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Lexie is a director based in the North West. She aims to create new and visually interesting ways to tell theatrical stories, and her directing style is to design a concept for a show that makes the audience as well as the actors part of the world created. She directs in a wide range of genres, from comedies to thrillers (though she has a particular love for the comedic!), and loves working with new writing. Lexie is passionate about working with and  promoting regional voices, especially those from Cumbria, wherever possible in her work.

She is the the Co-Founder for Highly Suspect Theatre and Murder Mystery Events. The company has toured the North of England performing at a variety of venues including Durham Cathedral, The National Centre for the Written Word and Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.  The company has been commissioned three times by the National Time to Read Campaign to create bespoke site specific literary murder mystery productions to tour Northern Libraries. Highly Suspect was a finalist for the Creative Citymakers Award at the 2018 Carlisle Living Awards, and a shortlisted finalist for the 2019 Cumbria Culture Awards for their new writing show 'We Know Now Snowmen Exist.' Further information on the company can be found at . 

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Headshot by Flying Fletcher Photography


She worked in Arts Management as a Theatre Manager and Production Manager at Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle for 6 years and this bring a vast background of relevant experience to her work as a director. The role included producing up to 12 full scale shows per year, as well as up to 50 smaller student led shows, ensuring the shows complied with health and safety and overseeing the creative teams to see that deadlines were met. She also managed the Front of House team, did the production photography and designed the marketing materials for all full scale shows, and produced the graduate showcase performances in London each year, developing a second Manchester performance from 2017 onwards.

As part of her development Lexie has been an observing director at Theatre by the Lake for Liz Stephenson (Artistic Director, The Secret Garden), Katie Posner (Artistic Director Paines Plough, My Mother Said I Never Should), Tom Littler (Artistic Director Jermyn Street Theatre, Dear Uncle) and James Baker (Hope Mill Theatre, Jerry Springer the Opera).

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Lexie rehearsing new play Our Charlie R&D at Theatre by the Lake 2021

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