ABOUT

Oscar is a director, producer and workshop leader. He is Artistic Director of SPECIFIQ (www.specifiq.co.uk) and works in London and the East Coast of America.

NEWS


Oscar is proud to be part of a team working towards the first ever modern adaptation of Arthur Miller’s View From The Bridge. Read more here! Currently in the UK, Oscar is developing a new musical with Udi Ngethe, frontman of Papa and the JimJams, and is in pre-production for several SPECIFIQ projects in 2016.

BIOGRAPHY


Most recently in 2015, Oscar directed TRUTH: The Musical by Keni Fine and Tony Small, as part of the celebrations for Black History Month at THEARC Theater in Washington DC. This world premiere production starred Olivier Award Nominee April Nixon as Sojourner Truth, and was live-streamed by VirtualArtsTV to audiences across America and beyond.

For SPECIFIQ, Oscar has written and directed O Little Town, a wintry love-story in Covent Garden, Giants of Old (co-written with Adam Usden), a commission from North London’s prestigious Harrow School, Whisky Dusk, an immersive 1920s experience at Micklefield Hall in Hertfordshire, and before that The Black Staircase a commission for the World Heritage Site in Durham, and SPECIFIQ’s inaugural production. This first multi-stranded promenade piece established SPECIFIQ’s style, weaving multiple storylines simultaneously around Durham’s Norman Castle, celebrating different eras in the Castle’s history.

Oscar spent two years on the Emerging Artists Scheme at Northern Stage, Vermont, and maintained a strong relationship with the theatre, later directing Sleuth and Romeo and Juliet (“A true pleasure… an engrossing and affecting production” – The Vermont Standard; “Blustin…shows a sophisticated talent” – The Valley News). In September 2009 and 2010, Oscar toured productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth in the North East of America and held a series of Shakespeare-themed workshops at schools and colleges, which led to his recent appointment as International Visiting Shakespeare Lecturer at Keene State University, New Hampshire.

In 2010 and 2011, Oscar directed comedy group Kieran and the Joes throughout their residency at the Leicester Square Theatre, then took their show Teampowered to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Daily Telegraph awarded the show 5 stars and described it as “a relentlessly hilarious show, craftsman-like in concept, writing and delivery.” Previous comedy work includes a stint as Consulting Director for acclaimed sketch-comedy group WitTank from 2008 to 2010.

Oscar has produced or directed new-writing at The Finborough (The Domino Heart) and Theatre503 (Steve And Then It Ended) and co-directs new-writing theatre company First Sight with actor/director Jane Jeffery. Before that, while studying English Literature at Durham University, Oscar took on Artistic Directorship of the Durham Drama Festival and devoted it entirely to finding and showcasing new theatre-writers in the North East of England. After three months of workshopping, development, and rehearsal, the festival presented 14 new plays in four days and attracted international guest artists to offer a varied workshop programme, catching the attention of London critic Matt Wolf, who attended the festival and praised its “embryonic passion” in his blog.

Oscar is a member of Young Vic Directors’ Scheme, and is proud to have served on the board at the Watford Palace Theatre. He complements his directing work with professional production photography (www.oscarblustinphotography.com).