Damian Atkins

Damien Atkins is an actor and playwright who was born in Australia and grew up in Edmonton. As author and performer, his work includes the solo shows miss chatelaine, Real Live Girl, and We Are Not Alone, as well as the full-length plays Good Mother, Lucy, and The Mill, Part Four: Ash.

He has been playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company, Factory Theatre, Crow's Theatre, and at the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and six additional nominations for acting and writing. Damien is a member of the Theatrefront Ensemble and a former guest instructor at the National Theatre School. He makes his home in Toronto.

The Gay Heritage Project

Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins is an English actress and occasional screenwriter. She has worked in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953. In 2008, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Cranford. She is also a three-time Olivier Award winner, winning Best Supporting Performance in 1988 (for multiple roles) and Best Actress for The Unexpected Man (1999) and Honour (2004). She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2001.

Eileen Atkins
Eileen Atkins on Viola (Shakespeare On Stage)

Kate Atkinson

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

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

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.

Sense and Sensibility (stage version)
Persuasion (stage version)
Emma (stage version)
Northanger Abbey (stage version)
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

Josh Azouz

Josh Azouz is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. His plays include: Victoria's Knickers (National Youth Theatre, 2018); Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre, London, 2018); and The Mikvah Project (Yard Theatre, 2015).

Josh Azouz
Buggy Baby & The Mikvah Project: Two Plays
Buggy Baby
The Mikvah Project
Victoria's Knickers

Sylvia Backemeyer

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.

Ralph Koltai: Designer for the Stage

David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter.

His debut play, God's Dice, was premiered at Soho Theatre in 2019.

David Baddiel
God's Dice

Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey is a playwright whose plays include Shook, winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize.


Sam Bain

Sam Bain is a TV writer, playwright and novelist. Together with Jesse Armstrong, he co-created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show from 2003–2015. Peep Show has won two British Comedy Awards, two Royal Television Society Awards, a BAFTA and the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writers of the Year. Also with Armstrong, he created Fresh Meat, a team-written comedy-drama about university students, which won two RTS awards and a British Comedy Award. In 2014 Sam and Jesse wrote Babylon, a six-part hour-long comedy-drama series for Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel. The feature-length pilot was directed by Danny Boyle. The duo’s other writing includes the feature film Four Lions (2010), co-written with Chris Morris, which premiered at Sundance and won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.

Sam’s first solo series, three-part comedy thriller Ill Behaviour, was screened on BBC2 and Showtime in 2017. He adapted his novel, Yours Truly, Pierre Stone, for a four-part Radio 4 series broadcast in 2017.

His debut play, The Retreat, was premiered at Park Theatre, London, in 2017.

Sam Bain
The Retreat