the short version...

the long version...


BA (Hons) History and Philosophy of Science - First Class

Cambridge University - graduated 2001

Winner of the Jacob Bronowski Prize for Science Writing, 2001


Clore Leadership Fellow 2010/11

one of twenty selected for this prestigious professional development programme

including training in advocacy, fundraising, governance & communication skills

Certified Relational Dynamics Coach

Secondment: Performance & Participation Consultant, Natural History Museum

Mentor: Sir Richard Eyre

MDra Theatre Directing

Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama - graduated 2003

Channel 4 Theatre Directors Scheme

Assistant Director

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Aug 2003 - Apr 2005

BBC Drama Directors Academy

single and multi-camera drama directing, June - July 2006

Live Programming Curator

Guest Curator, Wrong! A carnival of human error at the Wellcome Collection, 5 July 2013.

Creator of a varied one night programme of art and science, reaching more than 1,500 visitors.

Curator, Darwin Centre Arts Events Programme, Natural History Museum, London, 2012 - 2013.

Creator and leader of this innovative one year pilot programme.  Commissioning more than 20 artists to create three unique family arts-science events, engaging more than 27,000 visitors. 


Directing includes: The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre / Eleanor Lloyd Productions); The Box of Photographs (Polka Theatre); We’re Stuck! (One Tenth Human / China Plate); How To Occupy An Oil Rig (Daniel Bye / ARC Stockton); Story Hunt (Daniel Bye / ARC Stockton / Festival of the North East); The Glass Menagerie and And A Nightingale Sang (New Vic / Oldham Coliseum); Beauty and the Beast (Creation Theatre); The Lady in the Van (Salisbury Playhouse); A Number (Library Theatre, Manchester); Don’t You Leave Me Here, My Mother Said I Never Should, Gluey and the Lion, Coming Around Again (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Caretaker, Of Mice and Men, Frozen, The Birthday Party (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Gaslight and Be My Baby (New Vic Theatre, Stoke)

Dramaturgy includes: Going Viral and Error 404 (Daniel Bye, ARC Stockton / Polka Theatre);

Bleak House (Theresa Heskins, New Vic Theatre), Box of Photographs (Daniel Jamieson, Polka).

Assisting includes: The Postman Always Rings Twice (dir. Lucy Bailey); The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Electricity, The Wind in the Willows (dir. Ian Brown); The Madness of George III (dir. Rachel Kavanaugh).

Drama School / Teaching

Final year shows for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Manchester Metropolitan University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Auditions workshops for RWCMD, BOVTS and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Acting for television workshops for Actors Centre and Actors Centre North.

Directing workshops for Fox Television and Birkbeck College.


Emmerdale, Doctors, EastEnders, Shameless

Script reading for BBC Continuing Drama, including annual Writers’ Academy selection.

Script development workshops for BBC Blast, Writers Room and BAFTA.


This Way Up (Screen Yorkshire and UK Film Council commission, 2008)

World Premiere: Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, USA, June 2009

Also San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, USA, April 2010

for more details on past productions, click here.

for my showreel, click here.

or head back to latest news.

Sarah Punshon is a freelance director, dramaturg and curator.  She trained as a director at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and on the Channel 4 Theatre Directors Scheme at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  Freelance theatre directing includes new writing and contemporary classics for the Watermill Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre by the Lake and the New Vic Theatre, amongst others. 

In 2006, she trained as a TV director on the BBC Drama Directors Academy, and has since directed more than 25 hours of popular television drama including EastEnders, Doctors, and Shameless.

She was a 2010/11 Clore Leadership Fellow, which led to her curating a programme of arts-science events at the Natural History Museum, London, and she now combines directing with event curation for galleries such as the Wellcome Collection.

She is an active member of The Fence, an international network of playwrights and those who make playwriting happen, a Trustee of New Writing North, and a selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

photos: left, Kathryn Dow-Blyton and Simeon Truby in A Nightingale Sang at the New Vic Theatre.  Above, Nigel Bartlett in Curious Collectors created by Andy Field at the Natural History Museum.