* MA in Theatre Directing - East 15 Acting School: September 2009 – November 2010 (supported through an Arts and Humanities Research Council bursary)
* BA Hons Drama and English – Edge Hill University: September 2002 - June 2005
Training / Short courses:
*An Introduction to Screenwriting (University of East Anglia), Future Learn
*Digital Storytelling (University of Birmingham), Future Learn
*Explore Filmmaking (National Film and Television School), Future Learn
* Directors Lab 2012 Lincoln Center Theater, New York: 9 -28 July, 2012
- The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from the United States and around the world. It is a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, roundtable discussions, and studio productions to provide young directors with an intensive study of their craft while fostering collaborative relationships among a peer community of artists. The Directors Lab is geared toward professional directors in early career stages.
* Associate Director, New End Theatre, London: September 2010 – March 2011
- Six month period culminated in my directing the UK premiere of 74 Georgia Avenue by special arrangement with the Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal.
David Thacker - Theatre and Television Director
Olivier award-winning theatre director and former Artistic Director of The Octagon Theatre, Bolton and the Young Vic. As a television director he directed for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Chris Honer - Theatre Director
Former Artistic Director of Manchester Library Theatre Company
Simon Usher - Theatre Director
Simon has staged major productions for the RSC, the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and in London’s West End
Roger Haines - Theatre Director
Roger Haines has staged major productions at numerous regional theatres and has directed UK premieres of work by Neil Simon and Stephen Sondheim.
Anton Gill - Writer
Anton Gill worked professionally in the theatre, principally as an Assistant Director at the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre (1970-1976),
He has worked extensively in radio and television and has several plays and scripts to his credit.
Additional industry references are available upon request.
Scripts Aloud – Fellaz (ADP/ The King’s Arms, Salford),
Significant Other Festival – Crush (Pensive Federation / Oldham Coliseum)
JB Shorts 14 - Sugared Armour (Reallife Theatre Company / Joshua Brooks) Shakespeare Lives! (Irlam Festival Fringe), Writers for Sale: LIVE (Dog Cat Trumpet Productions/ Waterside Arts Centre, Sale) John and Mark / Naked Old Man (Northern Outlet Theatre Company - Taurus Bar Manchester, Lantern Theatre Liverpool, Stanwix Theatre Carlisle)
JB Shorts 12 - A Hairline Crack (Reallife Theatre Company/ Joshua Brooks, selected to feature as part of Re:play 2015 at HomeMcr)
Merlot's Magic (Irlam Festival Fringe)
Spring and Port Wine (Northern Outlet Theatre Company/ King's Arms Theatre - Mashed Up North Festiva)
Shelter from the Storm (American Actors UK/ Tristan Bates Theatre)
Sunk/ Contact Compacts #1 (LoungeFest/Contact Theatre)
(Organised Chaos/ Studio Salford)
The Mighty Carlins (North American Actors Association/ Tristan Bates Theatre)
Country Life (RADA GBS Theatre – Camden Festival Fringe/Old Red Lion)
Cynthia (New Wave Theatre/Leicester Square Theatre)
74 Georgia Avenue (New End Theatre – UK Premiere by special arrangement with Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal)
Up on Bricks (Sitcom Mission/Hat Trick Productions – New Diorama)
Risk Assessment (Theatre 503/ Rapid Write Response)
The Cockroach Dialogues (UK Premiere of US play – London Playwrights’ Collective/Theatre 503)
Siren (Chilling Out Theatre/Etcetera Theatre-Camden Fringe Festival - nominated for the 20th Meyer-Whitworth Award),
Finchley Road (London Playwrights' Collective/Theatre503)
The Teacher Who Loved Me (In Company - Off Cut Festival/Old Red Lion)
Raving Beauties (Broken Echo Theatre Company/Studio Salford)
Tape (Northern Outlet Theatre - nominated for Best Production at Buxton Festival Fringe, Official Selection: Re:play Festival 2009 –Manchester Library Theatre).
The Mighty Carlins (Wireless Theatre Company)
Country Life (Wireless Theatre Company)
SHORT FILM INCLUDES:
After Auschwitz (Official Selection: Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania) *award-nominated, Tryon International Film Festival (Tryon, North Carolina, USA), AHRC Film Award (London, UK) *award-nominated, Taste Award (Los Angeles, USA) * award-nominated, Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Universal Film Festival (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) *award-nominated, Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Festival (Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA) *award-winning, Cumbria Short Film Competition *award-nominated, Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival (London, UK), Phoenix Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia), Shorts Off Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru qualifying festival)
Duty Calls (Official Selection: Artensive International Festival (Romania), Bradford International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival – Short Film Corner *supported by North West Vision and Media, Cornwall Film Festival, Deep Fried Film Festival, End of the Pier International Film Festival, Falstaff International Film Festival, Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film Festival, Mid-Ulster Film Festival, North by North Western Festival, Not Part of Festival, Oxjam Film Festival, Pennine Film Festival *awarded ‘Best Short’, Purbeck Film Festival, Salford Film Festival, Saltburn Short Film Festival, Short Cuts Film Festival, Strasbourg International Film Festival, 24:7 Festival)
AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Two 2 (World Premiere, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker)
Two (Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker)
Frozen (Manchester Library Theatre Company, Dir: Roger Haines - nominated for ‘Best Production’ at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2008)
Work in an education setting
Forthcoming work for 2014 includes directing The University of Cumbria's 3rd year BA production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest adapted by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey.
* Guest Director at The University of Cumbria for the 2nd year BA production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
* Guest Director at The University of Cumbria for the 2nd year BA production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour.
*Guest Director at The Academy of Science of Acting and Directing for a production of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men with 2nd year students.
In addition to leading workshops with students from East 15, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview and the Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing.
*Youth Theatre Leader at Bolton Little Theatre (2004-2007)
This voluntary position saw me facilitate weekly workshops with more than young people between the ages of 12 and 18. In this position I developed and nurtured links between the youth theatre and the wider community. This position saw me directing youth theatre productions, projects and workshops for schools These included the UK premiere of The Outsiders, based on the award-winning novel by S.E Hinton.
The play was subsequently nominated for ‘Reader’s Choice Award at The Bolton News Theatre Awards. Other projects went on to secure funding from Awards for All, feature as part of the Bolton Festival, on Granada Tonight and as part of BBC Blast.
Additional industry references are available upon request.