A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity

Erica Whyman


This season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation.

RSC: Erica joined the RSC as Deputy Artistic Director in January 2013. As part of the Midsummer Mischief festival in 2014 Erica directed The Ant and the Cicada and Revolt. She said. Revolt again. In 2015 she directed The Christmas Truce and Hecuba .

Theatre: Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne from 2005 to 2012. Under her stewardship Northern Stage became known for ambitious international partnerships, the development of experimental new work especially by young theatre makers and for bold interpretations of modern classics (most recently Close the Coalhouse Door, directed by Samuel West in a new version by Lee Hall).

In 2012 she won the TMA award for Theatre Manager of the Year. Erica was Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse (1998-2000) and then Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (2000-2004) and is a theatre director with many years’ experience all over the UK.

For Northern Stage: Son of Man, Ruby Moon, Our Friends in the North, A Christmas Carol, A Doll’s House, Look Back in Anger, Hansel and Gretel, Oh What a Lovely War (nominated for two TMA awards), The Wind in the Willows, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (nominated for Best Director at the 2011 TMA Awards), The Borrowers and the UK premiere of Oh, the Humanity (Edinburgh/Soho Theatre).

Other work includes: The Birthday Party (Sheffield Crucible); The Shadow of a Boy (National Theatre); The Flu Season, Marieluise, Witness, Les Justes (Gate); The Winter’s Tale, The Glass Slipper (Southwark Playhouse).