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Alistair Wilkinson

Director London

Pronouns: They/them.

Alistair is a queer, working class artist originally from Manchester, now living in East London. In the past they have created work for places such as National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre, and Bunker Theatre, amongst many others. A lot of their work focuses on themes of sickness, grief, and intimacy through intoxication.

Alistair is currently under commission to various theatres, and has several TV projects in development. They are the Head of Artist Development at the Old Vic Theatre, an Associate Artist at National Youth Theatre, and a Board Member for Boundless. Alistair is also a script reader for venues such as Bush Theatre, Theatre503, VAULT Festival, as well as The Mono Box’s PLAYSTART. They are the Artistic Director of WoLab, a working laboratory for artists to create, and are the creator and producer of the ACE-funded Actor-Writer Programme. Twitter: @alistairwilks / @WoLaboratory


As writer/director plays include: Man-Cub (WoLab/RADA/Etcetera Theatre/King’s Head); Housewerk (Arcola Theatre); SPLINTER (Bunker Theatre); The Curious Case (SMASHfestUK/the Albany); and a ladder to the sky (Identity School of Acting). Other directing credits include Digging Deep (Just Add Milk/VAULT Festival); 39 Degrees (Red Belly Black/VAULT Festival); 4.48 Psychosis (University of Northampton); A Simple Wedding Comedy (Wandsworth Arts Fringe); and Only the End of the World (staged reading - Arcola). Other writing credits include: re(Action) (Applecart Arts); JOLLY JOAN (Blackhorse Arts – also as performer); a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition (RADA); Copper Lines – working title (Curious Monkey/Alphabetti Theatre); and Ostrich, which is in development with support from Arts Council England. As Dramaturg, credits include: Jineology, Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble Gobble Goblin and Fake Melania (Old Vic Theatre/Shoreditch Town Hall); They, Them, We, Us (Arcola); and Hooves and Wings (London College of Music).


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
TV / Film
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