Chris Elwell

1997 - Present

Chris Elwell
Director 1997 – present

Chris is the Director/CEO of Half Moon Theatre, London. He is a director/writer, trainer and theatre producer specialising in professional theatre for young audiences. He has a strong track record in the development and delivery of work with a particular emphasis upon inclusion particularly in the field of cultural and disability diversity, and socio-economic disfranchisement.

Chris is the curator of Exchange for Change, a sector significant artform development programme that challenges perceptions of the work produced in the young people’s sector. This extensive programme particularly engages artists from non-theatre backgrounds (design, digital/new media, dance, spoken word etc.), those who are under-represented in the sector and emerging young people’s theatre companies. Much of this work tours nationally and internationally through Half Moon Presents, the company’s producing arm.

Chris has directed over 30 pieces of work for family, teenage and community audiences. His most recent credits include Free, When Spring Comes, Moon and Genie, Big Red Bath and Rip Fold Scrunch, as well as a cannon of work presented bi-lingually in English and BSL including: Baa Moo Yellow Dog (also adapted for TV in 2010), Icicle Bicycle, Igloo Hullabaloo and My Friend Snow. Most recently he has directed a series of spoken word theatre pieces including Big Wow Small Wonder and Fairytales Gone Bad. He started his career as a special needs and drama teacher in secondary schools, and was previously Head of Community and Schools Programmes at the RSC, Head of Education at English National Ballet and more recently Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Chris was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to theatre and young people in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Productions and Participation

Interview with Chris Elwell

Full interview. Chris Elwell talks about his time as Director of Half Moon Theatre on White Horse Road since 1997. Interviewed by Kavana Joyett.


Interview snippets

Interviews about Chris Elwell

Alice Bigelow, who project managed the move to the White Horse Road building for Half Moon, talks about Chris Elwell’s immediate impact when he joined the company in 1997. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.