Drama and Performance Programme; Course Director, MA Dramatic Writing.
I am Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing and have a particular interest in developing new models of training for writers. This has included creating Guardian Masterclasses Manchester in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, co-creating Flaking Out, a pilot project for teaching writing for radio drama with BBC Audio Drama North, co-running InSecurity, a project on writing for online drama with BBC Writersroom, co-organising the BBC Writersroom MediaCity Masterclass series and creating the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Octagon Theatre Bolton. I am currently working with nine industry professionals who have led the way in the teaching of Dramatic Writing in the UK to develop a new model of teaching and training writers in Dramatic Writing for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins.
I have an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama, an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the University of East Anglia, where I was awarded the first distinction in the eight year history of the course, and a BA (Hons) in English from Cambridge University.
I am represented as a writer by Georgina Ruffhead at David Higham Associates and have worked extensively in the UK and US as a writer and producer including co-founding The Alligators, the North West sister group of The Antelopes group for professional playwrights, and creating The Alligator Club, a year long investigation of new writing in the North West run in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatre by the Lake, The Dukes Lancaster and The Arts Organisation Liverpool. My awards as a writer and producer include being the joint winner of the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award for my play “I am a Superhero”, being the winner of the International Student Playscript Competition and the International Playwriting Festival, and being a finalist for the Adrienne Benham Award for writing for young audiences and the O’Neill Festival. My plays have been produced at numerous theatres including the Old Vic Theatre, Theatre 503, Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and, in the US, at the Flea Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Williamstown Festival amongst others. My film, television and radio work includes work with the BBC, Poisson Rouge Pictures, Vision and Media (now Creative England) and the UK Film Council. From 2014, I will be developing theatre, film, television, digital media and radio projects as Director of Writers at Work.