Professor Andrew Panton
Artistic Director of Musical Theatre
Andrew was a member of the team that first brought musical theatre to the RCS (then the RSAMD) over a decade ago. He became Head of Musical Theatre in 2007 and then Artistic Director of Musical Theatre in 2012 and was recently appointed Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre.
He has worked internationally as a director, choreographer and vocal/performance coach, and within education has worked with students at drama schools and universities all over the world. Andrew’s work for television includes Tonight’s the Night, The Voice, Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir and five years as choir director for Children in Need – all for the BBC. Andrew is creative and vocal director for Susan Boyle and recently directed the UK and US tours of her live show. He directed a segment of the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Recent work for theatre includes; Love Song (Director, Dundee Rep); Cabaret (Director, RCS) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Director, Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); West Side Story (Director, RCS); The BFG (Director,Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); The Girl Who (Director, RCS/Assembly); A Christmas Carol (Director, Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); Avenue Q (Director, RCS/Assembly); Carousel (Director, RCS); The Mill Lavvies (Director, Dundee Rep); TMA and CATS award-winning Sweeney Todd (Movement Director, Dundee Rep); MTM award-winning Wasted Love (Director, Edinburgh Fringe); The Monster in the Hall (Choreographer, Citizens/NTS); Honk! (Director, Royal and Derngate); Black Watch (Assistant Director, NTS); The Magnets – Gobsmacked (Director/Choreographer, Roundhouse, London); The Wizard of Oz (co-Director, Citizens); A Sheep Called Skye (Director, NTS); Sundowe (Movement Director, Eden Court Theatre/Cameron Mackintosh);The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Vocal/Movement Director, NTS).
Andrew has held directing residencies at the Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough), Royal and Derngate Theatres (Northampton), Stage Door (New York) and at Perth Theatre and is a previous winner of the Bruce Millar Award for directing.