Steve Ansell – Artistic Director

Name:             Steve Ansell

Position:        Artistic Director and Theatre Manager


Phone:            +44(0)113 343 8731

Areas of specialism and interest

  • Founder of the stage@leedscompany and stage@leeds Young Company
  • Artistic Director of ScreamingMediaProductions
  • Founder of Gi60 The International One Minute Theatre Festival
  • Member of the Staging China Network.
  • University of Leeds Sustainability Architect


I trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before gaining a 1st class degree in popular music at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds. Prior to becoming artistic director at stage@leeds I was the associate director and director of education at Harrogate Theatre. I am 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 and US.) I am also an associate artist at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax.

I have directed work in the UK and the US, including the premiere of Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ at the National Theatre in London. I have a strong interest in Chinese theatre co-wrote and directed ‘A Dream Under the Southern Bough’ an adaptation of Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu’s ‘Nanke Ji’ I have a keen interest in bilingual theatre. My research interest also include Sustainable Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and Site Responsive performance. In addition to my theatrical work I am musician and songwriter currently performing with ‘Good Earth Collective’.


  • Artistic Director stage@leeds


  • BAhons 1st Class Popular Music Studies

Professional memberships

  • British Actors Equity

Research groups and institutes

  • Theatre at Leeds



Ansell S, Bonczek RB. 2017. One Minute Plays A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre. Routledge

Journal Articles

Li R, Ansell S. 2017. Personal Reflections: Company Members of DREAMING Under the Southern Bough. Tang Xianzu Studies. (2)

Li R, Strickson A, Ansell S. 2017. From Tang Xianzu’s Nanke Ji to a British play Dreaming Under the Southern Bough. Tang Xianzu Studies Yuanjiang Z (eds.). (2)

Ansell S. 2017. A Director’s Journey: Four Hundred Years of Dreaming. Stand. 15(1), pp. 43-54

Ansell S, Strickson A. 2017. A Midsummer Night’s DREAMING Under The Southern Bough. 新剧本 New Drama 双月刊 bimonthly. , pp. 98-121