David Shopland

Creative Director

Growing up with a grandfather in the acting business and a father the former sales director of Methuen Publishing, David was exposed to all levels of theatre from a very early age. He first became interested in directing at the age of 15, when he was afforded the opportunity to direct The Life of Galileo for his Year 10 physics class! Since then, David has constantly strived for success in the world of theatre directing.

David studied at the prestigious Rose Bruford School of Theatre and Performance, gaining a First Class BA Honours in American Theatre Arts. Whilst in training, David pursued his passion for directing even further, and was lucky enough to direct several shows in both London and the United States.

In October of 2011, David co – founded Blind Tiger with three other Rose Bruford graduates. As Creative Director of Blind Tiger, David is heavily involved with all artistic and creative aspects of the company, as well as co-writing and directing every production. 

Through Blind Tiger, David has directed a sold out production of A Life in Monochrome at Ovalhouse Theatre in January 2012, which then subsequently transferred to The Space Arts Centre the following July. David also directed Blind Tiger's Cinderella: The Anti Panto at The Leicester Square Theatre in December of last year.

As a freelance director, David directed 20 teenagers in Julius Caesar and a collection of David Mamet one-acts for Rose Bruford's International Summer School in August 2012. At the beginning of 2013, David became involved in directing an inaugural New Writing portion of the Bath Fringe Festival, entitled 20:20 Vision. Most recently, David has been directing the world premier of An Idle World at Trafalgar Studios in the West End. 

In his spare time, David enjoys going to the theatre, cooking and occasionally slapping his bass for the Blind Tiger Band!