Dan Dawes

I'm a director and writer based in East London and Portsmouth, and spend most of my time running the theatre company Idle Discourse with producer, Nina Flitman. I formerly worked as an actor (receiving an Offie nomination in 2012) and - before that - a teacher of English, Drama and Media (PGCE). 

I sit on the Board of Trustees for Green Shoes Arts, a company based in Essex that teach drama to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and am a former Trustee of The Questors (the largest community theatre in Europe). At The Questors, I also worked as Director of Studies for their Acting for All course, and ran bi-annual new writing festivals.

Proudly working-class, I grew up in Gosport where I (mis?)-spent my youth playing football and video games - when I wasn't acting, directing, and writing with a multitude of am-dram and drama groups. They were fun days.

After school, I attended the University of Cambridge (presumably to fill a quota) and studied Education with English and Drama. Whilst the institution has its problems, I threw myself into its famous theatre scene, involving myself in twenty-five productions in my three years there - including tours of Europe and the USA.

This love of storytelling - particularly the live experience of theatre - has been with me all my life, and it's what drives my career today. I love nothing more than crafting a story with fellow creatives, and sharing these stories with audiences across the UK and internationally.

If you love stories too, we'll get on.