Main Stage Director in Residence

In 2014, the Citizens Theatre appointed Gareth Nicholls as the first Main Stage Director in Residence, a new two-year residency supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Gareth’s residency began in August 2014 as Assistant Director on Dominic Hill’s production of Hamlet. In May 2015, Gareth will direct Blythe Duff and Cliff Burnett in Into That Darkness by Gitta Sereny. The play was adapted in 1994 by Robert David MacDonald, one of the three artistic leaders of the Citizens Theatre from 1971 – 2003.

During his residency, Gareth will be supported and mentored by Dominic Hill, one of Scotland’s most respected Directors. His residency will culminate in the direction of a classic play on our iconic Main Stage.

Gareth trained on the Contemporary Theatre Practice Course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been a National Theatre of Scotland Emerging Artist and Imaginate Artist in Residence. Gareth is also an Associate Artist of Company of Angels, London. He directed Gary McNair’s Donald Robertson is Not A Stand Up Comedian which won a host of four- and five-star reviews at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the ‘Flying Artichoke’ (Scottish Art Club award). His 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show A Gambler’s Guide to Dying won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and was selected for the Holden Street Theatre Award, enabling the show to transfer to the Adelaide Fringe in February 2016.

During his residency at the Citizens, Gareth assisted Artistic Director Dominic Hill on his 2014 production of Hamlet . In May 2015, Gareth directed Into That Darkness starring Blythe Duff and Cliff Burnett, winning 5-star reviews from The Scotsman and The Guardian. He directed Sam Holcroft’s Vanya in the Circle Studio in October 2015 as part of the Citizens’ Up Close season celebrating the legacy of the short-lived Close Theatre and in February 2016 directs David Harrower’s Blackbird on the Main Stage.

“I am delighted to take up post as the Citizens Main Stage Director In Residence and I’m looking forward to the many opportunities this unique role will bring to my development as a director. The chance to work with one of the most exciting companies in the UK is a thrilling prospect and something I’m very much looking forward to.”
Gareth Nicholls in April 2014

You can find out more about Gareth’s work on his website.

The Main Stage Director in Residence post was created to support a mid-career director to effect change in their professional skills and practice. The post was originally offered in partnership with Untitled Projects who sadly announced in December 2014 that they would no longer be making work together.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation

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Jerwood Charitable Foundation.