Dale Rooks works extensively with children and young people, and has directed numerous Youth Theatre productions at Chichester Festival Theatre. Her acclaimed promenade production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild was staged for Festival 2015, winning the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Dale co-directed a re-imagination of Running Wild for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Festival 2016 and UK theatre tour in 2017.
Dale’s other directing credits at Chichester Festival Theatre include The Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Witches, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Grimm Tales, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol,Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
Dale has also directed for the National Theatre (NT Connections), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Royalty Theatre London, Brighton Dome, London Thames Festival, International Youth Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other credits include Stage Director for The Shakespeare Schools Festival; Opera projects with West Sussex Schools and the BBC Concert Orchestra players; European School’s Drama Project with companies in Normandy, France.
Dale has worked as Education Specialist for the London based company Artichoke, designing and creating a programme of work for schools in London and Brooklyn, New York and on a further live arts project as part of the Liverpool City of Culture Celebrations. Other credits include working in partnership with NAYT (National Association Youth Theatres). Dale is the Lead Officer for the South East region, networking with other youth theatres in the South of England.
Dale is Director of LEAP at Chichester Festival Theatre.