Artistic Director

Jack Sain 


Jack is a graduate of Oxford University and LAMDA. He was the children's director on the recent Mary Queen of Scots film, is a visiting director on the Mountview Musical Theatre MA course, and is co-directing the upcoming workshop of the new musical The Green Fairy with Jessica Lazar; he also wrote the book, music, and co-wrote the lyrics.

He was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, where he assisted Blanche McIntyre on Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, Josie Rourke on Elegy and Lyndsey Turner on Faith Healer, Kwame Kwei-Armah on One Night In Miami..., Josie Rourke again on Saint Joan and Polly Findlay on Limehouse. He also translated Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Donmar/, narrated by Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, Elaine Cassidy, Adjoa Andoh, Edward Holcroft and Morfydd Clark, and is a regular photographer for Donmar productions and rehearsals. 

Most recently he assistant directed Killer Joe in the West End with Orlando Bloom, directed Crossing Over (Re:Act, The Other Palace). Prior to this he directed Jeremy Irvine, Richard Madden, Tom Rhys Harries and Joshua McCord in a semi-staged reading of the award winning Jake Brunger’s Four Playfor the Old Vic New Voices Festival. His most recent full production is the Offie-nominated five-week run of the Pulitzer-winning How I Learned To Drive for the Southwark Playhouse starring Olivia Poulet (The Thick of It, Sherlock) and William Ellis (Great Expectations, Queen of the Desert). The show received ten four star reviews, including the Evening Standard (“well-judged”, “superb”), The Sunday Times (“superb”, “nuanced”, “absorbing”), What’sOnStage, The Public Reviewsand Time Out (“astonishing”), for which it was also the Critic’s Choice. Jack’s other credits as director include Cymbeline (Tabard Theatre), Angels in America(student, Oxford Playhouse) and Machinal (student, Oxford Castle, C Venues Edinburgh, Arcola Theatre). He also assistant directed Jonah & Otto at the Park Theatre, and assisted a production of Present Laughter at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. His other directing credits include work at Theatre503, Chiltern Shakespeare Company and Jackside. 

As a producer, his credits include Four Play, Clickbait (Theatre503), Robbie Wakes (Big Belly, Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival), Mr Kolpert (C Venues, Edinburgh Festival) and Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights! (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival – producer’s assistant). He has worked for the BBC, Film4, the Young President’s Organisation, as President of the O’Reilly Theatre in Oxford from 2011-2013 (where he directed ten shows), and as a casting director for DEM Productions (Sense of An Ending, Theatre503).


He is also a theatre and nightclub photographer; his pictures have been featured all national newspaper, and he has photographed for Trafalgar Studios, the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Arcola, the Bloomsbury, Reading Rep, the Oxford Playhouse, Theatre 503, the Park Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and numerous other organisations.

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