Bringing Writers To Audiences In Contemporary Theatre is the third seminar session in the ongoing series focusing on Commissioning Drama: The Producer As Co-creator.
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This seminar looks at how producers and commissioners in contemporary theatre foster new writing and seek to develop audiences for new work. It examines how effectively these processes foster the development of new theatrical voices, and ways in which diversity and variety in new writing can be enabled. The guest speaker is theatre director Lisa Goldman.GUEST SPEAKERLisa Goldman, theatre director and writer
Lisa Goldman is a freelance writer, script consultant and one of Britain's most lauded theatre directors. She was Artistic Director of two of the most influential new writing theatre companies in Britain, first as founder and artistic director of The Red Room from 1995 until 2006 and then at the Soho Theatre which she ran until 2010. She has commissioned plays from some of the most significant contemporary writers for theatre, among them Kay Adshed, Anthony Neilson, Dorota Maslowska, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Natasha Langridge and Philip Ridley. She has been primary dramaturg on every new play she directed, and on hundreds of other plays, many winning major awards. Lisa’s book The No Rules Handbook for Writers was cited by The Stage as one of their top 10 training books of 2012 and was an Amazon UK digital bestseller. She has an MA from Goldsmiths in Creative and Life Writing.
Dr Oladipo Agboluaje, playwright and academic
Oladipo ‘Dipo’ Agboluaje is an award-winning playwright, with numerous critically-acclaimed plays, adaptations and radio plays to his credit. His first play Early Morning was produced in 2003 at Oval House Theatre in South London, and he has gone on to write plays for the Soho Theatre, the Arcola, the Unicorn, West Yorkshire Playhouse and others. He is the 2009 winner of the Alfred Fagon prize for playwriting for his play Iya-Ile (The First Wife). Iya-Ile was nominated for an Olivier Award that same year. He was also the recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award. Oladipo has also published a number of poems and short stories. He reviews essay submissions for the African Performance Review journal and has taught creative writing and post-colonial theatre at several universities, most recently at the University of Greenwich and the University of East London. Published plays include Early Morning, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane, The Estate and New Nigerians, and his first collection of plays, Plays One, was published by Oberon in 2014.
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