Artistic Director


Caitlin McLeod is from Iowa and grew up in Yorkshire. She has been directing since 2009. Her first ever production won awards at the National Student Drama Festival for Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Commendation for Music. Caitlin herself won the prestigious Buzz Goodbody Best Director Award. Caitlin then became the Trainee Director at the Royal Court from 2011-12 where she assisted top directors Jeremy Herrin (Headlong), Dominic Cooke (former Artistic Director, Royal Court) and James MacDonald. She also worked closely in development with senior playwrights Caryl Churchill, Mike Bartlett and Joe Penhall.


During that period in her own work she directed three sell-out shows at the Finborough Theatre, went on to be Staff Director at the Globe (Hamlet) and The National Theatre (Stranger Interlude). Caitlin went on to direct shows at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre and two critically acclaimed shows in New York (And I And Silence and One Flea Spare).


Caitlin was nominated for Best Director at the Off West End Awards 2015.


Last year she was selected from over 1300 applicants to be one of the inaugural Old Vic 12; a talent group supported by the Old Vic Theatre comprised of the most exciting emerging theatre-makers in the UK. Caitlin is Associate Director with HighTide, which produces the work of emerging contemporary writers, and Presence Theatre which champions the work of European and Nordic playwrights.


For the past 7 years Caitlin has developed new writers and actors through projects like Theatre Local in Peckham, Primetime and International Festivals: India and Chile (all with The Royal Court), the NT Studio development program, and 2 young performer’s shows at the Almeida Theatre (Commonwealth) and Shakespeare’s Globe (The Malcontent).


This year Caitlin won a Sky Academy Scholarship to found The Coterie. She is mentored by Sky and Henny Finch (Hofesh Schechter Company, formerly Headlong).



Martha Rose Wilson was born and raised in Yorkshire and is a freelance producer; she is currently co-producing Nina Segal’s Big Guns with The Yard Theatre. Martha has been producer at Metal Rabbit Productions since 2014. At Metal Rabbit Martha has produced several world premieres including Philip Ridley’s Tonight with Donny Stixx (The Bunker Theatre); Philip Ridley's Radiant Vermin (Tobacco Factory / Soho Theatre / 59E59 Theaters, New York); Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Mike Stone’s Lardo (Old Red Lion Theatre); Andrew Muir's The Session (Soho Theatre); Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion Theatre); Bradley Rand Smith's adaptation of Johnny Got His Gun (UK premiere, Southwark Playhouse / UK tour).


In November 2015 Martha was chosen from over 1300 applicants to be one of the original Old Vic 12. Martha spent one year on attachment at The Old Vic, mentored by Georgia Gatti and Tara Wilkinson, developing and producing Prince of the River by Sam Bailey, directed by Ed Stambollouian (Criterion Theatre).


In 2015 Martha was producer at the Old Vic New Voices Festival where she developed and produced Comment is Free by Bruntwood winner James Fritz, directed by JMK winner Kate Hewitt and Sirius by OffWestEnd’s Playwright of the Year Steven Hevey, directed by Olivier winner Jessica Swale. Comment is Free went on to be produced as a radio play (Radio 4) and won the Imison and the Tinniswood Awards at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2017.


Martha has worked as production assistant on RISE (The Old Vic) directed by Alex Ferris, assistant producer on Tiny Fires' inaugural production My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley (St. James Theatre) and as general manager on Thomas Wright's new musical Rebel Song (Old Vic Workrooms).


In April 2016 Martha was awarded a Stage One Bursary for New Producers and is mentored by Lilli Geissendorfer, Producer at the Almeida Theatre.

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