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Kayleigh Hawkins

Director Greater Manchester

I am a director and theatre-maker living in Manchester. I direct reinterpretations of classics and collaborate on new writing and devised work. I facilitate democratic rehearsal processes and workshops with a focus on co-creation. I am interested in theatrical work which retains it's entertainment status whilst expanding our expectations of form, quality and ultimately ourselves. I am particularly interested right now in large scale work which merges professional and community performance and the use of digital technology to layer an audiences experience. Her / She.


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Rich Kids a History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, Traverse / HOME, 6 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR - Best Girl, Pleasance Courtyard - Edinburgh, 4 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR - Hamlet, Hope Mill Theatre, 2 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR - Purge, Lowry Studio / Oldham Coliseum, 1 week, 2019

DIRECTOR - The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, Hope Mill Theatre, 1 week, 2018

DIRECTOR - Voices From The Moon, Hidden Door Festival, 1 week, 2018

DIRECTOR - The Blazing World (R&D sharing), Royal Exchange Theatre, 1 day, 2018

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - What I Felt Whilst Under You, Hope Mill Theatre, 1 week, 2017

ASSOCIATE ARTIST - Underground, HOME, 1 week, 2017

DIRECTOR - Watertight (R&D sharing), The Dukes - Lancaster, 1 day, 2017

DIRECTOR - The Loves of Others, 53two, 1 week, 2017

DIRECTOR - Home-Fires (scratch), Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, 1 day, 2017

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Bardolph’s Box, Unity Theatre (and touring), 4 weeks, 2016

PRACTITIONER - SEND Festival / Young Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, 2018 - ongoing

VISITING DIRECTOR - ALRA North, Script-in-hand Performance & Audition Technique 2019

ARTIST MENTOR - Barbican Box, Tamasha / The Barbican / HOME, 2018

READER - Bruntwood Prize For Playwrighting, Royal Exchange Theatre, 2017


Young Vic: Reach Out - Snapshot placement; Advanced Shakespeare workshop - Giles Taylor; Staging a Novel workshop - Jeff James
Royal Exchange: Observing Director - The Night Watch 2016
HOME: Directors Course - German Theatre Practice - Lily Sykes
Cardboard Citizens: Shadowing Facilitator - Manchester Residencies


2-5 years


Movement Direction
Music - Singing
Prop Making
Site Responsive/Immersive
Working with D/deaf adults / children
Working with D/deaf artists
Working with disabled adults / children
Working with disabled artists
Working with learning disabled adults / children
Working with Young People
Working with young people with special educational needs


Latest Events

We are delighted that our associate company the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) will be curating and delivering the program for emerging directors, producers, designers and artists whilst we temporarily reduce our key operations throughout June and July 2020.  Find out what events we have planned