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Meet the Writer in Residence

Meet the Writer in Residence

Meet our resident writers, past and present

Our Writer in Residence scheme is supported by Channel 4.

Judged by a prestigious and independent panel, the initiative celebrates and supports emerging British writing talent and awards five bursaries a year to new theatre writers.

2017: Charley Miles

Charley Miles was one of five winners of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme in 2016 and is resident at Leeds Playhouse for 2017.

Charley has been supported as an artist by the Playhouse since 2015, after submitting an application to be a script reader, then taking part in Summer Sublets and Playwrights One where she developed her first play, Blackthorn. Blackthorn, was performed in the Barber Studio in September 2016 and the play was a finalist at the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

As Writer in Residence, Charley supports Writer Development across the Playhouse supports Creative Engagement projects and is supported to write her next full length play.

Charley is from Kilburn in North Yorkshire. She is currently under commission by the Royal Welsh College in association with the Royal Court and is represented by Marni Pods at United Agents.

2014: Zodwa Nyoni

Leeds based playwright and poet Zodwa Nyoni was the 2014 Channel 4 Writer-in-Residence at Leeds Playhouse.

Having studied at the University of Leeds for an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, she participated in several writer development programmes at the Playhouse before her first play Boi Boi is Dead was produced in 2015 in a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi and Watford Palace Theatre.

It was a finalist at the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in the same year.

Zodwa’s play Ode to Leeds was produced by the Playhouse in 2017.


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