Who we are

The twelve Masters are:

Ola Animashawun, who founded the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme

David Edgar, who founded the UK’s first MA in Playwriting and the former President of The Writers Guild of Great Britain

Stephen Jeffreys, Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for eleven years and creator of Masterclasses which have led the way in Playwriting teaching in the UK

Caroline Jester, former Dramaturg at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and creator of REPwrite, the theatre’s new online dramatic writing programme.

Fin Kennedy, co-Artistic Director of Tamasha theatre company and winner of the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production

Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre, whose projects include Platform, a groundbreaking project designed to explore and encourage more writing for girls

Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom and the Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC

Philip Shelley, who runs the Channel Four screenwriting course

Nina Steiger, Associate Director at the Soho Theatre

Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins who has led the way on industry partnered creative writing teaching models in the UK

Steve Winter, Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and former Director of the Old Vic New Voices programme and co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot US/UK Exchange

John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy and Managing Director of Company Pictures.

It is believed to be the first time a project has brought together these twelve professionals who have led on the teaching of Dramatic Writing in the UK.