Hester Welch is an international theatre director, performer, producer, facilitator and clown working across Europe and Asia. Her work focuses on community, play and intercultural exchange through collaborative, devised theatre. As co-founder of Wayang Kitchen (Malaysia), Spilt Ink Theatre (UK) and The Lost Cabaret Paris & Bristol, she continues to spread her love of bringing stories and laughter to unusual spaces. 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; RICE! (Digital Theatre, UK & Malaysia supported by British Council), An Immersive Gig At The Gingerbread House (Digital Theatre, 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: Nest (Trinity Centre & Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol UK), The Waiting Room (Shambala Festival, UK), Food Tripping Penang (Digital Event supported by British Council), Murder At The Masquerade (Copper, KL, Malaysia), Rebirth (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, refugees, asylum seekers, unemployed, early years children, young people and those with special needs. She has taught theatre across China, Malaysia, India, Canada, France, Italy and the UK, promoting creative education, devised theatre and collaborative theatre practice.