Fiona Laird is a theatre director, writer and voice coach.
She has recently directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company at both Stratford-on-Avon and at the Barbican, a production for which she also composed the musical score. In the last few months she has also directed “Noel Fittzpatrick SuperVet Live” a national touring arena stage show, and the magician Dynamo’s new stage show.
Her directing credits include Christmas Cracker at the Royal Festival Hall, The Turning Point for Sky Television, Cinderella at the Old Vic (written by Stephen Fry, with music by Oscar-winning Anne Dudley), Beyond Belief in the West End and on Broadway, Twenty Men Singing, for the Welsh National Opera, the World Premier of Arnold Wesker’s Longitude at Greenwich Theatre and Oh What a Lovely War, Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan and Frogs, all at the National Theatre.
As a teacher and visiting lecturer Fiona has worked at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Oxford School of Drama, the British American Drama Academy and the National Youth Theatre. In 2013 Fiona founded the charity The National Youth Arts Trust, which provides access to training in the performing arts for disadvantaged young people.