Stephen Whitson: 100 Years in 100 Seconds


As we approach the end of 2020 and what has been a challenging year for all, we’re ready to round off our Centenary celebrations – recognising the incredible history of ArtsEd and its contribution to the performing arts industry.

In this video, ArtsEd alumni Stephen Whitson discusses his training experience in the early 2000s which led to an international career as an actor and now life as a director.

As Associate Director for Hamilton in London’s West End, Stephen knows a thing or two about staging a musical, which is very handy for our current cohort of third year MT students as he directs their upcoming production of Ragtime!

We’re thrilled that Stephen is back in the building, working with our students. Below is the video we made with him earlier in the year as part of our Centenary celebrations.

“Without ArtsEd, we can’t make shows like Hamilton or the numerous diverse types of art that populate the West End, and it’s the people that come out of ArtsEd that allow us to make the best quality art that we possibly can.” – Stephen Whitson


Stephen’s Credits

Recent Theatre Directing credits include: West Side Story (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall & Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall); You Forgot The Mince – a new play by Francesca Joy (Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour 2017); Benighted by J.B. Priestley (World Premiere, London – Winter 2016) [Off West End Award Nomination – Best Director]You Forgot The Mince (UK Tour 2016); The Last Five Years (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre, London), Little Women (Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham), Return To The Forbidden Planet (SWG3, Glasgow), Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Dubailand (Finborough Theatre), If Only… by Michel Tremblay (Bread & Roses Theatre, London), Circuit Breaker (Timewave Festival, London), The Wizard of Oz (St. Ives Theatre, Cornwall), Cross Purpose by Albert Camus (King’s Head Theatre, London) and Jubilee Street (Theatre503, London).

Film Directing credits include: Loved Before (Music Video – Eighty8 Films), Da (2019 Release – Rare Moustache/Crixus/Criaglockhart Road Productions), The Trip (Short/London Sci-Fi Festival 2014), 13 (Short/Rare Moustache) and Shooting Star (Music Video/The Big Bads).

Associate/Assistant Director credits include: Hamilton (Associate Director – Victoria Palace Theatre, London – West End), 42nd Street (Associate Director – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London – West End), Barnum (Cameron Mackintosh/Michael Harrison/UK Tour), From Here To Eternity (West End, 2014 Cinema Release), Private Lives (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), La Fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), RENT (Greenwich Theatre), Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten (Aldeburgh Music Festival/BBC), What You Will (The Globe Theatre/London 2012 Festival), While The Sun Shines (Top Goat Productions, Lion & Unicorn Theatre), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (LOST Theatre).