Hester Welch is an international theatre director, producer, performer and facilitator based between Europe and Asia. Her work focuses on community, play and intercultural exchange through collaborative, devised theatre. As co-founder of Wayang Kitchen, Malaysia and The Lost Cabaret, Paris she continues to spread her love of telling stories in unusual settings wherever her nomadic legs carry her. She holds a BA(hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Here her training focused on Theatre Making, Applied Theatre and Post-Colonial Theatre. More recently she trained with master clowns at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She is an Associate Artist at Omnibus Theatre in London, and with the world renowned David Glass Ensemble with whom she has been Assistant Director on multiple performances across the world (A DEvine Comedy, The Brides, Mortgage and City Of Darkness).
Notable works as a Director/Producer include; An Immersive Gig At The Gingerbread House (Bath, UK), The PENdemic Is Mightier Than The Sword (KL City Walk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), The Langkawi Show (Fat Cupid, Malaysia), Roméoe et Juliette (Cours Gabriel, Paris, France), The Food Play (What About Kuching Festival/Now Theatre, Malaysia & Poplar Union, UK), The Forest (Marphy’s PlayHouse, Chengdu, China), PEEP (LeeFest & The Stretch, UK) Colour and The Dream (Omnibus Theatre, UK).
Performing highlights include: Murder At The Masquerade (Copper, KL, Malaysia), Ritual Rebirthing (The Lost Cabaret, Paris) What do we leave behind? (MAP Festival, Melaka, Malaysia & Paris, France), Seeds of Plastic (SACPA, Pelem, Indonesia), The Food Play (Poplar Union, London UK), The Dream (Omnibus Theatre, London, UK).
As a facilitator she has led workshops and arts projects with a diverse range of people including teachers, the elderly, homeless, unemployed, early years children, young people and those with special needs. She has taught across China, Malaysia, India, Canada, France, Italy and the UK, promoting drama education, devised theatre and creative teacher training wherever she goes.