Award winning theatre director Jonathan O’Boyle joins ArtsEd

Image above: The Last Five Years

Award winning theatre director Jonathan O’Boyle is joining ArtsEd as Director of the School of Musical Theatre, from November 2021.

Jonathan won Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical Production at the 2021 Off West End Awards for his production of The Last Five Years (Southwark Playhouse).

“The Last Five Years was one of the only bits of joy in 2020 for me, in what was for most of us a particularly dark, tough and challenging year” he said when he received the award.

Looking forward to a better year in 2021, he said:

“I am truly thrilled to be joining the ArtsEd family as the Director of the School of Musical Theatre. As one of the leading drama schools in the country, with the UK’s premier training course in Musical Theatre, ArtsEd is firmly at the top of its game. I have always had the most joyous time working with the students at ArtsEd, and I can’t wait to continue that work and shape the future of the course.

“We are entering a challenging time in the arts sector. As we begin the road to recovery after the devastation of COVID-19, drama training will continue to evolve and change with the times. I am looking forward to that challenge, being at the centre of a school that strives for excellence.”

He has already directed a production with Arts Ed students. He directed Nice Work If You Can Get It in 2019.

Under normal, non Covid, conditions, tickets to ArtsEd productions are available to the public as well as ArtsEd students’ freinds and families. When the school reopens to the public later this year it will be unveiling the new theatre facilities which are part of the major reconstruciton of the building which has been going on over the past year.

When he take s up his post, Jonathan will be directing a production of The Wedding Singer.

Image above: Hair

Jonathan’s extensive CV includes directing credits for Bill Kenwright (Cruel Intentions, Rain Man), This House, for Headlong and National Theatre, and a series of plays at Trafalgar Theatre; BASH, Rasheeda Speaking, and A Guide for the Homesick. He directed The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre) and for Southwark Playhouse, Pippin, and Aspects of Love. In 2019 he directed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Cadogan Hall.

His 2017 production of Hair (UK Tour/The Vaults/Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester) won Best Off West End Production at the WhatsOnStage Awards and will continue to tour internationally when theatres reopen.

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