Friday, 19th April 2019


Artistic directors are the dynamic creative force behind all theatre productions. Also known as a theatre director, artistic directors will co-ordinate all aspects of a theatrical production for the stage, responsible for both the artistic interpretation and delivery of the written play.

Artistic directors form the crucial link between all teams involved in theatre: production, technical and creative. The main role of a director is to interpret a script and picture the final result of the production, before translating it into a visual reality. Often the director will be there working from the early production stages and rehearsals right through to the final performance.

Typical activities for a theatre director include:

  • Interpreting the script and coming up with the style of film and creative vision
  • Adapting the script in collaboration with the writer or playwright
  • Holding auditions for productions
  • Hiring other theatre workers
  • Conducting rehearsals
  • Communicating and liaising with actors, designers, technicians and stage managers
  • Directing the production team on visual or sound effects
  • Fulfilling the needs of the financiers and ensuring that the production keeps to budget

The director brings all the teams together; instructing actors on how to act a certain scene or deciding when alterations need to be made. It is a role that requires great creative vision and commitment to the finished result. The role carries a lot of responsibility as it is the director who can be ultimately responsible for the commercial success or failure of the production.

The position of director is on the higher end of the scale, with years of extensive experience required through working as a production assistant or play-write beforehand. Without the authority artistic directors, British theatre would not be as successful as it is today, as it is the directors that bring all aspects of a theatre production together in harmony.

Some theatre companies may employ a full-time director to oversee all productions, who then works closely with the artistic director, assisting with the programming for the season.