Jake Smith is a director from the North East of England who began his career at Hull Truck Theatre as a Creative Learning Facilitator. He has since been a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, Trainee Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and trained on the National Theatre Directors' Programme.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the award winning Petersfield Shakespeare Festival.
Jake has an ambition to make work that is in conversation with the world today and to celebrate variety on our stage through re-energising the canon, reviving modern classics and commissioning new work of diversity and freedom of expression to innovate and spark debate.
Recent and forthcoming credits inlcude: West End Girls - Live Theatre, Goodnight Mister Tom - East Riding Theatre, Shakespeare's Sister - Courtyard Theatre, Abyss - Hull Truck Theatre, WormTown - The Customs House & Alphabetti Theatre, Notre Dame - Alexandra Theatre, Henry V & The Taming of the Shrew - Petersfield Shakespeare Festival & Theatre Royal Winchester, It's a Wonderful Life - East Riding Theatre, The Arsonists - Courtyard Theatre, As You Like It - Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare's Lost Women - PSF & Theatre Royal Winchester, Spring Arts, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Gulliver's Travels The Musical - Alexandra Theatre, The Buried Moon - The Rose Playhouse, PSF, Theatre Royal Winchester, DISCOVERED - Arts Theatre & Hollywood Fringe LA, I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard - Finborough Theatre, The Tempest - PSF, A Christmas Carol - Chichester Festival Theatre, CITIZENSHIP - National Theatre Connections, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and Capitol Horshom, Andy Capp The Musical- Finborough Theatre, The Boy Who Built Clock - Arts Theatre
As a Staff, Associate and Assistant Director: Jake has worked with Jonathan Kent - The Height of the Storm, UK Tour & West End, Lorne Campbell - The Last Ship, Northern Stage & UK & Ireland Tour, Omar Elerian -Workshop, Almeida Theatre, Nikolai Foster - Breakfast at Tiffany's, West End & UK Tour, Howard Davies - For Services Rendered, Minerva Theatre, Jamie Glover - Miss Julie & Black Comedy, Minvera Theatre, Nadia Fall - Way Upstream, Chichester Festival Theatre, Dale Rooks - One Hundred and One Dalmations, Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Kent - GYPSY, Chichester Festival Theatre, Max Stafford-Clark - Pitcairn, Minerva Theatre, Christopher Morahan - Stevie, Hampstead Theatre.
Jake is also an experienced facilitator and dramaturg who has worked with Hull Truck Youth Theatre, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston and various other arts organisations.
"Jake Smith's perfectly pitched and beautifully wrought UK Premier" -WOS
"Smith abtly directs a thought provoking piece that acts as a catalyst for a larger reflection on family and the influential role parents should or should not play in their childrens lives." - Broadway World
"Smith's production smartly emphasises the actors and their work and, through simplicity allows the fires that are sewn in Turner's narrative to rage and quiten to best advantage" - LiveTheatre UK
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