marianka swain

marianka swain

Freelance journalist, critic, editor and scriptwriter

  • Location: London
  • Freelancer: Available

I'm a London-based journalist, critic, editor and scriptwriter. 

I review theatre and dance for several titles, including theartsdesk, Ham & High, Islington Gazette, Hackney Gazette, Dance Today and Dancing Times magazines. I produce the monthly arts page for MoveTo Town & Country magazine, and I've written several articles for National Theatre Digital. I also have extensive experience in sub-editing, proofreading, copywriting, research and scriptwriting.

I would be delighted to discuss freelance writing or editing projects.

You can find more information and examples of work on my website: www.mkmswain.com

Work History

Features and news writer, columnist, blogger, reviewer - Dancing Times magazine and website

Sep 2015 - Present

Arts writer - National Theatre Digital

Jul 2015 - Present

Contributor - The Guardian Comment is Free

Jul 2014 - Present

Editorial coordinator, reviewer, features writer - theartsdesk

Jun 2014 - Present

Sub-editor, arts writer - MoveTo magazines (London, Town & Country, Putney)

Mar 2014 - Present

Theatre reviewer - Ham & High, Islington Gazette, Hackney Gazette newspapers

Aug 2013 - Present

Blogger - The Huffington Post

Jul 2013 - Present

Writer and researcher - Pukka Films

May 2013 - Present

Reviewer - Bargain Theatreland

Mar 2013 - Present

Freelance sub-editor - Brands include Epoq, MyLawyer, Christie's

Sep 2008 - Present

Features and news writer, columnist, blogger, reviewer - Dance Today magazine and website

Apr 2010 - Sep 2015

Arts writer - Compass magazine

Feb 2014 - Oct 2014

Reviewer - One Stops Arts

Jul 2013 - Dec 2013

Sub-editor, news and features writer, blogger, reviewer - Country Life magazine and website, Country Life International magazine

Jul 2007 - Aug 2010

Playwright - Hen and Chickens Theatre

Oct 2008 - Oct 2008

Freelance tutor, marketing assistant - Oxbridge Applications

Jun 2005 - Oct 2007

Account executive - Four Communications

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007

Research, script reader, assistant - Old Vic

Jun 2004 - Sep 2006

Playwright - Soho Theatre Core Group

Sep 2004 - Sep 2005

Playwright - Battersea Arts Centre

Jun 2004 - Jun 2004

Playwright - Burton-Taylor Theatre, Oxford

May 2004 - May 2004

Playwright - Soho Theatre Young Writers' Group

Jan 2003 - Jun 2003

Playwright - Gate Theatre's young writers' group, Gateink

Sep 2000 - Jul 2002

Playwright - The Victoria & Albert Museum, play performed as installation piece

May 2002 - May 2002

Short story writer - Published by Piccadilly Press

May 1999 - May 1999

Education

The Singing Word librettist course and workshop - N/A - Royal Opera House

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011

Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) - MA - University of East Anglia

Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

Script reading - N/A - Script Factory

Jul 2006 - Jul 2006

English Language and Literature - BA (2:1) - Oxford University

Oct 2003 - Jun 2006

English Literature, History, History of Art - A Level (3 A's) - St Paul's Girls' School

Sep 2002 - Jun 2003

Skills

  • Copy Writing
  • Copy-editing
  • Creative Writer
  • Criticism
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Proofreading
  • Subbing
  • Sub-editing

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