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SOPHIE JANE AUSTIN

THEATRE & FILM DIRECTOR

 
After The Tempest
Hothouse
Twistov
Mother Courage & Her Children
Kingmaker The Musical (william knight)
Professor Vanessa's Wonder Show
Top Trumps
Adventures in Wonderland
The Odyssey

 

In A Flash

Celebrating freedom and fearlessness, my first short film is about a girl who follows a cat and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she discovers a strange and curious world. 
Created for SHH Productions and shot in the magical city of Fez, Morocco, In A Flash represents the kind of films I like to make.  

 

 “It’s all good fun and neatly staged with a hard-working cast and plenty of joie de vivre. It’s a show that brings a smile to the face as it celebrates the power of storytelling.”
THE GUARDIAN on The Hunters Grimm

 

Latest Projects

The World We Made

This is an urgent new play by Beth Flintoff and inspired by leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt’s seminal book.
The World We Made is told by Keli and Luke, two students living in 2050. It shows a glimpse of how our lives could be in the future, if we pull together and change now...before it’s too late.
This is a story of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the world who together achieve profound change: a Danish scientist, a global pop star, a Canadian truck driver, an African human rights activist, and a community gardener from Yorkshire. 
Directed by leading site specific theatre director Sophie Austin, designed by National Theatre associate Niall McKeever and sound design by Eleanor Isherwood, this production will be staged at festivals, in village halls, lecture halls and board rooms with the aim of igniting a sense of fierce hope in all who see it. 
Created in collaboration with Becky Burchell for Change Festival 2019.

The Hunters Grimm

A devised play inspired by the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm.
This promenade production is taking place throughout the streets, bars and cafes of Stratford and Catford in 2019. 

See what audiences thought about the show here

Evelyn's Roots

A new play written by Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brieley.

Created by Teatro Vivo.

A promenade tale of Deptford life over 400 years. 

Listen to the Podcast version of this show here

SHAME
Sexual Health And Me

An interactive exhibition and live events programme exploring, celebrating and understanding female sexual health. 
Created in collaboration with celebrated visual artist Tracey Moberly 

The Band (working title)

A documentary about modern women working in traditional settings. How traditional cultures can empower women to live independent lives. Currently in development with Houda Echouafni, Ashtar Alkhirsan and SHH Productions.

ROAR!

How to find your voice  - workshops for young women looking to build confidence and skills in public speaking. 
Developed with the Southbank Centre for  the Women of the World Festival

Greenham Common: One Hundred Years of  War & Peace

A unique and exciting, large-scale outdoor community event telling the story of Greenham Common. Written by Beth Flintoff and produced by Rosa Productions. 

#ArmingtheWorld
An interactive pop-up arms fair raising awareness of Britain's involvement in the global Arms Trade. Produced by Teatro Vivo and ice & fire


Twistov 
A promenade production that takes the audience on a man hunt around the streets of Shoreditch. The play explores arrival and survival, migration and identity. 
Produced by Teatro Vivo and Dash Arts and written by Michael Wagg

Awards

In November 2016 my short film JUST GONE won the Prix De Jury at Festival Cinéma & Migrations Agadir.

About Me

I am a theatre and film director based in the UK.
I am Director at SHH Productions, a female led film production company, I’m Creative Associate at international arts organisation Dash Arts and am on the board for Rewrite 

I was Artistic Director of Teatro Vivo, a theatre company specialising in site responsive work, 2004 - 2019.

I was also a founding board member and chair of the Training & Development Committee for Stage Directors UK
I also work as an outside-eye, dramaturg and mentor.

I'm a natural born storyteller who likes to work across a range of mediums and with an extraordinary bunch of collaborators to make the most interesting stories for diverse audiences. 

Read my full CV here

Projects as Associate Director

Old Times - by Harold Pinter, directed by Ian Rickson
Produced by Sonia Friedman

Absent Friends – by Alan Ayckbourn directed by Jeremy Herrin.
Produced by Sonia Friedman

One Thousand and One Nights – directed by Tim Supple.
Produced by Dash Arts
The Heretic - by Richard Bean 
directed by Jeremy Herrin
Produced by The Royal Court

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