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Authors

Somalia Seaton

Somalia Seaton is a British-Jamaican and Nigerian playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in South-East London.

Her plays include Red (commissioned by Tonic Theatre as part of its Platform scheme, and published by Nick Hern Books in 2017); Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Footsoldier (Royal Shakespeare Company; finalist for the 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); House (Clean Break; Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh/The Yard, London, 2016); Crowning Glory (Stratford East, shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award); Curly Fries and Bass (Lyric, Hammersmith); Mama’s Little Angel (The Yard, London); and Hush Little Baby (Open Works Theatre Co./Soho Theatre).

Somalia Seaton
House + Amongst the Reeds: two plays
House
Red

Jordan Seavey

Jordan Seavey is an American playwright whose plays include: Homos, or Everyone in America (New York Times Critic’s Pick; named one of New York Magazine’s 10 Best Theater Events of 2016 and The Advocate’s Top 10 New York Theater of 2016), November 4th 2008, Wight, The Funny Pain, The Truth Will Out, Children at Play, 6969 and This is a Newspaper. He has co-created mroe than fifteen new plays with theatre company CollaborationTown, including Candy (a commission from LCT3 / Lincoln Center), the all-ages puppet musical Riddle of the Trilobites (as residents of New Victory Theater's LabWorks), Family Play (1979 to Present) (named one of The Advocate’s 10 Best LGBT Plays of 2014), and The Momentum (2012 GLAAD National Media Award nomination).

Homos, or Everyone in America

Joe Sellman-Leava

Joe Sellman-Leava is a writer and actor of Anglo-Indian heritage. His plays include: Fanboy (Edinburgh Fringe 2022, regional tour and Soho Theatre; VAULT Festival, London, 2023); Monster (Edinburgh Fringe 2017); and Labels (Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and tour). Both Monster and Labels had a limited run at The Wardrobe, Bristol, in 2020 and then again at the VAULT Festival, London, in 2020.

Joe Sellman-Leava
Plays from VAULT 6
Fanboy

Dan Gillespie Sells

Dan Gillespie Sells is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for the rock group The Feeling. For the stage, he was the composer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, and wrote the songs for the stage adaptation of Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain (West End, 2023).

Brokeback Mountain

Silva Semerciyan

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). Her work has also been presented in readings and short-run productions by the National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Nightingale Theatre, Adrienne Theatre, LA Theatre Company and Golden Thread Productions.

I and the Village was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2011, and Gather Ye Rosebuds won Best New Play at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013. Her radio play Varanasi was shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama Award. She has been a BBC Fellow at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, a member of the Royal Court’s Studio Writers’ Group, and a writer on attachment at the National Theatre Studio. She holds an MPhil (B) in Playwriting from the University of Birmingham.

The Light Burns Blue

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English poet and playwright of some renown.

William Shakespeare
Shakespeare on Theatre
Cardenio
Much Ado About Nothing
The Winter's Tale
Hamlet
Henry V
Twelfth Night
Othello
Richard III
Measure for Measure
As You Like It
Macbeth

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan is a writer, director and producer of film and theatre, as well as a composer and performer of original music. He is based in Sydney, Australia.

His adaptation of The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon was premiered by Pilot Theatre on a tour of the UK in 2022.

The Bone Sparrow

Tatenda Shamiso

Tatenda Shamiso is a multidisciplinary transgender artist whose work spans writing, directing, performance and music. He is also a current guest lecturer and former associate researcher/artist in the Theatre and Performance Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Village

John Patrick Shanley

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. He wrote and directed the films of both Joe Versus the Volcano and Doubt; the latter earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2008, the Writers Guild of America recognised his contribution to film with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Doubt
Dirty Story and other plays
Defiance
Outside Mullingar
Storefront Church
Prodigal Son