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Abigail Graham


Abigail is a freelance Theatre and Film Director, and Educator. She is the current Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Ensemble and is due to direct their 2020 Pantomime, Aladdin by Vikki Stone.

From 2013-2017 she was the founding Artistic Director of OpenWorks Theatre, an organisation dedicated to changing who goes to the theatre by changing who makes it.

She is interested in directing new work and modern classics for stage, loves teaching and directing in drama schools, and has done lots of devising with young people and adults who don't traditionally access the arts.


Theatre work as a Director includes: Earthquakes in London (Guildhall); The Tyler Sisters (Hampstead); Linda (RADA); 31 Hours (The Bunker); Dogville (Rose Bruford) Death of a Salesman (Royal and Derngate/UK Tour); And Now: The World! (OpenWorks, UK tour); Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Debris (OpenWorks, Southwark Playhouse); Molly Sweeney (Print Room/Lyric Belfast/Northern Ireland tour); Blue Heaven (Finborough) and The Boy and The Dog Who Walked to the Moon (Pleasance, Edinburgh).

Abigail has also directed community and education projects for The Young Vic (Maria Theatre and Maudsley Hospital), National Youth Theatre, Clean Break and Almeida, as well as being a guest speaker for The Arvon Foundation

Work as a film director: Timetable (Anderson Shelter Productions)

Theatre work as an Associate Director includes Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Death and the Maiden (West End), Ruined (Almeida), The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), Enron, Wallenstein, Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre).


Trained with Living Pictures 2006-2012. Workshops with Katie Mitchell, Ian Rickson, Paul Hunter, Thomas Ostermeir.

Also completed Royal Court and Soho Young Writers programmes.




10+ years

What I do

  • Devising
  • Dramaturgy
  • Music - Can Read
  • Teaching / Coaching
  • Verbatim theatre
  • Working with disabled artists
  • Working with disabled non-professional adults / children
  • Working with learning disabled adults / children
  • Working with young people
  • Working with young people with special educational needs

Additional Languages

conversational level spanish