John Abbott had a successful career as an actor before turning to teaching. He is Head of Acting at the Arts Educational School of Acting in Chiswick, West London, where he teaches improvisation, stand up and Shakespeare.
Hassan Abdulrazzak's first play, Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre, London, in 2007. Hassan was awarded the 2008 George Devine and Meyer-Whitworth Awards and the 2009 Pearson Award.
Henry Adam was born in Wick in North-East Scotland and worked in youth and community before his first professional play, Among Unbroken Hearts (Traverse), jointly won the 2000 Meyer-Whitworth Best New Play Award.
Lydia Adetunji worked in journalism before winning the Almeida Theatre's 'Write' competition in 2006, and subsequently completed attachments to the Royal Court, National Theatre Studio, and Paines Plough, where she was Pearson Playwright-in-Residence. She writes for stage and screen.
David Adjmi grew up in a close-knit Syrian Jewish community in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, and he has drawn on his roots in his debut play collection, Stunning and Other Plays.
Aeschylus (born c. 525 BC) was an ancient Greek dramatist, often described as the father of tragedy.
Bola Agbaje's plays have been seen at the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst others. Her debut play, Gone Too Far!, won the 2008 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Naylah Ahmed was a joint winner of the 2008 Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, in association with the Manchester Royal Exchange. She has also written for television and radio.
Joan Aiken (1924–2004) was an English writer, specialising in thrillers and children's alternative history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature.
Mike Alfreds has been directing plays for more than fifty years. In the 1970s he founded Shared Experience, and has since worked for the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company and also extensively abroad. He is hugely respected within the profession.
Bonnie Ambrose has been designing, cutting and maintaining costumes in her own theatre-supply company for more than 20 years.
Karen Ardiff is a Dublin-based actress who has performed on every major stage in Ireland. Her first play, In Skagway, was produced by Guna Nua Theatre Company and the Civic Theatre Dublin under the title The Goddess of Liberty. It won the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild Best New Play Award, the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Award and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. .....
Aristophanes (born c. 447 BC) was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. His surviving works belong to a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy, and are some of the most influential comedies ever written.
Aristotle (born 384 BC) was a philosopher, pupil of Plato and author of numerous works including his Poetics, one of the most influential tracts in world theatre.
Gareth Armstrong has worked extensively as an actor in regional theatre, the West End and the RSC and was a founding director of the 'Made in Wales' stage company and of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. He often works for radio and has had no fewer than three stints as an actor in The Archers.
Arnold Aronson is a theatre professor and co-editor of Theatre Design & Technology.
Kate Atkinson won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year Award with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. She is the author of other best-selling novels and Abandonment, her first full-length play, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in 2000.
Mohammad Al Attar has been a member of the Theatre Studio Group in Damascus since 2006 and works on a variety of projects as a dramaturg, including productions at the Syrian Opera House.
Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the landed gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Sylvia Backemeyer is Director of Learning Resources at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and is the editor of several books on art and design.
Annie Baker is the resident playwright at Signature Theatre, and won the Obie Award for Best New American Play for Circle Mirror Transformation.
William Ball was an American stage director and the founder of the famous American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco.
Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) was an actor, playwright, director and critic, who exerted a major influence on British drama both during and after his lifetime.
Laura Barnett is an arts journalist, theatre critic and features writer for several national newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer and Time Out London. (Photo by Sarah Lee.)
J.M. Barrie (1860–1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
Mike Barlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays include An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre); King Charles III (Almeida Theatre); Bull (Sheffield Theatres/Off-Broadway); Medea (Glasgow Citizens/Headlong); Chariots of Fire (based on the film; Hampstead/West End); 13 (National Theatre); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Plymouth Drum/Royal Court); Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre); Cock (Royal Court/Off-Broadway); Artefacts (Nabokov/Bush); Contractions and My Child (Royal Court).
He was Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre in 2011, and the Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007. .....
Arthur Bartow has worked as a professional actor, producer and director, and was the Chair and Artistic Director of the Drama Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Tom Basden has written for some of Britain’s best TV comedies, including Peep Show, Fresh Meat, The Wrong Mans, and Plebs, which won Best New Comedy at the British Comedy Awards 2013 and Best Scripted Comedy at the RTS Awards 2014. He is also a member of sketch group Cowards, who wrote and performed their own TV series on BBC4. .....
After studying History at Oxford University, Geoffrey Beevers trained as an actor at LAMDA. In the theatre he has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and the West End, and has made over two hundred television appearances including The Jewel in the Crown, A Very British Coup and Dr Who; countless radio broadcasts including many book readings; and films from Victor/Victoria to Miss Potter.
He also writes and directs. .....
Aphra Behn (1640-89) was the first English woman to be a professional playwright. She wrote at least seventeen plays, mostly comedies.
Joss Bennathan is a freelance theatre director, Artistic Director of Present Moment theatre company, and a drama-in-education advisor and inspector. He is a former drama teacher and head of Drama. He also directs regularly at various drama schools.
Stephen Beresford trained at RADA and worked as an actor before writing for television and film. His first play, The Last of the Haussmans, was premiered at the National Theatre starring Julie Walters.
Terry Berliner is a New York-based director and writer who has worked as an editor for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.
Michael Billington has been drama critic at The Guardian since 1971.
Malorie Blackman, OBE, is a distinguished author, well known for her works for chldren and young adults. She holds the position of Children's Laureate for 2013-15.
Giles Block is 'Master of the Words' at Shakespeare's Globe.
Mark Bly is Associate Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and Co-Chair of the Playwriting, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism programmes at the Yale School of Drama. His professional experience includes dramaturging more than 50 productions.
Alecky Blythe founded Recorded Delivery in 2003. The company's first production, Come Out Eli, premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, and later transferred to the BAC (winner of the Time Out Award for Best Performance on the Fringe). Recorded Delivery went on to make All the Right People Come Here (New Wimbledon Theatre). .....
Anne Bogart founded the SITI Company with Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. Her shows are seven-times Obie winners (Off-Broadway Tonies).
Laurence Boswell is one of the UK’s leading theatre directors. As Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he directed the Spanish Golden Age Season. He is currently Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal. His adaptation of Beauty and the Beast won The Barclay Theatre Award Best Play for Children and Young People in 1997.
Daniel Bowling is a music supervisor and music director for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, and has worked on The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins and Avenue Q.
Jon Bradfield is the co-author of A Hard Rain (Above the Stag Theatre, 2014) with Martin Hooper, with whom he has written several adult pantomimes for Above The Stag Theatre. He has contributed sketches to the long-running News Revue at the Canal Cafe Theatre, and is also a theatre marketer and graphic designer.
Mike Bradwell is a leading theatre director. He founded Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1971, was Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre from 1996 until 2007, and continues to work widely as a freelance director. His book on alternative theatre, The Reluctant Escapologist, won the Society for Theatre Research's Theatre Book Prize for 2010.
Howard Brenton was born in Portsmouth in 1942. His many plays include Christie in Love (Portable Theatre, 1969); Revenge (Theatre Upstairs, 1969); Magnificence (Royal Court Theatre,1973); The Churchill Play (Nottingham Playhouse, 1974, and twice revived by the RSC, 1978 and 1988); Bloody Poetry (FocoNovo, 1984, and Royal Court Theatre, 1987); Weapons of Happiness (National Theatre, Evening Standard Award, 1976); Epsom Downs (Joint Stock Theatre, 1977); Sore Throats (RSC,1978); The Romans in Britain (National Theatre, 1980, revived at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2006); Thirteenth Night (RSC,1981); The Genius (1983), Greenland (1988) and Berlin Bertie (1992), all presented by the Royal Court; Kit’s Play (RADA Jerwood Theatre, 2000); Paul (National Theatre, 2005); In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2006 and 2007); Never So Good (National Theatre, 2008); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists adapted from the novel by Robert Tressell (Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre, 2010); Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2010 and 2011); 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre, 2012); #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre, 2013); The Guffin (NT Connections, 2013); Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre, 2013) and Doctor Scroggy's War (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014).
Collaborations with other writers include Brassneck (with David Hare, Nottingham Playhouse, 1972); Pravda (with David Hare, National Theatre, Evening Standard Award, 1985) and Moscow Gold (with Tariq Ali, RSC, 1990).
Versions of classics include The Life of Galileo (1980) and Danton’s Death (1982) both for the National Theatre, Goethe’s Faust (1995/6) for the RSC, a new version of Danton’s Death for the National Theatre (2010) and Dances of Death (Gate Theatre, 2013). .....
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters and is best remembered for her novel Jane Eyre, now considered a classic of English literature.
Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is best remembered for her only novel Wuthering Heights. She was the second eldest of the three Brontë sisters - between Charlotte and Anne - who spent their entire lives in Haworth, North Yorkshire.
Peter Brook is one of the world's best-known theatre directors. He has been based in France since the early 70s where he established the International Centre of Theatre Research.
Deborah Bruce is a writer and theatre director. Her plays include The Distance (a finalist for the 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Godchild at Hampstead Theatre and Same for the National Theatre Connections Festival 2014.
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940), best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, wrote some twenty plays and adaptations, including Moliere and The White Guard. He had a stormy relationship with Stanislasky and the Moscow Art Theatre and was the subject of Stalin's censorship, with the result that many of his plays remained unperformed or unpublished at this death in 1940.
Jez Butterworth's playwriting debut, Mojo, was staged at the Royal Court in 1995, and was acclaimed as 'one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years' (Time Out). Since then his plays have been premiered at the Royal Court, at the Almeida Theatre and at the Atlantic Theater in New York. .....
Marina Caldarone is a freelance theatre and radio drama director who has also been actively involved in actor training in Britain's leading drama schools for many years.
Dymphna Callery has performed and taught drama throughout the UK, including Liverpool John Moores University and Wolverhampton University. She is a published playwright and poet.
Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. In addition to his stage work, he has appeared in films such as A Room With a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love.
Alexi Kaye Campbell is a playwright and actor whose plays have been staged at the Royal Court Theatre and the Bush Theatre. He received the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright with his first play, The Pride, in 2008.
Steven Canny is a writer, director and producer for BBC Radio and has worked as an Associate Director and Dramaturg for Complicite.
Dean Carey has taught for the Australian Film Television and Radio School, the Nimrod Company, Belvoir Street Theatre and the NSW Conservatorium. He was Associate Head of Acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and Head of Acting at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. .....
Jo Carson (1946–2011) was an American playwright, poet, fiction writer, and actor, as well as the author of three children's books. She was the founder of AlternateROOTS, an organization devoted to community-based arts.
Sarah Case is a text and voice coach, and a former actor. She has been Head of Voice on the Acting Degree Course at Italia Conti Academy for 14 years, and also lectures in voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15 Drama School. She also works with Speak Easily, a private voice, speech and accent company.
Joesph Chaikin (1935–2003) was an American theatre director, playwright and champion of actor-led theatre.
Colin Chambers, a former journalist and theatre critic, was literary manager of the RSC from 1981-1997. His many books include the award-winning Peggy, the authorised biography of play agent Peggy Ramsay.
Katherine Chandler is a Welsh playwright who has written for Bristol Old Vic in collaboration with Sherman Cymru, Theatr Nan'og, Dirty Protest, Pentabus Theatre, Spectacle Theatre, Bridgend Yellow project and Blue Angel Films.
Anupama Chandrasekhar is a Chennai-based playwright. A former attendee of the Royal Court International Residency, she was Shortlisted for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the John Whiting Award for her play Free Outgoing.
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He is best known today for his story-cycle, The Canterbury Tales.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a physician by training, is now considered the most notable 20th-century Russian dramatist. His major plays, all staged by Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre, helped establish psychological realism in European theatre.
Helen Krich Chinoy (1922–2010) was an American theatre historian who documented the role of women in US theatre. She taught for over 25 years at Smith College where she became the professor emeritus of theatre.
Mel Churcher was an actor and broadcaster for many years. She is now best known as an international acting, dialogue, voice and presentation coach and has run workshops and given lectures all over the world. She is one of the top acting and dialogue coaches in movies (see her entry on imdb for full details). .....
Caryl Churchill is a leading dramatist whose many plays include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Top Girls, Cloud Nine, Far Away and A Number.
Paul Clayton is an actor, director, presenter and casting director, whose credits include Peep Show, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, My Family and Law and Order. He started working in the corporate sector in 1993, and has over 1400 credits from events worldwide.
Jo Clifford (formerly known as John Clifford) is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet and performer, who has also worked as a journalist and academic. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s.
John Clifford (now known as Jo Clifford) is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet and performer, who has also worked as a journalist and academic. As John Clifford, he was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s.
Stephanie Coen is the former managing editor of American Theatre. She is currently associated with the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
Susan G. Cole is a political and cultural activist, author, and editor.
Elinor Cook is a British playwright. A former senior reader at the Royal Court Theatre, she won the Old Vic New Voices Time Warner Ignite 3 competition and the 2013 George Devine Award. Her play The Girl's Guide to Saving the World was premiered at the HighTide Festival in 2013.
Orlanda Cook was a member of the experimental Roy Hart Theatre in London and France from 1972 to 1982. She worked extensively as a voice coach and director throughout Europe until her death in 2003.
Dominic Cooke is an acclaimed theatre director who was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre 2006-13. He is the author of plays including Arabian Nights and an adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses. He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to drama.
David Copelin is a Canadian playwright, dramaturg, translator, and teacher.
Rachel Corrie (1979-2003) was an American college student who joined other foreign nationals working for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza in January 2003, where she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting.
Michael Coveney edited Plays and Players before going on to be staff theatre critic on the Financial Times, Observer and Daily Mail. He has published biographies of Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Brian Cox is an award-winning Scottish actor, best known for roles in films such as Manhunter, Troy and The Bourne Supremacy. He won an Emmy Award in 2000 for his role in Nuremburg.
Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American playwright. He won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Anna in the Tropics.
Julian Curry is a writer and actor, perhaps best known for playing Claude Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey on television. He has appeared in many of Shakespeare’s plays, frequently with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
John Dalby is a voice teacher, musician and actor who assisted on Rudolf Laban's courses.
Christian Darley taught movement at LAMDA and was movement director on many productions there and elsewhere. She also conducted various community workshops and took her work into prisons and schools. She died in her forties in 2008 just after completing her book, The Space to Move.
Oliver Ford Davies was a university lecturer and then a drama critic for The Guardian before turning to acting. He has played major roles for the RSC and the National.
Nick de Somogyi is an independent scholar and textual consultant. He is the founder editior of the Globe Quartos series for Nick Hern Books, and edits the Shakespeare Folios series.
Louise Dearman a musical-theatre performer and recording artist, the first performer to have played both the lead roles (Glinda and Elphaba) in Wicked. Her other performances have included playing Sarah Brown on the UK tour of Guys and Dolls, Eva Peron on the UK tour of Evita, Mimi in the Donmar Warehouse's production of Guys and Dolls and Lucy Harris in the UK production of Jekyll and Hyde.
Judi Dench is an acclaimed British actress. Originally renowned for her stage work for companies such as the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, she is also known for films such as Shakespeare in Love (for which she won an Academy Award), Iris and playing M in the James Bond film series from 1995-2012.
Anne Dennis was Head of Movement at Rose Bruford College in London, and her work throughout Europe and the USA has been concerned with physically expressive theatre.
David Diamond is a theatre consultant and career coach for theatre artists. He has edited publications for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
Luke Dixon is a director, teacher and academic. He is internationally known for his largely site-specific Shakespeare productions, often with his own company, Theatre Nomad, which he founded in 1993. As a teacher he has run workshops and training programmes in Asia, Africa, America and throughout Europe and the UK.
Declan Donnellan is an internationally acclaimed theatre director, founder of theatre company Cheek by Jowl and author of The Actor and the Target.
Gregory Doran is Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Described by the Sunday Times as 'one of the great Shakespearians of his generation', Doran has directed over half the canon of Shakespeare's plays at Stratford.
Ariel Dorfman, born in Argentina in 1942, is a Chilean citizen who was forced into exile after the 1973 coup that overthrew Salvador Allende and established General Pinochet as dictator. His numerous books have been translated into over twenty languages.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was an 18th century Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. His best-known works include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.
Gary Duggan is an Irish playwright. He won the 2006 Stewart Parker Trust Award for his first full-length play, Monged. Other works include Dedalus Lounge and Trans-Euro Express.
Houda Echouafni is an actress of Moroccan/ Egyptian descent. She has also worked as a translator.
David Edgar pioneered the teaching of playwriting in the UK, founding the Playwriting Studies course at Birmingham University in 1989. He is also a leading playwright, best known for his political plays and for his adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC.
Helen Edmundson’s first play, Flying, was presented at the National Theatre Studio in 1990. In 1992, she adapted Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina for Shared Experience, for whom she also adapted The Mill on the Floss in 1994. Both won awards – the TMA and the Time Out Awards respectively – and both productions were twice revived and extensively toured.
Shared Experience also staged her original adaptation of War and Peace at the National Theatre in 1996, and toured her adaptations of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth in 2004, Euripides’ Orestes in 2006, the new two-part version of War and Peace in 2008, and the original play Mary Shelley in 2012.
Her original play The Clearing was first staged at the Bush Theatre in 1993, winning the John Whiting and Time Out Awards, Mother Teresa is Dead was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2002 and The Heresy of Love was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Swan Theatre in 2012.
Her adaptation of Jamila Gavin’s Coram Boy premiered at the National Theatre to critical acclaim in 2005, receiving a Time Out Award. .....
George Eliot was born Mary Anne (known as Marian) Evans in 1819, near Nuneaton, Warwickshire. She was brought up as an Evangelist, and received a classical education at local boarding schools. After the death of her mother in 1836, she moved to Coventry with her father and became acquainted with free-thinkers Charles and Cara Bray, which led to her translating Strauss’s Life of Jesus (1846). .....
Susan Elkin is an author and journalist, specialising in education and the performing arts. She is Education and Training Editor at The Stage, freelances for newspapers and magazines and has written over thirty books.
Born in Birmingham in 1951, and educated there at King Edward’s School and then at Bristol University, Kevin Elyot was an actor before becoming a writer.
He won the Samuel Beckett Award for his first play, Coming Clean (1982), staged by the Bush Theatre, London. Subsequent stage work includes a version of Ostrovsky’s Artists and Admirers (RSC, 1992); My Night with Reg (Royal Court Theatre, 1994), which was hailed as ‘a play of genius’ by the Daily Mail, won the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy and ran for almost a year in the West End; The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre, 1998); Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court, 2001), which also transferred to the West End; and Forty Winks (Royal Court, 2004).
Kevin’s screenplays include Killing Time (BBC, 1990), which won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV Play or Film; an adaptation of The Moonstone (BBC, 1996); the film version of My Night with Reg (BBC, 1997); No Night is Too Long (2002), adapted from the novel by Barbara Vine (the pseudonym of Ruth Rendell) for BBC Films/Alliance. .....
Euripides (c. 480-406 BC) was, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens.
Fiona Evans is a playwright whose plays have been produced at theatres including the Royal Court, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
Mark Evans is an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. He has played Elder Price in the North American tour of The Book of Mormon, Sam Wheat in Ghost, Flyero in Wicked and Troy Bolton in High School Musical in London. On tour in the UK he has played Brad in The Rocky Horror Show and Curly in Oklahoma!. .....
Richard Eyre is a theatre director, writer and former Artistic Director of the National Theatre (a position he held from 1988 to 1997). He has worked widely in theatre and opera - including in the West End, at the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, on Broadway and in Aix-en-Provence. His film and television work includes The Ploughman's Lunch, Tumbledown, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and Changing Stages, a six-part look at twentieth-century theatre. .....
Nadia Fall is a director, whose credits include The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Hymn (National Theatre, then Duchess Theatre), The Doctor's Dilemma (National Theatre) and Disgraced (Bush Theatre), as well as working as Associate Director on the Olivier Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. .....
Imad Farajin worked as an actor for nine years and started writing plays in 2002. In 2007 he won the Al-Qattan Foundation's Young Writer Award for his play, Chaos. Imad also writes extensively for television.
George Farquhar (1677-1707) was an Irish dramatist noted for his contributions to late Restoration comedy, particularly for his plays The Recruiting Officer and The Beaux Stratagem.
Stella Feehily's plays have been staged at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Project Arts Centre, Dublin, among others. She was co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2007 for O Go My Man.
David Ferry is a Canadian director, dramaturg, actor and teacher. He was Artistic Director of Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ontario, from 1998-2002 and has also worked as an actor.
Eric Fielding was professor of scenic design and resident set designer for the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University, Utah, for 28 years. He has design credits that include scenery and/or lighting for more than 275 productions. He was editor of Theatre Design & Technology journal from 1988-95.
Ralph Fiennes is an acclaimed British actor, best known for films such as Schindler's List (for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor), The English Patient (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) and playing the role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film series. .....
John Fletcher (1579–1625) was a Jacobean playwright who wrote prolifically for London's theatres for at least 20 years, and followed William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men.
Richard Foreman is an American theatre director associated with the theatrical avant-garde. He founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York in 1968.
Tim Fountain was literary manager of the Bush Theatre in London. He teaches playwriting and is a playwright himself.
Vivienne Franzmann was a teacher who took up playwriting after winning the Bruntwood Playwriting award in 2008 with her first play, Mogadishu, which also won the 2010 George Devine Award. Her work has since been seen at the Manchester Royal Exchange, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Royal Court, amongst others.
Brad Fraser is a playwright, director and producer whose work includes the play Love and Human Remains, adapted by Fraser for the film directed by Denys Arcand.
Helen Freeman began her career as an actress before working increasingly as a teacher in classrooms and workshops. She has extensive experience of the audition process as an audition panellist and a student-performance assessor at the Guildford School of Acting.
Larry K. Fried is co-director of Theatre in the Wild and produced Theatre in an Ecological Age, the first regional conference on the environment for theatre professionals. He is also an actor, director and teaches in Seattle.
Jonathan Garfinkel is a Canadian playwright and journalist.
William Gaskill is a major theatre director who, in a wide-ranging freelance career, has directed many productions of Brecht, Beckett and Shakespeare. He is closely associated with the Royal Court, where he directed Edward Bond's Saved. He co-founded Joint Stock Theatre in 1974 with Max Stafford-Clark, going on to stage some of the most significant work of the 70s and 80s.
John Gay (1685-1732) was a poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), his ballad-opera set in London's criminal underworld while satirising contemporary politics and politicians.
Pam Gems (1925–2011) was an English playwright, the author of numerous original plays as well as of adaptations of works by major European playwrights of the past. She is perhaps best known for Stanley, about the painter Stanley Spencer, and her musical play Piaf, about the French singer Edith Piaf.
Sky Gilbert is a Canadian writer, actor, academic and drag performer. He co-founded Toronto theatre company Buddies in Bad Times in 1978.
Stefan Golaszewski is a writer and performer whose plays have been staged at the Traverse, the Bush and in the West End, amongst other places. He co-wrote and performed in Cowards (Radio 4 & BBC4, 2007-09) and is the writer, creator and associate producer of BBC3's Him & Her (2010-11).
Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) was a Venetian playwright and librettist who, in his plays and operas, developed a unique comedic style that combined commedia dell’arte with a more realistic look at an emerging middle class.
Like many siblings growing up together, writers Robert and David Goodale enjoyed their own, very particular brand of humour. As children they created a range of ridiculous characters that seamlessly evolved into members of their extended family. It was only later that they discovered that P.G. Wodehouse had beaten them to it, in creating an entirely credible world full of even more deliciously bonkers characters.
As adults entering the real world, Robert became an actor, while David pursued a career as a documentary film-maker, but both remained committed to making people laugh. .....
Rupert Goold is a leading theatre director. He is Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre and an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Lucy Gough has written extensively for radio, television and stage, and has been shortlisted for the BBC Wales Writer of the Year Award and the John Whiting Award.
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) is best known as the author of The Wind in the Willows, a novel based on stories he told his son Alastair at bedtime. It was first published in 1908, the year he retired from a career at the Bank of England, and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958.
Barry Grantham is a performer, director and teacher. He trained as a dancer before working in almost every form of theatre. He has been teaching Commedia for the last twenty years, chiefly in England but also in Norway, Sweden, Germany and Italy itself. Visit his website at www.worldofcommedia.co.uk.
Simon Gray (1936–2008) was a British playwright, novelist and screenwriter. He wrote more than thirty stage plays, amongst them Butley and Otherwise Engaged (which both received Evening Standard Awards for Best Play), Quartermaine's Terms, The Common Pursuit, The Late Middle Classes (winner of the Barclay's Best Play Award), Japes, The Old Masters and Little Nell.
Spalding Gray (1941–2004) was an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, performance artist and monologuist.
Claire Grove was a Sony Radio Academy Award-winning radio producer who created over three hundred dramas for BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and the World Service. She died in 2013 following a battle with cancer.
Mel Gussow (1933-2005) was a writer and drama critic who wrote for the New York Times for 35 years.
David Haig is an actor and playwright. His stage plays include My Boy Jack and The Good Samaritan (both for Hampstead Theatre, London) and Pressure (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, and Minerva Theatre, Chichester). My Boy Jack was filmed for ITV, starring David, Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall, and broadcast in November 2007.
His distinguished acting career includes West End appearances in Yes, Prime Minister (a transfer from Chichester); Art, Dead Funny (a transfer from Hampstead), Journey’s End, The Country Wife and The Sea. .....
Peter Hall created the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed the National Theatre from 1973-88. He directed the world premiere of many of the most significant post-war plays, and after a highly praised repertory season at the Old Vic, ran The Peter Hall Company in the West End until 1999.
Rebecca Hall is a British actress, best known for films such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), Frost/Nixon and The Town. She won the Ian Charleson Award in 2003 for her performance in Mrs. Warren's Profession.
Neil Hannon is a singer and songwriter, the creator of pop group The Divine Comedy.
Nancy Harris is a playwright whose work has been staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and at the Bush and Gate theatres in London. She has also written for television and radio.
Zinnie Harris is a playwright and theatre director whose work has been staged by the National Theatre, the RSC and the Traverse, amongst others.
Matt Hartley grew up in the Peak District and studied drama at the University of Hull. His first play Sixty Five Miles won a Bruntwood Award in the inaugural Bruntwood Competition and was produced by Paines Plough/Hull Truck. Other work for theatre includes: Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Horizon (National Theatre Connections); The Bee (Edinburgh Festival); Punch (Hampstead/Heat and Light Company); Epic, Trolls, Life for Beginners (Theatre503). .....
Ruthie Henshall is a leading star of musical theatre who has played lead roles in many hit musicals including Chicago, Oliver!, The Woman in White, Cats, and Les Misérables.
Nick Hern is the founder and publisher of Nick Hern Books.
Robert Hethmon was a director, teacher and editor. He was director of the Wisconsin Center for Theatre Research (1960-2) and was a faculty member in the Department of Theater at UCLA.
Ella Hickson is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced at theatres including the Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Traverse Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre, as well as in New York.
Holly Hill is a journalist and theatre academic, and author of Playing Joan.
Sam Holcroft’s plays include Edgar & Annabel, part of the Double Feature season at the Paintframe, at the National Theatre, London; Dancing Bears, part of the Charged season for Clean Break at Soho Theatre and Latitude Festival; While You Lie at the Traverse, Edinburgh; Pink, part of the Women, Power and Politics season at the Tricycle; Vanya, adapted from Chekhov, at The Gate; Cockroach, co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse (nominated for Best New Play 2008, by the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award, 2009) and Ned and Sharon at the HighTide Festival. .....
Nadine Holdsworth is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, and is author of a number of books on that subject.
Robert Holman's plays have been staged by the Royal Court, the Bush, the RSC, Manchester Royal Exchange and Chichester Festival Theatre. He has also written a novel, The Amish Landscape.
Martin Hooper is a London-born playwright. He is the co-author with Jon Bradfield of A Hard Rain (Above the Stag Theatre, 2014), as well as several adult pantomimes produced by Above the Stag, including Jack off the Beanstalk (2013). He co-wrote the book for Gay School Musical (Above the Stag, 2009). .....
Russ Hope is an author and theatre director.
Joel Horwood is an award-winning British playwright who burst onto the scene with his first play Mikey the Pikey, which won the Cameron Mackintosh award. He is the author of I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, which premiered at the High Tide Festival before embarking on a nationwide tour and a sell-out run at The Bush Theatre. .....
Barbara Houseman is a leading voice, text and acting coach who has worked at the RSC, Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Young Vic and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, as well as one-to-one with many well-known actors.
Aideen Howard is Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre.
David Henry Hwang is the celebrated author of M.Butterfly, Yellow Face and Golden Child. He has won Tony and Obie awards for his work, and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Vicky Ireland was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for children and works as a freelance theatre director.
Derek Jacobi is an acclaimed British actor. On screen, his best known work includes I, Claudius (for which he won a BAFTA), Gladiator and The King's Speech. A founding member of the Royal National Theatre, he won a Tony Award in 1983 and Evening Standard Award in 1984 for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing, and an Olivier Award in 2009 for Twelfth Night.
Trilby James trained as an actress at RADA, before working extensively in theatre, film and television, before starting as a freelance director and teacher at several leading drama schools including ALRA, Arts Educational Schools, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she is now an Associate Teacher. .....
Stephen Jeffreys’ plays include The Libertine and I Just Stopped By to See the Man (Royal Court); Valued Friends and A Going Concern (Hampstead); Bugles at the Gates of Jalalabad (part of the Tricycle Theatre’s Great Game season about Afghanistan); The Convicts’ Opera (Out of Joint); Lost Land (starring John Malkovich, Steppenwolf, Chicago); The Art of War (Sydney Theatre Company) and A Jovial Crew (RSC). .....
Linda Walsh Jenkins was formerly a theatre professor at Northwestern University and a dramaturg in Chicago theatre.
Rosemary Jenkinson is a playwright from Belfast, whose works have been performed in Dublin, Edinburgh, New York and Washington D.C. She is also a short story writer.
Andy Johnson is an actor, writer, director and drama teacher. His work includes acting roles in Peak Practice, The Bill and Picking Up the Pieces, and directorial credits at venues such as the BAC and Young Vic. He has taught at East 15, Mountview, Middlesex University and the University of Nevada, and is currently Director-in-Residence at Hurtwood House, Surrey.
Chris Johnston is a writer and theatre-maker who has worked with groups of all kinds from prisoners to old-age pensioners, from young people to professional actors. He is co-director of Rideout, director of Fluxx Theatre Company, and the author of the best-selling House of Games amongst other books.
Vicky Jones is a director and writer. As a director, her credits include Mydidae (Soho Theatre, then Trafalgar Studios) and Fleabag (Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, then Soho Theatre). Her first play The One won the Verity Bargate Award for Best New Play. .....
Anna Jordan's play Yen won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Her other plays include Chicken Shop (Park Theatre, 2014), Freak (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2014), Closer To God (Best Play and Audience Award at the Offcut Festival, 2009) and Just For Fun – Totally Random (Best New Writing at the Lost One Act Festival, 2009).
As a director her work has included Crystal Springs (Eureka, San Francisco, 2014) and Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy by Jonathan Harvey at the National Theatre Shed as part of the 2013 Connections Festival.
She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre, and teaches acting and playwriting.
Arinze Kene is an actor and playwright whose plays have been staged at theatres including Oval House Theatre, the Albany and Soho Theatre.
Adam P. Kennedy is the son of the African-American playwright Adrienne Kennedy, and joint author of some of her semi-autobiographical plays.
Adrienne Kennedy is an African-American playwright and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Mike Kenny is one of Britain’s leading children’s playwrights, and was included in the Independent on Sunday's list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights. His adaptation of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children won an Oliver award for Best Entertainment and has toured worldwide.
Lucy Kerbel is the director of Tonic Theatre, and an award-winning theatre director. Having begun her career as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, Lucy went on to direct a range of classics, new writing and work for younger audiences in theatres such as the Bush, Polka Theatre, Royal Court and Soho Theatre. .....
Kamal Khalladi is a playwright, director, university course director and founding member of the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Meknes, Morocco.
Arzé Khodr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1976 just a year after the beginning of the civil war. She has worked as a theatre teacher and as an actress. She writes for television.
Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer who founded and runs the production company Tall Tales. Deirdre's first play published by Nick Hern Books - Moment - played at the Bush Theatre, London to critical acclaim and sell-out audiences.
Dawn King is an award-winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. Her debut play Foxfinder was the winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Competition, and she has subsequently had work staged by Out of Joint amongst others.
Rory Kinnear is an actor and playwright. He has played Hamlet and Iago at the National Theatre, Angelo in Measure for Measure at the Almeida, and Bolingbroke in Richard II for the BBC. He won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award in 2014 with his first play, The Herd.
Lucy Kirkwood is a British writer whose plays have been produced by the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Clean Break and Almeida Theatre/Headlong, amongst others. Her play Chimerica won the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and the 2014 Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play. .....
Karen Kohlhaas is a director, producer, and founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company. She also teaches at the Atlantic Theater Acting School for New York University undergraduates and professional actors.
Tony Kushner is an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
Elizabeth Kuti is a playwright and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, whose work includes The Sugar Wife (Soho Theatre) and The Six-Day World (Finborough Theatre). She is also Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Essex.
Khalid Laith is originally from Bahrain but trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Next to his acting work, he works as a translator, edits short films and composes music.
Tina Landau is a noted director and playwright. Her musical Floyd Collins (with composer Adam Guettel) won an OBIE and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. She joined Steppenwolf in Chicago in 1997.
Oliver Lansley writes for theatre, film and television. His plays have been seen at the Pleasance, Gilded Balloon and Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, and at the Lyric Hammersmith and Charing Cross Theatre, amongst others.
Jude Law is an acclaimed British actor, best known for roles in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and Sherlock Holmes. Nominated for three Olivier and two Tony Awards, he won a Critics' Circle Theatre Award in 2010 for his performance in Hamlet.
Denis Lawson has been running film workshops for drama students and working actors for over twenty years. His work as an actor includes the BBC’s Bleak House, Holby City, Sensitive Skin, Marchlands and Inside No. 9 on television, and Local Hero, Broken and The Machine on film. .....
Adrian Lester is an award-winning British actor. He won a Critics' Circle Theatre Award in 2013 for his performance as Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet. On screen, his work includes Hustle, Primary Colours and The Day After Tomorrow.
Tracy Letts is a playwright and actor, and is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County.
Robert Lewis founded the Actors Studio with Elia Kazan and Cheryl Crawford in 1947. He is known for his innovative work as a director, including the premieres of Brigadoon, Witness for the Prosecution and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Kristin Linklater worked as a voice coach at the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving to the US. She has worked with many theatres and theatre groups, including the original theatre at Lincoln Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, the Open Theater and Shakespeare & Company. .....
Clare Lizzimore is a British director and playwright.
Maggie Lloyd-Williams is an actor. She has performed at the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricyle and Shakespeare's Globe, amongst other places. She has also appeared in several TV series.
Liz Lochhead is a poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster. She was named the Scots Makar, or national poet, in January 2011.
Todd London has chaired the New York State Council on the Arts theatre panel and served as associate artistic director of New York's Classic Stage Company. In 1997 he won the George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism for his writing for American Theatre Magazine.
Charles Ludlam was an American actor, director, playwright and founder of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. He was the winner of Obie and Drama Desk awards, as well as a number of playwriting fellowships.
Eduardo Machado was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was nine, growing up in Los Angeles. He is the author of more than forty plays, and has two volumes of his works published by TCG; The Floating Island Plays and Havana Is Waiting.
Hilary Mantel is the author of eleven novels, a collection of short stories and a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. She writes both historical and contemporary fiction, and her settings range from a South African township under apartheid to Paris in the Revolution, from a city in twentieth-century Saudi Arabia to rural Ireland in the eighteenth century.
Her novel Wolf Hall is about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII. .....
Lee Mattinson's plays have been staged at the Bush Theatre, the Soho Theatre, Live Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, amongst others. He has also written for radio, television and film.
Theresa May is founder and co-director of Theatre in the Wild and is an innovator in environmentally staged, site-specific works.
John McGrath (1935-2002) was a playwright and theatre theorist. He also wrote for TV, notably Z-Cars). In 1971 he founded 7:84 (named after the statistic that 7% of the population of Britain owns 84% of the wealth), for whom he wrote 20 plays. His theatre manifesto, A Good Night Out, is a classic theatre text.
Ewan MacGregor is a British actor who has starred in films such as Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Angels & Demons and The Ghost Writer, and played Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequal trilogy. .....
Clare McIntyre was amongst the extraordinary generation of British female playwrights who emerged in the 1980s. Her best-known plays, now considered modern feminist classics, were staged at the Royal Court Theatre. She also had an extensive career writing and acting for film, radio and television. .....
Ian McKellen is an acclaimed British actor. Initially a renowned stage actor, he is more recently known for screen work such as The Lord of the Rings, X-Men and The Da Vinci Code. On stage, he has won a Tony, two Evening Standard and two Olivier Awards.
Maeve McKeown is the former Administrator and Education Manager of Out of Joint.
Peter McKinnon is professor of design and management in the Department of Theatre at York University, Canada. He has also worked as a lighting designer on some 450 shows, principally for dance and opera.
Kenneth McLeish was the most widely respected and prolific translator of drama in Britain and, until his early death in 1997, edited the NHB Drama Classics series.
Conor McPherson is an award-winning Irish playwright. Educated at University College Dublin, he went on to found the Fly by Night Theatre Company, which produced several of his early plays. His best-known works include The Weir (Royal Court, winner of the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play), Dublin Carol (Altantic Theater Company, New York) and The Seafarer (National Theatre, also director). .....
Bella Merlin has successfully combined a professional career in acting (notably in Max Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint Theatre Company) with teaching at the drama departments of the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter. She has written several books about Stanislavsky and the application of his ideas to work in the theatre.
Helen Mirren is an acclaimed British actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as Elizabeth II in The Queen. Other work includes The Long Good Friday, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & Her Lover and her BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning role in Prime Suspect.
Playwright Louise Monaghan was the winner of a Bruntwood Prize Judges' Award 2011 for Shadow Play. Her first radio drama Alone in the Garden with You, produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. Her other plays include Beautiful – nominated by Out Of Joint Theatre Company for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009, and Aurora which was a finalist for both the London Festival New Writing Award and Little Brother's Big Opportunity competition 2010. .....
Nick Moseley worked as an actor before teaching drama in secondary school, and then in drama schools, first at Italia Conti and latterly at Central School of Speech and Drama, where he is Senior Lecturer in Acting.
Kate Mosse OBE is an English author and broadcaster. She is best known for her 2005 novel Labyrinth, which has been translated into more than 37 languages. In 1996 she co-founded the annual Orange Prize for Fiction (from 2014 the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction). She is a member of the Board of the National Theatre.
Stephen Mulrine is a Glasgow-born poet and playwright who has written extensively for radio and television, and published many translations.
Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television including the award-winning plays Iron (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court, London), Bold Girls (7:84 and Hampstead Theatre) and The Maiden Stone (Hampstead Theatre).
Other credits include The James Plays for the Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre, The Last Witch for the Traverse Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival, Long Time Dead for Paines Plough and the Drum Theatre Plymouth, The Indian Boy and Little Eagles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Pandas for the Traverse in Edinburgh. .....
Ben Musgrave is a playwright who grew up in Britain, Bangladesh and India. His debut play, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, won first prize in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition and was premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2007. He has also written extensively for young people, including commissions for Y Touring, Only Connect and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Clem Naylor graduated with a BA in Arabic and French from St. John's College, Oxford, in 2009. He has been involved in various literary and non-literary translation projects which have included work for the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Jean Newlove was Rudolf Laban's first assistant when he came to England. She subsequently became movement teacher to Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop and has trained several generations of performers.
Danny Newman was the long-time press agent for the Lyric Opera of Chicago from its founding in 1954 until his retirement in 2002.
Peter Nichols is a British playwright, whose best-known work includes A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Privates on Parade and Passion Play. Collectively his plays have won four Evening Standard Awards, a Society of West End Theatres Award for Best Comedy and two Ivor Novello Best Musical Awards. .....
John Nicholson is a writer, director and performer. He is Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus, with whom he has toured throughout the UK and worldwide since 1995.
Bruce Norris is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. His works include The Pain and the Itch and Clybourne Park, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2011.
Luke Norris is a writer and actor. His plays have been staged at the Royal Court and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Ruined (winner of the Pulitzer Prize); Intimate Apparel; Fabulation; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and POOF!
Nottage was the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (for Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. .....
Andy Nyman is an actor, writer and magician. On stage, he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the West End hit Ghost Stories, and won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for co-writing and directing Something Wicked This Way Comes with his regular collaborator Derren Brown. His many film appearances include Severance and Frank Oz’s Death at a Funeral.
Ronan O'Donnell is a playwright based in Scotland whose work has been staged by the Traverse Theatre, LLT and Arches/Theatre of Imagination, amongst others.
Eugene O'Neill was the first American dramatist to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and at the time of his death in 1951 had written over twenty plays.
Mark O'Rowe is an Irish playwright whose plays include Howie the Rookie (Bush Theatre, London, 1999), From Both Hips (Fishamble, 1997), Made in China (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2001), Crestfall (Gate Theatre, Dublin, 2003), Terminus (Abbey Theatre, 2007) and Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre, 2014).
His screenplays include Broken (2012), based on the novel by Daniel Clay, Perrier’s Bounty (2009), Boy A (2007), based on the novel by Jonathan Trigell, and Intermission (2004).
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Gbolahan Obisesan is a writer and director. His plays have been staged at the Soho Theatre, the Young Vic, the Unicorn and the Bush Theatre, amongst others. He won the 2009 Jerwood Directors' Award at the Young Vic.
Janice Okoh won the Bruntwood Playwrighting Competition in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award for her play The Real House (Three Birds).
Kenneth Oppel is a Canadian author whose work includes the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies around the world.
Joe Orton was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies.
His first play to be staged, Entertaining Mr Sloane, won the London Critics’ ‘Variety’ Award as the best play of 1964. .....
Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures.
His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, Alan Bleasdale’s GBH, and the three-part BBC drama, Remember Me.
He has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil. He is also the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend, and the novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth. Michael’s three volumes of diaries are 1969–1979: The Python Years, 1980–1988: Halfway to Hollywood and 1988–1998: Travelling to Work.
In 2014, Michael and his fellow Pythons performed a ten-night sell-out show called Monty Python Live at the O2 Arena, London. .....
Gail Pallin began her career as a stage manager at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and has worked at many of the major rep theatres throughout Britain, including stage managing the original production of Road at the Royal Court Theatre, London. She has directed various productions with youth and community groups in Scotland, and taught Stage Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and Adam Smith College in Fife.
Michael Pennington has played a variety of leading roles in the West End, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, for the National Theatre and for the English Shakespeare Company, of which he was co-founder and joint Artistic Director from 1986-1992. He has also directed several productions of Shakespeare's plays, including Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tim Pigott-Smith is a British actor, known for works such as The Chief, V for Vendetta and Quantum of Solace. He won a BAFTA in 1985 for his performance in The Jewel in the Crown.
Richard Pilbrow is a West End and Broadway lighting designer. He is also a theatre, film and television producer and a world-renowned theatre consultant.
Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London, England. His plays include Girls Like That (commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Mother of Him (Courtyard Theatre; winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing, RBC National Playwriting Competition, Canada, and the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest); Banana Boys (Hampstead Theatre); Suicide(s) in Vegas (Canadian tour; Centaur Theatre Award nomination); Scarberia (Forward Theatre Project/York Theatre Royal); How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre); Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre Project/schools tour/Unicorn Theatre; winner of the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play for Young People; Writers’ Guild Award nomination) and Pronoun (National Theatre Connections). .....
Mike Poulton’s recent adaptations and translations for the stage include Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities (directed by James Dacre at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Fortune’s Fool (directed by Lucy Bailey at the Old Vic, London); Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (directed by Lucy Bailey at The Print Room, London); Schiller’s Luise Miller (directed by Michael Grandage for the Donmar Warehouse, London); Anjin: The English Samurai (directed by Gregory Doran for Horipro in Tokyo); Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (directed by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company); Schiller’s Wallenstein (directed by Angus Jackson at Chichester Festival Theatre); Schiller’s Mary Stuart (directed by Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea (directed by Lucy Bailey at Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (directed by Philip Franks at Chichester Festival Theatre, and Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Ibsen’s Rosmersholm (directed by Anthony Page at the Almeida Theatre, London); Strindberg’s The Father (directed by Angus Jackson at Chichester); Myrmidons (directed by Simon Coury at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin); and a two-part adaptation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (directed by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and performed at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in the West End, and on tour of the US and Spain).
His acclaimed version of Schiller’s Don Carlos premiered at the Sheffield Crucible in a production directed by Michael Grandage with Derek Jacobi as King Philip II of Spain. .....
The Presnyakov Brothers - Oleg, born 1969, and Vladimir, born 1974 - are writers, playwrights, screenwriters, directors, producers and actors.
Nina Raine is a playwright and theatre director. Her plays have been premiered at theatres including the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre and the RSC. They have also been seen in the West End and off-Broadway. She won both the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play, Rabbit.
Sir Terence Rattigan was one of the most popular English 20th-century dramatists. His first play, First Episode, was produced in 1934; his best-known later works include After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version and The Deep Blue Sea. Many of his plays have been adapted for film, and are frequently revived. .....
Morna Regan is a playwright, originally from Derry City, Northern Ireland. Before starting to write, she worked as an actor for many years.
Alvin H. Reiss is editor and publisher of Arts Management Newsletter, and lectures and consults with arts organisations throughout the world.
Dr Philip Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Theatre Studies in the University of Leeds and a theatre historian, particularly of the Royal Court.
Sarah Ruhl is an American playwright with 'a unique comic voice, perspective and sense of theatre’ Variety. Her critically acclaimed works include Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Clean House, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Mark Rylance is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. He has played many of the great Shakespearean roles, both for the Royal Shakespeare Company and as actor manager of Shakespeare’s Globe. He has won numerous awards for roles in London and on Broadway, most famously in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, in which he created the role of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron. .....
Diane Samuels is a playwright whose work has been widely produced. Her play Kindertransport won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, and was first produced by the Soho Theatre Company in 1993. Subsequently it has been translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off-Broadway and all over the world, and revived numerous times.
Steven Samuels managed the Ridiculous Theatrical Company during the Reagan years and edited the plays and writings of the company's founder, Charles Ludlam.
David Savran is head of the drama department at the University of Regina, Canada.
Prunella Scales is world-famous as the actress who played Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, and is well-known on stage and screen for countless other roles.
James Seabright is one of the UK’s leading independent theatre producers. He has produced over one hundred shows in the West End, on UK and international tours and at the Edinburgh Festival, where he is the most prolific producer on the Fringe. In 2010, The Stage named him in its list of the hundred most influential people in British theatre. .....
Kim Selody is a Canadian playwright, director and actor.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English poet and playwright of some renown.
Dominic Shellard is a respected theatre academic and biographer of Kenneth Tynan.
Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child.
Antony Sher was born in South Africa and shot to fame as an actor for the Richard III that is the subjest of his book, Year of the King. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and has published several novels, a book of his paintings and an autobiography, Beside Myself. .....
Vassily Vladimirovich Sigarev is a Russian playwright, screenwriter and film director. His plays Plasticine, Black Milk and Ladybird were first produced in the West by the Royal Court Theatre.
Ian Smith is a critic, writer and musician. He has held posts as a lecturer in modern and Renaissance literature at the Universities of Oxford, London, Warwick and Boston.
Ronn Smith is a writer, theatre director and professional fundraiser. He is the author of nearly 150 feature articles and essays about theatre, film and television design.
Laila Soliman is an independent Egyptian theatre director and playwright, living and working in Cairo. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in 2004 with a degree in Theatre and Arabic Literature and in 2010 she wrote and directed the first Arabic adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening, staged in Egypt.
Kevin Spacey is an acclaimed American actor, director, screenwriter and producer, who has won Academy Awards for his performances in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. Other work includes Seven, L. A. Confidential and House of Cards. He has been Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London since 2003.
Max Stafford-Clark is one of the UK's most influential theatre directors. He established Joint Stock in 1974, ran the Royal Court Theatre from 1979 to 1993, and then set up the extremely successful touring theatre company, Out of Joint, which he continues to run.
Patrick Stewart is an acclaimed British actor, whose best-known screen work includes X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation and American Dad. He is most renowned for his stage roles, appearing in over 60 productions for the RSC and winning three Olivier Awards, most recently in 2009 for Claudius in Hamlet.
Tena Štivičić was born in Croatia. Her plays have been produced and published in several European countries and translated and published in many languages. She lives in London and writes in English and Croatian.
Katherine Strand Holkeboer is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Eastern Michigan University. A costume designer for over 20 years, she has designed more than 120 theatre productions.
Lee Strasberg (1901–1982) was a highly influential American actor, director and acting teacher. He is considered the father of method acting.
Jessica Swale is a director, workshop leader and educator. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company, works regularly with the National Theatre, Out of Joint and various drama schools, and leads theatre projects in developing countries for Youth Bridge Global.
Dr Tara Swart is an executive coach with a background in psychological medicine and neuroscience. She has written widely for journals of neuroscience and coaching.
Ali Taylor is a playwright whose work has been staged by Polka Theatre, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Theatre503, amongst others. His play Cotton Wool was the winner of the Meyer-Whitworth Award. He is artistic director of Buckle for Dust theatre company.
Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most-produced playwrights. Well-known works include Vimy, Shakespeare’s Will and Einstein’s Gift. He is the winner of many awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s highest honour for playwriting.
Judith Thompson is an author and feature film-writer who has also worked as professor of Drama at the University of Guelph.
Jack Thorne’s plays for the stage include adaptations of Let the Right One In (National Theatre of Scotland at Dundee Rep, the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatre, London, 2013/14) and Stuart: A Life Backwards (Underbelly, Edinburgh and tour, 2013); Mydidae (Soho, 2012; Trafalgar Studios, 2013); an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse, 2012); Bunny (Underbelly, Edinburgh, 2010; Soho, 2011); 2nd May 1997 (Bush, 2009); When You Cure Me (Bush, 2005; Radio 3’s Drama on Three, 2006); Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance, Edinburgh, 2004 and 2007; Finborough, 2007; English Theatre of Bruges, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007); and Stacy (Tron, 2006; Arcola, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007). .....
Andrew Tidmarsh is a theatre director, film-maker and teacher. He has taught at leading drama schools and currently runs the Foundation course at RADA. He has directed work at Soho Theatre, Wimbledon Studio, Shakespeare's Globe and Jermyn Street Theatre.
Born in Copenhagen, Sandi Toksvig is a well known writer, comedian and presenter. She has appeared on a variety of TV programmes including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You, and is a familiar voice for BBC Radio 4 listeners as the chair of The News Quiz. .....
Sue Townsend (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English novelist and playwright, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole books.
Russ Tunney is a director and playwright who specialises in work for young people. He is the Associate Director of the Nufﬁeld Theatre.
Kathleen Tynan was a Canadian-British journalist, author and screenwriter. She was the widow and biographer of Kenneth Tynan, the 20th century's most influential writer on theatre and performance.
Kenneth Tynan was a highly influential drama critic, writer, literary manager and theatre producer. He is above all revered for his incisive, passionate and stylish theatre criticism, and his Profiles of a wide variety of writers and performers.
Thomasina Unsworth teaches at Rose Bruford College, one of the UK's leading drama schools.
Stephen Unwin is one of Britain’s leading theatre and opera directors. He worked at the Traverse Theatre in the 1980s, founded English Touring Theatre in 1993, and in 2008 was appointed Artistic Director of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. He has written guides to Shakespeare’s and Brecht's plays, as well as to Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, and Twentieth-Century Drama. .....
Paul Vogel is a distinguished American playwright and teacher. She has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive.
Glenn Waldron is an English playwright, and previously a lecturer, journalist and magazine editor.
Donna Walker-Kuhne is America's foremost expert on multi-ethnic audience development. She has worked as Marketing Director of the Public Theater and of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She teaches arts marketing at Fordham University, Brooklyn college and New York University.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an actor and playwright Her acting credits include 2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre), Tribes (Royal Court Theatre), Mydidae (Soho Theatre) and the award-winning film The Iron Lady. She won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award 2014 with her first play, Fleabag. .....
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. He lives in London. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and has been performed internationally since 1998.
His recent plays include Ballyturk and Room 303 at the 2014 Galway International Arts Festival; Misterman, presented by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, London and New York (2011–2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London, from 2010–2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA from 2008–2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007–2010.
He won a Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book for the musical Once, seen on Broadway, in the West End and on a US tour.
His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican), which played Dublin and a British tour in 2008; Chatroom (National Theatre), which played at the National Theatre and on tour in Britain and Asia (2006–2007); and The Small Things (Paines Plough), which played London and Ireland (2005).
His early plays include Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca).
His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4), winner of the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Harriet Walter is a leading actor on stage and screen. She was made a Dame in 2011 for services to drama.
Steve Waters ran the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University for several years; he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is also an acclaimed playwright whose plays have been staged at the Donmar Warehouse, the Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre and the Bush Theatre.
Born in c.1580, John Webster came from an evidently prosperous middle-class London family, his father a coachbuilder and wagonmaker with premises in Smithfield, just north-west of the City. The business was continued by John’s brother Edward, and perhaps helped to subsidise Webster’s playwriting career – for, by contrast with most professional dramatists, his output was scarcely sufficient to provide an adequate living. .....
Michael Weller is the author of Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War, amongst others. He has also written screenplays, including Hair and Ragtime (both directed by Milos Forman), and has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Tom Wells is a playwright whose work has been staged by the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Arcola, Paines Plough, The Bush Theatre and Hull Truck, amongst others.
Timothy West is best-known on TV for Brass and on stage for classic roles at the National Theatre, the RSC, the West End and recently with English Touring Theatre. His autobiography, A Moment Towards the End of the Play, is published by Nick Hern Books.
West End Producer has been involved in the entertainment business ever since he was born onstage during a performance of Titus Andronicus. WEP’s life these days revolves around producing, tweeting, blogging, playing with his Lloyd Webber glove puppet, and supporting emerging talent. .....
Nick Whitby has had his plays produced on the Edinburgh Fringe, the Donmar in London, and in around forty major productions in Europe. He has written for various comedians, and for TV, including sketches, sitcom, drama, comedy-drama, animation and documentary.
Amanda Whittington has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian). Her plays include Be My Baby (Soho Theatre), which is widely studied for both GCSE and A-Level, Ladies Day and its sequel Ladies Down Under (Hull Truck/UK Tours). .....
Joy Wilkinson's plays have been staged at Soho Theatre, the Finborough Theatre, BAC and the King's Head Theatre, amongst other places. Her play Felt Effects was the joint winner of the Verity Bargate Award.
August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the twentieth century.
Jacqueline Wilson is the author of over 20 titles for children with sales of over 20 million books.
Pat Wilson has worked as a singer, jazz pianist, composer, lyricist, actress, theatre critic, singing teacher and music director in theatre.
Penelope Wilton is an acclaimed British actress, best known for her roles in Ever Decreasing Circles, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey. She has won two Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, and been nominated for five Oliviers.
Nan Withers-Wilson, Ph.D., is a professional vocal director whose credits include both US regional theatre and Off-Broadway. She teaches voice courses for actors, and is a member of the Actor's Equity Association and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
Pelham (‘Plum’) Grenville Wodehouse was born in Guildford in 1881. After leaving school he spent two years as a banker, before switching careers to sports reporter and columnist at the Globe newspaper. Around this time he started writing short stories, mainly for boys’ magazine The Captain, before discovering his talent for comic dialogue. .....
Kathryn Wolfe has extensive experience as a TV director on programmes as diverse as Breakfast Time, The Clothes Show, Record Breakers and Tweenies. Since 2003, she has taught hundreds of aspiring presenters and launched countless careers with her training company, Pukka Presenting. .....
Alexandra Wood's plays include The Initiate (Paines Plough); an adaptation of Jung Chang's Wild Swans (ART/Young Vic); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre); The Centre (Islington Community Theatre); Decade (co-writer, Headlong); Unbroken (Gate); The Lion's Mouth (Royal Court Rough Cuts); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4). .....
Julian Woolford is a theatre director, playwright and lyricist, based in the UK and working internationally. Julian's productions have been seen in the West End, off-Broadway and in Europe, and he has directed many British national tours and productions in regional theatres, including the hugely successful 2010 national tour of Oklahoma! starring Marti Webb. .....
Michael Woolson has many years of experience in acting, teaching and directing. He founded the Michael Woolson Studio in 1998 and has worked with thousands of actors from talented up-and-comers to award-winning actors.
John Wright is a director and teacher of theatre whose work is in much demand all over the world. He co-founded Trestle Theatre Company in the early eighties and co-directed much of their work. In 1992 he co-founded Told by an Idiot with Paul Hunter and Hayley Carmichael.
Nicholas Wright’s plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Mrs Klein, Travelling Light and Vincent In Brixton, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. His writing about the theatre includes Changing Stages: A View of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century, co-written with Richard Eyre.
Stephen Wyatt is the only writer to have won the Tinniswood Award for best radio drama script twice - for Memorials to the Missing in 2007 and Gerontius in 2011. As well as writing over twenty original scripts for radio and numerous dramatisations, he has written for television and theatre. .....
Émile Zola (1840–1902) was a French writer, the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.