The British Theatre Consortium is a forum in which theatre makers, administrators, students and academics can come together to share views on all issues concerning contemporary theatre and performance in Britain, from playwriting to live art, regional theatre to international touring, site-specific theatre to Shakespearean revivals, politics and art, subsidy and creativity. BTC is a small think-tank of academics and artists. We organise the British Theatre Conference series, conduct and publish research, and act as consultants and advocates for British theatre in all its forms.

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The British Theatre Consortium personnel are currently: David Edgar, Chris Megson, Dan Rebellato, Julie Wilkinson, Jane Woddis.

David Edgar’s plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Destiny (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1980), Maydays (1983), Pentecost (1994), The Prisoner’s Dilemma (2001) and Written on the Heart (2011). His plays for the National Theatre include The Shape of the Table (1990), Albert Speer (2001) and Playing with Fire (2005). He has written two community plays for Dorchester: Entertaining Strangers in 1985 and A Time to Keep (with Stephanie Dale) in 2007. He founded Britain’s first postgraduate course in playwriting studies and is currently Humanitas Professor of Drama at Oxford.

Chris Megson is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. His publications include Get Real: Documentary Theatre Past and Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Decades of Modern British Playwriting: the 1970s (Methuen Drama, 2012).

Dan Rebellato is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. His stage plays include Chekhov in Hell (Plymouth Drum, 2010), Static (Suspect Culture & Graeae, 2008), Here’s What I Did With My Body One Day (Lightwork, 2005/6) Mile End (Analogue, 2007), Beachy Head (Analogue, 2009), Theatremorphosis(Suspect Culture & CCA, 2009), Outright Terror Bold and Brilliant (NYT/Soho, 2006) and A Modest Adjustment (National Theatre, 2006).  Dan has written twelve radio plays, including CavalryMy Life is a Series of People Saying Goodbye, and Negative Signs of Progress. Books include 1956 and All That (1999), Contemporary European Theatre Directors (2010), and Decades of British Playwriting: 2000-2009 and The Suspect Culture Book (2013).

Julie Wilkinson is a playwright, actor and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Her many stage plays include Pinchdice and Co. (Theatre Centre and Women’s Theatre Group, 1988), Scorcher (Action Transport, 2004), and On Saturdays This Bed is Poland (New Perspectives, 2007). Radio plays include the four-part series Coal (1998); television writing, Children’s Ward and a stint on Emmerdale. She has recently toured a new one-woman show, Springtide at Mablethorpe, a dystopian climate-change comedy, to Festivals including Shambala, and Lancaster Litfest.

Jane Woddis is an independent cultural researcher, and previously worked for many years in theatre-in-education and community arts. She is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at University of Warwick, and is currently an MA tutor there. She is also on the Advisory Group of Big Brum Theatre In Education’s Paul Hamlyn Foundation action-research project, ‘More and Better’. She is the author of Religious Protest and its Impact on Cultural Policy (2011) and Arts Practitioners in the Cultural Policy Process: Spear-carriers or Speaking Parts? (2014), both in the International Journal of Cultural Policy.