MEET THE TEAM
Co-Artistic Director - Sam Edmunds
Sam is a multi award winning director, producer and writer and is the Resident Assistant Director at The Hampstead Theatre. He originally trained at East 15 Acting School on the BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course, where he was awarded the Sir John Gielgud Bursary. He furthered his training on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck University as the recipient of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship.
His credits include, co-director/producer for 'Blanket Ban' by Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella - Winner of the Untapped Award 2022, shortlisted for the Popcorn Playwrighting Award and the Sit Up Award 2022 (Southwark Playhouse 2023, Underbelly Edinburgh 2022, New Diorama 2022); Con-Version by Rory Thomas Howes (Vaults Festival 2023); director of 'Don't Shoot The Albatross' by Sam Woolf (ZOO Venues Edinburgh 2022); co-director/producer for 'The Nobodies' by Amy Guyler - Winner of a London Pub Theatre's Standing Ovation Award 2021, Best International Achievement Award by Arts Council Malta 2021 and the COMMON Award 2020 (Greenbelt Festival 2022, Spazju Kreattiv Malta 2021, National Tour 2021, Vault Festival 2020), concept creator for 'CONNECTIONS' made by David Angland (Hat Factory Arts Cente 2021); director/playwright for ‘Testament’ – Winner of the EFDC Creativity Award (Hope Theatre 2019, Incoming Festival 2019, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018), director of ‘The Dip’ by Eifion Ap Cadno (The Space Arts Centre 2019), director for ‘Dreamland’ by Ella Donaldson (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Springboard Festival 2018) and director on 'Lost For Words' by Chalk Line Theatre - Winner of the Love Luton Award 2018 (Imagine Luton Outdoor Festival).
His assisting credits include 'The Art of Illusion' directed by Tom Jackson Greaves (Hampstead Theatre 2022); 'Ravenscourt' directed by Tessa Walker (Hampstead Theatre 2022); 'Much Ado About Nothing' directed by Natasha Rickman (RADA 2021), 'Plaques & Tangles' directed by Sarah Bedi (RADA 2021) and 'I Was Here and I Left' directed by Uri Roodner (East 15 Acting School 2019).
In 2023 Sam produced the world premiere of 'Under The Black Rock' by Tim Edge in the Arcola main space and is currently producing 'Alice In Wonderland' by Sixteenfeet Productions at Kew Gardens. Throughout 2020/21 Sam produced the UK Tour and development of ‘I Lost My Virginity To Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor’ By Sebastian Gardner – Winner of Theatre Weekly’s Best Debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.
As a performer he has acted for multiple award-winning companies, winning awards such as the Brighton Fringe 'Outstanding Theatre Award 2015' and the 'NDT First Devised Award 2017'. He has performed in shows both at The Donmar Warehouse and The Royal Opera House.
As a lighting designer and technician he spent close to two years at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre supporting companies such as the BBC, ITV, The Royal Court, Eclipse Theatre, Dance Umbrella, Urdang and The Labour Party. He has worked as a lighting designer for shows such as the London Tour of 'Messiah' by Jesse Briton and Paula B Stanic. In 2022 Sam toured as a technical stage manager with Paper Mug Theatre on their production of 'A Partnership'.
Sam is a senior reader for the Hampstead Literary team, a lead director on the INSPIRE writing showcase delivered by Roy Williams and heads the community acting group at The Hampstead. He has also been a visiting director at East 15 Acting School, was the previous Resident Assistant Director at RADA and is a workshop facilitator for The Young Vic, NT Connections, artsdepot, NGYT, COMMON and The Pleasance Futures Trust. He is a reader for the Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, The Phoebe Frances Brown Award and a Young Trustee at Tangled Feet.
Co-Artistic Director - Vikesh Godhwani
Vikesh Godhwani is a freelance theatre producer, director and writer who graduated with an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London.
Vikesh worked as an assistant producer with the multi-award-winning China Plate during their 2018 Fringe run and beyond, the highlight being the autumn tour of Trying It On by David Edgar (Midlands Arts Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court). Other producing credits include Mara by The New Victorians (The Vault Festival), Testament by Chalk Line Theatre (The Hope Theatre, Tobacco Factory, New Diorama and Home) and She Sells Sea Shells by Scandal and Gallows Theatre (Edinburgh Fringe).
Vikesh is currently a Stage One producer and recently worked with The Thelmas (associate producer) on Santi & Naz at this year’s Vaults Festival. Vikesh is the co-writer and co-director of the Panto in the Dark series in Malta (Winner of the Innovation Award at Malta Arts Award 2020) having collaborated with Teatru Malta, Esplora and Spazju Kreattiv on these multisensory hits in the dark.
He most recently co- directed The Nobodies at this year’s Vault Festival and is currently developing a new musical for visually impaired audiences with Teatru Malta.
Vikesh is also a workshop facilitator having previously worked for NGYT, COMMON and The Pleasance Futures Trust.