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Mr Steve Gilroy

Director of Performing Arts Programmes, Associate Director: Live Theatre

Department: Arts

As an award winning professional playwright and director, Steve Gilroy has been producing work on both national and international stages for the last fifteen years.

Steve Gilroy , Northumbria University , Performing ArtsAs an award winning professional playwright and director, Steve Gilroy has been producing work on both national and international stages for the last fifteen years. With a primary focus on new plays Steve spent four years at the Royal Court Theatre, London and has worked with wide range of  playwrights including; Simon Stephens, Roy Williams Sarah Daniels and David Eldridge. Steve relocated to the North East from London to lead the acclaimed MA Theatre and Performance Practice (Academy) Programme and is currently an associate director at Live Theatre as well as Director of Performing Arts Programmes. He has worked with a range of companies since moving to the region, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Northern Stage and the Gala Theatre, Durham. Steve's play Motherland has won a range of awards including; Scotsman Fringe First, The Stage Best Ensemble Award, The Spotlight Award and the Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award.

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BA Hons, Drama, University of Bristol

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Steve's research as a director and writer engages with issues of social, cultural and political significance.  His most recent, as well as ongoing, research projects adopt a method for theatre making that is rooted in documentary and verbatim theatre.  He also has a research interest in the role of the drama in the development of new writing. This is explored practically through projects with companies including Live Theatre and Northern Stage.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Live Theatre, Northern Stage

Current/Recent Projects

States of Descent (Writer and Director) Northern Stage/Northumbria University (2013) 

Green Cabaret (Director) Live Theatre (2012) 

Lion by Catherine Corfield (Director) Live Theatre (2012) 

Mine by Laura Lindow (Director) Live Theatre, (2011) 

Reality by Ali Muriel (Director) Royal Shakespeare Company/Live Theatre,  (2010) 

Lazarus by Judy Upton, Gala Theatre, Durham (2010)  

Facts on the Ground (Writer and Director) Live Theatre (2010)

Me and Cilla  by Lee Mattinson (Director) Live Theatre 2008

Key Publications

The GB Project by Kate Craddock and Steve Gilroy, Northern Stage and National Tour (2013) 

Gilroy, Steve and Stockwell, Richard (2012) The Prize. Oberon Books, London. ISBN 9781849434393 

Authoring Theatre Conference, 'Let’s get real about "verbatim", Central School of Speech and Drama, July 2011

Text  and Theatre Symposium, ‘Constructing the Authentic: Dramatic processes in the making of Motherland, Manchester Metropolitan University 

Craddock, Kate and Gilroy, Steve (2008) Hand Me Down (The Pleasance/Romanian International Theatre Festival/Live Theatre/Tristan Bates Theatre) 

Gilroy, Steve (2010) Motherland. Oberon Books, London. ISBN 9781840029482 

Motherland UK Tour 2009, (writer/director), Various venues.

Further Information

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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