Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Mr Steve Ansell

Artistic Director and Theatre Manager

0113 343 8731

stage@leeds G16

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’



Research Interests

Intercultural, bilingual and transliterative Theatre
Sustainable Theatre
Short Form Theatre


Artistic Director of stage@leeds, the University’s public professional Theatre.
Responsible for programming and curating the theatres performance seasons.



  • Ansell S, Bonczek RB (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.

Journal articles

Research Centres & Groups

The staging China Network

Professional Practice

Gi60 International One Minute Theatre Festival




The International One Minute Theatre Festival: www.gi60.blogspot.com
Staging China Network:
Steve Ansell & The Truth

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