Chris Meads

Chris recently created and completed a pioneering Artistic Director professional development programme, mentored by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and funded by the Arts Council of England. He was Artistic Associate for the the Everyman Unbound season in 2011, including directing ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore for the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. He is a previous recipient of the Channel Four Directors’ Scheme at the Royal Exchange Theatre. In 2009 Chris co-wrote and directed A Free House for the Royal Exchange Studio’s PUB project and in 2008 directed The Cracks In My Skin by Phil Porter, a winning play within the Bruntwood / Royal Exchange Theatre Playwriting Competition. The Cracks In My Skin was subsequently nominated for two Manchester Evening News Awards. Chris previously trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Programme and was awarded an Arts Council bursary to work alongside Michael Boyd and the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He has worked as Assistant Director to Greg Herzov, Neil Bartlett, Matthew Dunster, Sarah Frankcom, Jonathan Munby, Ian Rickson, Josette Bushell-Mingo and Max Stafford-Clark.

How do you describe yourself as an artist?

A  theatre maker or a theatre director, depending on the situation.

Which place within the North of England is particularly special for you?

The view of Newcastle’s Quayside from the train window, just before it pulls into Central Station. I always impulsively stand up for it. Even better if it’s twilight on a Friday or Saturday night and all the lights are coming on.

And what does this place conjure up in your imagination?

How busy, but beautiful, it looks architecturally (how can this many bridges in one place looks so right?). How underpopulated it seems. Suddenly realising there are lots of other people on the train speaking to one another in a north east accent and noticing how nice it sounds. Images and feelings about all the important things: Home. Friendships. Family. A rush of excitement.