Theatre Director & Producer

Kit Hurstfield

Theatre Director & Producer

Biography

As a theatre director and producer, I have primarily developed my skills through experience – from running my own student companies to  artistically directing professional venues and accepting roles that have extended my knowledge and contacts…

During my time at Bretton Hall College (of the University of Leeds), I developed and honed my directorial skills even though I was actually cutting my teeth as a Theatre Actor. Undoubtedly, my training as an actor has influenced my approach, but ultimately being on-the-job has benefited me the most…

My actor training did, however, advance my abilities in dissecting a dramatic text and constructing a directorial vision for the production ahead. I became fluent in a wide range of theatrical genres and sub-textual understanding, and became familiar with dramatic styles and conventions.

My planning for rehearsal and thorough comprehension of the script (and its potential) allows me to really engage a cast and design/technical theatre team with my vision. In this way, I am able to produce a full theatrical experience (whether contemporary theatre, classical theatre, musical or otherwise) in efficient time and with outstanding quality. I enjoy challenging and stretching myself and my team to explore the limitations of our collective creativity.

My credits, under my former moniker Tuirenn Hurstfield until 2017, cover a wide range of theatrical genres and styles including classical theatre, musical theatre, contemporary drama, physical and mask, storytelling and devised theatre practices.

Recent notable productions include:

  • David Harrower/John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (producer)
  • Steven Berkoff’s Agamemnon (producer)
  • Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer (producer)
  • George Orwell/Matthew Dunster’s 1984 (director)
  • Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood (director)
  • CG Bond’s Sweeney Todd (director)

From contemporary dramas to physical theatre, from variety performance to musicals, from mask performance to classical text; I have developed a rich range of directorial skills – always managing to create worlds that are effective for audience and production team alike.

I seek to engage my audiences in dynamic and powerful renderings of any text or source material.

I manipulate space, working strongly with performers on their physical, vocal and character-driven connections with the text, and exploit the rich tapestry of language to provide an outing that is of high quality and passion, and true to the intentions of playwright and company.

My approach can be visionary and innovative; or reverent depending on the intention of the company I am working for, and I am capable of directing in a wide range of styles, genres and practitioner-driven methods.

I have worked in commercial and community theatre as director, as well as a strong directing for education portfolio – having led education productions in FE and HE institutions. I have also gained a solid grounding in directing Theatre in Education productions to great effect.

I am currently in the process of setting up a theatre company of my own, for which I will be Artistic Director. The intention of this company is to revive and reawaken old texts, apply a fresh lick of paint to existing contemporary texts and be invigorated by new writing – I am sure there will be many other opportunities along the way.

Production Types

Drama95%
Musical Theatre85%
Devised Theatre70%
Classical Theatre80%
Storytelling75%
Children's Theatre65%
Theatre in Education60%

New Projects

Currently accepting bookings for new directing projects across the UK and beyond…

Directing in Education

I’m an experienced director working in education (from primary school age through to University and adult education) and on a range of styles and texts. I understand curriculum requirements and I am adept at grading students through practical performance too.

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Credits

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Theatre Directing

May ’17 | Professional Actor’s Industry Showcase | John Lyon Theatre, London

Mar ’16 | 1984 by George Orwell (adapted by Matthew Dunster) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Apr ’15 | Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’14 | The Snow Queen by Ron Nicol | John Lyon Theatre, London

Jun ’14 | Sweeney Todd by CG Bond | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’13 | Green Bottles by Devised Original Work | The St. James Theatre Studio, London

May ’12 | Chess by B.Andersson, B.Ulvaeus & T.Rice | The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham

Apr ’11 | Sweet Charity by C.Coleman, D.Fields & N.Simon | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’11 | Little Shop of Horrors by A.Menken & H.Ashman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’10 | Side Show by B.Russell & H.Krieger | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Jekyll & Hyde – the musical by L.Bricusse & F.Wildhorn | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’09 | Christmas Show by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’09 | A Slice of Saturday Night by The Heather Brothers | Marlow Operatics, Shelley Theatre

Apr ’08 | MORT by S.Briggs | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’08 | Macbeth by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’07 | The Nutcracker by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’07 | One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by D.Wasserman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’07 | The Most Dangerous Game by T.Hurstfield | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’07 | Dr. Faustus by C.Marlowe | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’07 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’06 | The Commedia Nativity by Devised | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’06 | The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton by C.Dickens | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’05 | The HollyWood Murder Mystery by T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Theatre Producing

May ’17 | The Chrysalids by D.Harrower (adapted from the book by J.Wyndham) | John Lyon Theatre, London

May ’17 | Professional Actor’s Industry Showcase | John Lyon Theatre, London

Apr ’17 | Agamemnon by S.Berkoff | John Lyon Theatre, London

Feb ’17 | Binned by Devised | John Lyon Theatre & Community Tour, London

Dec ’16 | Performing Arts Winter Festival | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’16 | Separate Tables by T.Rattigan | John Lyon Theatre, London

Sep ’16 | She Stoops to Conquer by O.Goldsmith | John Lyon Theatre, London

Jun-Jul ’16 | The Tempest by Shakespeare | John Lyon Theatre & St Giles-in-the-Field Church, London

May ’16 | The Love of the Nightingale by T.Wertenbaker | John Lyon Theatre, London

Mar ’16 | Vinegar Tom by C.Churchill | John Lyon Theatre, London

Mar ’16 | 1984 by George Orwell (adapted by Matthew Dunster) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Feb ’16 | A Boy on a Beach by Devised | The Courtyard Theatre, London (and community tour)

Dec ’15 | The White Devil by J.Webster | Studio 103, London

Dec ’15 | Season’s Greetings by A.Ayckbourn | John Lyon Theatre, London

Oct ’15 | Love & Information by C.Churchill | John Lyon Theatre, London

Jun ’15 | More Light by B.Lavery | John Lyon Theatre, London

May ’15 | Lysistrata – the Sex Strike by G.Greer (additional dialogue – P.Willmott) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’12 | Godspell by S.Schwartz | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’10 | Cigarettes & Chocolate by A.Minghella | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Jekyll & Hyde – the musical by L.Bricusse & F.Wildhorn | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Maggie May by L.Bart & A.Owen | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’09 | Christmas Show by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’09 | RENT by J.Larson | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’09 | Suessical the Musical by S.Flaherty & L.Ahrens | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ‘ 09 | A Clockwork Orange by A.Burgess | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’09 | Black Comedy by P.Shaffer | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’09 | The Crucible by A.Miller | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’09 | The Pajama Game by R.Adler & J.Ross | The Elgiva Theatre,Chesham

Jun ’09 | FAME the musical by S.Margoshes & J.Levy | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Blood Brothers by W.Russell | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Just So by A.Drewe & G.Stiles | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Mack & Mabel by M.Stewart & J.Herman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Apr ’09 | Oedipus Rex by Sophocles | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Apr ’09 | Children of Eden by S.Schwartz | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’09 | A Slice of Saturday Night by The Heather Brothers | Marlow Operatics,Shelley Theatre

Feb ’09 | First Lady Suite by M.J.LaChiusa | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’09 | Songs for a New World by J.R.Brown | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’08 | A Tale Inspired by Edward Scissorhands by Devised Dance Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’08 | Alice in Wonderland by L.Carroll | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’08 | Lord of the Flies by N.Williams | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’08 | Macbeth by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’07 | The Most Dangerous Game by T.Hurstfield | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’07 | Dr. Faustus by C.Marlow | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’07 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’05 | The Princess & the Pea by M.Ingham | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Oct ’05 | Trick or Treat by C.Blackwood & T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Sep ’05 | The Elephant Man by T.Hurstfield &G.Tomos-Evans | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Jun ’05 | The HollyWood Murder Mystery by T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

May ’05 | Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay! by D.Fo | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Frank Hauser

From "Notes on Directing"

“The Director’s Role: You are the obstetrician. You are not the parent of this child we call the play. You are present at its birth for clinical reasons, like a doctor or midwife. Your job most of the time is simply to do no harm.

When something does go wrong, however, your awareness that something is awry–and your clinical intervention to correct it–can determine whether the child will thrive or suffer, live or die.”

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