Sarah Hughes is Alan Ayckbourn's casting director, casting all world premieres of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, in the West End, at the National Theatre and in America, as well as casting many other productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. TV work includes 10 years working for the entertainment department of the BBC and extensive freelance work, particularly in TV comedy. Freelance theatre work includes plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse,Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Northampton, and many productions for Frantic Assembly - recently Abi Morgan's LOVESONG, THE BELIEVERS and OTHELLO. She has a focus on working with actors with disabilities and ran the BBC Talent Alert, looking for new Disabled talent all over the UK in order to encourage on-screen representation of disabled actors, and is a teacher on the Central School of Speech and Drama's diploma in Performance Making for actors with learning disabilities. In 2012 she was one of four Senior Cast Co-ordinators for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, leading on the Paralympic Opening. 2015 projects included KILL ME NOW for the Park Theatre, directing the BA showcase at ALRA for the 3rd time, the 60th anniversary season for the SJT, I AND THE VILLAGE for Theatre 503, Jack Thorne's new play THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER for Graeae, and Peter Gill's AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY. 2016 projects included casting Alan Ayckbourn's 80th play KARAOKE and the rest of the SJT 2016 summer season, OTHELLO for Stafford Festival, THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE for Frantic Assembly, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA for the Royal Exchange and Graeae and further work for Fevered Sleep and Guilty Party Pictures. 2017 will include THE TEMPEST for Stafford Festival and all of the SJT's 2017 casting. For a more detailed CV please email Sarah at