Original Theater Company Announces Directors of Original Playwriting Award Scripted Performances

The Original Theater Company today announces the directors of the script-in-hand performances of the winners of their new Original Playwriting Award Amelia Sears, Michael Boyd, Michael Fentiman and Charlotte Peters.

The Originals Playwriting Award is aimed at emerging and early career playwrights. The prize winner will receive a cash prize of £7,000, and three other winners will receive £2,000 each. Each of the four pieces will receive a script-in-hand performance on the site. Four nights, four brilliant new plays, four incredible casts, with each new play led by an established theater director. Registrations are now closed for playwrights, but there is still a chance to be part of the live studio audience for these events which will be broadcast live worldwide by North South. Produced by Original Theater Company and launched in collaboration with Riverside Studios.

Book early to get the best prices for this exciting festival of new writing: bit.ly/OriginalsOT

Michael Boyd is a theater director and former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His career took him from training in Moscow to artistic director positions at the Tron Theater in Glasgow (1985-96) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (2002-12), where he commissioned and developed Matilda the Musical, produced the Complete Works and World Shakespeare Festivals, oversaw the £112million transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theater and directed the 8-play story cycle, which won four Olivier Awards and has been described by the Guardian as ” one of the great moments of modern theatre”.

Recent works include Orfeo (Roundhouse), Eugene Onegin, Pelleas and Melisande and Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera), Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience), iHo, The King of Hell’s Palace (Hampstead Theatre), Open House, Wild Goose Dreams (The Ustinov and The Print Room) and The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre). He was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theater at the Universities of Oxford and Michigan and was knighted in 2012 for services to theatre.

Michael Fentiman trained as an actor at Bretton Hall and later as a director at Mountview Academy. Michael spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the Long Ensemble 2009-2011. Michael’s production of Amélie was nominated for three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. In 2021, Michael received a Grammy nomination for his work on Amelie’s cast album. ), Taming of the Shrew (Tron Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), Loot, Rising Mother (Park Theatre), Babe – The Sheep Pig, TheMinotaur (Polka Theatre), The War Has Not Yet Started (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company). For Original Drama: Watch Rosie and Her Precious Friends.

Charlotte Peters is a playwright and theater director who has been an associate of Original Theater Company for the past five years. She is Associate Director of An Inspector Calls and War Horse (National Theatre) and directs the upcoming new production of The Invisible Man (PW Productions) for Original Theater Company, Birdsong, The Private Ear/The Public Eye (UK tours ). Other theatrical directions include The Miracle Worker (Chelmsford Theatres), Timeless (UK tour), Dance (King’s Head Theatre), Alexa: Cry Me A Dance (Ilkley Playhouse), Carlotta da Galleon-A Fool for Love (Chelsea Theatre), King Arthur and Almost A Christmas Carol (Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury), How Love Is Spelled (Southwark Playhouse), Normality (The Other Palace), Sunday at the Musicals series (Actors’ Church, Covent Garden), Caste (Finborough Theatre), The Mouth of a Shark (VAULT Festival), By My Strength (Women & War Festival). Other on-screen works include Peter Pan and Cinderella, A Moment’s Peace, The Ultimatum Game, Without You and Reasons.

Amelia Sears is Associate Director of SEARED Productions. Sears credits include Years of Sunlight (Theatre503), Home, Brimstone and Treacle, Antstreet (Arcola Theatre), Every Woman (Vaults Festival), The Girls Guide To Saving The World (HighTide Festival), What The Thunder Said (Theatre Center ), Swifter, Higher, Stronger (Roundhouse), Pedestrian (Underbelly), The Last Five Years (Duchess Theatre), Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s Theatre), Bliss (Royal Court Theatre), One Evening, Four Quartets (Lincoln Center), Al Gransole Carico D’Amore, (Salzburg Opera Festival), Some Trace Of Her, The Year of Magical Thinking and Statement of Regret (National Theatre). Film credits include, Three and Ceres. She was also a recipient of the Bulldog Princep Director’s Fellowship at the National Theater Studio and was a Yale Dramaturgy Prize panelist for 6 years.

Michael Boyd “Artists who dare to sit with silence, the screen or the blank page and sweat until they have a story and characters to tell deserve all the incentives we can give them. Leading the first reading of an original work is always a special moment and an exciting moment of possibility and risk.”

Charlotte Peters “Having seen Original Theater go from strength to strength in recent years, supporting both established writers and emerging voices, I am truly delighted to join the Originals Festival.”

Amelia Sears “I’m thrilled to be part of Originals. We need new voices more than ever and it’s exciting to be part of a new model of creating and sharing work that feels so inherently democratic and above all accessible .”

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