Jez Pike

Jez Pike



  • Year
  • 2012
    Trainee Resident Director
    Theatre by the Lake
    2012, Trainee Resident Director
    Theatre by the Lake
  • 2012
    MFA Theatre Directing
    2012, MFA Theatre Directing
    Birkbeck College
  • 2007
    Drama and English
    Sussex University
    2007, Drama and English
    Sussex University

About me

I am a freelance Director and a graduate of the MFA Directing course at Birkbeck College. I work all over the UK with a particular interest in regional theatre. In recent years i've developed an exciting and ongoing relationship with Theatre by the Lake in Cumbria.

Posts Held:

July 2011 - April 2012: Resident Trainee Director at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
The role incorporated assisting, directing, workshop facilitating and involvement with the education and participation department.

January 2008 - December 2009: Director in Residence at Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton.

Role directing for the resident company of an award-winning fringe theatre. In addition I co-managed and programmed the venue, and devised and project-managed a new writing development programme.

Current Work:

Areas of growing interest are the creation of new work that incorporates verbatim and/or documentary theatre techniques, incorporating devising and improvisation techniques into the rehearsal process and sound design.

My style:

Creative collaboration with a designer and a technical team is at the heart of my process, and I aim to create productions that surprise, provoke and stimulate the senses as well as the mind.

Additional Skills

Writing,adapting/editing, piano, musical composition,choral training, dramaturgy, workshop leading

Industry Awards

Directed 'Janis' at Edinburgh Festival 2009, which was nominated for Best Solo Performance at The Stage Acting Awards. It also won Best Female Performer at the Brighton Fringe Awards 2009, and was nominated for Best Show.


Contact Details on request:

Howard Davies CBE - Freelance Theatre Director

Robert Hastie - Associate Director of The Donmar Warehouse

Ian Forest - Artistic Director of Theatre by the Lake

Nicola Haydn - Artistic Director of Otherplace Productions

Additional Information

Extracts from Reviews of past work:

Not About Heroes:

‘A tightly-focused and moving production of a play exploring the lived experience and after-effects of last century's war to end all wars’ - What’s On Stage

‘There will be many other such dramas to move you to tears this year, but seldom as simply effective as this’ - Lancashire Evening Post

‘Two extraordinarily noble performances’ - News & Star

The Shape of Things:

'This is a great production and a great piece of modern theatre' - Cumbria 24

'Audience members leave hotly debating' - The Stage

'Performances of compelling subtlety and depth'
'A gripping and provocative journey through what love might do to (or for) you' - What's Onstage

'The constricted space of the studio is used very well by director Jez Pike. Minimal sound effects help create everything from a cafe scene to a ball park. Pike springs a nice twist by having the normally aloof stagehands join in the action'
- Workington Times &Star

Knives in Hens:

'Jez Pike's production has the precise measure of this intense play, where the tough originality of treatment creates the world and characters peculiarly vividly.' - Reviews Gate

'With such a slow-burning narrative, the challenge is to keep the momentum building, and Jez Pike's direction maintains the focus of the piece without neglecting its quieter and more atmospheric elements.' - What's on Stage

'...a challenging, sensual and edgy production...Director Jez Pike leads the audience on an hour-and-a-half long journey that draws on almost all of our senses' - Cumbria News and Star

'Actors Helen MacFarlane, Adam O'Brian and Liam Smith give faultless performances squeezing every last nuance from the sizzling script'
'This is a play which makes you say a small prayer of thanks for the gift of theatre'
-The Whitehaven News


"Director Jeremy Pike creates a real sense of the singer's world...He draws an intense, swaggering physicality out of the character which matches her mood, and highlights the sad fact that she never felt accepted" -Fringe Report

'A fascinating if lurid insight into the private and public personas that created a legend.'
-The Stage


"In the miniscule performance area the story became engrossing but the play would have been similarly claustrophobic in a larger theatre, testimony to the core merits of the writing and abundant stagecraft show by director Jez Pike"
-Plays International

Three Vanek Plays:

'Throughout all three performances director Jez Pike emphasised the absurdist humour and comical cyclical repetition in the plays to create a surreal atmosphere, preventing the tales from ever feeling dated.'
-Brighton and Hove Argus

One for the Road / Ashes to Ashes:

"Otherplace Productions have produced two flawless Harold Pinter plays"
-Brighton and Hove Argus


Primary Job Title
Secondary Job Title
Assistant Director
Job Titles
Acting Coach, Admin Assistant, Assistant Director, Box Office Assistant, Director, Director, Assistant, Drama Facilitator, Drama Tutor, Dramaturg, Duty Manager, FOH Manager, Project Manager, Theatre / Venue Manager, Theatre Administrator, Usher
Years in industry
3 to 6 years
Company Experience
Educational Theatre, Regional Theatre, UK Touring Theatre
Languages Spoken
Organisation Membership
Experienced in
Comedy, Community, Drama, Festival, Fringe, New Writing, Tragedy
Interested in
European Tour, UK Tour, World Tour