Angharad is an award winning freelance Theatre/Opera and Film director. She is also the AD of Leeway Productions and Department Lead (Acting) at Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts, Cardiff.
AAngharad Lee was born and bred in Porth in the Rhondda Valley. She has been working as a director of theatre, opera and film since 2009. Angharad is an award-winning director and producer who works across disciplines and with a keen interest in the development of the musical theatre sector in Wales.
-Winner of Director of the Year in the British Theatre Guide in 2018.
-Her production of The Last 5 Years listed as one of the top regional productions in the Uk by the Stage in 2018.
-Her work is described as urgent, visceral and inventive.
-She directed the 1st ever Welsh language Opera for Welsh National Opera titled ‘Gair ar Gnawd’, which was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Award.
-A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, who then went on to study the craft of directing with Living Pictures, her practice spans the breadth of Musical Theatre, Opera and plays.
She is a fluent Welsh speaker.
She has worked for organisations such as Welsh National Opera as a staff and freelance director, Sherman Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, The Other Room, Difficult Stage, Arad Goch, Taking Flight Theatre, RCT Theatres, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, and numerous others, directing new works as well as main scale productions. Her expertise is working with large casts, music and ensembles. Something she adores. She is the AD of Leeway Productions. Their flagship and ground-breaking production of The Last 5 Years was explored uniquely and poignantly by outstanding musical theatre talent, D/deaf performers and beautiful choreography with integrated BSL by choreographer Mark Smith who is Deaf. The Last 5 Years was listed as one of the top 10 Regional Productions of 2018 by TheStage.
Angharad’s practice is diversity confident. Her company has supported over 150 writers and composers in developing their practice and confidence when tackling the wonderful world of creating Musical Theatre. Enticing beatboxers, poets, singer songwriters, hip hop artists, folk groups to collaborate and establish artist led practices across Regions and networks in Welsh, English and BSL.
Alongside her directorial work, Angharad holds a great passion for Creative Learning. She has been a Creative Learning practitioner since graduating, working with schools, community groups, Post-16 and PRU Units. Concentrating on attitudes and aptitudes as well as the development of skills, a cross fertilisation of methodologies is at the heart of her practice. She is currently a Creative Agent for the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative School Scheme. She is a guest lecturer at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Lincoln University, Wolverhampton amongst others.
Angharad Lee’s direction deftly took the four performers through the intricacy of the game show cut with biographical scene. This enabled a fast-paced way of shifting time and space by making episodes in his life rounds in the game – Wales Online
Finely directed by Angharad Lee, Catrin Fflur Huws play also enabled the use of humour to contrast with the darkness of the story - Wales Arts Review
The production, devised by cast and director Angharad Lee, surges with physical action, music and the crafted rhythm of performance – Theatre in Wales
Director Angharad Lee was keen to not make this a show for hearing people, and then translated for the deaf community using British Sign Language, but make it a show for both audiences. – One Woman West End Show