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Alistair Wilkinson

Director London

Pronouns: They/them.

Alistair Wilkinson is a queer, working class artist from Manchester, now based in East London. They received their undergraduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and completed an MA in 'Text and Performance' at RADA/Birkbeck. As well as working as a freelance director, they are an associate at the National Youth Theatre, a visiting lecturer at various drama schools, and regularly facilitate drama-based workshops in schools, PRUs, young offending institutes, elderly care homes and refugee centres. Alistair also writes for stage and screen, and is currently under commission to various theatres and organisations. They are the Artistic Director of WoLab, a working laboratory for artists to create.

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As director full-length plays include: Man-Cub (RADA/Etcetera Theatre/King’s Head/Bloomsbury Fest/Feature Film); Digging Deep (Just Add Milk/VAULT Festival); SPLINTER (Bunker Theatre); 4.48 Psychosis (University of Northampton); a ladder to the sky (Identity School of Acting/The Cockpit); A Simple Wedding Comedy (Wandsworth Arts Fringe); and Only the End of the World (staged reading - Arcola). Short plays include: Bigger Than Everything and Out on a School Night (WoLab); nibling (The Mono Box/Old Vic Workrooms); The Curious Case (the Albany); Flash (Old Red Lion/Southwark Playhouse); and work (Flux Theatre).

As associate, credits include: Fertility Fest (Bush Theatre/Barbican); What Am I Worth? (National Theatre River Stage); They, Them, We Us (Arcola); First Lady Suite, Bernada Alba, Cabaret and Pippin (London College of Music) and Veritas (Bread and Roses Theatre). As assistant, credits include R&D’s of A Child of Science by Gareth Farr (Bush Theatre, dir. Matthew Dunster), Ripple by Monsay Whitney (Arcola Theatre/NYT, dir. Carolina Giammetta); and Besieged by Aisha Zia (Arcola Theatre/NYT, dir. Toby Clarke).

Upcoming credits as producer include: Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley (Lidless Theatre); Burst by Holly Rose Hawgood and C**bucket by Emma Fenton-Wells (WoLab); and Tiger by Tom Kelsey (New Public/WoLab/Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020). For WoLab, past producer credits include the ACE-Funded Actor-Writer Showcase Programme (2018 and 2019); happy ever after? (Bunker Theatre); and PlayList (King’s Head). Other producer credits include Immaculate Correction and Mermaids (King’s Head Theatre).


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, BA, 3 years.
RADA/Birkbeck, MA in Text and Performance, 1 year.
National Youth Theatre.


2-5 years


Movement Direction
Physical Theatre
Working with disabled adults / children
Working with disabled artists
Working with learning disabled adults / children
Working with Young People
Working with young people with special educational needs