CHARLOTTE WESTENRA studied drama at the University of Manchester and trained at Augusto Boal’s Centre of the Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse 2004–05 and directed KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and LOWER NINTH for the theatre, as well as working as Associate Director to Michael Grandage for FROST/ NIXON and to Jamie Lloyd for PIAF (Donmar Warehouse and West End). She went on to work at theatres including the Tricycle, Trafalgar Studios and Sheffield Crucible. She is currently an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre, where her productions include SUNSET BABY. Credits elsewhere include THE RETURN OF SOLDIER (Jermyn Street Theatre), VENICE PRESERV'D (Spectators’ Guild), the 24 HOUR PLAY: CELEBRITY GALA (Old Vic), BLAIR'S CHILDREN (Cockpit Theatre), TITANIC: SCENES FROM THE BRITISH WRECK COMMISSIONER'S INQUIRY, 1912 (Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast) and BRAZIL and CASABLANCA (Secret Cinema).
Most recently she was the dramaturg on Christopher Wheeldon's STRAPLESS for The Royal Ballet. She is currently directing SHANGRI-LA; the first full length play by writer Amy Ng. She is also developing two new musicals; HERE by Kate Marlais and Alex Young which won the 2015 S&S Award "for my promising unproduced musical of the year" and THE WICKER HUSBAND by Darren Clarke and Rhys Jennings which won the inaugural MTI Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award.