Meet The Old Vic 12 - Sarah Meadows


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 Sarah Meadows with 12 quick fire questions.

1. What’s your name?

Sarah Meadows.

2. What do you do?

Director working mainly with new writing and like to foster close relationships with creative teams to build a collective process. I also lecture and direct at universities and drama schools.

3. Who inspires you?

My cats, my husband, my unborn child in life and in work – when I started out directing in Manchester I was hugely inspired (and continue to be) by John McGrath and his incredible democratic leadership; Robert Lepage for his creative process; Lindsey Turner for so many things; David Mumeni and what he’s doing for access to drama schools and the industry through Open Door; Sarah Frankcom and her work in Manchester and what she will do in her new role at LAMDA; Ellen McDoughall and her brilliant programming at The Gate; Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and team for Emilia and all that she stands for; Vinay Patel for his skill, generosity, and the way he’s changing the face of popular drama; Anne Bogart and her approach to directing and leadership; Raheem Stirling and how as a young man he’s taking on racism is football and inspiring a generation; Yusra Wasarma for being an amazing woman, mother and actor all at the same time… and very personally Lemn Sissay, Sophie Willan and Jackie Kay for what they do for the fostering, care and adoption community.

4. What can’t you live without?

Not much really, but I do love running, reading, wine (when I’m not pregnant) and the women in my life.

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

The Old Vic is staffed by lots of parents and one of their big objectives is to support and pioneer structures and means to support parents and carers in theatre. Good on them. More of this please.

6. Your favourite piece of trivia?

I’m crap at trivia so I asked someone and they sent me this. Enjoy…. Cornwall is not technically a county. It’s a ‘dutchie’ which means it’s like a practice state for the Duke/Duchess of Wales to practice being King/Queen.

7. Last show you saw?

Grief is a Thing with Feathers, Enda Walsh, at The Barbican and Admissions at Trafalgar Studios where I’m currently Associate Director. Both cracking in very different ways.

8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered

Listen way more than you speak.

9. Night owl or early bird?


10. Your life story in one short sentence

Adopted, northern, director, relocated to London a few years ago where the streets are paved with gold apparently, soon to be first time mum.

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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