Ed Burnside

Resident Director


Most recently, Ed was Deputy Associate Director of the Japanese and Korean productions of Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot The Musical. He was also the Resident Director for the first UK and Ireland Tour of Billy Elliot The Musical.

As Director: Black (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Adelaide Festival, SOHO Theatre, Edinburgh Festival – Total Theatre Award Nomination for Innovation and Experimentation), Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey (Dorset Corset National Tours), Le Gateau Chocolat (Menier Chocolate Factory, Sydney Opera House) Cinderella (Fareham and Redditch), Jack and The Beanstalk  (Fareham), Diamond (Brighton Dome), Threepenny Opera (Old Market), The Circle Game (Brit School, Brighton Festival) Night Before Christmas (artsdepot, London).

As Associate, Revival, Resident Director: Billy Elliot The Musical (UK and Ireland Tour, Hamburg). Deputy International Associate Director of Japanese and Korean productions of Billy Elliot The MusicalStarting Line (Paralympics 2012), Pigeon Party (Pittsburgh and North American Tour), The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (North American Tour), The Way Back Home (Theatre Royal Winchester and International tour), and Stuck(Pittsburgh and International tour). Twisted Dreams (Street late night circus – Glastonbury Festival).

Workshops include: New versions of Closer Than Ever and Starting Here Starting Now (with orchestrator Julian Kelly) (Chichester – with special permission from Richard Maltby and David Shire),  Marry Me A Little (Chichester). The Puppy That Ate Christmas and Smouldering (New Writing South)

Ed has been a visiting director and lecturer at University of Chichester, Trinity College of Music, BRIT School, Croydon, Italia Conti (Acting Department) and Urdang, London as well as delivering workshops for The Old Vic.

Ed trained originally as an actor. Notable acting credits include: Power (National Theatre), Iphigenia at Aulis (Oxford Playhouse), The Iron Eyelashes (Dublin, Ipswich) and Bright Star (BBC Films).