Kiln Theatre Launches Kiln Insight With Free Masterclasses With Indhu Rubasingham And Susie Mckenna

Exterior of Kiln Theatre. image by Philip Vile
Exterior of Kiln Theatre. image by Philip Vile

Kiln Theatre launches Kiln Insight with free masterclasses with Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham and Associate Director Susie McKenna. Rubasingham will hold a directing masterclass on 23 April; and McKenna, a musical theatre masterclass on 30 April – both from 4pm to 6pm. These will take place via Zoom, and a recording will be made available after the event.

Alongside this, as part of Kiln Insight, the company are also offering an artist development programme for residents of North West London, to support and inform practice, inspire and release creativity. The selected participants will collaborate with New Work Associate, Tom Wright alongside other Kiln artists, across a series of four sessions.

Indhu Rubasingham said today, “At a time like this, it is important to find out ways to connect and share in this period of isolation and distance. How do we continue to be creative and innovative? Our workshop programme gives a range of opportunities for people to get involved in, wherever they are and whatever their experience. Susie and I will lead large webinars talking about our practice and approach to directing different types of theatre, with an opportunity for viewers to ask questions. I am also thrilled to announce that our New Work Associate Tom Wright will lead a 4-week programme of workshops for emerging artists from North West London, which will hopefully bear fruit and encourage more people on our doorstep to express themselves and to get writing. This alongside our continued Creative Engagement output, we’re determined to stay in touch with our communities and offer a range of ways for them to feel connected and creative.”

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Kiln Theatre is providing this for free, in line with their mission to share unheard stories and make theatre accessible to all. However, like many others, they are facing a period of uncertainty with large outgoings and no corresponding income from ticket sales. If you are able to support them in this unprecedented situation then please do. Any gift, of any size, will be a huge help in ensuring Kiln can be here to welcome audiences on the other side. To learn more and to support visit  


Thursday 23 April, 4pm-6pm

Artistic Director, Indhu Rubasingham will be sharing elements of her directing process, how she approaches developing new writing, and insights into running a theatre organisation. There will then be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in the conversation.


Thursday 30 April, 4pm-6pm

Following her Kiln production of Blues in The Night being nominated for an Olivier Award, Susie McKenna will talk about her experience performing in and bringing musical theatre to the stage. She will then be answering any questions from our digital audience on Musical Theatre development, directing and performing.


Each interactive session will be delivered via Zoom, and any necessary access needs will be met. Participants must be aged 18 or over, based in North West London, and available for all of the following sessions – 7, 14, 21 and 28 May from 4pm to 7pm.

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