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Elin Schofield

Director | Writer | Movement Director

 Theatrical Work 



Winner of the Best Director Award 2022                                                            UK Theatre Awards (for ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS)

Longlisted for the Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021                                      Royal Theatrical Support Trust

Nominated for the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund 2021                  Directing Category

Winner of the Bill Cashmore Award 2019                                                           Lyric Hammermith (for Screwdiver)

Judges’ Commendation for Directing 2016                                                        NSDF (For Daniel)


National Theatre at 60 (Closing Performance)                                                          Apr 2024

2024 Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall

Scissors by Chris Bush                                                                                                   Jun -Jul 2022

Sheffield Theatres 

As part of the ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS 50th Anniversary triptych                                                                   

The Queen's Head by Katherine Kotz                                                                         Apr 2021

Part of The Motherhood Project

Streamed by Battersea Arts Centre

Screwdriver by Elin Schofield and Eve Cowley                                                         Various dates 2020 - 2022

Lyric Hammersmith and Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Theatres

Party Empire by David Jarman and  Sheffield Theatres'                                           Jan 2020

Young Company (18-25)                                                                               
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres

You and I by Williams and O’Driscoll                                                                            Jul 2019 
Hope Mill Theatre; Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; 
York Theatre Royal

This is Not a Demo by Sheffield Theatres’ Young Company (18-25)                       Jun 2019
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres

Losing It by Sheffield People’s Theatre Young Company (18-25)                           Jun 2018
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres

Signals by Footprint Theatre                                                                                         Various dates 2018 – 2019
New Diorama; HOME; York Theatre Royal; Crucible Studio;         
The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Northern Stage;

Latitude Festival

The Belief Project by Footprint Theatre                                                                      Mar 2016
Theatre Delicatessen    

Daniel by Footprint Theatre                                                                                           Various dates 2015 – 2017
Royal Exchange Theatre; New Diorama; Theatre Delicatessen; 
Camden People’s Theatre

 Staff, Associate and Assistant Directing 

Standing at the Sky's Edge by Chris Bush, directed by Robert Hastie        Feb 2024 - Aug 2024

Gillian Lynne Theatre, West End

Dear England by James Graham, directed by Rupert Goold                         Oct 2023 - Jan 2024

Prince Edward Theatre, West End

Dear England by James Graham, directed by Rupert Goold                         Jun 2023 - Aug 2023

National Theatre


LOVE by Alexander Zeldin, directed by Alexander Zeldin                                      Feb 2023 - March 2023

Park Avenue Armory, NYC

Standing at the Sky's Edge by Chris Bush, directed by Robert Hastie        Nov 2022 - March 2023

Sheffield Theatres and National Theatre

LOVE by Alexander Zeldin, directed by Alexander Zeldin                                      Sep 2022 - Oct 2022

European Tour

The Narcissist by Christopher Shinn, directed by Josh Seymour.                         Aug 2022 - Sep 2022

Chichester Festival Theatre

LOVE by Alexander Zeldin, directed by Alexander Zeldin                                      Sep 2021 - Nov 2021

European Tour

Talent by Victoria Wood, directed by Paul Foster                                                    Jun 2021 -  Jul 2021
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Theatres

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer,                                                   Various dates 2018 – 2019

directed by Sally Cookson and Mark Kane                                                               
Leicester Square Theatre and National Tour 2019    

hang by debbie tucker green, directed by Taio Lawson                                        Feb 2019 – Mar 2019
Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres

Pop Music by Anna Jordan for Paines Plough, directed by James Grieve          Jun 2018 - Dec 2018
Latitude Festival, Suffolk; Birmingham REP; National Tour    

 Movement Directing/Choreography 


Seagulls by Beth Hyland, directed by Lotte Wakeham                                           Oct – Nov 2019

Bolton Octagon


The Changing Room by Chris Bush, directed by Emily Hutchinson                      Mar 2018

Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres


The Snow Queen by Paper Finch Theatre, directed by Joe Bunce                       Dec 2017- Jan 2018

Theatr Clywd, North Wales      


The Nutcracker by Paper Finch Theatre, directed by Joe Bunce                          Various dates 2014 - 2016

Theatr Clwyd, North Wales 


Departures: A Song Cycle by Bunce and Malone, directed by Joe Bunce          Various dates 2014 - 2016                                  mac, Birmingham; The Pleasance, Islington   


 Writing  and Dramaturgy

Sister, Ulita Theatre                                                                                                         Nov 2020 - Present


Screwdriver, Lyric Hammersmith (Co-Writer)                                                             Various dates 2019-2022


Signals (co-writer), Footprint Theatre                                                                           Various dates 2018-2019


Bronze Age, Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group                                    Jan 2018

Long listed for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018



 Company Directing 


Footprint Theatre Company Director and Co-Founder                                             Dec 2014 – Feb 2020



NT Studio Directors' Course 2023                                                                                 Nov 2023 - Dec 2023

Sheffield Theatres’ The Bank Artist Development Scheme                                      Oct 2019 - Jul 2021   


Introduction to Directing Course (invite only)                                                              May 2020

National Theatre Studio 

Led by Katie Mitchell 

Writing Group                                                                                                                    Apr 2018 - Apr 2019

Sheffield Theatres

Making Work with Young People                                                                                  Jan 2018

Company 3

Introduction to Playwriting Group                                                                                 Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Royal Court


The University of Sheffield:                                                                                             Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

BA (Hons) in English and Theatre 'First Class'

Awarded the Dr. Maisie Glass Prize for Outstanding Attainment

 Recent Employment Experience 

Script Reader                                                                                                                    Feb 2023-Sep 2023

Women's Prize for Playwriting, Paines Plough and Ellie Keel Productions

Resident Director                                                                                                             Dec 2020 - Jul 2021                                        

DCF and United Learning

Script Reader                                                                                                                    Feb 2021

Royal Exchange

Connections Director                                                                                                      Nov 2020 - Present

NT Connections

Curator of The Amber Trap Rapid Write Response Event                                        May 2019

Lead Facilitator                                                                                                                 Apr 2019 - Present
Old Vic


Youth Group Director                                                                                                      Feb 2019 – Aug 2019
Leeds Playhouse

Script Reader                                                                                                                    Feb 2019
Sheffield Theatres     


Bruntwood Prize Script Reader                                                                                     Dec 2018 - Nov 2019
Royal Exchange Theatre     


NSDF Associate                                                                                                                Nov 2018 - Present
National Student Drama Festival

Young Company (18-25) Director                                                                                  Dec 2017 - Feb 2020
Sheffield Theatres     


Director in Residence                                                                                                      Sep 2016 – Mar 2017
Cheltenham College




I have led workshops and projects for a variety of organisations including Sheffield Theatres, The Old Vic, Paines Plough, Derby Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, DaDaFest, University of Manchester, Enrichment for the Elderly and MENCAP and Gateway. I have experience with young companies, artist development projects, summer schools, dementia friendly work and projects with performers with learning disabilities and/or autism. I am a highly experienced and confident facilitator in primary and secondary school, higher education and further education contexts.


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