Meet The Old Vic 12 - Audrey Sheffield


The Old Vic 12 aims to nurture and develop the next generation of theatre practitioners through offering access and insights into theatre-making, mentoring from industry experts, delivering masterclasses to other emerging artists, and collaborating with each other to create brand new work.

Launched in 2015, we are delighted to be hosting the fourth year of the scheme with 12 exciting new participants – get to know Director Audrey Sheffield with 12 quick fire questions.

1. What’s your name?

Audrey Sheffield

2. What do you do?

I’m a freelance theatre director.

3. Who inspires you?

My late grandmothers, playwrights, actors, my children, athletes, and anyone that goes beyond…

4. What can’t you live without?

Tea, theatre, my family (not necessarily in that order).

5. The most surprising thing you’ve learnt about The Old Vic?

That it only had one toilet per 56 women – but it will have lots more very soon!

6. Your favourite piece of trivia?

Only female mosquitos will bite you.

7. Last show you saw?

Downstate at the National Theatre. It was extraordinary.

8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered?

Be patient – about everything – don’t be in a rush to give a note, make a decision, get a job, everything… (give yourself and others time).

9. Night owl or early bird?


10. Your life story in one short sentence?


11. In one year you will have…

Made a lot more theatre, met many more brilliant people, made lots of new creative collaborations, and have lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline

12. Old Vic 12 in one word


The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2018/2019 by:
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; Claire Bullus; Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque; Laura & Nigel Mead; The Luscinus Trust; PRS Foundation; The Noël Coward Foundation; Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The Old Vic Impact Fund.

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