Paul initially trained a a theatre director, but now alsoworks in film and audio drama. .

As a writer-director his award-winning short films  have been screened internationally.

He holds a BA Hons in Drama and English from Edge Hill University and an  MA in Theatre Directing from  East 15 (supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant).   

He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York and the Artistic Director of Northern Outlet Theatre Company


Paul has staged worked which has been seen at venues including Oldham Coliseum, HOME, New End Theatre (Hampstead), the Old Red Lion (London), Tristan Bates (London), Theatre 503 (London),  Manchester Library Theatre, Contact Theatre (Manchester) and the New Diorama.


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)



OMEGA (a four-part series - Wireless Theatre Company)

NIGHT OF THE ORCHID (Wireless Theatre Company)

I HEART AMY (Wireless Theatre Company)

THE MIGHTY CARLINS (Wireless Theatre Company)

COUNTRY LIFE (Wireless Theatre Company)



(as director) FELLAZ, LITTLE BIRD, (as writer-director) AFTER AUSCHWITZ and DUTY CALLS



*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

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

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.


       email: paul.blinkhorn@gmail.com

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Work in an education setting

*Guest director at The University of Cumbria for the 2nd year BA production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT  adapted by Moises Kauffman and the Techtonic Theater Project.

* Guest director at The University of Cumbria for the 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.