Ian was born and bred in Newcastle and worked with many of the local companies till he went to drama school in London.
Ian started directing as a student and won The International Student’s Award with his productions of Oh, What a Lovely War (winner of Student Drama Award, Germany), Of Mice and Men and The Threepenny Opera (winner of Student Drama Award, Rochester, USA. He has gone on to direct all over the world including America, France, Germany, Austria and Japan (both in Japanese and English).
He has toured both nationally and internationally with Jesus Christ Superstar playing the part of Herod and directing five different productions. He was the Artistic Director of On Tap Theatre Company, Scotland (to which he is still a trustee) and Millpond Touring Theatre Company, Newcastle.
As a freelance director, his work has included, Chicago, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once Upon A Mattress, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Stags and Hens, Look Back in Anger, Romeo and Juliet, Saved, Sons of Light, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Baby, Personals, A Day in the Life of Joe Egg, A Chorus Line, Smile (British Premier), A My Name is Alice, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (play and musical versions), Into the Woods, Songs of A New World, Schwartz it all About, Stepping Out, The Matchgirls, Annie Get Your Gun, Batboy The Musical, Have a Nice Life, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Avenue Q, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sussical, The Musical, Company, Our House, The Music Man, Never Mind The Botox (Edinburgh Festival and tour), The London Review, Apply Within (Edinburgh Festival and tour), the European Premier of Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier, and Titanic the Musical at the Shaw Theatre, London.
Ian has also directed almost the full cannon of Gilbert and Sullivan productions including Ruddigore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado, The Yeoman of the Guard, The Sorcerer, Princess Ida, Patience, and HMS Pinafore
His productions of Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and Carousel have all been nominated and won awards.
Ian has worked in America at the Actor’s Studio directing Torch Song Trilogy and the Actor’s Stage Company directing Equus, both in New York. He also led several new Musicals workshops across the US.
Ian was the UK production supervisor for Hairspray working on the West End and touring productions.
Ian directed the Britain’s Got Talent Winners, Collabro, in both their National Tours, which played to over 100,000 people in venues across the UK including The London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. He also directed Rebecca Ferguson’s one woman show, Lady Sings the Blues at The St James Theatre, London, which had a 4 star review from the Times Newspaper and in June 2015, Ian directed his critically successful productions of Blood Brothers and The Other Song in Australia, in 2016 The Secret Garden with a 45 piece orchestra and ‘Edges a Song Trilogy’ and in 2017 he directed the award winning Title of Show in Brisbane for Understudy Productions.
He has also directed productions at many of the major drama schools in the UK, including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Arts Educational, London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Arden, Manchester, SLP, Leeds, London Studio Centre and E15.
Ian has also had extensive experience working with business organisations giving presenting skills workshops. Including working with Arts and Business UK and ITM.
He has an extensive performing career that spans thirty years performing everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim in theatre, pantomime, radio, television and film.
Session: First Rate Revues (Musical Theatre)
“Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.” Fred Astaire
Would you like to spend a week practically immersing yourself in the riches of musical theatre revues?
Are you a devotee of developing your knowledge and performance skills in singing and acting through song?
Do you have a desire to create or be part of revue shows that leave your audiences spellbound?
Then we have the ideal course for you…
Revue shows are valued by both amateur and professional companies alike, they are a chance to play to the company’s strengths and aspirations and a valuable form of fund raising. This musical theatre course provides students with the opportunity to look again at this performance genre and explore ways of making it utterly engaging and entertaining for both the performers and their audience – from creating concepts through to choosing material and into rehearsals, staging and finally performance.
During the week you will:
- explore a range of musical theatre material and techniques required to tackle songs and lyrics that would be an asset to any revue
- develop your confidence and technique in acting through song in both solo and ensemble masterclass workshops
- gain insight into how to create a vision and programme for entertaining and engaging revue shows
- explore innovative staging ideas and devise creative links to ensure your revue is more than just the sum of its parts
This course welcomes singers and actors who sing who like to tell stories and portray character in their performance both in song and script - although there will be some movement no dance experience is needed.