Curve, in conjunction with In Good Company (the flagship professional, creative and business development programme for the East Midlands) is proud to present this free directing class with Nikolai Foster.
Nikolai is currently Artistic Director at Curve, one of the UK’s leading regional theatres. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, grew up in North Yorkshire and trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield.
At Curve Nikolai has directed the world première productions of Riaz Khan’s Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual (adapted by Dougal Irvine); Douglas Day Stewart’s An Officer and a Gentleman; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (and UK tour) Winner Best Musical, Manchester Theatre Awards and Best Regional Production, WhatsOnStage Awards; Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Bath); Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (with Birmingham Rep); Spring Awakening (with National Youth Music Theatre); Legally Blonde (Opera Garnier, Monaco and Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea – Winner Best Musical – Daegu International Musical Festival Awards); Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Haymarket Theatre, London and UK tour); Roald Dahl’s The Witches (with Rose Theatre Kingston, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and UK tour); Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire; Shakespeare’s Richard III; Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good and a performance to celebrate the reveal of the tomb of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour).
Foster has also served as an Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where he directed Orwell’s Animal Farm, Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (adapted by Bryony Lavery & Jason Carr), Louise Page’s Salonika and Amanda Whittington’s Bollywood Jane. At the Crucible, Sheffield (supported by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme), he staged A Chorus Line, Sondheim’s Assassins and Shaffer’s Amadeus.