Workshop Theatre MA Alumni

Leeds Workshop Theatre MA alumni have come from all over the world and gone into all branches of theatre with notable success. Below you can see a small selection of our graduates with a brief outline of their achievements and views on what a year at Leeds did for their subsequent careers. 

Patrick Mangeni. MA 1990

Patrick is now Dr Mangeni and Head of the School of Music, Dance and Drama at the oldest East African university, Makerere, in Uganda. He is currently one of the partners with Prof Jane Plastow of the Workshop Theatre in a three year International Partnership looking into Theatre for Development in East Africa, funded by the British Academy.

"The Workshop Theatre was the foundation for my career, and gave me ideas and friends which are still helping me today."

Anuradha Kapur. MA 1976

Dr. Anuradha Kapur is a professor of acting and direction at the Indian National School of Drama, New Delhi. She has written widely on theatre and her book, Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: the Ramlila at Ramnagar was published by Seagull Books, Calcutta, (1993,2004). She has taught and directed in India and abroad.

"My years at the workshop theatre gave me the opportunity of interacting with colleagues from different parts of the world , with diverse performing backgrounds and histories:something that has greatly shaped my theatre work ever since."

Baranaby King. MA 1997

Barnaby King is a performer, teacher, and researcher, specializing in clowning, comedy, and improvisation. He is founding director of Clown Encuentro, an annual international conference and festival of clowning, and a member of clowning company Flawed Genius. He is British and currently lives in the USA.

"Through the MA at Leeds I discovered that theatre wasn't just about making arts for art's sake, it was about making art that mattered, with people who cared: I learned that theatre could change people's lives, a conviction that has driven my career ever since.

Judith Greenwood. MA 1981

Judith Greenwood is an Associate Director of Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company.  She has worked as a lighting technician for Opera North, Impact Theatre Co-operative, the ICA and the RSC. In 1990 she joined Cheek by Jowl and has since toured the world with the company, lighting all but one of their productions

"I took the Leeds MA and it took me round the world lighting shows from Beirut to the Bolshoi and from Buenos Aires to Buxton!"

Joyce Lee. MA 2009

Joyce is Assistant Theatre Director at Mind the Gap, a leading British theatre company for learning disabled performers. She runs training programmes and rehearsals for major productions. Joyce came to us from Hong Kong.

“The Workshop Theatre was the gateway that has led to me the professional theatre world. The staff members and international students’ diverse expertise provided me with a colourful palette of skills to play and live with.” 

Winston Farrell. MA 2007 

Winston Farrell is from Barbados and is a leading actor, director, playwright, Theatre for Development practitioner, and dub poet. He has won many national and international awards for his theatre and poetry. He has had some twenty plays produced in Barbados and worked extensively in the US and Europe.

"Workshop Theatre was indeed an exciting experience for me, my home away from home filled with lasting memories of people, plays and hard work."

Bart Sher. MA 1986

Bartlett Sher  is an American theatre director. He received both the 2008 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his direction of the Broadway revival of South Pacific. The New York Times has described him as "one of the most original and exciting directors, not only in the American theater but also in the international world of opera".Sher has been director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York. 

Gary Lyons. MA 1981

Award-winning playwright, screenwriter and producer, who  has written for the National Theatre, leading regional  theatres and arts centres, and extensively for British   television and radio. Recent credits include a major musical adaptation of THE SECRET GARDEN for West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Prix Europa-nominated drama-documentary  BRITAIN’S FIRST SUICIDE BOMBERS for BBC 2, and the  4 drama trilogy DECISIONS.

 “My MA year at the Workshop Theatre launched me as a professional playwright, and was the springboard for my whole creative career.”

Maria Delgado. MA 1987

Maria is Professor of Theatre and Screen Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4s Saturday Review, and the World Service’sThe Strand and has also contributed to BBC4’s The  Cinema Show and a range of other television and radio  programmes both in the UK and Spain.  In 2003 she was awarded the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica  for her academic and curational work on Spanish culture.  Her work has been published in seven languages.

“My year at the Workshop Theatre laid the groundwork for so much I have gone on to do. The practical experience   in filmmaking and the chance to work with industry professionals  was key to my own continuing relationship to professional practice as well as my understanding of practice-led research.”

Victoria Shaskan. MA 2004

Victoria is company manager of Collective Artistes, a London-based company specialising in African Theatre and community outreach projects. She both manages the company touring productions and leads a wide range of predominantly youth-oriented community theatre projects.

“I chose the MA at the Workshop Theatre because I was looking for a course that would expand my understanding of theatre-making and give me an international experience of theatre practice. This is exactly what I got. Nearly a decade later, I am still working in the arts and using theatre as a tool for social change because of my MA from the Workshop Theatre.” 

Dakshin Bajrange. MA 2011

Dakshin is director of The Budhan Theatre, a company of Chara people (an outcast group) in Gujarat, India. He has written and produced more than a dozen plays which have been translated into a range of langauges. He is also an award winning documentary film-maker.

“The MA at the Workshop Theatre was life changing experience! An understanding of Freire and Boal, and practical training by working with young people and people with disability, has given me new vision in my current theatre practice with the marginalized communities in India.” 

Terry O’Connor. MA 1984

Terry is a founder member of internationally renowned, Sheffield-based Forced Entertainment theatre company. This avant garde group of six performers have worked together for some twenty-five years, using theatre, film and installations to constantly interrogate the world through their devised performances.

“My time at the Workshop Theatre was a really positive continuation of the possibilities of group collaboration; it also enabled me to start managing my own research, directing two productions, training in film and video and pursuing an amazing critical theory option .... completely flat-out, intensely enjoyable.”