Monique Touko is an emerging theatre director. Her training includes being a Truth about Youth associate at Oval House Theatre, Observer Monday’s at the Royal Exchange which involved shadowing Ellen McDougall on The Rolling Stone and her relationship with Royal Exchange cultivated into a three month placement through the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme. This involved assisting Matthew Xia on Wishlist and its transfer to Royal Court and also assisting Emma Callander from Theatre Uncut on B!RTH festival. She was selected to embark on the Introduction to Directing Course at the Young Vic, led by Sacha Wares and is receiving ongoing mentorship in-house. Her directing credits include A Number, Animal Farm, Gourds by Chino Odimba at Royal Exchange and The Sting by Suzette Coon at Arcola Theatre. Most recently she directed See you at the End by Alexis Boddy at Theatre 503. Monique was an assistant director and administrator for ALT which is a actor’s training program which targets BAME actors from low income backgrounds and provides an alternative to drama school resulting in an industry showcase. She is a freelance facilitator who has worked with Royal Exchange, Royal Court and The Challenge to provide workshops for young people and received training from Company Three led by Ned Glasier. In addition, she is a script reader for Talawa Theatre Company and Bruntwood Prize. Monique is currently assisting Andrew Twyman on a touring production of Kanye the First for the eleventh Hightide Festival.