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. She was recently one of three directors on the OV12 (20/21) and has just completed her debut short film 'Twitching' as Writer/Director. You can see more about her work here.
Recent directing credits include 'Second Person Narrative' (Arcola), 'NOTCH' (VAULT), Santi & Naz (VAULT), '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 National Theatre, BBC, Good Chance Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, Tricycle Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Synergy Theatre 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.
Guleraana Mir is an award-winning writer and theatremaker, passionate about telling authentic stories that celebrate, not stereotype. You can find out more about her work here.
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. Other writing credits include:
ALL THE SMALL THINGS (short, BBC Children’s), MISFITS (co-writer) Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, SANTI & NAZ (co-writer), VAULT Festival 2020, THE BIGGER PICTURE (audio), commissioned by Tamasha and SOAS, University of London.
Guleraana regularly facilitates writing masterclasses in schools, community groups, and for emerging writers. She is leader of National Theatre’s Writing for Theatre Programme, VAULT Festival’s New Writers Programme, and a visiting practitioner & mentor on the BA Writing for Performance and MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Central School of Speech and Drama.
She holds an MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University.