Jessica Dromgoole

Award winning director, producer and showrunner. 

Audio

Freelance Director​​​​​​​​
2021-2022

The King of Hell’s Palace – by Frances Ya Chu Cowhig – One of a series of Hampstead back catalogue plays being recreated as audio plays for commercial distribution.

National Theatre New Views – four young writers, and their first plays, developed for audio and produced for publication by Audible UK

NHS Leadership Programme – a 34 episode series to provide an enthralling fictional talking point to all trainees.  

Producer/Director, Radio Drama, London​​​​2007 – 2021 

Selling to network, and then commissioning, developing, directing and delivering dramas (see appendix 1), by writers including Tom Stoppard, Dick Clement & Ian Le Frenais, Sarah Daniels, E R Braithwaite, Roy Williams, Katie Hims, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Vinay Patel and Tom Wells. Awards include: Prix Italia (2007), Radio and Music awards(2008), Prix Marulic (2009), Audio Drama Award(2012, 2019), and Sony (2011, 2019).  

Editor, Home Front ​​​​​​​2013 – 2018

Pitching, managing and show-running the popular daily drama on Radio 4 with a weekly reach of 2.8m listenerslive, and total downloads of approx. 25m.  Leading the team, which varied in size from ten to eighty-five. Storylining, commissioning, developing and signing off the scripts. Casting all roles, personally directing & editing 85 dramas a year. Bringing in 592 dramas to a £3.5m budget. 

Editor, BBC Urdu & Producer, World Service​​​2004 – 2007 

Initially working as a director on ‘Westway’ the World Service soap with 11m listeners worldwide, a story-based forum for international health education.  Createdand launched ‘Pyar ka Passport’ an Urdu soap opera developed and made in Pakistan, raising the debate on forced marriage. 

New Writing Coordinator, BBC Drama, Comedy & CBBC​​2000 – 2004

Identifying and creating a point of entry for new writers and introducing talented writers to producers in every part of production. 

Educator​​​​​​​​​

2003-2021

LAMDA – creating plays with students – teaching craft, and directing single plays

Central – teaching the fundamentals of Audio Drama acting, training for the Carleton Hobbs Bursary, and sight-reading.

Brit School – teaching pitching and developing ideas on their Audio Drama Course, led by Joel MacCormack

Guest Tutor MA Writing Birmingham University, University of Sussex, University of East Anglia, Arvon, Moniack Mhor, Rose Bruford.  Mentor for City University Playwriting Course.

Development work with Bold Text and Cucumber writers’ groups in Birmingham, and also Playgroup (2015-21) a writers’ group in London.

Theatre

Freelance Theatre Director​​​​​​
1991-2000

Directing new plays including The Madness of Esme & Shaz (Royal Court), Just Not Fair (National), Black on White Shorts (Live Theatre), The Western Front (Bristol Old Vic), Fat Janet is Dead (Warehouse) and Ripped(Soho)

Literary Manager, PainesPlough,​​​​​​1997 –2000

Discovering and nurturing new talent, and developing core commissions for national tours. Working with writers including Lee Hall, Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, Abi Morgan, Parv Bancil, Gary Owen.

Producer, International Playwriting Festival​​​​​1994 – 1997 

Artistic Director, Finborough Theatre​​​​​​1987 – 1991 

Founder and Director, Pub Theatre Network​​​​​1985 – 1991 

Chair, London Fringe Awards​​​​​​​1986 – 1991 

Chair, London Arts Board Theatre Projects Panel​​​​1986 – 1989 

EducationalTechnical and Professional Qualifications

Université de Paris – Maitrise in La Romanticisme Européenne

Sussex University – BA in French and European studies

BBC Leadership training.  (& occupational training in Health & Safety, Fair Dealing, Unconscious Bias, Social Media, Working with Children, Production Safety)

CityLit – Foundation year in Bookbinding.  

Can speak French and some Italian.