The Print Room's Artistic Apprenticeship Scheme

A Printer's Devil was an apprentice in a printing establishment who performed a number of tasks, such as mixing tubs of ink and fetching type. The origin of the term is unknown, however, one belief among printers was that a special devil haunted every print shop performing mischief such as inverting type, misspelling words or removing entire lines of completed type. Former Devils include William Blake, Samuel Richardson and Walt Whitman.

In our converted Print House, the Printer's Devils are four young practitioners working as associate artists of The Print Room. They have been invited to develop individual projects in the space, as well as to collaborate on group works. They are tasked with creating mischief in the worlds of theatre, dance and music.

We have completed our first year of apprenticeships and will be announcing our 2012 apprenticeships soon.

The Printer's Devils for 2010 - 2011 were:

Dan Ayling, Hubert Essakow, Jeff James, Petra Jean Phillipson

The Devils first collaboration was City of Lost Angels, a theatrical launch of Petra Jean Phillipson's new album, Notes on Death, in December 2010.

After a year of artistic apprenticeship at The Print Room, we presented a showcase of their work at The Devils Festival in June 2011.

Dan Ayling

Dan is a graduate of the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck and was Runner Up for the JMK Young Director's Award 2007.

He is co-Artistic Director of Cheekish Productions.

Dan's directing credits for Cheekish include: Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara (Union Theatre/UK Tour/Brighton Festival); Christie in Love (Lion & Unicorn); Contrarotulus (Best Overall Production, Daffodil Awards 2009)

Freelance directing credits include: Bridge of Dreams and Cricket Remixed (Almeida); Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola); The Kiss (Hampstead); and rehearsed readings at Soho and Riverside Studios.

As an assistant director, Dan has worked at Shakespeare's Globe, Lyric Hammersmith, Sheffield Theatres, Perth Rep, Hampstead Theatre, on tour, in the West End and in New York. He has worked for directors including Lucy Bailey, Katie Mitchell, Cathie Boyd, Daniel Kramer, Phillip Prowse and Will Tuckett.


Hubert Essakow

Hubert was born in Johannesburg and attended National School of the Arts.

As a dancer, he was a soloist with the Royal Ballet, and has appeared with Ballet Boyz, Scottish Ballet and Rambert Dance Company working with leading international and national choreographers.

As a choreographer, he created his first piece for Resolution! at The Place which was later was performed by Rambert Dance Company.

Subsequently, he has had choreographic work performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Peacock theatre , Royal Albert Hall, V&A museum and Linbury Studio.


Jeff James

Jeff directed one of the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic in July 2010, and in 2009 he directed The House of Bernarda Alba in a new version by Henry Eliot (Jackson's Lane Theatre).

He has recently worked as assistant director to Lucy Bailey on Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe) and Dial M for Murder (West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour), and as assistant to Hanna Berrigan on Public Property (Trafalgar Studios).

Jeff studied English at Cambridge University, where he directed Mr KolpertKrapp's Last TapeBetrayalTales from Ovid and The Winter's Tale.

Jeff is now directing the Pinter double bill One For The Road / Victoria Station at The Print Room, which is a co-production between The Print Room and the Young Vic.


Petra Jean Philipson

In 2010 Petra completed production on her second solo album entitled "NOTES ON DEATH", produced M. N. Hopwood's debut album "and to this Last", and composed her first film score for art house Parisian Director Philippe Vartan Khazarian's 'Deviation'.

Petra is co-founder of fair trade record label "MONTPATRY PRESS".

In 2010 she also graduated as a practitioner of Sound Healing & is now an accredited member of the College of Sound Healing.

As a singer Petra has collaborated with David Holmes, Martina Topley Bird, Marie Anne Faithful, Nell Catchpole, Rodger Eno, Johnny Thunders Tribute Band, Seb Roachford, Seferina Steer, Duke Garwood & Simon Tong.

Petra has performed at many European festivals including Glastonbury, Vfestival, Green Man, Truck Festival, Popcom & Medem . She has completed several UK & European tours with her own band.

Petra studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins & at Bath College Of Higher Education specializing in Sound & Image.