writing, directing, producing

if the cap fits

writing

My Chapter on the intercultural work of the Crossing The Line project, in On Dramaturgy: Unpacking Diversity and Inclusion, Case Studies From the Field, is due for publication by Routledge in early 2019,

My 2015 article on disability arts for The Guardian

In 2010-13 I worked with Steve Tiller on a new performance piece Two Schmucks, Three Opinions. This was a new departure for me as in spending 15 years working specifically to champion playwrights I stayed on the other side of that particular street. So the bulk of my writing experience is writing aboutVan or Tardis, A strategic stimulus for the Welsh Arts Council on new writing possibilities. A Guide for Professional Playwrights working with the Amateur Sector for Arts Council England; Experiencing Theatres, The Theatres’ Trust 2009 Annual Conference Report, the Reader on dramaturgy for Processional at Soho Theatre

directing

I trained originally as a theatre director, by directing at school, university, the National Student Drama and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, before completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  I have directed at Soho Theatre Company, Kings Head, Bristol Old Vic Studio, in Oxford & Norwich; on postgraduate courses at UEA and Central School of Speech & Drama. rehearsed readings for Paines Plough, Graeae; scratch nights for the fence network, and Script Forums for New Playwrights Trust. I worked as Assistant Director on shows at The Wolsey Ipswich, Northern Stage Newcastle, and Bristol Old Vic.

My return to directing started in 2018 with the Festival du Mort at the Bazar Cafe in La Charite-sur-Loire and will continue in 2019 with a production of Jessica Litwak’s My Heart is in the East

producing

As Director of writernet for 15 years, I  co-produced new work with partners as diverse as West Yorkshire Playhouse, South Street at Reading, Graeae. Jonzi D Productions, Pursued by a Bear, K3 Korporation and Soho Theatre. I have worked extensively with artists, venues and education and community partners setting up a variety of theatre projects both in the UK and internationally. I have produced an open air tour around East Anglia  with a company of young people aged 16-25, and a 2 week season of work at the Kings Head.

I was Vice Chair at ATC, so have an overview of what a national touring company does. Most recently I produced work while Executive Director of Theatre Is… including Epiphany in Cambridge, Luton and Northampton. I then set up partnerships for Tightrope in York, London, Bristol, and Tilbury.

As Founder and Curator of The Fence network, I have overseen 26 network meetings and half a dozen projects.

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