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Caitlin McLeod

Director

Caitlin was Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 2011-12. She has been directing in the UK and USA since 2009 when she was awarded the Buzz Goodbody Director Award at NSDF.

 

Caitlin was Artistic Associate with HighTide in 2015 and one of the original Old Vic 12 in 2016. In 2017 she won a Sky Academy Scholarship to fund her new-writing company – The Coterie – which promotes and develops the work of artists who are women. www.thecoterieplatform.com

 

In theatre development, Caitlin directed the Royal Court’s Primetime showcase for young writers and formerly ran the Peckham Young Writers group with the Court’s ‘Theatre Local’ program. She has directed the Rose Theatre Kingston’s writer’s program and Caitlin’s production of And I And Silence at the Finborough Theatre was created in association with Clean Break.

 

Caitlin is currently script reader for the Royal Court, The O’Neill Award (USA), The Bruntwood Prize and the Old Vic.

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Credits

THEATRE
Date: 2021
Production (role):
Untitled Commission
Company:
Almeida Theatre
Project details:
By Laurie Nunn
Date: 2020
Production (role):
IVY TILLER: VICAR'S DAUGHTER, SQUIRREL KILLER
Company:
RSC
Project details:
By Bea Roberts
Date: 2019
Production (role):
SHIPWRECK (Associate)
Company:
Almeida
Project details:
By Anne Washburn

Directed by Rupert Goold
Date: 2018
Production (role):
KETTLE OF FISH
Company:
THe Yard
Project details:
By Brad Birth
Date: 2018
Production (role):
UTILITY
Company:
The Orange Tree Theatre
Project details:
By Emily Schwend
Date: 2018
Production (role):
RETURNING TO HAIFA
Company:
Finborough Theatre
Project details:
Adapted by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace
Date: 2017
Production (role):
DEN
Company:
The Coterie
Project details:
By EV Crowe with support from the RSC and the Almeida Theatre
Date: 2017
Production (role):
C-WORD CLUBHOUSE
Company:
The Coterie (FERMENT Festival)
Project details:
By Bea Roberts
Date: 2017
Production (role):
KING TROLL

Company:
The Coterie
Project details:
By Sonali Bhattacharyya

In Development
Date: 2017
Production (role):
HomeTruths (Co-Director)
Company:
Cardboard Citizens Anniversary Festival at The Bunker
Project details:
Writers: EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten. Nessah Muthy, Chris Connell, Lin Coghlan, Heathcote Williams, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Stef Smith, David Watson
Date: 2016
Production (role):
ONE FLEA SPARE
Company:
Playhouse Creatures
Project details:
By Naomi Wallace

Performed at Sheen Center New York
Date: 2015
Production (role):
A FURTHER EDUCATION
Company:
Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Project details:
By Will Mortimer
Date: 2015
Production (role):
BRENDA
Company:
HighTide Festival / London Transfer TBC
Project details:
By EV Crowe
Date: 2015
Production (role):
POLAR BEARS
Company:
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Project details:
By Amy Rosenthal
Date: 2015
Production (role):
MATCHBOX (Associate Director)
Company:
Hampstead Theatre
Project details:
By Michael Frayn

Dir. Hamish McColl
Date: 2015
Production (role):
POLAR BEARS
Company:
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Project details:
By Amy Rosenthal
Date: 2014
Production (role):
AND I AND SILENCE
Company:
Signature Theatre New York
Project details:
By Naomi Wallace

US Premiere
Date: 2014
Production (role):
LUCKY COUNTRY
Company:
NT Studio
Project details:
By Laurie Nunn

Workshop
Date: 2014
Production (role):
"BONKERS"
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Workshop

In development for 2015 event
Date: 2014
Production (role):
THE MALCONTENT
Company:
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Project details:
By John Marston

Opening Session
Date: 2013
Production (role):
COMMONWEATH
Company:
Almeida Theatre
Project details:
By Roz Wyllie
Date: 2013
Production (role):
THE RED SET
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Staged Reading

New Plays from Chile 40th Anniversary
Date: 2013
Production (role):
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Company:
Theatre Rond-Point, Paris
Project details:
By Mike Bartlett

Staged Reading
Date: 2013
Production (role):
FACTS
Company:
Finsborough Theatre
Project details:
By Arthur Miller

European Premiere
Date: 2013
Production (role):
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Company:
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Project details:
By Lillian Hellman
Date: 2013
Production (role):
STRANGE INTERLUDE (Assistant Director)
Company:
National Theatre
Project details:
By Eugene O'Neil

Dir. Simon Godwin
Date: 2012
Production (role):
MAHUA
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Staged Reading. “Season of Indian Playwrights”
Date: 2012
Production (role):
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Assistant Director)
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
By Mike Bartlett

Dir. James Grieve
Date: 2012
Production (role):
LOVE AND INFORMATION (Assistant Director)
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Dir. Dominic Cooke
Date: 2012
Production (role):
IN BASILDON (Assistant Director)
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
By David Eldridge

Dir. Dominic Cooke
Date: 2011
Production (role):
HAMLET (Assistant Director)
Company:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Project details:
Dir. Dominic Dromgoole
Date: 2011
Production (role):
AND I AND SILENCE
Company:
Finsborough Theatre
Project details:
By Naomi Wallace

World Premiere
Date: 2011
Production (role):
NORTHERN STAR
Company:
Finsborough Theatre
Project details:
By Stewart Parker

GB Premiere
FILM / TV / AUDIO
Date: 2020
Production (role):
COCOON (Writer/Director)
Company:
Naked Productions
Project details:
Audio Drama
New Creatives North commission
Date: 2020
Production (role):
EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' (Director)
Company:
Headlong Theatre and Century Films for the BBC
Project details:
Digital Play
By Chloe Lamford
Staring Sue Johnston and Denise Gough
Date: 2020
Production (role):
A GAZA WEEKEND (Feature - 3rd AD)
Project details:
By Basil Khalil
Date: 2019
Production (role):
PLANTLIFE (Director/Writer)
Project details:
Selected for UNDERWIRE festival; Finalist for LIFT-OFF Festival 2019
Date: 2018
Production (role):
WE DON'T MAKE TEA (Director/Writer)
Project details:
With EV CROWE
BOOKS
Date: 2006
Production (role):
UNDER THE STAIRS
Project details:
Poetry

New Poems on the Underground - 10th Edition
AWARDS
Date: 2018-19
Production (role):
RESIDENT DIRECTOR
Company:
Almeida Theatre
Date: 2016
Production (role):
OLD VIC 12 TALENT SCHEME
Date: 2016
Production (role):
SKY ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Company:
Sky Media
Date: 2010
Production (role):
University of Warwick
Project details:
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre
Date: 2010
Production (role):
The Humana National Ten-Minute Playwright Contest
Project details:
Finalist - EXIT OF THE REST (Playwriting)
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Buzz Goodbody Best Director Award
Project details:
For ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD, NSDF 09
Date: 2008
Production (role):
The Humana National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Project details:
Finalist - MEMORY OF LEAVES (Playwriting)
REVIEWS
Production (role):
UTILITY
Company:
By Emily Schwend, Orange Tree Theatre
Project details:
BEST NEW PLAY Off West End Awards nomination
★★★★ "This prize-winning American play by Emily Schwend is the latest hit in an astonishing run of form for the Orange Tree" - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

★★★★ "Brings an unpatronising candour to its graceful, low-key depiction of life in breadline America." - Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times

★★★★"The political and dramatic significance of Schwend’s play lies in texture, rather than incident. In common with writers such as Annie Baker, Alexander Zeldin and Barney Norris, she concentrates on the minutiae that make up the quality of life for her characters." - Sarah Hemming, FT
Production (role):
BRENDA
Company:
By EV Crowe, HighTide / The Yard
Project details:
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Female Arts

Four Off West End Awards nominations
Trailer: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3fdt9z4kCw)

“Visionary and magical” - The Telegraph

“I honestly love this knotty Beckett shit. It’s dark as a bat’s eyeballs but it tells you the truth about what it means to be alive.” - Huffington Post

'Huffington Post: 2015's Best Theatre'
“E.V. Crowe's play was like a beautiful hymn that you thought you'd never heard but actually somehow you knew all the words to. It wasn't like watching something, it was like being inside something. Maybe this is what it feels like for people who actually know how to do meditation. You feel like you've spent an hour watching nothing, and then you realize that you have in fact learned this weird dark secret about the human condition.” - Jessie Thompson

“Caitlin McLeod’s production plays intriguing games with reality...Alison O’Donnell and Jack Tarlton perform excellently” - The Guardian

“EV Crowe has won awards aplenty for her work and it’s easy to see why: her writing is intense, probing and almost perversely unknowable’...Beckett definitely haunts EV Crowe’s searching new play...properly intriguing” - Time Out

Production (role):
RETURNING TO HAIFA
Company:
By Ghassan Kanafani, adapted by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, Finborough Theatre
Project details:
★★★★ The Guardian
“Commissioned by New York’s Public Theater, this play never reached the stage because of pressure from the board. They missed a trick because it is a powerful and disturbing piece now receiving its belated premiere.”

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
“As quietly shattering as it is gently complex.”
Production (role):
AND I AND SILENCE
Company:
By Naomi Wallace, Signature Theatre New York
Project details:
“Fervently acted and gracefully directed by Caitlin McLeod”
DAVID COTE, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“A typically first-class production by the Signature, with the director Caitlin McLeod”
CHARLES ISHERWOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Under Caitlin McLeod's direction the four actresses infuse Wallace's work with deep feeling. [A] stark, elegiac drama.”
THE NEW YORKER

"**** Four Stars"
FINANACIAL TIMES
Production (role):
AND I AND SILENCE
Company:
Finsborough Theatre
Project details:
By Naomi Wallace

Time Out Critics’ Choice
Evening Standard Critics’ Choice

★★★★ Four Stars, The Times
★★★★ Four Stars, The Guardian
★★★★ Four Stars, Financial Times
★★★★ Four Stars, Time Out
★★★★ Four Stars, WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Four Stars, Evening Standard

Shortlisted for Best New Play (Off-West End Awards)

“UNMISSABLE”
LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN (best plays of 2011)

“AND I AND SILENCE, Finborough: a 70-min two-hander(ish) that says everything I AM THE WIND wanted to and much more. Wise and powerful 4*”
IAN SHUTTLEWORTH, FINANCIAL TIMES

“Director Caitlin McLeod has fashioned an intense, gripping production…For a potent reminder of the unbeatable power of theatre”
FIONA MOUNTFORD
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
First Class Degree, BA with Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Warwick, 2007 - 10

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2021
    Production (role): Untitled Commission
    Company: Almeida Theatre
    Project details: By Laurie Nunn
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): IVY TILLER: VICAR'S DAUGHTER, SQUIRREL KILLER
    Company: RSC
    Project details: By Bea Roberts
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): SHIPWRECK (Associate)
    Company: Almeida
    Project details: By Anne Washburn

    Directed by Rupert Goold
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): KETTLE OF FISH
    Company: THe Yard
    Project details: By Brad Birth
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): UTILITY
    Company: The Orange Tree Theatre
    Project details: By Emily Schwend
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): RETURNING TO HAIFA
    Company: Finborough Theatre
    Project details: Adapted by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): DEN
    Company: The Coterie
    Project details: By EV Crowe with support from the RSC and the Almeida Theatre
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): C-WORD CLUBHOUSE
    Company: The Coterie (FERMENT Festival)
    Project details: By Bea Roberts
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): KING TROLL

    Company: The Coterie
    Project details: By Sonali Bhattacharyya

    In Development
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): HomeTruths (Co-Director)
    Company: Cardboard Citizens Anniversary Festival at The Bunker
    Project details: Writers: EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten. Nessah Muthy, Chris Connell, Lin Coghlan, Heathcote Williams, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Stef Smith, David Watson
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): ONE FLEA SPARE
    Company: Playhouse Creatures
    Project details: By Naomi Wallace

    Performed at Sheen Center New York
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): A FURTHER EDUCATION
    Company: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
    Project details: By Will Mortimer
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): BRENDA
    Company: HighTide Festival / London Transfer TBC
    Project details: By EV Crowe
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): POLAR BEARS
    Company: West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Project details: By Amy Rosenthal
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): MATCHBOX (Associate Director)
    Company: Hampstead Theatre
    Project details: By Michael Frayn

    Dir. Hamish McColl
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): POLAR BEARS
    Company: West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Project details: By Amy Rosenthal
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): AND I AND SILENCE
    Company: Signature Theatre New York
    Project details: By Naomi Wallace

    US Premiere
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): LUCKY COUNTRY
    Company: NT Studio
    Project details: By Laurie Nunn

    Workshop
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): "BONKERS"
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Workshop

    In development for 2015 event
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): THE MALCONTENT
    Company: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
    Project details: By John Marston

    Opening Session
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): COMMONWEATH
    Company: Almeida Theatre
    Project details: By Roz Wyllie
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): THE RED SET
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Staged Reading

    New Plays from Chile 40th Anniversary
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
    Company: Theatre Rond-Point, Paris
    Project details: By Mike Bartlett

    Staged Reading
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): FACTS
    Company: Finsborough Theatre
    Project details: By Arthur Miller

    European Premiere
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
    Company: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Project details: By Lillian Hellman
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): STRANGE INTERLUDE (Assistant Director)
    Company: National Theatre
    Project details: By Eugene O'Neil

    Dir. Simon Godwin
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): MAHUA
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Staged Reading. “Season of Indian Playwrights”
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Assistant Director)
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: By Mike Bartlett

    Dir. James Grieve
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): LOVE AND INFORMATION (Assistant Director)
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Dir. Dominic Cooke
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): IN BASILDON (Assistant Director)
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: By David Eldridge

    Dir. Dominic Cooke
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): HAMLET (Assistant Director)
    Company: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Project details: Dir. Dominic Dromgoole
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): AND I AND SILENCE
    Company: Finsborough Theatre
    Project details: By Naomi Wallace

    World Premiere
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): NORTHERN STAR
    Company: Finsborough Theatre
    Project details: By Stewart Parker

    GB Premiere
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): COCOON (Writer/Director)
    Company: Naked Productions
    Project details: Audio Drama
    New Creatives North commission
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' (Director)
    Company: Headlong Theatre and Century Films for the BBC
    Project details: Digital Play
    By Chloe Lamford
    Staring Sue Johnston and Denise Gough
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): A GAZA WEEKEND (Feature - 3rd AD)
    Company:
    Project details: By Basil Khalil
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): PLANTLIFE (Director/Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: Selected for UNDERWIRE festival; Finalist for LIFT-OFF Festival 2019
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): WE DON'T MAKE TEA (Director/Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: With EV CROWE
  • Date
    Publication (role)
    Project details
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): UNDER THE STAIRS
    Project details: Poetry

    New Poems on the Underground - 10th Edition
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018-19
    Production (role): RESIDENT DIRECTOR
    Company: Almeida Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): OLD VIC 12 TALENT SCHEME
    Company:
    Project details:
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): SKY ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
    Company: Sky Media
    Project details:
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): University of Warwick
    Company:
    Project details: Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): The Humana National Ten-Minute Playwright Contest
    Company:
    Project details: Finalist - EXIT OF THE REST (Playwriting)
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Buzz Goodbody Best Director Award
    Company:
    Project details: For ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD, NSDF 09
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): The Humana National Ten-Minute Play Contest
    Company:
    Project details: Finalist - MEMORY OF LEAVES (Playwriting)
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): UTILITY
    Company: By Emily Schwend, Orange Tree Theatre
    Project details: BEST NEW PLAY Off West End Awards nomination
    ★★★★ "This prize-winning American play by Emily Schwend is the latest hit in an astonishing run of form for the Orange Tree" - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

    ★★★★ "Brings an unpatronising candour to its graceful, low-key depiction of life in breadline America." - Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times

    ★★★★"The political and dramatic significance of Schwend’s play lies in texture, rather than incident. In common with writers such as Annie Baker, Alexander Zeldin and Barney Norris, she concentrates on the minutiae that make up the quality of life for her characters." - Sarah Hemming, FT
  • Production (role): BRENDA
    Company: By EV Crowe, HighTide / The Yard
    Project details: ★★★★ The Guardian
    ★★★★ The Telegraph
    ★★★★ The Stage
    ★★★★ Female Arts

    Four Off West End Awards nominations
    Trailer: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3fdt9z4kCw)

    “Visionary and magical” - The Telegraph

    “I honestly love this knotty Beckett shit. It’s dark as a bat’s eyeballs but it tells you the truth about what it means to be alive.” - Huffington Post

    'Huffington Post: 2015's Best Theatre'
    “E.V. Crowe's play was like a beautiful hymn that you thought you'd never heard but actually somehow you knew all the words to. It wasn't like watching something, it was like being inside something. Maybe this is what it feels like for people who actually know how to do meditation. You feel like you've spent an hour watching nothing, and then you realize that you have in fact learned this weird dark secret about the human condition.” - Jessie Thompson

    “Caitlin McLeod’s production plays intriguing games with reality...Alison O’Donnell and Jack Tarlton perform excellently” - The Guardian

    “EV Crowe has won awards aplenty for her work and it’s easy to see why: her writing is intense, probing and almost perversely unknowable’...Beckett definitely haunts EV Crowe’s searching new play...properly intriguing” - Time Out

  • Production (role): RETURNING TO HAIFA
    Company: By Ghassan Kanafani, adapted by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, Finborough Theatre
    Project details: ★★★★ The Guardian
    “Commissioned by New York’s Public Theater, this play never reached the stage because of pressure from the board. They missed a trick because it is a powerful and disturbing piece now receiving its belated premiere.”

    ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
    “As quietly shattering as it is gently complex.”
  • Production (role): AND I AND SILENCE
    Company: By Naomi Wallace, Signature Theatre New York
    Project details: “Fervently acted and gracefully directed by Caitlin McLeod”
    DAVID COTE, TIME OUT NEW YORK

    “A typically first-class production by the Signature, with the director Caitlin McLeod”
    CHARLES ISHERWOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES

    “Under Caitlin McLeod's direction the four actresses infuse Wallace's work with deep feeling. [A] stark, elegiac drama.”
    THE NEW YORKER

    "**** Four Stars"
    FINANACIAL TIMES
  • Production (role): AND I AND SILENCE
    Company: Finsborough Theatre
    Project details: By Naomi Wallace

    Time Out Critics’ Choice
    Evening Standard Critics’ Choice

    ★★★★ Four Stars, The Times
    ★★★★ Four Stars, The Guardian
    ★★★★ Four Stars, Financial Times
    ★★★★ Four Stars, Time Out
    ★★★★ Four Stars, WhatsOnStage
    ★★★★ Four Stars, Evening Standard

    Shortlisted for Best New Play (Off-West End Awards)

    “UNMISSABLE”
    LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN (best plays of 2011)

    “AND I AND SILENCE, Finborough: a 70-min two-hander(ish) that says everything I AM THE WIND wanted to and much more. Wise and powerful 4*”
    IAN SHUTTLEWORTH, FINANCIAL TIMES

    “Director Caitlin McLeod has fashioned an intense, gripping production…For a potent reminder of the unbeatable power of theatre”
    FIONA MOUNTFORD
  • First Class Degree, BA with Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Warwick, 2007 - 10