Mr Steve Ansell
Artistic Director and Theatre Manager
0113 343 8731
Office hours: 9am - 5pm
BA Honours 1st Class
Artistic Director, Theatre and Production Manager, stage@leeds.
Founder of the stage@leedscompany.
Artistic Director of ScreamingMediaProductions
Founder of Gi60 The International One Minute Theatre Festival
Memeber of the Staging China Network.
Steve trained as an Actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before gaining a first class degree in Popular Music at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds. Steve is an experienced and highly regarded theatre director. Prior to becoming Artistic Director at stage@leeds Steve was the Associate Director and Director of Education at Harrogate Theatre.
Steve is the Artistic Director of Screaming Media Productions and the founder of Gi60 (the worlds only international One Minute Theatre Festival which takes places annually in the UK, US and New Zealand.) Steve is an associate artist at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax. Steve has directed work in the UK and the US, including the premiere of Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ at the National Theatre.
Steve has recently co-adapted and directed ‘A Dream Under the southern Bough’ by Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu and is interested in the concept and challenges of bilingual theatre.
In addition to his theatrical work Steve is also an experienced musician and songwriter who currently performs with his own band ‘The Good Earth Collective’
Intercultural, bilingual and transliterative Theatre
Short Form Theatre
Artistic Director of stage@leeds, the University’s public professional Theatre.
Responsible for programming and curating the theatres performance seasons.
(2017) One Minute Plays A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre. Routledge.
This handbook includes: An anthology of 200 one-minute plays selected from the annual Gone in 60 Seconds festival. A toolbox of exercises, methodologies and techniques for educators, practitioners and workshop leaders at all levels.
(2017) “A Director’s Journey: Four Hundred Years of Dreaming”, Stand. 15.1: 43-54.
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118732/
In late 2012 I found myself on a flight bound for China together with the cast of ‘The Sun is Not for Us’ renowned director David Jiang’s reworking of some of the stories involving the female characters from the father of Chinese spoken word drama Cao Yu. I was production manager for the tour, which travelled to three cities and also operating sound. This was my first trip to China, in fact it was my first trip to Asia and the experience was, perhaps unsurprisingly, overwhelming. I started to fall in love with China and all its complexities, contradictions and culture. It was the joint realisation that I not only wanted to find out more about my new found love of Chinese theatre but that I also wanted to share it with both UK and Chinese audiences that eventually led me to board another plane in Sept 2016 bound for Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou to tour a new adaptation of Tang Xianzu’s ‘Nanke Ji’, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
(2017) “A Midsummer Night's DREAMING Under The Southern Bough”, 新剧本 New Drama 双月刊 bimonthly. : 98-121.
(2017) “Personal Reflections: Company Members of DREAMING Under the Southern Bough”, Tang Xianzu Studies. (Accepted)
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/113353/
(2017) “From Tang Xianzu’s Nanke Ji to a British play Dreaming Under the Southern Bough”, Tang Xianzu Studies Yuanjiang Z (eds.). (Accepted)
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/113338/
Research Centres & Groups
The staging China Network
Gi60 International One Minute Theatre Festival
The International One Minute Theatre Festival: www.gi60.blogspot.com
Staging China Network:
Steve Ansell & The Truth