Arts Emergency

Noah Birkstead Breen

Theatre Director

Noah Birkstead Breen

I stumbled across a community drama group when I was 16 – and something clicked. Drama became a way for me to have fun, be creative and develop personally. I went to university to study languages and I didn’t go into theatre to start with, as I thought I should do a ‘sensible’ career. Later, I realised that theatre was the only thing which really interested me, so I retrained with an MA at Central School of Speech and Drama. Bit by bit, I gained experience – and in 2006, I won an award from Channel 4, which gave me a training placement at a professional theatre. Since then, I’ve staged productions in several professional London venues. I also recently began a partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth – the third largest theatre (of the subsidised theatres) in the UK.

I didn’t have any contacts when I went into theatre, which made it hard – and I’d like to share advice and contacts with others, as I believe existing theatre professionals should be encouraging people from all background to go into theatre, and that theatre should be for everyone, not just for a select few.