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Jake Smith

Jake Smith


Jake is a Director from the North East of England. He began his career as the Creative Learning Facilitator at Hull Truck Theatre (2012 - 2014)  before becoming Trainee Director at Chichester Festival Theatre (2014 - 2016) under the tutelage of Jonathan Church, where he assisted directors such as Jonathan Kent, Howard Davies, Nadia Fall, Max Stafford Clark, Jonathan Church and Co-Directed A Christmas Carol in the Festival Theatre with Dale Rooks.

​He has held positions as Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, developing new work for the venue and was invited by the National Theatre to their Directors Programme in 2017.

​He was nominated for an Off-West End Award for his UK Premier of Halley Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard for Best Director. 

​Jake is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Northern School of Art and a Board Member of The Customs House, South Shields.


Theatre Directing Credits Include:

The Crooked Spire The Musical (Pomegranate Theatre), The Wasp (Customs House), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (National Tour), MEEK (Apple Cart Arts), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Northern Stage & Tour), A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre), West End Girls (Live Theatre), It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Mister Tom, Little Women (East Riding Theatre), I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard & Andy Capp The Musical (Finborough Theatre), The Nutcracker Re-Miced (Durham Gala), The Tempest, As You Like It, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival), The Buried Moon (Rose Playhouse, Theatre Royal Winchester & Tour)

​Assistant, Associate and Resident Director Credits Include:

Back to the Future The Musical (Manchester Opera House), The Height of the Storm (West End & UK Tour), The Last Ship The Musical (Northern Stage & UK Tour), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre, CFT), Miss Julie & Black Comedy (CFT), Way Upstream (CFT), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (CFT), Gypsy (CFT), Pitcairn (CFT, Shakespeare's Globe & Out of Joint), Stevie (Hampstead Theatre)