Creative Industries Evening:
In Conversation With Chris Haydon and Danni Phillips

Friday 5 November 2021
Free (booking required)

Are you a young creative who is interested in learning more about the theatre industry?

Join us for a special Creative Industries careers event at Macready Theatre to hear from industry experts Chris Haydon and Danni Phillips.

For this event we are delighted to be welcoming one of the UK’s most celebrated directors, Chris Haydon. Chris is currently the Artistic Director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston. Prior to this he was artistic director of the Gate Theatre (2012-2017) and associate director at the Bush Theatre (2008-2011). Christopher studied at Cambridge University and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the National Theatre Studio, the RSC and the Lincoln Center in New York. Chris is also an award-winning filmmaker and as a journalist he has written for publications including The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The Stage. Chris is a regular visitor to Macready Theatre, having previously delivered audition masterclasses and taken part in panel discussions at previous creative industry career events.

Joining Chris will be Danni Phillips, a queer & neurodiverse theatre maker from Yorkshire who was recently nominated for the Evening Standard’s Future Theatre Award for Acting. Since graduating from LAMDA in 2016 she has created work with The RSC, Royal Court, Traverse Festival & Camden People’s Theatre. She is a co-director of From the Gut Theatre, a company dedicated to facilitating wellbeing retreats for underprivileged artists. She was a member of social activist theatre company LUNG, with whom she won the ‘Spotlight’s Most Promising Actor’ award in 2015. Danielle is lead collaborator and writer on ‘Children of the Night’, a large scale community project and stage play co-produced by The Cast in Doncaster & Heritage Doncaster. Some notable acting credits include ‘The Upstart Crow’ in the West End, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and numerous BBC productions. Danielle is currently undergoing mentorship to further understand her own access needs and to ensure a more empathetic and safer working environment for her own process and the rooms she facilitates. She co-chairs a monthly meet-up for neurodiverse practitioners to further the conversation around access in the creative industry. She is a proud and loud member of her union Equity.

The evening will be hosted by Sam Tannenbaum. Sam is a theatre director and writer from London. Sam studied Music at Cambridge, where his work focused on musical theatre and opera. Directing credits at Cambridge include Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Last Hotel (Fitzpatrick Hall, Cambridge), and Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino (Camridge & Edinburgh Fringe Festival), as well as various assistant director and production roles. Sam recently completed an MA in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where he has been fortunate to study under acclaimed directors such as Peter James, Dawn Walton, Rebecca Frecknall, Tinuke Craig, Mark Bell, and Mark Ravenhill. Theatre directing credits at Mountview include Martin Crimp’s Face to the Wall and Tom Lodge’s Mammon. Assistant director credits include All’s Well that End’s Well (dir. Marieke Audsley), Twelfth Night (dir. Hannah Eidinow), and Candide (dir. Rupert Hands). Writing credits include tiny camel, a short play for the Finborough Theatre and Poplar Union. Sam is currently the resident Graduate Director at the Macready Theatre and is excited to be directing the Macready Theatre Young Actor’s Edinburgh Fringe show this summer. 

Whilst this event is primarily aimed at young aspiring creatives, the wider public are very welcome to come along to hear our speakers talk about their careers and advise younger actors, directors and writers on ways they might enter the industry.

This event is available for free thanks to the generous sponsorship of CEMEX UK