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.
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 professor of theatre at the Columbia University School of the Arts. He frequently writes about scenography and contemporary theatre, and his books include The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography, American Set Design, American Avant-Garde Theatre: A History, Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography, The Disappearing Stage: Reflections on the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design, as well as the introductory essay for volume three of The Cambridge History of American Theatre. .....
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's works include The Aliens (Obie Award), Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award), Nocturama, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and The Flick (Pulitzer Prize). Her work has been produced at more than a hundred theaters in the US and in more than a dozen countries. .....
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.
Adam Barnard began his career as a theatre director and now increasingly writes.
His first full-length play, buckets, was produced by the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2015. Previous one-act plays include Closer Scrutiny (Orange Tree, 2014), I.S.S.(Y) (Wilderness Festival, 2013) and Too Small To Be A Planet (Company of Angels / Latitude, 2012). .....
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. She is also a novelist whose debut novel, The Versions of Us, became a number-one Sunday Times bestseller in 2015.
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J.M. Barrie (1860–1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
Seth Barrish is an actor, director and co-founder of The Barrow Group, a theatre company and acting school in New York City. During his near forty-year career he has directed the award-winning My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Sleepwalk with Me, The Tricky Part, Pentecost, All the Rage and Old Wicked Songs.
Mike Barlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays include Game (Almeida Theatre); An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre); King Charles III (Almeida/West End); 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's plays include The Crocodile, an adaptation of a short story by Dostoyevksy (Manchester International Festival, 2015); Holes (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Arcola Theatre, London); There is a War (as part of the Double Feature season in the Paintframe at the National Theatre); Joseph K, an adaptation of Kafka's The Trial (Gate Theatre, London) and Party (Fringe First Winner; Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Sydney International Festival/Arts Theatre, London).
He 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. .....
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 was a freelance theatre director and writer. After a career as a drama teacher and head of Drama, he became a drama-in-education advisor and inspector. He was also Artistic Director of Present Moment theatre company, and directed regularly at various drama schools. He died in 2014 at the age of 56.
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 children and young adults. She was Children's Laureate 2013-15.
Giles Block is 'Master of the Words' at Shakespeare's Globe.
Simon Block is a playwright and screenwriter. His work for theatre includes: Not a Game for Boys (Royal Court); Chimps, Hand in Hand and Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre); A Place at the Table (Bush Theatre); and 1/25th of the National Theatre Chain Play (National Theatre).
His work for television includes: North Square (Channel 4); Trust (BBC1); The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Channel 4); Casualty 1909 (BBC1); The Eichmann Show (BBC 2); Home Fires (ITV).
Work for radio includes: Breathe In Breathe Out and The Pool (BBC Radio 4).
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.
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, including The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, and five novels for young readers, including three war stories, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave and The Boy at the Top of the Mountain. .....
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.
Thomas Bradshaw is an American playwright whose plays include Intimacy; The Bereaved, declared a New York Times Critic's Pick and one of the Best Plays of 2009 by Time Out New York; Mary; and Burning. He was hailed as the Best Provocative Playwright of 2007 by the Village Voice.
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.
Kenneth Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter.
He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).
He formed the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in April 2015, launching with a season of five shows at London's Garrick Theatre from October 2015 - November 2016.
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); Doctor Scroggy's War (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014) and Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre, 2016).
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 2012-13 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Godchild at Hampstead Theatre and Same for the National Theatre Connections Festival 2014.
Jake Brunger is a playwright and musical-theatre writer. His plays include Four Play (Theatre503, London, 2016); Brave New Worlds (Nabokov/Soho); People Like Us (Pleasance/TS Eliot US/UK Exchange: Vineyard, New York); Chavs (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); ’AVE IT (Old Vic Tunnels); Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, which he also directed) and Sam’s Game (Lakeside Arts Centre).
As a musical-theatre writer, with his collaborator composer Pippa Cleary, his credits (as book writer and lyricist) include Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Prodigy (National Youth Music Theatre/St James); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (Leicester Curve); Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre/Pleasance); The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh/Jermyn Street); and Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh/ Theatre503/Jermyn Street). .....
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.
Amelia Bullmore studied Drama at Manchester University. Having started out as an actress, she began writing in 1995 and continues to do both. Her first stage play, Mammals, had an extended sell-out run at the Bush Theatre in April 2005 and a successful national tour in 2006. It was also co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shortlisted for the What's On Best New Comedy Award. .....
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.
pamela carter is a playwright and dramaturg. Her plays include: Almost Near (Dresden Staatsshauspiel, Germany; Finborough Theatre, London); Skåne (Hampstead Theatre, London; Theater Ulm, Germany; winner of the New Writing Commission at the Berliner Festspiele Stückemarkt, 2012); What We Know (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Teatro Circulo, New York); and several plays for Untitled Projects including slope, An Argument About Sex and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner. .....
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.
Maureen Chadwick is the creator and writer of a wide range of award-winning, critically acclaimed and controversial shows for both television and theatre, including single plays, primetime drama series, stage plays and musicals.
She was one of the co-founders and creative directors of Shed Productions, writing and producing a new wave of entertaining and hard-hitting television drama series, notably Bad Girls, Footballers’ Wives and Waterloo Road.
Previous television credits include Angels, EastEnders, Coronation Street and BBC Screen One single dramas Watch with Mother and Two Golden Balls.
Previous theatre credits include Joséphine (at BAC and on national tour), Dust (BAC), Bad Girls: The Musical (at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in the West End), The Speed Twins (Riverside Studios) and The Realness (Hackney Downs Studios).
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 an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television. She was awarded the inaugural Wales Drama Award by the BBC and National Theatre Wales and won the Judges Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with Bird. She also won the Writers Guild Playwright Award at the 2013 Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.
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 has written for the stage, television and radio. Her stage plays include Owners (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1972); Objections to Sex and Violence (Royal Court, 1975); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Joint Stock on tour incl. Theatre Upstairs, 1976); Vinegar Tom (Monstrous Regiment on tour, incl. .....
Paul Clayton is an actor, director, presenter and casting director, whose credits include Peep Show, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall, My Family and Him & Her. He is the author of The Working Actor and So You Want To Be A Corporate Actor? and a regular columnist for The Stage. .....
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.
She is the author of about eighty plays, many of which have been performed all over the world. .....
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.
Founded in 1983, Complicite is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The Company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicite’s recent work includes The Encounter, Ungeduld des Herzens, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.
Timothy Conigrave (19 November 1959 – 18 October 1994) was an Australian actor, writer, and activist. His major work, the autobiographical Holding the Man (1995), is the story of his 15-year love affair with John Caleo. They met as students at Xavier College in Melbourne; Caleo was captain of the football team and Conigrave wanted to be an actor. .....
Elinor Cook won the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright. Her play Image of an Unknown Young Woman premiered at the Gate Theatre, London, in 2015. Her other plays include The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide); The Boy Preference (National Theatre Connections); and this is where we got to when you came in (non zero one/Bush).
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.
David S Craig is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre and a playwright with twenty-nine professionally produced dramatic works including the award winning Danny, King of the Basement.
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.
Ayub Khan Din’s play East is East (1996) was originally staged at the Royal Court Theatre and adapted into a feature film. The play and film have won a Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Writer and a British Academy Award. Other plays include Last Dance at Dum Dum (1999), Notes on Falling Leaves (2004) and Rafta, Rafta… (2007), which won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. .....
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 (1821-1881) was a 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.
Fiona Doyle is a playwright whose work includes: So Gay, winner of the 2013 Play for the Nation’s Youth; Deluge, winner of the 2014 Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award; and Coolatully, winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize. Her short plays include Rootbound and Rigor Mortis (Arcola Theatre) and Two Sisters (Southwark Playhouse).
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.
Laura Eason is a playwright, adapter, musical-book writer and screenwriter. Her work for the stage includes adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, and original plays Sex With Strangers and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now.
Houda Echouafni is an actress of Moroccan/ Egyptian descent. She has also worked as a translator.
Phoebe Eclair-Powell is a writer from South East London. Her plays include WINK (Theatre503); One Under (Pleasance Below); Mrs Spine (OUTLINES at the Old Red Lion); Bangin’ Wolves (Courting Drama at the Bush Upstairs, published by Playdead Press, later with Poleroid Theatre for Wilderness Festival); two rapid write response pieces, Coal Eaters and Glass Hands (Theatre503); The Box (Theatre Delicatessen SPACED festival and Latitude Festival); Elephant and My Castle (SALT Theatre at Southwark Playhouse); CARE (Miniaturists at the Arcola).
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. .....
Margaret Edson lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is an elementary school teacher. Between earning degrees in history and literature, she worked in the cancer and AIDS unit of a research hospital. Wit, her first play, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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 worked for ten years in regional theatre in Leicester, Edinburgh and Nottingham (where he commissioned and directed Trevor Griffiths’s Comedians, which later transferred to London and Broadway), and then became producer of BBC TV’s Play for Today. .....
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. .....
Peter Flannery was writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979-1980. His plays first staged by the RSC include Singer, which originally starred Antony Sher, and won the Time Out Best Play Award in 1989, and was subsequently revived by the Oxford Stage Company in 2004, starring Ron Cook; Our Friends in the North, winner of the 1982 John Whiting Award; Savage Amusement, which won the Best Play Award at the National Student Drama Festival, 1978. .....
Gustave Flaubert (12 December 1821—8 May 1880) was a French novelist, considered the preeminent exponent of the realist school of French literature and best known for his masterpiece, Madame Bovary (1857), a realistic portrayal of bourgeois life, which led to a trial on charges of the novel’s alleged immorality.
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 has written, directed, and designed more than fifty of his own plays, both internationally and at his Ontological-Hysteric Theater, which he founded in 1968. He has received many OBIE awards, an NEA Lifetime Achievement Award, and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.
Oli Forsyth is a writer, poet, producer and actor from London. He established Smoke & Oakum Theatre in 2013. His first play, Tinderbox, was performed at Theatre503, London, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom and Speech Award. Cornermen, inspired by his experiences in the world of boxing, opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, in 2015 before playing at the Pleasance Courtyard, the New Diorama Theatre, Otherplace Brighton and the 2016 VAULT Festival, London. .....
Norm Foster is a leading Canadian playwright whose many plays include The Melville Boys, The Affections of May, Foursome and The Ladies Foursome. He has also written a musical with composer Leslie Arden (The Last Resort) and three musicals (Jasper Station, Race Day, and Sitting Pretty) with composer Steve Thomas.
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.
James Fritz’s plays include Ross & Rachel (MOTOR at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre, 2014; Most Promising Playwright, Critics' Circle Awards) and Lines (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2011).
Athol Fugard has been working in the theatre as a playwright, director, and actor for more than fifty years. In 2011, he received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor of Drama at Oxford University. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, 'Master Harold' . .....
Jonathan Garfinkel is a Canadian playwright and journalist.
William Gaskill (1930-2016) was a major theatre director who, in a wide-ranging freelance career, directed many productions of Brecht, Beckett and Shakespeare. He was 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 the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, London, and was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company, 2005–2013.
Kath Gotts studied Philosophy and Psychology at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and then went on to study music at Goldsmiths College, London. She has written incidental music and songs for television and theatre, including Bad Girls, The Fugitives, Family Affairs and Waterloo Road on television and Dust, The Bodies and Any Which Way for theatre. .....
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.
debbie tucker green is a playwright and screenwriter. Her work for theatre includes: nut (National Theatre); hang, truth and reconciliation, random and stoning mary (Royal Court); generations (Young Vic); trade (RSC); born bad (Hampstead Theatre); and dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre).
Her work for television and film includes: second coming, random and heat.
Her work for radio includes: gone, random, handprint, to swallow, freefall.
Awards include: Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer 2004 for born bad; BAFTA for Best Single Drama 2012 for random and the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Drama. .....
Richard Greenberg is an American playwright and television writer. His plays include The Assembled Parties, Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play), The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), The American Plan and the book for a musical adaptation of Far from Heaven. .....
Stacey Gregg is from Belfast and is a writer/performer for stage and screen. Her plays include Shibboleth, Perve and Cows Go Boom (all at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin). Her first play Ismene was shortlisted for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival. She was subsequently on attachment at RADA and commissioned through Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme to develop Grand Tour. .....
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.
His books include a four-volume series of interviews with leading playwrights, Conversations with Miller, Conversations with Pinter, Conversations with Stoppard and Conversations with (and about) Beckett. .....
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: Deposit (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs); Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Horizon (National Theatre Connections); The Bee (Edinburgh Festival); Punch (Hampstead/Heat and Light Company); Epic, Trolls, Life for Beginners (Theatre503). .....
Anne Hathaway is an American actress, singer, and producer.
Rose Heiney is a screenwriter, novelist and playwright. Her first novel, The Days of Judy B, was published in 2008. Since then, she has worked primarily as a writer for television. Her first play, Elephants, was produced at Hampstead Theatre in 2014.
Kate Hennig is a Canadian playwright and multi-award-winning theatre artist with over thirty years of professional experience as a performer, including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. Her play The Eleventh David was produced in August 2006 as part of the SummerWorks Festival to great critical and public acclaim. .....
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.
Amy Herzog's plays include 4000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize finalist), After the Revolution and Belleville. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whiting Writers' Award, an Obie Award and the Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights.
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.
Barry Hines (1939–2016) was an English author who wrote several popular novels and television scripts. He is best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968), which he helped adapt for Ken Loach's film Kes (1969).
Lucas Hnath is an award-winning playwright whose plays include The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); and Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). .....
Sam Holcroft’s plays include Rules for Living at the National Theatre; The Wardrobe for National Theatre Connections; Edgar & Annabel, part of the Double Feature season in the Paintframe at the National Theatre; 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; and 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).
In 2013, she wrote The House Taken Over, a libretto for opera, adapted from Cortázar, for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Académie Européenne de Musique. .....
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.
John Hollingworth is an actor and playwright. His plays include Multitudes (Tricycle Theatre); Animal Wrongs (Arcola); Broken Window Theory (Soho); and Blue Yonder (Tristan Bates).
Mark Hollmann is a musical-theater composer and lyricist who received the Tony Award, the National Broadway Theatre Award, and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown: The Musical, which itself won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical. In addition, Urinetown was selected as one of the season’s best plays in The Best Plays of 2000-2001: The Otis Guernsey/Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook. .....
Robert Holman is a renowned and celebrated playwright in British Theatre. His plays include: Mud (Royal Court Theatre, 1974); German Skerries (Bush Theatre, 1977, and revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, 2016); Rooting (Traverse Theatre, 1979); Other Worlds (Royal Court Theatre, 1980); Today (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984); The Overgrown Path (Royal Court Theatre, 1985); Making Noise Quietly (Bush Theatre, 1987, and revived at the Donmar Warehouse, 2012); Across Oka (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988); Rafts and Dreams (Royal Court Theatre, 1990); Bad Weather (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1998); Holes in the Skin (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2003); Jonah and Otto (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2008, and revived at the Park Theatre, 2014); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, co-written with David Eldridge and Simon Stephens (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2010); and A Breakfast of Eels (Print Room at the Coronet, 2015). .....
Jacqui Honess-Martin is a playwright and theatre director. Her plays include Pine (Hampstead Theatre, 2015) and Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre, New York, 2008). As Artistic Director of InSite Performance she has written and directed We Have Fallen (IdeasTap Underbelly Award, Edinburgh); SMITH (The British Museum); Antigone (Walworth Council Chambers); and directed Abyss and Larisa and the Merchants (Arcola Theatre).
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. He was born in London in 1983 and studied at the University of Warwick. His work as a theatre director includes Brooklyn (Cock Tavern Theatre), The Last Five Years (Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), Wired and Finishing the Hat (King’s Head Theatre), Knickerbocker Glories (Union Theatre, Southwark), Lucky Nurse and other short musical plays and The Fix (Edinburgh Festival) and Square-Eyed (Etcetera Theatre Club).
Joel Horwood is an associate artist of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, whose work has been performed throughout the UK. Recent credits include This Changes Everything (Tonic Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic Theatre), The Planet and Stuff (Polka Theatre), I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles/Soho Theatre), A Stab in the Dark and A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts (Lyric Hammersmith, Secret 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.
Philip Howard is a director and dramaturg. A former Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, he is a director of Pearlfisher, Scotland’s touring new-writing and talent-development company. For Nick Hern Books he is the editor of Scotland Plays and Scottish Shorts, as well as Joyce McMillan's collected reviews, Theatre in Scotland: A Field of Dreams.
Samuel D. Hunter is an American playwright whose plays include The Whale (2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest and Pocatello. .....
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.
Born in Norway in 1828, Ibsen began his writing career with romantic history plays influenced by Shakespeare and Schiller. In 1851 he was appointed writer-in-residence at the newly established Norwegian Theatre in Bergen with a contract to write a play a year for five years, following which he was made Artistic Director of the Norwegian Theatre in what is now Oslo. .....
Vicky Ireland was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for children and works as a freelance theatre director.
Angus Jackson is a theatre and film director who has worked at theatres including the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Felicity Jackson attended The Court Theatre Training Company, where she gained a BA (Hons) in Acting. After graduating, inspired by her fellow thespians, she founded Surviving Actors Ltd, and within a year, she founded Casting Days Ltd. Initially launched as a dedicated acting showcase company, it has evolved and secured a continuing relationship with StarNow to support their UK casting professionals, as well as running affordable workshops for actors.
Felicity is best known for her appearance in Series 7 of BBC’s The Apprentice, where she beat 72,000 people to reach the final sixteen candidates. .....
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, Associate Director at Theatre503, London, and teaches acting and playwriting.
Stephen Karam is an American playwright whose plays include Speech & Debate and Sons of the Prophet, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play.
Florence Keith-Roach is a writer, actor and director working across theatre, television and film, who has been named a ‘rising star of the London theatre scene’ (Evening Standard).
Her debut play, Love To Love To Love You, which she wrote, directed and acted in, transferred to VAULT Festival in 2015, where it sold out and was named one of Another Magazine’s ‘top ten things to do’. .....
Rosie Kellett's writing credits include Primadonna (VAULT Festival 2016); Skint, developed with the support of the National Theatre Young Studio, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (VAULT Festival 2015, winner of the Pick of the Week and Festival Spirit Awards); Morker (Southwark Playhouse, developed on the Almeida Theatre's Writers' Development Programme); and Peak (Old Red Lion Theatre).
Ian Kelly is an actor and writer. He has written several historical biographies, including Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year, 2008), Mr Foote’s Other Leg; Comedy, Tragedy and Murder in Georgian London (Winner, Theatre Book of the Year, 2013), Beau Brummell (shortlisted for the Marsh Commonwealth Biography Prize), Cooking for Kings, A Life of Antonin Carême (Radio 4 Book of the Week), and the life of Vivienne Westwood, co-written with Dame Vivienne.
As a dramatist, Ian’s stage adaptation of Mr Foote’s Other Leg was premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2015 in a production directed by Richard Eyre starring Simon Russell Beale, and his adaptation of the Carême biography Cooking for Kings ran Off-Broadway in 2004 and 2006. .....
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.
Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. He also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises and dramaturgs other writers – with a particular focus on young people’s projects in London’s East End. Since November 2013, he has been Artistic Director of touring theatre company Tamasha.
He is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance programme at Goldsmiths College, London. .....
Jemma Kennedy’s plays include Second Person Narrative for Tonic Theatre's Platform initiative; The Gift, part of the Hoard Festival for the New Vic Theatre; The Summer Book and The Prince and the Pauper for the Unicorn Theatre; The Grand Irrationality for the Lost Theatre Studio (Los Angeles) and Don’t Feed the Animals for National Theatre Connections 2013.
Jemma was Pearson Playwright at the National Theatre in 2010 and part of the inaugural Soho 6 writing scheme with Soho Theatre Company in 2012.
Her novel Skywalking was published by Penguin/Viking in 2002.
Jemma has acted as a writing mentor and judge for the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting course and competition for young writers, and teaches playwriting at the National Theatre’s Clore Learning Centre. .....
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. .....
Ismail Khalidi is a Palestinian-American poet and playwright. His plays include Tennis in Nablus, Truth Serum Blues and Sabra Falling. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Chile.
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. .....
Ric Knowles is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada, editor of Canadian Theatre Review, and past editor of Modern Drama (1999–2005). He is author of The Theatre of Form and the Production of Meaning, Shakespeare and Canada, and Reading the Material Theatre, co-author (with the Cultural Memory Group) of Remembering Women Murdered by Men, editor of Theatre in Atlantic Canada, Judith Thompson, and The Masks of Judith Thompson, and co-editor (with Joanne Tompkins and W.B. .....
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.
Greg Kotis has written many plays and musicals including Urinetown: The Musical (Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie Award and two Tony Awards), Give the People What They Want, All Your Questions Answered, Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards, The Boring-est Poem in the World, Yeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Truth About Santa, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste and Jobey and Katherine. .....
Lisa Kron is the author of the book and lyrics to the musical Fun Home, and the plays Well and 2.5 Minute Ride, among others. She is a founding member of the award-winning theater group The Five Lesbian Brothers.
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.
Stephen Laughton has worked with Headlong Theatre as part of their Headstart writers' programme. In January 2015, his play, Nine, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Stephen has been involved with various theatres in the UK – he is an alumnus of the Royal Court's Invitational Writers' Group, the Skylines programme at Hampstead Theatre, and he was part of a series of development workshops with the Young Vic Theatre and SoundBites. .....
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. .....
Young Jean Lee is a Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and filmmaker. She is the Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to producing her work. Her plays include Straight White Men, The Shipment, Lear, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven. .....
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.
Rose Lewenstein is a writer whose plays include: Darknet (Southwark Playhouse); Now This Is Not The End (Arcola); Game of Life (The Yard); Only Human (Theatre503); Entries on Love (Rich Mix) and Ain’t No Law Against Fish ’n’ Chips (Royal Court Young Writers Festival). .....
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.
David Lindsay-Abaire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. The play has been produced hundreds of times around the world, and was adapted into a film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, and starring Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
His following play, Good People, premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the Horton Foote Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. .....
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.
Jill Lloyd-Jones is a UK-based freelance consultant who was a drama teacher and instructional leader for many years at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). She has worked collaboratively with all levels of educators to support innovation in the teaching of drama, theatre and movement.
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. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the Makar, or National Poet of Scotland.
Kate Lock is an actress and writer. She is the author of Russian Dolls (King's Head, London, 2016; winner of the Adrian Pagan Award). Her other plays include Job for Life (Writers’ Guild Award), Sleeping Dogs and Tuesday’s Child (co-written with Terry Johnson, originally a BBC TV drama, later adapted for the stage and premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East). .....
Laura Lomas is a playwright whose plays include Bird (Root Theatre and Echo); Blister (Paines Pough/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama); Open Heart Surgery (Theatre Uncut); Come to Where I’m From (Paines Plough); Some Machine (Paines Plough/Rose Bruford); The Island (Nottingham Playhouse/Det Norske Oslo); Us Like Gods (Hampstead, Heat and Light); Gypsy Girl (Paines Plough Later at Soho) and Wasteland (New Perspectives/Derby Theatre; shortlisted for the Brian Way Award).
Radio plays include My Boy (BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play; Bronze SONY Award for best radio drama) and Lucy Island (BBC Radio 3).
Her screen work includes Rough Skin (Touchpaper/Channel 4; shortlisted for Best British Short at British Independent Film Awards and Raindance Film Festival). .....
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.
Cordelia Lynn's plays include Lela & Co. (Royal Court, 2015); Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2012); and After the War, which has been performed in venues around the UK and abroad.
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. .....
Donald Margulies is the author of Dinner with Friends (Pulitzer Prize), Time Stands Still, Brooklyn Boy and Sight Unseen, among many other plays. His plays have been performed on and Off-Broadway, throughout the US, and around the world. He is an adjunct professor at Yale University.
Javier Marzan is an actor and writer, and one third of acclaimed comedy theatre company Peepolykus. His solo work has included roles in Benidorm (for ITV), Watson and Oliver (for BBC 2), and the feature film Paddington (2014) on which he was also the Physical Comedy Creator.
Robert Massey’s first play Deadline was developed through the writers’ programme at the Abbey Theatre and produced by Lane Productions in Andrews Lane Theatre. Other plays include Over and Out, produced by Lane Productions at the Civic Theatre, Dublin, before embarking on a nation-wide tour including Pavillion, Draoicht and the Cork Opera House; Rank, produced by Fishamble at the Helix as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, 2008, before transferring to the Tricycle Theatre, London, for an extended run and subsequently revived in summer 2013 in a critically acclaimed production directed by Wilson Milam at the Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles. .....
Lee Mattinson graduated from Northumbria University with a BA in Fine Art and is co-artistic director of Chicken Pox Fox Productions. Theatre credits include: Brown Bird (Chicken Pox Fox); Snap (Young Vic); Gary Lineker is Gay (Paines Plough); Geisha Girls (Bush); Chalet Lines (Bush/Live); No Wire Hangers (Soho); Lashes and Taches (Arts in Touch); Donna Disco (Chicken Pox Fox/Live); Lamb (Dot-to-Dot Active Arts); Me and Cilla, M&S S&M, Orlando Spoon, Julian Scary, I Heart Morrissey, Liquorice, Shitty Shitty Bang Bang, 6c Nativity, Circus Girl (Live); Jonathan Likes This (National Theatre/Live); Swan Song (New Writing North); I Heart Catherine Pistachio, The Streets in the Sky, Choir (Encounter); Never Forget (Queen’s Hall); Chocolate (West Yorkshire Playhouse); LOL (East 15); Colour It In, Rola Cola, Freddy Hearts Freddie, Me Fatty (Ugly Sister); The Bang Gang (Bad Fox/NTC); Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit (NTC); Paper Men Hold Hands (Monster Productions); Monster (Bold as Brass).
Radio credits include: Me and Cilla, Glow in the Dark (BBC Radio 3); Magpie (BBC Radio 4); Prom, Snowglobe (BBC Radio Newcastle).
TV credits include: Coronation Street (Story Associate, ITV); Scallywagga (BBC3).
Film credits include: Harvest (Superkrush Films); Take My Bones (SiZe Records).
Richard Maxwell is an American director and playwright and the artistic director of New York City Players. Maxwell's plays have been commissioned and presented in over twenty countries. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist. Maxwell has been selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and he was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial (2012). .....
Theresa May is founder and co-director of Theatre in the Wild and is an innovator in environmentally staged, site-specific works.
Simon McBurney is an actor, writer and director. He is the founder and artistic director of theatre company Complicite.
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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.
Joyce McMillan is theatre critic of The Scotsman, and also writes a political and social commentary column for the paper. She has been a political and arts columnist, theatre critic and broadcaster for more than thirty years, living in Edinburgh and working for various Scottish and London-based newspapers. .....
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 university drama departments in the UK and in the US. 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.
Gary Mitchell is a British playwright based in Northern Ireland. His plays, many of them political thrillers about contemporary life in Belfast, have been widely performed, and he has been called 'Northern Ireland's greatest playwright' (Guardian).
His stage plays include In a Little World of Our Own (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 1997), As the Beast Sleeps (Abbey Theatre, 1998), Tearing the Loom (Lyric Belfast, 1998), Trust (Royal Court Upstairs, London, 1999), The Force of Change (Royal Court, 2000, winner of the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright), and Loyal Women (Royal Court, 2003).
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. .....
Charlie Mortimer was educated (reluctantly) at Eton. Now describing himself as a ‘middle-aged, middle-class spiv (mostly retired)’, amongst other things he was in the Coldstream Guards, a vintage-car restorer, oil-rig roughneck and pop-group manager, as well as a boatboy/mechanic in Africa, car salesman in California, manufacturer of boxer shorts in Asia and an antiques dealer. .....
Roger Mortimer was born in 1909 and educated at Ludgrove, Eton and Sandhurst. In 1930 he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. He fought at Dunkirk in 1940, was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a POW. After resigning from the army in 1947, he became racing correspondent for The Sunday Times for almost thirty years. .....
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 The James Plays trilogy (National Theatre of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain), Iron (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court, London), Bold Girls (7:84 and Hampstead Theatre) and The Maiden Stone (Hampstead Theatre).
Other credits include Scuttlers for Manchester's Royal Exchange, 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. .....
Paul Murphy is a London-based playwright. He was the joint winner of Theatre503’s inaugural Playwriting Award in 2014 with Valhalla, his full-length professional debut.
Ben Musgrave 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. Other plays include: Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse, 2015); Across the Dark Water (The Point, Eastleigh and The Berry Theatre, 2015); His Teeth (Only Connect, 2011); Exams are Getting Easier (Young REP at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 2010); Pancras Boys Club (Only Connect, 2009); and Breathing Country (Y Touring, 2009-10, shortlisted for the Theatre Centre Brian Way award for the Best New Play for Young People). .....
Shahid Nadeem is founder and Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre and also a renowned theatre and television director. He has directed many popular Pakistani TV drama serials and stage plays including Burqavaganza, Hotel Mohenjo Daro, Amrika Chalo/Destination USA and Dara. .....
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.
Richard Nelson’s many plays include The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country (That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry and Regular Singing); Nikolai and the Others; Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play); Franny’s Way; Some Americans Abroad; Frank’s Home; Two Shakespearean Actors and James Joyce’s The Dead (with Shaun Davey; Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical).
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. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, including Richard’s Rampage, and the four-part series Trespasser’s Guide to the Classics (2015). .....
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 writing credits include: So Here We Are (HighTide/Manchester Royal Exchange); Growth (Gate Theatre); Hearts (National Theatre Connections); A Puzzle (Site Specific piece for the Royal Court); Goodbye To All That (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs) and Borough Market (Edinburgh Fringe).
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.
As a drama teacher and consultant for the Toronto District School Board, Debbie Nyman has been involved in the development of many curriculum documents at the board and provincial level. She is also an instructor of the Dramatic Arts Additional Qualifications Program at OISE/UT., Toronto. She is the co-author of Drama Schemes, Themes, and Dreams, a secondary book for Drama Teachers.
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). .....
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. He is the Young Vic Genesis Fellow for 2015.
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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.
Suzan-Lori Parks is a leading American playwright. Her numerous plays include Father Comes Home From the Wars (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Book of Grace, Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize), In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Fucking A, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play) and The America Play. .....
Michael Pavelka is an award-winning theatre designer with over 160 credits to his name, including productions at the National Theatre, RSC, Old Vic, Barbican, West End and abroad. He is a founder member of the acclaimed Propeller Theatre Company, and Course Director of the MA in Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts.
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.
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated the works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Boris Pasternak and Mikhail Bulgakov. Their translations of The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina won the PEN Translation Prize in 1991 and 2002, respectively. .....
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 Consensual (National Youth Theatre, 2015 West End season); 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 The York Mystery Plays (directed by Philip Breen at York Minster); Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (directed by Jeremy Herrin for the Royal Shakespeare Company); 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.
Philip Pullman is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
He was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. .....
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.
Lou Ramsden’s plays have received productions and staged readings at Soho Theatre, the Young Vic, Birmingham Rep, Edinburgh Fringe, and Latitude festival. In 2012 she was on attachment to the Royal Court, and became part of their invitation-only Supergroup. In 2011 her play Hundreds and Thousands was produced at Soho theatre, and her play Breed was shortlisted for both the Meyer Whitworth and Critics’ Circle Awards. .....
Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker, and an OBIE Award–winning playwright and director. His plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, Essential Self-Defense, and more. He is the author of many young adult novels such as Punkzilla, The Buffalo Tree, and Under the Dog, and the writer and director of the film Winter Passing, starring Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell and Ed Harris.
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.
Bea Roberts is a West Country writer whose credits include: And Then Come the Nightjars (Theatre503, London); Infinity Pool; A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary (Tobacco Factory Theatres/The Bike Shed Theatre/Plymouth Theatre Royal); Scoop (Lyric Hammersmith/UK tour) and Nights with Dolly Henderson (Box of Tricks at the Salisbury Playhouse/The Bike Shed Theatre/Bolton Octagon).
In addition to writing plays, Bea has written and performed sketches, storytelling pieces and stand-up comedy.
Kat Roberts studied Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University; English Literature at The Open University and Acting at the Poor School. Her writing credits include short plays The Second Stage of Grief produced by The Goat Theatre Company (2012); Take me (2014) and Age UK (2015); both for Blackshaw Theatre’s New Writing Nights. .....
Dr Philip Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Theatre Studies in the University of Leeds and a theatre historian, particularly of the Royal Court.
Originally from Fraserburgh, a small fishing town in Scotland, Lianne Robertson has always had a love for performing. She studied Acting and Performance at college then went on to gain her BA (Hons) in Acting. Following graduation, she worked in a disabled children’s orphanage in Thailand, facilitating arts workshops, then moved to live and work as an actor in London. .....
Tanya Ronder is a celebrated playwright who trained at RADA and spent fourteen years working as an actress before turning to writing. Her 2007 adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize-winning novel, Vernon God Little, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play as well as a What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy and was revived by the Young Vic in 2011 as part of their anniversary season. .....
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalists In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Tony Award nominee, Best Play) and The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award), as well as Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Dear Elizabeth; Eurydice; Melancholy Play and Late: a cowboy song. .....
James Rushbrooke is a playwright whose plays include Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse, winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize), Crab Bucket, Photo Finish (Waterloo East), and Filibuster (Old Vic New Voices Festival).
He is also a consultant and trainer in the world of social care and runs the Imagine Theatre School in Cirencester.
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.
Other plays include: The True-Life Fiction of Mata Hari (Watford Palace Theatre, 2002); Cinderella’s Daughter (Trestle Theatre tour, 2005); 3 Sisters on Hope Street with Tracy-Ann Oberman (co-produced by Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres, 2008) and Poppy + George (Watford Palace Theatre, 2016).
Her plays for younger audiences include One Hundred Million Footsteps for Quicksilver Theatre Company and Chalk Circle, Frankie’s Monster and How to Beat a Giant at the Unicorn Theatre.
Her musical, The A-Z of Mrs P, with music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, had its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.
For BBC radio, plays include Swine, Doctor Y, Watch Out for Mister Stork, Hen Party, Tiger Wings and Psyche.
She also works as a teacher/facilitator of creative writing to all ages.
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.
Silva Semerciyan is an American playwright permanently settled in the UK. She won the William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for her first full-length play, Another Man’s Son, which was subsequently developed under commission to the National Theatre. Her other plays include The Light Burns Blue (Tonic Theatre, 2015), I and the Village (Theatre503, 2015), The Window (Bristol Old Vic, 2014), The Tinderbox (Bristol Old Vic, 2014), Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre503, 2013) and Flashes (Young Vic, 2012). .....
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English poet and playwright of some renown.
John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Doubt: A Parable (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play), Outside Mullingar (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Beggars in the House of Plenty, Dirty Story, Where's My Money?, Four Dogs and a Bone, Defiance and Storefront Church.
He received an Emmy nomination for his television screenplay Live from Baghdad (HBO).
His screenplay for the feature film Moonstruck garnered him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. .....
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.
Born in Cape Town, Antony Sher came to London in 1968, and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. He is now regarded as one of Britain’s leading actors, as well as a respected author and artist. Much of his career has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he is an Associate Artist. He has played Richard III, Macbeth, Leontes, Prospero, Shylock, Iago and Falstaff, as well as the leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Tamburlaine the Great, The Roman Actor, Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, Peter Flannery’s Singer, Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
At the National Theatre he played the title roles in Primo (his own adaptation of Primo Levi’s If This is a Man), Pam Gems’s Stanley, Brecht’s Arturo Ui, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (a co-production with the Market Theatre, Johannesburg), as well as Astrov in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Jacob in Nicholas Wright’s Travelling Light. .....
Christopher Shinn is an American playwright. Several of his plays have been premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London: Four, Other People, Where Do We Live (Obie Award), Dying City (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Now or Later, which was directed by Dominic Cooke and shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. .....
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.
Michael Simkins is an actor and author, and is a familiar face both on TV and on the West End stage. Musicals include Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia!, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Paul in Sam Mendes’ award-winning production of Company (Donmar Warehouse and Noël Coward Theatre), and Oh! What a Lovely War at Stratford East.
In 2011 he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by appearing in a Gilbert and Sullivan spectacular on Friday Night is Music Night. .....
Stuart Slade was born in Bristol and now lives in London. He is the Artistic Director of Kuleshov Theatre and the Creative Director of Ivanov Films. His plays include: BU21 (Theatre503, London, 2016); and Cans (Theatre503, 2014), nominated for two Offies – Best Play and Most Promising New Playwright.
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.
Stef Smith studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She supplied the text for the critically acclaimed and sell out show RoadKill (Edinburgh Festival 2010, 2011) which won an Olivier Award in 2012.
Other plays include: Swallow (Traverse Theatre 2015), Remote (National Theatre Connections 2015), CURED (Glasgay!), Grey Matter (Aberdeen Performing Arts), Falling/Flying (The Tron, Glasgow), The Silence of Bees (The Arches) and a BBC Scotland radio drama entitled Tea and Symmetry.
She has also been on an invited residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, writer on attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland and was part of the National Writers Group at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
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.
Kameron Steele is an American actor, director and teacher. He leads the Suzuki Method of Actor Training Program in Toga.
Sam Steiner is a graduate of the University of Warwick. His work has been showcased at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre. His debut play, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, received a Judge’s Award for Playwriting at the National Student Drama Festival in 2015. .....
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
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.
Lee Strasberg (1901–1982) was a highly influential American actor, director and acting teacher. He is considered the father of method acting.
Tadashi Suzuki is one of the world’s foremost theatre directors, as well as a seminal thinker and practitioner whose work has a powerful influence on theatre everywhere.
He is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) based in Toga Village, located in the mountains of Toyama prefecture, Japan. .....
Jessica Swale is a writer and director, and the Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company.
Her first play, Blue Stockings, premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe and won her a nomination for Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Awards 2013. .....
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.
Polly Teale is Artistic Director of Shared Experience. Her plays include Mermaid (based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen), Mine, Speechless, After Mrs Rochester (winner of Time Out and Evening Standard Awards), Brontë, and an acclaimed adaptation of Jane Eyre.
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.
Steve Thompson is a writer whose plays include Damages (Bush Theatre, 2005), Whipping It Up (Bush Theatre & West End, 2006/07), Roaring Trade (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre, 2009), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre, 2011) and Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep/New Wolsey Theatre, 2015).
He has written for TV shows including Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood), Doctor Who (BBC) and Silk (BBC).
Jack Thorne’s plays for the stage include The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth, 2015); Hope (Royal Court, London, 2015); 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).
His radio plays include Left at the Angel (Radio 4, 2007), an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2009) and an original play People Snogging in Public Places (Radio 3’s Wire slot, 2009).
He was a core writer in all three series of Skins (E4, Channel 4, BBC America), writing five episodes. .....
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.
Lawrence Till is a BAFTA and RTS nominated Producer & Director with a background in award winning theatre, with over fifteen years’ experience as an Artistic Director directing plays by new and established writers. He won a Writers' Guild Award for his encouragement of writers and has commissioned over forty new plays. .....
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.
Glyn Trefor-Jones is a theatre director, writer and teacher. Having gained a degree in Modern History and Politics from Cardiff University, he went on to pursue his creative ambitions by studying Acting and Musical Theatre at Hertfordshire Theatre School and, later, acting and creative writing at AARTS International.
Having toured extensively as an actor, performing in a variety of theatre, corporate and television work, he began to write and tour his own work, establishing Prospero Productions, Liberty Productions and the Bedford Rep Theatre Company. .....
Russ Tunney is a director and playwright who specialises in work for young people. He is the Associate Director of the Nufﬁeld Theatre.
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818–83) was a Russian novelist, short story writer and playwright. His novel Fathers and Sons (1862) is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.
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. .....
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828–1905) was a French novelist, playwright and poet. His most famous works are Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869).
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.
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated the works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Boris Pasternak and Mikhail Bulgakov. Their translations of The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina won the PEN Translation Prize in 1991 and 2002, respectively. .....
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.
Naomi Wallace is an American playwright whose plays include One Flea Spare, The Fever Chart and The Liquid Plain. She divides her time between England and the US.
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 an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Twits for the Royal Court (2015); 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 is a playwright whose plays include Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Why Can’t We Live Together? (Menagerie Theatre/Soho/Theatre503); Europa, as co-author (Birmingham Repertory Theatre/Dresden State Theatre/Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz/Zagreb Youth Theatre); Ignorance/Jahiliyyah (Hampstead Downstairs); Little Platoons, The Contingency Plan, Capernaum, part of Sixty-Six Books (Bush, London); Fast Labour (Hampstead, in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse); Out of Your Knowledge (Menagerie Theatre/ Pleasance, Edinburgh/East Anglian tour); World Music (Sheffield Crucible, and subsequent transfer to the Donmar Warehouse); The Unthinkable (Sheffield Crucible); English Journeys, After the Gods (Hampstead); a translation/adaptation of a new play by Philippe Minyana, Habitats (Gate, London/ Tron, Glasgow); and Flight Without End (LAMDA).
His writing for television and radio includes Safe House (BBC4), The Air Gap, The Moderniser (BBC Radio 4), Scribblers and Bretton Woods (BBC Radio 3).
He ran the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University for several years; he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
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.
Camilla Whitehill originally trained as an actor at the Birmingham School of Acting, graduating in 2012. She has had short plays produced at Soho Theatre, Park Theatre, Camden People's Theatre, the Old Red Lion, and the Hen & Chickens Theatre. Her short play Icebergs won the international short play competition Pint Sized Plays in 2013, and her radio play Pier was produced by the Heritage Arts Company. .....
Amanda Whittington is one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK. Her plays include Be My Baby (Soho Theatre, 1998), Satin ’n’ Steel (Nottingham Playhouse, 2005), Ladies' Day (Hull Truck, 2005) and its sequel Ladies Down Under (Hull Truck, 2007), The Thrill of Love (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 2013) and Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic Theatre, 2016). She has adapted Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, My Judy Garland Life and Tipping the Velvet for the stage. She writes regularly for BBC Radio 4, contributing to the Woman's Hour serial and Afternoon Play slots. .....
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.
Philip Wilson is a theatre director and former Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (2007–11).
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.
Lyndsey Winship is an arts journalist and filmmaker who specialises in dance. A former dance editor at Time Out, she is currently dance critic of the Evening Standard and a regular contributor to the Guardian.
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 Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices); an English version of Manfred Karge's Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre); Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Initiate (Paines Plough, Scotsman Fringe First); 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.