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Ellen McDougall



Julia Kreitman

Ellen was appointed the Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre in 2017. She was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate, and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott and was Director in Residence at the NT Studio. Ellen received an Arts Council International Development Award 2012, and the Runner Up Prize for the JMK Award 2008.

Productions include

Dear Elizabeth 2019
Gate Theatre

Our Town 2019
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Effigies of Wickedness 2018
Gate Theatre

The Wolves 2018
Stratford East

The Unknown Island 2017
Gate Theatre

Othello 2017
William Shakespeare
Sam Wannamaker Playhouse

Aladdin 2016
Joel Horwood
Lyric Hammersmith

The Remains of Maisie Duggan 2016
Carmel Winters
Abbey Theatre Dublin             

Past Credits

The Rolling Stone 2016
Chris Urch
Orange Tree Theatre

Cinderella 2015
Tom Wells
Lyric Hammersmith

The Glass Menagerie 2015
Tennessee Williams

Anna Karenina 2015
Jo Clifford
Manchester Royal Exchange

The Rolling Stone 2015
Chris Urch (Bruntwood)
Manchester Royal Exchange

Nutcracker 2014
Annie Siddons
Unicorn Theatre

Idomeneus 2014
Roland Schimmelpfennig
Gate Theatre

Not Now Bernard 2014
David McKee (devised)
Unicorn Theatre/UK Tour

Spring Awakening 2014
Gary Owen
RWCMD/Gate Theatre

Henry the Fifth 2013
Adaptation Ignace Cornellison
Unicorn Theatre

Glitterland (Show 4) 2013
Hayley Squires
Secret Theatre / Lyric

Antigone 2012
Adaptation Ryan Craig
Unicorn Theatre

Philoctetes 2012
Adaptation Nancy Harris
Unicorn Theatre

Telling Tales 2012
Oladipo Agboluaje
Almeida Theatre (Projects)

Ivan and the Dogs 2011
Hattie Naylor
Rustaveli Theatre/NT Studio
ATC/Soho/UK tour 2010

Hot Mess  2011
Ella Hickson
Latitude Festival/Arcola

Golden Girls 2011
Louise Page
Guildford School of Acting

A Kind of Alaska 2008
Harold Pinter

Over There 2008
Tom Bird
Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

Betting on the Dust Commander 2007
Suzan-Lori Parks
Albany Theatre Studio

Cymbeline 2004
William Shakespeare
Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Philadelphia Here I Come! 2003
Brian Friel
Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

As Associate

Shows 1 and 2 2013
Dir. Sean Holmes
Secret Theatre / Lyric

 Wastwater 2011
Simon Stephens, dir. Katie Mitchell
Royal Court/Vienna Festival

As Assistant / Staff Director

Beauty and the Beast 2010
Dir. Katie Mitchell
National Theatre

Women Beware Women 2010
Dir. Marianne Elliott
National Theatre

Cat in a Hat 2009
Dir. Katie Mitchell
National Theatre

Our Class 2009
Dir. Bijan Sheibani
National Theatre

Tunnel 228 2009
Dir. Felix Barratt
Punchdrunk/Young Vic

The Brothers Size 2007-8
Dir. Bijan Sheibani
ATC/Young Vic

Other employment

Associate Artist (current) 2014
Gate Theatre

Associate Director 2012-14
Gate Theatre

Script Reader (current) 2012
Susan Smith Blackburn
Playwriting Award

Connections Director 2011
National Theatre

Associate Artist (current)
Company of Angels 2011

Director in Residence 2009
NT Studio

Associate Director 2009-12

Schools’ Workshop Leader (various) 2008
National Theatre,
Royal Court, Young Vic 2007-12

Associate Reader
Soho Theatre

Awards / Grants

Inaugural recipient of the International Artists’ Development Award 2013

ACE/British Council

Olivier Award Nomination, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011

Ivan and the Dogs
JMK Award Finalist 2009
JMK Award Runner Up Prize 2008


Theatre Radical Ellen McDougall, The Guardian, Lyn Gardner, 2015

Interview: Ellen McDougall, The Stage, Matt Trueman, 2014

Feature: Ellen McDougall ‘Don’t be afraid to fail’, A Younger Theatre, 2014



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