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Amy Hailwood

Director Greater Manchester

I am an emerging director and Applied Theatre facilitator, based in Manchester. My practice is directing contemporary theatre for positive social change. I pursue this both as a freelance director , as a Participation Practitioner at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton and as Artistic Director of Ordinary Glory

My interest is in the redemptive power of authentic, live performance to empower audiences to act for change in the real world, whether at the personal or community level. My taste is for theatre that fully integrates text, movement, music/sound and rich visual imagery, with a sense of continuous flow. The Encounter by Complicité (2016) is an inspiring example of this approach. The stories I most value are those which exist at the intersection of powerful, global, cultural and political forces and the everyday life of the ordinary person. To date I have worked mostly with New Writing and greatly enjoy this area but would not discount working with the classics in the future.

Before moving into theatre in 2011, I had a successful, ten-year career in the charity sector including work in community radio, charity communications and marketing, mediation, peace education and campaigns.


DIRECTOR, The Present, Octagon Theatre Bolton, 1 week tour, 2019
DIRECTOR, Tales from the High Seas, Octagon Theatre Bolton, 1 show, 2019
DIRECTOR, The Bolton Chronicles, Octagon Theatre Bolton, 1 show, 2019
DIRECTOR, Brainstorm (selected scenes), Octagon Theatre Bolton, 1 show 2019
DIRECTOR, Shop Window, Octagon Theatre Bolton, 1 show, 2018
DIRECTOR, Who rules the world? Girls, ADP at Kings Arms Salford for GM Fringe, 1 show, 2018
DIRECTOR, After Birth, Co:LAB, Royal Exchange Theatre, 3 shows in 1 day, 2018
DIRECTOR, If Wishes Were Horses, ADP at Kings Arms Salford, 1 show, 2018
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Parliament Square, Royal Exchange Theatre, M'cr and Bush Theatre, 3 week run, 2017
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Christmas Carol, The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 5 WEEK RUN, 2017
DIRECTOR, Come Closer: Memories of Partition, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 6 shows in 4 days, 2017
DIRECTOR, REACT Verbatim, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1 week R & D, 2017
DIRECTOR, Dreams for Our Daughters, Bureau Arts Centre, Blackburn, 1 show, 2017
OBSERVER DIRECTOR, A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 4 week run, 2016
DIRECTOR, Joy Unspeakable REVEAL Season, Octagon Theatre Bolton, 3 shows in 2 days, 2016
DIRECTOR, Faraway, So Close The Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, 2 shows in 2 days, 2014



2019 Movement Workshop: LABAN, Choreology & Theatre with Jenni Jackson (Royal Exchange)
2019 Risk Assessment (Octagon Theatre Bolton)
2019 Creative Aging: Excellence in Participatory Arts with Older People (Collective Encounters)
2018 Stage Combat with Kenan Ali (Royal Exchange)
2018Talking About Your Work with Lyndsey Turner (SDUK)
2018 Directing Through Song with Kerry Michael (SDUK)
2018 Rediscovering the Radical: Theatre for Social Change (Collective Encounters)
2018 Safeguarding Level 2 (Octagon Theatre Bolton)
2018 Artists and Theatre Makers Open Room with Chris Thorpe (Royal Exchange)
2018 Safeguarding Level 1 (Octagon Theatre Bolton)
2018 JMK Directors CV workshop with Liz Stephenson and Jennie McCusker (JMK / HOME Mcr)
2017 Snapshot two day placement in Taking Part (Young Vic)
2017 JMK Residency: the Director and the Writer (HOME)
2017 Making Theatre for/with Young People with Andy Barry and Matt Hassall (Royal Exchange)
2017 Creative Insights with Max Webster, Gbolahan Obisesan, Jonathan O'Boyle and Caroline Steinbeis (The Young Vic)
2017 Making Your Work Accessible with Amit Sharma of Graeae (Royal Exchange)
2016/7 Northern Theatre Lab (Animikii Theatre)
2016 Puppetry Taster Day Workshop (Curious School of Puppetry, HOME)
2016 Devising: Working Fast and Dirty (Rachel Mars, Royal Exchange)
2016 Observer Mondays Director: A Streetcar Named Desire with Sarah Frankcom (Royal Exchange)
2016 The Storytelling Body Master Class with co-director Nir Paldi (Theatre Ad Infinitum)
2016 Adapting The Encounter with co-director Kirsty Housley (Complicité)
2016 New Writing (Box of Tricks, HOME)
2015 Directors Weekend, with tutors Richard Finch and Emma Gersch (Mountview)
2013-14 Apprenticeship: Directing Physical Theatre (Point Zero Physical Theatre)
2014 Joker Masterclass with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens)
2013 Directing Text, with tutor Anthony Clark (East 15)
2013 Individual Development Programme: Performance (Core Theatre Lab)
2011-12 Introduction to Acting and Theatre Skills (Point Zero Physical Theatre/Core Theatre Lab)
2010 Comedy and Conflict (Conflict Relief)
2010 Introduction to Forum Theatre (Cardboard Citizens)


2019/20 John Retallack Playwriting Course: Year 2 (Monthly course based in Oxford)
2018/19 John Retallack Playwriting Course: Year 1 (Weekly course based in Oxford)
2015 Playwriting, with tutors David Eldridge and Suhayla el-Bushra (Arvon Foundation)


2018/19 Class of 2019 Producer Training (The Lowry)
2018 Tax for Theatre Freelancers (Royal Exchange)
2018 Taking a show to Edinburgh with Zoe Roberts of Kill the Beast (The Lowry)
2016 The Lions Experience Social Enterprise Training (The Lions, Coventry)
2016 How to Book a Tour with Mark Makin (Makin Productions, The Lowry)
2016 Company Formation and Charitable Status with Charlotte Jones (ITC, The Lowry)
2014 Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company (ITC)


2-5 years


Physical Theatre
Site Responsive/Immersive
Working with learning disabled adults / children
Working with Young People

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