Resident Directors

The Almeida Theatre’s Director Pool offers directors in the early stages of their career the opportunity to work closely with the theatre in all aspects of the artistic programme, to gain experience through access to the resources provided by the Almeida, and to widen their artistic network. For each of our productions, the director will select a Resident Director from the pool who will support the production process from first rehearsals to public performance. Alongside the opportunity to assist, the pool will take part in script readings and workshops led by Almeida creatives, and lead projects for Almeida Participation during their residency.

The director scheme is supported by The Eranda Rothschild Foundation.

Resident Directors
Tom Brennan
Emma Butler
Rebecca Frecknall
Anthony Lau
Taio Lawson
Jack Nurse
Ilinca Radulian
Caitriona Shoobridge
Jake Smith
Jo Tyabji


With his company The Wardrobe Ensemble, Tom's work has been performed at Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall and The National Theatre among many venues across the UK and USA.

As Director, theatre includes: RIOT; 33; The Forever Machine (The Wardrobe Ensemble).

As Co-Director, theatre includes: 1972: The Future of Sex and Eloise; The Curse of the Golden Whisk (The Wardrobe Ensemble); 252AM (Shady Dolls Theatre).

Tom is a founding member of The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol, where in 2011, he founded Closer Each Day, an improvised soap opera that continues to be performed bi-weekly. He wrote and directed The Episode (2014) which will tour in Spring 2017. He wrote Weapons (2015) and Congregation (2016) while playwright in resident at The North Wall Theatre in Oxford. He has taught at The University of Northampton, Rose Bruford College and Bath Spa University. He also has several years’ experience running ensemble theatre workshops for young people with Bristol Old Vic, The Old Vic and The Almeida. Tom Brennan trained in American Theatre at Rose Bruford and on Made in Bristol at Bristol Old Vic.