Tamasha Directors

Tamasha Directors is a year-long programme, led by Sita Thomas, focused on the professional and artistic development of Directors from the Global Majority, who are at the beginning to mid-stages of their career, and who demonstrate exceptional promise.

The programme covers the Director’s role in a production, where directors engage in practical activities and group discussion, covering topics such as: working with text, working with actors, working with a creative team movement direction, tech and dress and so much more. In addition, each Director receives mentoring, peer and industry networking opportunities, a masterclass with a renowned director, and a speed-dating session with our Tamasha Playwrights group, where each Director is paired with a playwright to approach a new piece of writing. Plus there’s the opportunity to direct a Tamasha Scratch at the end of the programme.

About Sita Thomas

Dr Sita Thomas is Artistic Director of Fio theatre company based in Cardiff. She is Creative Associate at Wales Millennium Centre, Associate Artist at National Youth Theatre, and Headlong Origins Director. Sita was previously Co-Artistic Director (maternity cover) of Common Wealth theatre.

Directing credits include: Coventry Embraces, a large-scale site-specific production as part of Good Chance’s The Walk with Little Amal; Go Tell The Bees, a co-created community led feature film about Pembrokeshire for National Theatre Wales; Press Play Here, short films for Theatre Royal Stratford East; Under The Mask, a binaural audio drama about the NHS for Tamasha and Oxford Playhouse. As assistant, associate and staff director, Sita has worked at National Theatre, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Royal Festival Hall.

Sita holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Movement Direction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a trustee of Emergency Exit Arts and Young Vic and is part of the advisory groups for Refugee Week and Movement Directors’ Association. Sita is also a presenter of Channel 5’s milkshake!