Paula Garfield – Artistic Director

Age: 49

Gender: Female

Job Title: Artistic Director

City/Town: London

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Tell us about your job: An actor, director, workshop leader and organiser, Paula has worked on a variety of television, film and theatre projects over the past fifteen years. She went on to establish Deafinitely Theatre with Steven Webb and Kate Furby after becoming frustrated at the barriers that deaf actors and directors face in mainstream media. She has produced and directed many plays and worked extensively in TV, including Channel Four’s Learn Sign LanguageFour Fingers and a Thumb, BBC’s Hands Up and Casualty, plus appearances in every series of the BBC’s deaf drama, Switch.

For Deafinitely Theatre she has directed Two ChairsMotherlandChildren of a Greater GodPlaying GodDouble Sentence and Gold Dust. She has also devised and directed The Boy and the Statue for Deafinitely at the Tricycle Theatre and on a London schools’ tour. In 2012, as part of Deafinitely’s 10th anniversary, Paula directed Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, followed by Tanika’s Journey at Southwark Playhouse. Most recently Paula directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe in 2014 and a national tour of children’s production Something Else and Grounded at the Park Theatre in 2015.