"[Hertford] has vision, thoughtfulness, artistry and fierce passion…"
- Olivier-awarding winning theatre director Robert Icke
"...a trailblazer and constantly challenging the status quo…”
- UK director/playwright Stephen Unwin
”… gifted polymath writer-director, Whit Hertford stands as an example of Fringe theatre at it’s absolute very best.”
- British Theatre.com
Received an MFA in theatre directing from The University of Essex's East 15 in London. He additionally studied in Moscow at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Whilst in school he founded Riot Act in 2015.
Quickly established himself in the London fringe theatre as an enfant terrible with a penchant for adapting and directing resuscitations /redefinitions of classic plays.
He is known for a style and approach based in European avant garde realism. He also served as an Associate Director at Theatre N16 in South London and The Courtyard Theatre. He is a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme and was an invitee director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Directing credits include his radical Chekhovian adaptations
Mopey Wrecks (Three Sisters), Poor Bastard (Ivanov), The Misbegotten Hope of the Dirty Bird* (The Seagull) as well as Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and his Shakespearean interpretations Høüses and Dóttir. Additionally, he directed the US regional premiere of Annie Baker's The Aliens, Ibsen's The League of Youth (in only its third UK production since publication in 1870) and a London fringe sellout run of Coverage, a newsroom retelling of Julius Caesar.
Other directing credits include the debuts of his original plays: Anatomy of Arithmetic, Bloke and Lunatic, a nü gothic psychological thriller based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. He has also directed at the Arcola Theatre and Southwark Playhouse in London. In 2016 he oversaw Versions, a month long London fringe festival of classical adaptations and devised theatre in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.
As a writer and Chekhovian scholar he has adapted all of the Russian visionary's major works, including an experimental reimagining of the earliest play, Platonov - renamed Bad Person.
His other plays include: Science Fiction, Post Modern, The Heimrich Maneuver,The Space Program, Human Nature,
Travel Guide to Wherever, Stockholm Syndrome, as well as Hateful Deeds (a contemporary version of Richard III).
He holds a BFA from the prestigious Actor Training Program at the University of Utah.
As an actor Hertford's film career spans three decades and began at an early age, most notably with his appearance in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Additional film / tv: Raising Hope, Glee, Star Wars: Clone Wars and The Perfect 46 and WIldlife (2015 Cannes Film Festival).