Mr Tim Wheeler

Teaching staff, Workshop Theatre

+44(0) 113 343 0689

Summary: Freelance arts consultant & theatre maker, teaching at the Workshop Theatre in the School of English


In addition to my teaching role at University of Leeds I am a freelance arts consultant, theatre maker and accredited coach. My work focuses on diversity and difference as a creative advantage to help build and strengthen resilient communities of practice. I’ve worked internationally, including Brazil, China, Hong Kong and mainland Europe.

I am co-founder and former artistic director of Mind the Gap theatre company, Bradford with over 26 years’ experience of devising, managing and leading 18 national touring and site-specific productions and 100+ arts projects and educational programmes with the company. In 2003 the company won the Stage TMA award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre. In 2008, I delivered Mind the Gap studios, an award winning £2.2m inclusive artists workspace, funded by ACE, Bradford Council, ERDF and a number of trusts and foundations.

I offer consultancy, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and talks on the following

· Theatre & Learning Disability

· Theatre & Mental Health

· Theatre of the Oppressed

· The development of creative learning organisations

· Creative Case for Diversity

· The principles of Universal Design

Research Interests

Theatre and Learning Disability

Theatre and Mental Health

Recent Activity

Professional practice – national touring, site specific, film work, conceptualization, artistic and stage direction, consultancy

2016 Artlink Hull Futureproofing consultancy

2015 - 2016 West Yorkshire Playhouse Creative learning organisations consultancy

2014 Soldiering On Channel 4, 4OD, NOW Arts Admin, ACE

2014 Gift PRSF, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, ACE

2010 – 2013 Irresistible Cultural Olympiad, Unlimited Commission, ACE

2011 Stig of the Dump Clive King (adapted by Mike Kenny), ACE

2010 Sonic Maze Watershed, Contact Theatre, ACE

2000/’05/’11 Of Mice & Men John Steinbeck (adapted by Mike Kenny), ACE

2008/’09 Boo Mike Kenny

2005 - 2010 On the Verge Jez Colborne and Mike Kenny, ACE

2009 Moth Ball HK CCCD, Jockey Club Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2008 Moth Ball UK Mind the Gap Studios, ACE

2008 I’m with Stupid Leeds Metropolitan University, ACE

Research Supervision

I was the industry supervisor on an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award looking at Theatre and Learning Disability


University of Worcester (UoW)

University of Leeds (UoL)


Practical Essay (UoL)

Pop up Performance (UoW)

24hrs to Start a Theatre Company (UoW)

Theatre and Learning Disability (UoW)

Devising and Adaptation (UoW)

Theatre & Learning Disability (UoW)

Professional Practice (UoW)

Post Graduate

Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre (UoW) – development of a new course

MA Audience, Performer, Space (UoW)

MA Theatre & Development (OuL)