Madelaine is an award-winning freelance director and Artistic Director of The Thelmas. She specializes in new writing and devised work, both in professional and community settings,.
Recent directing credits include 'The Sewing Group' & 'Zero for the Young Dudes' (Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre, Arts Ed), ‘Ladykiller’ (Edinburgh Fringe, VAULT Festival, Nottingham Playhouse), ‘FATTY FAT FAT’ (Soho Theatre, VAULT Festival, Roundhouse, Edinburgh Fringe), ‘Algorithms’ (Soho Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe), OFFIE nominated ‘Coconut’ (Ovalhouse & National Tour), the multiple OFFIE & Broadway World nominated ‘The Awakening’ (Jack Studio), ‘Widows’ and ‘W;t’(T-Junction Festival) & ‘If I Ran The Circus’ (Discover Children's Story Centre).
An alumna of Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA Applied Theatre course, she has worked in a freelance capacity with companies including BBC, Good Chance Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, Tricycle Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Only Connect and Unlock Drama. She has been a visiting lecturer at St Mary's University Drama and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and worked extensively in prisons and alternative education units.
Prior to this she completed her acting training at Arts Educational.
Chief Executive (Education and Outreach)
Guleraana Mir holds an MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University.
She is a writer and creative facilitator delivering a range of workshops in community settings using theatre, storytelling and movement to explore diversity, inspire creativity, and to build communication skills. She also leads drama based PSHE workshops in schools exploring topics such as sexual health, career skills, healthy relationships and drugs education.
Guleraana's debut play Coconut was The Thelmas' first co-production with Ovalhouse, where it premiered in London in April, followed by a national tour. It earned her an OFFIE nomination for most promising playwright.
She regularly writes for community and youth groups and has recently worked with organisations such as AGE UK Westminster, Rightful Place Theatre, Peer Productions and currently Royal Exchange Theatre. She is on the BBC's Northern Voices development program.