Associate Artists, Creatives and Companies

In keeping with the theatre’s supportive and nurturing ethos, The Watermill is passionate about building relationships with new and existing artists and creatives within the industry.

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.

The Watermill have made Wildcard Theatre an Associate Company, giving them access to the theatre’s resources and artistic support. 

Co-artistic director James Meteyard says: ‘Without The Watermill’s support we wouldn’t have been able to create our latest production, Electrolyte, a piece of gig-theatre exploring mental health premiering at The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe, as the complexities of the form and the size of the piece would have made it too difficult, logistically and financially. The Watermill team is helping us to achieve our aim of transitioning from a fringe company to a national touring company.’

As part of the Associate Artist programme four emerging directors have been selected to work with the producing theatre to develop their skills and build experience as they embark on the next phase of their careers.


Under the guidance of Artistic Director Paul Hart, each will take on roles ranging from Assistant Directorships to fully directing productions, all with the aim of nurturing their talents and extending their knowledge.


The directors are;

  • Georgie Staight
  • Lucy Betts
  • Robert Kirby
  • Sara Aniqah Malik


Artistic and Executive Director Paul Hart says Lucy, Robert, Sara and Georgie are all young directors who are already making waves and for whom we want The Watermill to be a home - providing a place for them to develop and extend their talents.

We are passionate about developing our relationships with directors from assistant level, right through to directing the work we stage on our rural and schools tours as well as in The Watermill itself. This small network of directors will build upon their relationship with The Watermill whilst having a space to discuss and learn from their experience here and from one another. Our objective is to support them on their respective paths and to further our commitment to nurturing new talent.