DIRECTOR AND DRAMATURG
Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn NY, and currently based in Bristol. She is the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award winner and will be collaborating with Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre on a production of TWO TRAINS RUNNING in 2019. In 2017 she won the Genesis Future Director Award at the Young Vic. She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post 16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma.
Upcoming projects: THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL (Fuel / Birmingham Rep / Kiln Theatre); STRANGE FRUIT (Bush Theatre); and TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Royal & Derngate / ETT / RTST).
Directing credits include: COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama); WHEN THEY GO LOW (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre); YELLOWMAN (Young Vic); ROMEO AND JULIET,AS YOU LIKE IT (GB Theatre); CURRIED GOAT AND FISH FINGERS (Bristol Old Vic); DOGTAG (Theatre West); STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE, DUTCHMAN (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY (Rondo Theatre).
Nancy Medina Wins Peter Hall Director Award 2018
At the Royal Theatrical Support Trust's awards ceremony on Sunday 18th November, MLR's Nancy Medina was awarded the prestigious Peter Hall Director Award 2018. Nancy will direct August Wilson’s TWO TRAINS RUNNING co-produced by Theatre Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre in Autumn 2019.
Winner, Nancy Medina said: “I feel privileged and ecstatic to have been named the RTST’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award Winner for 2018. To get to the next step in my career, through the generous help of RTST, Royal & Derngate, and English Touring Theatre, is truly a dream come true. I cannot thank the RTST panel enough for making the process feel supportive and nurturing.”
Chairman of the RTST, Sir Geoffrey Cass, said: “The 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award had 8 finalists of the very highest quality, selected from a strong field of 70 candidates. Directing workshops – held over two full days, in which the finalists had to direct actors, observed by our immensely experienced panel of judges, and then be interviewed by the panel – constituted a thorough and exacting test of their directing skills. The winner’s prize is the unique opportunity to direct a production that will premiere on the stage of the Royal in Northampton and go on a main-stage national tour with English Touring Theatre. The RTST’s collaboration with Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre is admirably fulfilling the RTST’s twin primary charitable objectives of encouraging emerging theatre professionals and promoting British regional theatre”.
Deputy Chairman, Mark Hawes, said: “As a result of our RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, we are happy and proud both to have created a gateway for Nancy’s entry into the mid-scale regional theatre scene and to be providing meaningful financial and promotional support to the hotspot of regional theatre-producing excellence that is Royal & Derngate.”
Royal & Derngate Artistic Director, James Dacre, and English Touring Theatre Artistic Director, Richard Twyman, said: “It has been inspiring to watch how Nancy and Josh showcased their industrious and sophisticated approach to conceiving and rehearsing a production and their magnetic ability to bring those around them in a rehearsal room closer to the material, throughout this competitive process. The panel were deeply impressed by both candidates’ innate understanding of narrative and the demands of producing on the mid-scale. We’d like to thank all the shortlisted candidates who took so much pleasure and pride in their work during a demanding weekend of workshops and interviews and we are thrilled to have met so many exceptional artists. We look forward to collaborating with Nancy to enable her work to be seen on the mid-scale and on tour for the first time.”