Freelance theatre director & movement director | Associate Director [Learn & Train] at Frantic Assembly | Co-director of ensemble company Rough Fiction | Selector for The National Student Drama Festival (nsdf.org.uk).
Currently directing Othello for Frantic Assembly and The National Youth Theatre (The Ambassadors Theatre, West End), and movement directing The Box of Delights adapted by Piers Torday and directed by Justin Audibert (Wilton’s Music Hall).
Movement Directing / Choreography
The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre West End), The White Bike (The Space Theatre, East London), Romeo and Juliet, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Youth Theatre Wales / Frantic Assembly), Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse), Out of The Cage (Rose Theatre, Kingston and Park Theatre, London), The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Kingdom by Colin Teevan (Soho Theatre), 99…100 (National Theatre of Scotland, Site-specific in Fife), Mixter Maxter (National Theatre of Scotland, St Magnus Festival Orkney). As Associate: The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time (National Theatre / West End), 365 (National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival).
The Soldier’s Tale (Rough Fiction/ London Arts Orchestra), His Wild Imaginings: a journey through Symphonie Fantastique (currently in development with Rough Fiction, London Arts Orchestra), The Last of The Lake (Regional Tour), The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Ensemble Company Pop-up London Tour), Memory (Pimlico Academy), Killing Alan (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival), Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire (Underbelly, Edinburgh / National Student Drama Festival) and The Big Half, the small half (The Pleasance, Islington) – all for Rough Fiction. Out of Sight (Frantic Assembly / London Youth Circus), Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block (Library Theatre Manchester), Siblings: Gate Ink (The Gate Theatre, London), Do You See Mice? and A Treadmark On My Heart by Joseph Millington (Theatre 503).
The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Youth Theatre Wales / Frantic Assembly), The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Derby Live / Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse / Peter Huntley Productions).
Ravenhill for Breakfast (Paines Plough / Traverse Theatre), 365 (assistant movement to Steven Hoggett – The National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Chapter Two and The Golden Goose (Library Theatre Manchester), Cinderella (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).
Training and Research
I was Trainee director at the Library Theatre Manchester 2006-2007. I took the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course in 2010 and trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck University of London, supported by Arts Council England and the AHRC award for professional preparation in the Arts. Whilst on the program I worked with Motley Design School and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, notably training with Patsy Rodenburg. Physical training and research has focused on the work of Moshé Feldenkrais, Anna Halprin and Rudolf Laban with practitioners including Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham, Libby Worth and Prof. Richard Alan Cave (Feldenkrais / RSC).
I have over four years experience as Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance at London South Bank University, hold an HEA Fellowship, and deliver the practical modules on Frantic Assembly’s MA in collaborative theatre making with Coventry University. I have worked as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London and Portsmouth University, as well as continuing to delivering yearly sessions on devised theatre for the Theatre Directing MFA at Birkbeck University.
Read an interview with me about movement directing on Ideastap here: http://www.ideastap.com/IdeasMag/Jotw/simon-pittman-movement-director