Lynette Linton has been Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre since 2019. Her first season was a series of ground-breaking debuts from UK and Irish writers. She was previously Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre.
Lynette directed the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-w inning play Sweat (Donmar Warehouse, Gielgud Theatre) for which she won ‘Best Director’ at the inaugural Black British Theatre awards. Sweat also won the Evening Standard award for ‘Best Play’ and was nominated for an Oliver award for ‘Best New Play’.
Her production of Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe) which she directed with Adjoa Andoh, marked the first ever company of women of colour in a
Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. Lynette recently made her National
Theatre debut directing a new production of American writer Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky.
Additional directing credits include: Lenny Henry’s August in England, Beru Tessema’s House of Ife and Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro (all Bush Theatre); Assata Taught Me (Gate); Function (National Youth Theatre); This Is (ArtsEd); Naked (VAULT Festival); This Wide Night (Albany). She was also co-director on Chicken Palace (Stratford East). TV credits include: My Name is Leon (BBC), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.
Theatre writing credits include: Hashtag Lightie (Arcola); Chicken Palace and Step (Stratford East). TV writing credits include: Look at Me (ITV).
She is co-founder of theatre and film production company Black Apron
Entertainment who produced Passages: A Windrush Celebration with the Royal Court, a project she also curated.