Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson

Current Employment:

Resident Practitioner at Almeida Theatre, Islington

Resident Director of Youth Actors Company, New Wimbledon Theatre

Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Pop-Up Theatre Company Ltd


Directing Credits:

Our Life – New Wimbledon Studio – New Wimbledon Theatre (December 2013)

The Collective Project – The Pensive Federation – Camden People’s Theatre (November 2013)

My Ghost (Based on Ibsen’s Ghosts) – Tour – Almeida Theatre (November 2013)

The Gossip (Assistant Director) – Writers Avenue - Soho Theatre (November ’13)

Cause and Effect – Ghost Dog Productions - Horse Theatre Bar (November 2013)

Play in a Day – Middlesex University Theatre (October 2013)

A play in a day – Camden Peoples Theatre – Camden Fringe (August 2013)

A play in a day – RADA - Pop-Up Theatre Company – (July 2013)

Tiresias and the boy (Paul Webster) – RADA/Vauxhall Tavern – (July 2013)

Popcorn Saturday – Westminster Library – RealDeal Theatre (June 2013)

Britain’s Got Talons– Hen & Chickens – Embers Theatre Co. (April/May 2013)

Partners in Crime – a tragic coincidence? – Birkbeck Arts Festival – MA Text and Performance (May 2013)

The Trunk– Babble Jar – Pop-Up Theatre Company (April 2013)

(Associate Director) Imagining – Babble Jar – Kimbo Theatre Company (April 2013)

‘Project Regeneration’ – RADA – MA Text and Performance (March 2013)

The Changeling – RADA – MA Text and Performance (December 2012)

Twelfth Night – Bridge Academy/Shakespeare’s Globe (November 2012)

Little Shop of Horrors – Bridge Academy (July 2012)

Barbican Box (Devised) – Barbican/Pit Theatre In association with ‘Told by an idiot’ (June 2012)

NB. A full list of Assistant/Directing credits pre-2012 are available on request



MA Text and Performance - RADA/Birkbeck

PGCE Drama – Goldsmiths College, University of London

BA (Hons) Acting (2:1) – Bretton Hall, University of Leeds


Skills and Experience

As a director my credits are informed and supported by my experience and original training as an actor and 5 years’ experience as a drama teacher/head of department in a Hackney school. This has enabled me to direct a wide range of theatrical forms with actors at varying stages of their careers. I have a broad and extensive knowledge of theatre practitioners and have worked closely with a number of theatre companies, most recently Complicite. I have experience of directing classical texts, new writing and devised work. I am currently working under the guidance of Paul Sirett in development of my own work for performance as both my dissertation at RADA and at London fringe venues.

I have vast experience of the planning and delivery of workshops to a number of different participants in various contexts. I have delivered workshops in Leeds, Edinburgh and London at venues including The Globe, The Barbican, RADA, Birkbeck, University of Leeds and Carriage Works Theatre amongst others. I have devised and ran a number of community theatre projects including T.I.E in primary schools, prisons, adult and youth theatre groups. I have recently (August 2013) been appointed as Resident Director of Youth Acting Company at New Wimbledon Theatre and Resident Practitioner at The Almeida Theatre.



Comedy, Mask work, LABAN, Playwriting, Voice - Various

Directors and Practitioners of the 1960’s – RADA

Playing Shakespeare - The Globe

Devising – Told By an Idiot

Devising – Complicite