Visiting Tutor

Helena Middleton is an award winning theatre and film director and founding member of The Wardrobe Ensemble, a theatre company dedicated to making devised, ensemble-based theatre. Helena has directed critically acclaimed work at venues such as The National Theatre and the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. She has spent the past 13 years making theatre for all ages with a particular focus on devised work and new writing.

Helena’s theatre directing credits include, Cracking (National Tour), If You Fall (Ad Infinitum), Mog the Forgetful Cat (Royal and Derogate, The Old Vic), Robin Hood: Legend of the Forgotten Forest (Bristol Old Vic), Education, Education, Education (Royal and Derngate, Trafalgar Studios), The Star Seekers (National Theatre) and Pippi Longstocking – The Swashbuckling Musical Adventure (Royal and Derngate). She has also worked as dramaturg, associate and assistant director on various productions, including Olivier award winning Hey Duggee, The Live Theatre Show (Royal Festival Hall), and Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall).

Helena’s award winning debut short film, KIN (starring Stranger Things’ Joseph Quinn), had its international premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival and enjoyed an extensive festival run, including Underwire and an out-of-competition screening at Encounters. KIN won the city prize at the Festival du Court-Metrage. Her second short, MY MAMA, A MAN, a documentary about her mum and the drag king community, screened at BFI Flare Festival 2020 and won the Best Story prize at Vindhya International Film Festival. Helena has most recently directed a trio of music videos for singer/songwriter Sam Brookes, a dance film with Tim Lytc and an original movement film, BREADLINE, which was commissioned by the BBC.