Chelsea was the winner of the RTST Director Award 2017, and directed a revival of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 2018 for a UK tour in a co-production with ETT, NST and Theatr Clwyd. She has twice been a finalist for the prestigious JMK Award and was awarded the runner up prize in 2016. In 2017 she was a director on the Old Vic 12 and was nominated for Off West End awards for both her production of LOW LEVEL PANIC and for COUGAR.
As director: HEDDA GABLER (Sherman Theatre), COUGAR (Orange Tree Theatre), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (UK Tour), SHUDDER by Jodi Grey (Soho Theatre), YOUS TWO by Georgia Christou (Hampstead Theatre), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), P’YONGYANG by In-Sook Chappell (Finborough Theatre), KLIPPIES by Jessica Sian (Southwark Playhouse), CHICKEN DUST by Ben Weatherill (Finborough, Curve Leicester), LEAN by Isley Lynn (Tristan Bates).
As assistant director: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Dir. Simon McBurney (ITA), WILD Dir. James MacDonald (Hampstead Theatre), THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE R&D Dir. Simon McBurney (Complicite), THE LITTLE MERMAID Dir. Simon Godwin (Bristol Old Vic), ROUTES Dir. Simon Godwin (Royal Court), CANDIDA Dir. Simon Godwin (Theatre Royal Bath), BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE Dir. Amelia Sears (Arcola Theatre), AFTER MISS JULIE Dir. Tom Daley (Salisbury Playhouse)
Chelsea is a script reader for the Bruntwood Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Old Vic theatre. She has facilitated workshops for the Old Vic’s Education department and has directed three productions for Southwark Playhouse’s Young Company.
THE PRESS ON PAST WORK:
★★★★ “What really makes (this production) stand out is how it draws out Hedda’s complexity. She’s not a monster, nor is she an enigma. She does unforgivable things, she frightens herself at times, but she operates on her own terms. Even at the end, Walker ensures that this is true” Natasha Tripney, The Stage
★★★★ “The stage often feels like it’s breathing. It’s a rich theatrical experience.’ Gareth Llŷr Evans, The Guardian
‘It’s clarity that permeates every corner of director Chelsea Walker’s vivid and compassionate take on Ibsen’s tragic heroine… the incisiveness and consistency of Walker’s production in no way reduces the drama’s impact. Hedda’s no less powerful for making total sense. Women, after all, aren’t all deranged, vain harlots. Sometimes, they’re driven to it by men.” Sally Hales, Exeunt
★★★★★ “Director Chelsea Walker’s stunning production of this iconic play adds a stylish and modern sheen” Philip Dewey, Western Mail
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
★★★★ “Walker makes us believe in the magic of theatre, and then she dismantles the set to show us it was only an illusion” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★ “Brutal, riveting interpretation of the Tennessee Williams classic from rising star director Chelsea Walker” Tim Bano, The Stage
LOW LEVEL PANIC:
★★★★ “Chelsea Walker directs this slick revival… Clare McIntyre’s play is often deliciously silly, but when the bubbles have popped, there’s a scum of residual anger that just won’t budge.” Alice Saville, Time Out
★★★★ “A beautifully realised snapshot of the relationship between the women, their rivalry, humour and mutual support… All three are spot on under Chelsea Walker’s spirited direction” Heather Neill, The Stage
★★★★ “As Chelsea Walker’s beautifully judged production goes on to show in its 80 minutes, McIntyre’s writing is witty as well as unsettling… one of the most memorable bits of theatre I’ve seen this year.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times
★★★★ “Chelsea Walker’s confident production is blessed with two cherishable performances… A triumphant evening.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
“Chelsea Walker’s very fine, very entertaining revival… This revival is pin-prick pertinent: for thousands of young women, low-level angst is now full-blown panic.” Lyn Gardner, Guardian
★★★★ “Walker’s staging is slick, sinister, and deeply unsettling.” Sam Marlowe, The Times
★★★★ “Stinging insight into a warped reality” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
★★★★ “Chelsea Walker’s assured production is acted with total conviction by Anna Leong Brophy and Chris Lew Kum Hoi as the young lovers” Michael Billington, Guardian
★★★★ “Director Chelsea Walker keeps the whole thing moving, conjuring a sense of aridity, of blasted grass and sleepy, booze-laced and sunwashed afternoons.” Natasha Tripney, The Stage
★★★★ “Klippies is a well-crafted snapshot, a delicate look at burgeoning youth and the burden of history.” Daisy Bowie-Sell, TimeOut
“A runaway smash. If this is not proof as to why we need to continue funding new talent, I don’t know what is” Lucy Cave, A Younger Theatre