Co-Artistic Director

Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She is a freelance theatre director and Co-Artistic Director for boomsatsuma’s Bristol School of Acting. She is an acting tutor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a workshop facilitator for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Tobacco Factory Theatres, JMK, WoLab and Tiata Fahodzi. In New York, Nancy freelanced as an actor/teacher for the Creative Arts Team and created RISE, a youth theatre project for John Bowne High School. In Autumn 2020 she ran Masterclasses for the MSt Creative Writing and Performance courses at Cambridge University.

Nancy is passionate about creating truthful and accessible theatre. She works on a diverse range of projects and is especially interested in working on new writing, untold stories and marginalised communities.

Awards: 2019 Black British Theatre Awards Winner for Best Play for The Half God of Rainfall, 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award (Royal & Derngate/ETT), 2017 Genesis Future Director Award (Young Vic), 2014 Emerging Director’s Prize (Tobacco Factory Theatres)

Nominations: 2019 Broadway World UK Awards, Best Regional or Touring Production for Two Trains Running, 2019 Black British Theatre Awards, Best Director for The Half God of Rainfall.

Directing credits include: The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic), Two Trains Running (Royal&Derngate/English Touring Theatre), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), The Half God of Rainfall (Fuel/Birmingham Rep/Kiln Theatre), Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (GB Theatre), As You Like it (GB Theatre), Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence of Memory (Rondo Theatre).

Projects for 2021/22 include: Heart (Kiln Theatre), Trouble In Mind (National Theatre).