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
- 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
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