sarah punshon

director & curator


photo: Giles Terera and Kesley Brookfield

in Don’t You Leave Me Here

at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

photo: the Specimen Preparation Area at The Campsite, Natural History Museum

Hallo. Nice to meet you.

I’m Sarah Punshon. I love stories, ideas and performance. 

In May 2017 I took up my new role as Artistic Director at The Dukes Lancaster. This website is now updated rarely: if you’re after up-to-date news, head to my new place.

I’ve directed new writing, contemporary classics and Shakespeare for theatre, film and television (single and multi-camera drama).  I’ve developed scripts for all kinds of formats.  My work has been described as “enchanting” and “hugely impressive”.

Take a look at reviews and photos of previous theatre work here, or watch my showreel for a glimpse of my TV directing.

I was a 2010/11 Clore Leadership Fellow, then spent a year as guest curator at the Natural History Museum, experimenting with participative arts projects for visitors. 

I’ve a passion for public engagement with big issues and stories - whether it’s scientific research or social history.

If you’re interested in live programming for museums and heritage sites, you might want to start here.

Thanks for visiting.

photo: Sophie Scott, Garmon Rhys, Morgan Philpott,

Emerald O’Hanrahan and Elizabeth Marsh

in The Secret Adversary at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury