The Watermills Associate Artist Programme has a focused approach to both talent development and excellence in areas such as directing, choreography, orchestration and set design. Previously, The Watermill has played a part in developing the careers of many acclaimed directors including Edward Hall, Jonathan Munby, Timothy Sheader and Jessica Swale.
Hart says: ‘The expertise, experience, talent and enthusiasm our Associate Artists and Creative Associates bring is invaluable. Their relationship with The Watermill and support of our ethos makes them perfect advocates for the theatre.’
The Associate Artists are;
- Anthony Drewe, Playwright and Lyricist
- Barney Norris, Playwright and Author
- Caroline Sheen, Actor
- George Stiles, Composer, Director and Playwright
- Johnny Flynn, Musician and Actor
- Katie Lias, Designer
- Rosalie Craig, Actor
- Sarah Travis, Musical Orchestrator and Supervisor
- Sophie Stone, Actor and former Watermill Young company member
- Tarek Merchant, Composer, Musical Director and Actor
- Tom Attenborough, Director
- Tom Jackson Greaves, Choreographer and Director
‘The Watermill holds a special place in my heart. It’s where one can be creative, reinvent, take risks, play, let the imagination run wild, form wonderful ensembles, and create exciting work.’ Sarah Travis
‘The jobs I have had at The Watermill have been some of the most joyous times of my career. I’m thrilled and honoured to become an Associate Artist at this enchanting and exciting venue.’ Caroline Sheen
‘‘Over the past few years I have been very proud to collaborate regularly with The Watermill - using movement and dance to invigorate the stories we tell and excite the audiences we welcome. The Watermill’s vibrancy is infectious.’ Tom Jackson Greaves
Danielle Pearson has been appointed Playwright in Residence. She is the winner of the 2017 EU Collective Plays! Competition and a graduate of the Royal Court Writer’s Programme. Her adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre ran at The Watermill in 2018 and toured to schools.
Abigail Pickard Price has become Associate Director with a focus on new work and artist development. She has most recently directed a comedy adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles for The Watermill's outdoor performances in 2020. She directed a new version of Burke and Hare by Tom Wentworth which ran at The Watermill, toured to 21 rural venues and transferred to Jermyn Street Theatre, London in 2018 as part of the theatre’s Rebels season.