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Robert Marsden

  • Job title: Interim Head Of Department-Media & Perf
  • Department: School of Digital, Technologies and Arts


I balance my work at Staffordshire University with that of being a freelance theatre director.

Recent freelance work

Robert is a freelance theatre director who works across the UK and Europe in both commercial and subsidised theatre and is also Artistic Director: Theatre for the MAC in Stoke. He has directed Greek comedy, Shakespeare, Jacobean Revenge Drama, Restoration comedy, verbatim, and site-specific theatre, musical theatre, pantomime, Russian drama and comedy and European classics, as well as new work and modern-language drama.

Robert’s expertise in pantomime has seen him written and directed over 25 professional pantomimes since 1999, including for Crewe (3 years), Halifax (11 years), Rotherham (2 years), Reading, New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent, Wrexham, Loughborough, Ickenham, Belfast, Porthcawl and Ammanford. Since 2007 has worked for producer Steve Boden for Imagine Theatre directing the majority of their titles across the UK. Robert has worked as a director at the Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Stephen Joseph Scarborough, Bolton Octagon, Southwark Playhouse, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Oxford Playhouse and five years at the New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent as assistant then associate director. He has worked in China and Bangkok delivering workshops on directing and for BBC Radio and Television

Robert has also directed and written for Selladoor Worldwide, Leatherhead Theatre, Swanage Mowlam Theatre, Hordern Ciani Ltd, United National Theatre, Cooper Hall Somerset, Greenwich Theatre, Birmingham Old Rep, Milton Keynes Theatre/ATG, several national tours and work in Italy, Belgium and Cyprus. His adaptation of The Snow Queen is currently touring the UK.



“Inside the Rehearsal Room” (under contract for Bloomsbury 2020).


“Monsters and the Pantomime”: Palgrave Communications. March 2020

Conference Papers

“The Aha Moment in Rehearsal”: Antwerp University, Belgium. Tracing Creation. March 2016.

'Enhancing Employability Through Enterprise Education': King's College, London. June 2014. HEA.
Delivering on how employability is embedded in the curriculum at Staffordshire University.

“At the Crossroads: New Directions in Teacher Education”: Canterbury Christ Church University, July 2012.
Delivery on the explorations of using drama and creative techniques in teacher training.


The Stage Newspaper
December 2016
How To Direct Pantomime

Arts Professional Issue 242
November 2011
On the use of theatre to combat extremism

Direct: Director’s Guild of Great Britain Magazine
Autumn 2003
On being a young director working in theatre


Acting in Pantomime: