James Dacre

James Dacre's recent directing credits include King James Bible (National Theatre), Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre / Old Vic), The Unconquered (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer), Nightshifts (Traverse) and Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop at the New Vic Theatre where he was Artistic Associate. His world premiere production of The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios) won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a further five awards, Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) won Best Play at the 2011 London Theatre Festival Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, Judgement Day (The Print Room) won an Ian Charleson Best Actress commendation and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe, European Tour and 2012 revival) played in a season which won the UK Theatre Awards' 2011 Renee Stepham Award for touring.

James has directed world premieres by Mike Poulton, Suzan Lori Parks, Torben Betts, Lucy Thurber, Ella Hickson, Katori Hall, Dic Edwards, Ed Kemp, Bekah Brunstetter, Harrison Rivers, Laura Jacqmin, Molly Davies, Nick Cave, James Johnstone and the Bad Seeds amongst others.

He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing, assistant directed for 12 directors including Anne Bogart, Silviu Pucarete and Robert Woodruff and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme and with the Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab.

Teaching includes work at LAMDA, National Youth Theatre, National Theatre Connections, Barnard University, Columbia University, Rose Bruford College and Central School of Speech and Drama.

He is currently preparing to direct The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange Theatre).





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