Learning about hard graft through working in a sweet shop in Elephant and Castle, coming second to the League of Gentlemen for a coveted Total Theatre Award and her preference of canal boats over caravans. All of this and more is discussed in this month's episode of Regrets I've Had A Few featuring the New Vic Theatre's Olivier Award winning Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins.

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About Theresa Heskins

Theresa Heskins is the Artistic Director of Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre.

She grew up in London, studied at Oxford University, trained as a director at Birmingham Rep on the RTYDS scheme, and has lived and worked in the Midlands ever since.

In 1999 Theresa became Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre, touring new writing to the whole country from the company’s base on a Ludlow farm. Productions included White Open Spaces, asking ‘is there a silent apartheid in the countryside?’, co-created with BBC Radio Drama and nominated for a South Bank Show Award; and Silent Engine, in association with the National Theatre Studio and recipient of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First.

Joining the New Vic Theatre as Artistic Director in 2007, she has directed numerous productions in the round including Alecky Blythe’s verbatim documentary Where Have I Been All My Life?; Around the World in 80 Days which won London Book Week’s Best Adaptation and transferred to New York; The Snow Queen, which won Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards.

In the West End she directed the Olivier Award winner The Worst Witch and Marvellous, the opening production @sohoplace.

Theresa also writes, including adapting Wives and Daughters and Lady Audley’s Secret for BBC Woman’s Hour.  Her adaptations of classic children’s literature including Alice in Wonderland have been revived all over the UK and the world.