrogate include Side by Side by Sondheim and Putting it Together, Bouncers, the Fats Waller Musical Ain’t Misbehavin, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Camping Cleo Emmanuelle and Dick, The Fantastiks, the critically-acclaimed Steaming (performed in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths), Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, two plays performed simultaneously by one cast which saw a dramatic re-design of Harrogate Theatre’s auditorium, allowing it to temporarily become two spaces.
After leaving Harrogate, Hannah directed the critically-acclaimed West End revival of Side by Side by Sondheim at the Venue Theatre as well as, Abigail’s Party at the Northcott Theatre Exeter and Teechers at the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, Dick Whittington at Salisbury Playhouse, a tour of Grumpy Old Women Live, The Snow Queen at Derby Theatre, the world premiere of Horrid Henry – Live and Horrid! Tour and West-End, Kiss of the Spiderwomen for Hull Truck, The Tempest, Guildford Shakespeare Festival; Wind in the Willows Derby Theatre; the World Premiere of Pushing up Poppies at Theatre 503; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Hull Truck & tour, and Much Ado About Nothing for Guildford Shakespeare festival.
Hannah was Associate Director on Matthew Warchus’ acclaimed production of Boeing Boeing, directing 4 casts in London, 2 on Broadway and 1 in Melbourne.
In 2011 Hannah founded ‘Norf and Sauf’ with actor Les Dennis. Their first project, the World Premiere of a new play ‘Jigsy’, played to critical acclaim in Edinburgh, London, Bristol and Liverpool.