Elayce Ismail

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Assistant: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Elayce is a theatre and opera director, RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage and an Associate Artist of Boundless Theatre.

Elayce was Resident Director at the NT Studio in 2014/15 as the winner of the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors. She assisted directors including Lyndsey Turner, Michael Buffong, Simon McBurney, Bijan Sheibani and Amy Hodge. Under the award Elayce directed Andrew Whaley’s The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate. It was nominated for 5 Off West End Theatre Awards, including Best Director. 

She has created puppetry as a director and performer for companies including Kneehigh, Oily Cart, RSC, UnicornTheatre and Complicite/ENO.

Elayce directed Girls by Theresa Ikoko, which opened at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the British Council Showcase, before a UK tour. Elayce directed Girls in 2016, where it premiered at HighTide Festival, and played at Birmingham Rep and in a 5-week sell-out run at Soho Theatre. The production was nominated for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2017.

Recent credits include: Jude Christian’s Nanjing (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe); The War of the Worlds, adapted by Laura Lindow (Northern Stage and North Eastern Tour); Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (Northern Stage).

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2020

Royal Court Theatre

Written by Jude Christian

2020

The Gate Theatre, London

Directed and Adapted by Elayce Ismail
Associate Dramaturg: Paterson Joseph

2019

LAMDA

Writer: Nina Raine
Directed by Elayce Ismail

2018

Northern Stage

A Play for Voices written by Dylan Thomas;
Directed by Elayce Ismail

2018

Shakespeare's Globe

Written and Performed by Jude Christian;
Directed by Elayce Ismail

2018

Northern Stage

By H.G. Wells;
Adapted by Laura Lindow;
Directed by Elayce Ismail

2017

Edinburgh Fringe Festival / UK Tour / High Tide

Written by Theresa Ikoko;
Directed by Elayce Ismail

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017
Nominated for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award

SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE

2017

Royal Court / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Gate Theatre

Written by Eve Leigh

WHEN I AM A QUEEN

2017

Almeida Theatre

GIRLS

2016

HighTide / Talawa / Soho Theatre

Writer: Theresa Ikoko

2016

Young Vic / St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls / London Nautical School for Boys

Musical Direction: Matthew Floyd Jones
Dramaturgy: Katharine Markwick

2016

Gate Theatre

Writer: Chris Thorpe

NANJING

2016

Yard Theatre / NOW '16 Festival

Writer: Jude Christian

THE TRIAL OF HAMLET

2016

Wyndham’s Theatre (Shakespeare Schools Festival Gala)

2015

National Theatre / Deutsches Theater Berlin / Mitos21

Devised production Elayce created with actors George Siena and Janna Horstmann in response to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play, NATHAN THE WISE

2015

Gate Theatre

Writer: Andrew Whaley

SIMPATICO

Young Vic

Part of the 5 Directors, 5 Plays, 5 Days project

BED & BREAKFAST

2011

Hot Ice Theatre / Brighton Festival Fringe / UK Tour

As Associate/Assistant Director

2014

Young Vic

As Associate Director
Director: Matthew Xi

2013

Young Vic

Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme;
Written by Aimé Césaire
From a translation by Ralph Manheim
Direction by Joe Wright

COMING HOME

2010

Arcola Theatre

As Assistant Director; Director - Cordelia Monsey; Author - Athol Fugard

As Dramaturg

2018

Lyric Hammersmith / HOME

Directed by Jude Christian

Opera

ProductionCompanyNotes
2019

Opera Montpellier

(As assistant director)
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Libretto: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Director: Ted Huffman

2018

Royal Opera House

(As assistant director)
Director: Ted Huffman
Music: Philip Venables
Text: Sarah Kane

2015

Royal Opera House / Opera North / Aldeburgh Music

(As Assistant Director)
Music: Matt Rogers
Libretto: Sally O'Reilly
Director: Bijan Sheibani