Chris O'Connor

Chris O'Connor

Playwright, Writer (TV, Film, Short Stories), Audience Development Officer, Social Media Manager

  • Location: Leeds
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

Working from Leeds and London, I write for the stage, television, radio and film. My work has been produced for The Lyric Theatre, the Southwark Playhouse and BBC Radio 4 amongst various other venues and platforms. I also run the Leeds Branch of Script Yorkshire, a writers’ group meeting monthly at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Competitions

2013 – Winner Ideas Tap – Lyric Lounge: Here the 99%

2014 – Selected for Street Voices 5

2015 – Longlisted for Ideas Tap - The Critic

2015 – Winner Little Pieces of Gold – New Writing Showcase

2015 – Part Commission with Freedom Studios

2015 – Winner Cofilmic – Sketch in the City

2015 – Longlisted for The Old Vic 12 – Playwrights

2016 – Writing selected for BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack

2016 - Winner Cofilmic - Sketch in the City

2016 – Commission – The Life and Soul 

2016 - Commission - Marching on Embers

My writing focuses on unheard voices and I have a keen interest in the stories and characters that inhabit places like pubs and betting shops, both fascinating melting pots of drama.

I like to write stories that can challenge opinions, make people see things differently and show a world people might not have seen before - and if I can make people laugh on the way then everyone’s a winner.

Alongside my writing I am involved as a marketing associate with Red Ladder Theatre and Freedom Studios maintaining their websites as well as writing all copy, newsletters and mailouts. I also manage and grow a number of Twitter feeds covering a number of different areas from sports, general humour, fundraising and the arts, and using a number of social media tools. As well as this I set up and ran my own street food stall and have catered a number of events and festivals.

 A new project I am working on: https://vimeo.com/179678763?ref=tw-share

Skills

  • Copy Writing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Strategy
  • Scriptwriting
  • Social and Digital Campaign Development
  • Social Media Training
  • Website development
  • Website management
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Planning and Co-ordinating
  • Social Media Strategy

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