Dale Rooks’s 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. She co-directed, with Tim Sheader, a re-imagination of Running Wild for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2016 and a UK tour in 2017. In 2018, Dale directed the world premiere production of The Midnight Gang at CFT.
Dale’s other directing credits for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre include The Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Witches, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Toad of Toad Hall, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland,Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast.
She 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, and European Schools’ 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 of 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 Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) at Chichester Festival Theatre and works extensively with children and young people.