British writer, director, producer and actor. Artistic Director of Shadow Road Productions (www.shadowroad.com), Fireside Folktales (www.firesidefolktales.com) and Secret Storytellers (www.secretstorytellers.co.uk). Festival Director of mixed arts mental health awareness festival UNBROKEN (www.unbrokenfest.com), and professional member of Stage Directors UK, the Society of Authors, and the Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators.
Following a hugely successful debut at Theatre503 on World
Mental Health Day the previous year, the UNBROKEN
festival returned in 2017 with the inaugural UNBROKEN Short Film Prize; a creative writing project and festival bookstall; a talk on ‘Mental Health in Current Children's Literature' by Charlie Sheppard, Publishing Director at acclaimed children's publisher Andersen Press; and Under My Skin, a funny and powerful
play about adolescent mental health by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor, having been added to the art exhibitions, live music, new writing,
original choreography and panel discussions that proved such a hit in 2016.