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Chris Bridgman

Chris joined North West Playwrights in 1999 as temporary cover for the then Director, Louise Mulvey. He then became Co-director with Judith Rose, and has been Director since 2005. He has worked extensively on new scripts, as dramaturg and/or director, for North West Playwrights, English Touring Theatre and Manchester Metropolitan University, among others. He is artistic director of small-scale touring company boojum, for which he has directed Garden of the Heart and Peacock Boy, both by Crystal Stewart. Other productions include Small Change for M6 Theatre Company, two new plays in the 24/7 Festival and two experimental theatre pieces for the Manchester Poetry Festival at the Royal Exchange. Chris has directed a piece in each of the first four programmes of JB Shorts - short theatre plays by established TV writers. In 2010 he received a Writers` Guild of Great Britain Theatre Encouragement Award for his work with NWP.

 

Other work includes delivering training in media, presentation and interpersonal skills for commercial concerns and local authorities. Previous experience includes a spell as an actors' agent (with Piccadilly Management), and a lengthy period as freelance radio journalist and producer, working for bodies including BBC World Service and COI Overseas Radio. Chris was instrumental in setting up the Northern Actors' Centre (now Actors Centre North).

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