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Jake Smith

Jake Smith


Jake is a Director from the North East of England. 

He is currently the Artistic Director & CEO of Eastern Angles in Ipswich.

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 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)

‚ÄčAssistant, Associate and Resident Director Credits Include:

Aspects of Love (Lyric, West End), 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)