Elayce Ismail was awarded the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors 2014/2015, under which she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and directed Andrew Whaley’s The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre. She was co-founder/Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre from 2005 – 2009 and trained at LISPA.

 Direction includes: The Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre); Stay Another Song, Simpatico (Young Vic); The Lost Ring (NT, Deutsches Theater Berlin); Nanjing (The Yard); Treasure Island: Making a Scene, Alfred Fagon Award: GIRLS, Black Plays Series readings (NT); Struggle (Talawa Firsts, London & Bristol Somali Festivals); Bed & Breakfast (Brighton Fringe Festival & tour).

Associate/assistant direction: The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House); The Sound of Yellow, A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Coming Home (Arcola Theatre).

 Puppetry: Dr Korczak’s Example (Unicorn Theatre); Fast Burn (Kneehigh/NYT).

 Performance: The Magic Flute (Complicite, ENO); Ring-a-Ding-Ding (Oily Cart); In A Pickle, (Oily Cart,RSC).