Amy Hailwood

Amy Hailwood

Theatre Director and Applied Theatre Facilitator

  • Location: Manchester
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

I am an emerging director and Applied Theatre facilitator, based in Manchester. My practice is directing contemporary theatre for positive social change. I pursue this both as a freelance director and as Artistic Director of Ordinary Glory

My interest is in the redemptive power of authentic, live performance to empower audiences to act for change in the real world, whether at the personal or community level. My taste is for theatre that fully integrates text, movement, music/sound and rich visual imagery with a sense of continuous flow. The Encounter by Complicité (2016) is an inspiring example of this approach. The stories I most value are those which exist at the intersection of powerful, global, cultural and political forces and the everyday life of the ordinary person. To date I have worked mostly with New Writing and greatly enjoy this area but would not discount working with the classics in the future.

Before moving into theatre in 2011, I had a successful, ten-year career in the charity sector including work in community radio, charity communications and marketing, mediation, peace education and campaigns. I also love travel and have lived and worked in India, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle-East.

Work History

Participation Practitioner - Octagon Theatre Bolton

Sep 2018 - Jan 2020

Theatre Director / Assistant Director - Varied productions including for Royal Exchange Theatre, Bush Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and others

Dec 2014 - Jan 2020

Applied Theatre Facilitator - Freelance

Jul 2012 - Jan 2020

Marketing and Development Officer (part-time) - Cornerstone Arts Centre

Jan 2012 - Sep 2015

Communications Specialist in the Peace and Conflict sector - various roles at: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Camden Mediation Services, Relate, Media for Development, Open Air Radio - please see LinkedIn for full details of this career period.

Sep 2001 - Mar 2012


Theatre Directing / Writing / Producing - A wide ranging variety of CPD workshops and Masterclasses covering a range of skills in directing, writing and producing theatre. - Various including The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, HOME Mcr, The Lowry Salford, Independent Theatre Council, The Young Vic, Collective Encounters, Cardboard Citizens, Mountview and The Arvon Foundation

Jan 2014 - Jan 2020

Theatre Directing - Apprenticeship - Point Zero Physical Theatre

Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

Acting - Individual Development Programme - Core Theatre Lab, Oxford

Sep 2012 - Mar 2013

Acting and Theatre Skills - Introductory Level Training - Core Theatre Lab, Oxford

Sep 2011 - Jul 2012

Caribbean Literature and Creole Poetics - MA - Goldsmiths College

Sep 2005 - Aug 2006

African Studies and Study of Religions - BA Hons - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Sep 1998 - Jul 2001


  • Business planning/strategy
  • Facilitation
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Applied Theatre
  • Arts Fundraising
  • Audience Development
  • Boldness
  • Budgets
  • Building trust
  • Campaigns
  • Communications
  • Conflict transformation
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Devising
  • Directing
  • Experimental attitude
  • Forum Theatre
  • Inspiring confidence
  • Intuition
  • Mediation
  • People skills
  • Physical Theatre
  • Pitching/presenting and proposal writing
  • Producing
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Sense of fun
  • Time Management
  • Venue Management
  • Voice
  • Volunteer management
  • Writing