Iain is Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill and Head of Arts at the University of Bradford, posts with no teaching responsibility – UofB is a Technology institution – but a remit to link staff, students and the communities that surround us through art and create spaces and places in which people can think differently.
His work at Theatre in the Mill has seen him support and mentor a huge range of artists and makers and the work produced travels as far as India, New York, Eastern Europe, The Southbank Centre and the Royal Court. This work saw him recently included amongst the 100 most influential people in Yorkshire by the Yorkshire Post – whilst lists are a bit silly, the support for the Theatre in the Mill was very heartening.
He is also a freelance Director and Dramaturg whose recent credits include ‘Learning How to Die’ by Luca Rutherford (ARC, Stockton and Northern Stage), Rise and Fall of a Northern Star by Stella Grundy (national touring), and two shows by Displace Yourself Theatre Eden (national touring) and Free to Stay (ARC, Stockton and Camden Peoples Theatre).
Born and raised in Singapore, Iain is very interested in his work with theatre as a live event at which an audience is present, which probably reflects the early street performance that he saw as a child.