Amy Hailwood

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I am an emerging theatre director and Applied Theatre facilitator, based in Manchester, with strong links to Oxford and London. My focus is devising and directing powerful, imaginative, contemporary theatre, and fusing it with community conflict transformation, for positive social change.

My directing credits include Come Closer: Memories of Partition (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2017), and sell-out shows Joy Unspeakable (REVEAL Season, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 2016) a site-specific, work-in-progress piece about bulimia and Faraway, So Close, (Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, 2014), a devised piece exploring the legacy of Britain's actions in Israel and Palestine. I trained in acting and directing with Point Zero Physical Theatre, Oxford (2011-14), as well as shorter intensives with Cardboard Citizens, East 15 and Mountview. 

Before moving into theatre in 2011, I had a successful, ten-year career in the charity sector including community radio, charity communications and marketing, mediation, peace education and nonviolent peace campaigns. I also love travel and have lived and worked in India, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle-East.

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I am an emerging theatre director and Applied Theatre facilitator, based in Manchester, with strong links to Oxford and London. My focus is devising and directing powerful, imaginative, contemporary theatre, and fusing it with community conflict transformation, for positive social change.

My directing credits include Come Closer: Memories of Partition (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2017), and sell-out shows Joy Unspeakable (REVEAL Season, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 2016) a site-specific, work-in-progress piece about bulimia and Faraway, So Close, (Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, 2014), a devised piece exploring the legacy of Britain's actions in Israel and Palestine. I trained in acting and directing with Point Zero Physical Theatre, Oxford (2011-14), as well as shorter intensives with Cardboard Citizens, East 15 and Mountview. 

Before moving into theatre in 2011, I had a successful, ten-year career in the charity sector including community radio, charity communications and marketing, mediation, peace education and nonviolent peace campaigns. I also love travel and have lived and worked in India, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle-East.

Career stage
Junior
Industries
Applied Theatre, Conflict Transformation, Performing Arts, Social Change
My skills
Business planning/strategy, Facilitation, Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Applied Theatre, Arts Fundraising, Audience Development, Boldness, Budgets, Building trust, Campaigns, Communications, Conflict transformation, Cross cultural communication, Devising, Directing, Experimental attitude, Forum Theatre, Inspiring confidence, Intuition, Mediation, People skills, Physical Theatre, Pitching/presenting and proposal writing, Producing, Project Management, Public Speaking, Sense of fun, Time Management, Venue Management, Voice, Volunteer management, Writing
Job Roles
Assistant Director, Director, Facilitator, Theatre Director

Work history

Sep 2013 - Sep 2016

Director
Devised and directed three contemporary theatre productions

Apr 2012 - Aug 2016

Applied Theatre Facilitator
Freelance delivery of varied workshops and training courses in the UK.

Jan 2012 - Sep 2015

Marketing and Development Officer (part-time)
Cornerstone Arts Centre

Sep 2001 - Mar 2012

Communications Specialist in the Peace and Conflict sector
various roles at: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Camden Mediation Services, Relate, Media for Development, Open Air Radio - please see LinkedIn for full details of this career period.


Education

Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

Observer Mondays Director Scheme - 5 weeks shadowing Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Apr 2016 - Apr 2016

The Storytelling Body - Weekend Masterclass
Theatre Ad Infinitum

Mar 2016 - Mar 2016

Adapting the Encounter - Weekend Masterclass
Theatre de Complicité

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Directing - Intensive
Mountview

Jun 2015 - Jun 2015

Playwriting - 1 week intensive
Arvon Foundation

Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

Theatre Directing - Apprenticeship
Point Zero Physical Theatre

Jul 2014 - Jul 2014

Forum Theatre (Jokering) - Masterclass
Cardboard Citizens

Jul 2013 - Jul 2013

Directing (Text) - 1 week intenstive
East 15, with Antony Clark

Sep 2012 - Mar 2013

Acting - Individual Development Programme
Core Theatre Lab, Oxford

Sep 2011 - Jul 2012

Acting and Theatre Skills - Introductory Level Training
Core Theatre Lab, Oxford

Nov 2010 - Nov 2010

Forum Theatre - 1 week intensive
Cardboard Citizens

Sep 2005 - Aug 2006

Caribbean Literature and Creole Poetics - MA
Goldsmiths College

Sep 1998 - Jul 2001

African Studies and Study of Religions - BA Hons
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


Where they are going

Industries
Applied Theatre, Conflict Transformation, Performing Arts, Social Change
Skills they want to learn
Assistant Directing, Choreography, Design for Theatre (set, lighting, sound, video), Directing

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