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.
Awards and 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’.
Recent projects include further development of the musical FIGHT LIKE A GIRL (with the composer James Atherton) produced by Youth Music Theatre UK in Halifax in 2016; co-writing LEEDS LADS with Anthony Clavane for production by Red Ladder Theatre in the Carriageworks, Leeds, 2016; and writing INVENTING UTOPIA – THE DRAMA OF DARTINGTON for production at Dartington Hall, Devon in 2016. He is also working on a new musical, GABRIEL, with the composer Andrew Fisher and a large-scale production of the story of the Pilgrim Fathers with the musician and singer, Seth Lakeman. Future projects include a new musical adaption of MEASURE FOR MEASURE with the composer Andrew Fisher and a new play about farming for rural touring. He has also recently written his first novel, THE PIANO MAKER.