Nick Stimson is a freelance playwright and theatre director. He is also an associate director of The Theatre Royal, Plymouth. In the past he has worked as a drama teacher and as a Centre Director for The Arvon Foundation. He was the founding Director of the Young People’s Theatre and Education Unit at The Young Vic, London, and more recently he was the Artistic Director of The National Student Drama Festival. Nick has also been writer/director in residence in several schools, H.M. Prison Dartmoor and H.M.Portland Young Offenders Institution. He has directed, lectured and led workshops in schools, colleges, universities, festivals and theatres throughout the UK and abroad. He has also written and directed for television and radio.
As well as writing published musicals, Nick has been involved with several major community projects as a writer and director and he is working on two this year. He is currently working with the singer and composer Seth Lakeman on a major project he has written entitled THIS LAND for the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Mayflower 400 about the Pilgrim Fathers coming to the New World, for production with the community of Plymouth and members of the Wampanoag Tribe from Masschusetts, US, in June 2020 (celebrating 400 years since the Pilgrim Fathers’ departure from England). In addition, he has written and is directing a special musical for the international MAYFLOWER CEREMONYin Plymouth which will take place on the date commemorating the Mayflower’s departure, in September 2020. In addition he is writing an adaptation of THE TIME MACHINE for a musical production with composer Annemarie Lewis Thomas in London also in September 2020.
Prizes include Off West End Award (Offie) for Best New Musical of 2013 for A WINTER’S TALE written with Howard Goodall; two major Barclays Awards, The Vivian Ellis Prize and the Medal of Culture of the Polish Congress. He has also written three collections of poetry and reviewed for many publications including ‘The Sunday Times’, ‘The T.E.S.’ and ‘Resurgence’.