C.V and credits

Vanessa Brooks

Independent producer playwright and director

Current

Artistic Producer: new UK wide mid scale integrated touring offer, SEPARATE DOORS.

Director and playwright: A MAN WITH DOWNS SYNDROME TALKS ABOVE LOVE AND TELLS A STORY. In development for national touring 2018 in association with York Theatre Royal and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and five further regional venues.

Director: Silent Approach master classes for various theatres/drama schools.

Writer, new adaptation: HARRIET SOLNESS#MASTERBUILDER.

Writer, novel: THIS BOY WATCHES (Working title).

Mentoring and consultancy across the U.K.

Recent

Producing, shooting and writing the SEPARATE DOORS (1 and 2) projects, 1: a short film and report featuring interviews with leading actors with learning disabilities, the directors who work with them and the companies they work for. Released and published in July 2016. 2: Producing and directing an action research process with an integrated ensemble of actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, a showing to 50 industry leaders and the writing and publication of the Separate Doors 2 report in June 2017.

Research and development process for  A MAN WITH DOWNS SYNDROME TALKS ABOUT LOVE AND TELLS A STORY in collaboration with York Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich, the Lowry Salford and Dark Horse theatre in Autumn 2016.

Positions held

Artistic Director Dark Horse Theatre (7 years until April 2015)

Freelance playwright and director working in theatre and television (20 years)

Arts Council dramatist in residence Stephen Joseph Theatre

Literary Associate New End Theatre

Plays and productions

SNAKEBITE, HARVEST, SING SOMETHING SIMPLE 1 and 2, COLONY, HYPOTHERMIA*, HEAVEN LIVES IN HOLMFIRTH  All Dark Horse, premieres at Lawrence Batley Theatre, regional and national touring to venues including Stephen Joseph, Cockpit London, Dukes Lancaster, Arena Wolverhampton, The Lowry Salford and Lincoln Drill Hall.

QUEENS ENGLISH* Watford Palace Theatre

SWAN SONG** Southwold and Trinity Arts

POOR MRS PEPYS* National tour, Red Shift

ALL AT SEA* Chester Gateway

ON THE COUCH WITH CHRISSIE  Orange Tree, Bridewell, Southwold

LOVE ME SLENDER* Stephen Joseph, Orange Tree, No.1 national tour    

LET’S PRETEND* Stephen Joseph, Chester Gateway       

DEAD DOGS AND ENGLISHWOMEN (DOUBLE BILL 1 ACTS) Old Red Lion

PENNY BLUE* Stephen Joseph, Greenwich

TAKE IT TO THE GREEN LIGHT BARRY Half Moon, Stephen Joseph

*Published by Josef Weinberger

**Published by Samuel French

Film and T.V

Various sit com and comedy sketch writing commissions.

Consultancy Channel 4/Shameless.

Tutoring/consultancy and teaching

Whilst Artistic Director of  Dark Horse the creation, construction, delivery and management of all formal actor training courses devised to offer DramaUK equivalent Stanislavsky-based actor training to students with learning disabilities.

In partnership with the RTYDS (Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme) the creation, construction, delivery and management of an introduction to theatre directing course.

Creator/trainer in the silent approach– a non verbal inclusive approach for integrated rehearsal rooms (when making work featuring learning disabled and non disabled actors in theatre, film and T.V).

Diversity consultancy for the media industries.

Dialogue and performance coaching for learning disabled actors.

Masterclasses, acting technique tutor and freelance director at Drama UK drama schools including ALRA and Mountview.

Script consultancy (reading, editing, ghosting and doctoring) for various individuals and organisations.

Writer development including consultancy work for the Arts Council (Devising a method for the teaching of playwriting in schools) and playwriting/production process tutoring for the Arvon Foundation.

Skills and knowledge

Fundraising, ACE strategic and grant funding, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Lloyds TSB, BBC Children In Need, Big Lottery Fund.

Strategic planning, development and organisational change management, HR, PR strategy, positioning and rebranding processes for independent theatre companies.

Production development and project management from idea to delivery, managing large teams of administrative, technical and artistic staff (both static and touring productions).

Competent film editor, Adobe Premiere Pro and proficient use of Adobe Creative Suite to design and generate marketing materials.

Speech writing and ghosting.

Qualifications and affiliations

BA Hons Acting Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Member of Theatre Committee Writers Guild of Great Britain

Member of the ITC (Independent Theatre Council)

Member of Stage Directors UK

Awards

J.B Priestly award/Royal Literary Fund

Longlist Bath Short Story Award 2016