WRITERS
 
 
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KATIE REDFORD

Katie is a comedy writer and actress.

Katie has been listed in BBC'S New Talent Hotlist 2017 

Katie and James Farmer have also co-written, THE SWEETHEARTS, which is currently under option.

Katie  and James are also currently developing a new script with BBC Writersroom Comedy Room together.

Her play OUTBID won The Long Play 2016 competition in November run by New Perspectives and is curently under development.

BELLE, previewed at Theatre 503, which she then went on to develop into a TV pilot, Arabella. Arabella has recently been long-listed by BBC Writersroom, BAFTA Rocliffe and short-listed for Writerslam. (Triforce Creative Network)

Katie's stage plays have previewed at Theatre 503, The Lost Theatre, The National Youth Theatre and  rehearsed readings of her work have been hosted at Soho Theatre, with whom she developed a play with whilst being part of their Young Writers Lab.

Her first piece of work was published back in 2014 by publishers Mardibooks in the Anthology, When The Clock Struck War.
Katie has also written her own comedy monologues and performed them at Triforce's Monologue Slam Winners Edition, The National Youth Theatre and for The BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship/Radio Drama.

Katie is also currently a resident writer for award winning UK blog site, Honest Actors.

HERMEILIO MIGUEL AQUINO

Hermeilio Miguel Aquino is an actor and screen writer, born and raised in the South Bronx.  He attended Columbia College Chicago where he studied film directing, screenwriting and directing.   He earned his Bachelors of Arts from Central St. Martins school of Arts and Design in London and then when on to appear in numerous of theatrical productions in New York, Chicago and London.  
 
After relocating to New York City, he closely began working with Cinescape Pictures with MADE IN NEW YORK winning independent producer Will Mahr as an assistant producer/ casting coordinator.  Hermeilio directed, co wrote, produced and edited the short film MACRO, an exploration on the criminal aspects the banking industry. View it here  https://vimeo.com/100364262
 
He was commissioned to rewrite the feature screenplay Poke Noir, a film exploring the underground culture of illegal gambling.
 
His One act play I HATE you was staged by the Manhattan Rep Theatre in New York City, which he directed and co produced.  His plays have been read at the Arcola Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem.  His work manly focuses on in the inner city life and political hypocrisies in the USA. 
 
Hermeilio is currently working on his first feature screenplay SPUNAL, a hyperlink film following the lives of 4 characters that are suddenly affected by a new synthetic drug epidemic in Miami, Florida. 


Hermeilio co-wrote POAN AW 16 for a fashion short film commercial working with Austrian-British film director/photographer Barnabus Wilhelm. View it here https://vimeo.com/194500105

 

JEREMY SWIFT


Jeremy is known as an actor (The Durrells, Downton Abbey, Foyles War, represented by Independent Talent Group) and is currently working as a writer on a number of scripts including THE LAST MENS' GROUP (Theatre) which he had a rehearsed reading of at Soho Theatre earlier this year (The Comedy Project), PORESENTER SCHOOL and ERRORS AND OMISSIONS (Television).
 
Examples of Jeremy’s writing can be seen at www.jeremyswift.net  and short film  version of ‘The Last Men’s Group’ can be found on YouTube here.

KARLA WILLIAMS


Karla is a stage and screenwriter.

Karla won the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 for her short film PRETTY BITCH (based upon the stage play of the same name).  It has also been screened internationally including London Short Film Festival, BFI Future Film Festival, Smalls Film Festival, Cannes, Bornshorts Festival, Denmark, Teen International Film Festival, Turkey, British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin and the Annual Vancouver International Woman in Film Festival. 

PRETTY BITCH the stage play has been performed at Soho Theatre, London, St James Theatre, London and Pleasance Theatre, Islington. 

Karla's full length play BUT I DON'T LIKE GIRLS  has been performed at the MAC, Birmingham in July 2014,  selected for the Talawa Firsts Festival in June 2014  and long listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014 and Bruntwood Prize 2015

She has currently working on two TV serials, BLACK AND WHITE , set within the world of the Caribbean Pentecostal Church and Nigerian community and FALL FROM GRACE following the very public fall out of a pastor.

ROSIE MACPHERSON


Rosie as both an actress and playwright.

Her play, TANJA will be performed at the Gift Festival 29th April, Pulse Festival 4th June, followed by a tour in October 2017 to Leeds, Yorkshire and Bradford.

In 2010 she set up touring company SBC Theatre, with producer John Tomlinson (Associate Producer at York Theatre Royal), for which she is Artistic-Director and Writer. SBC were awarded the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary for their work with, about and for asylum seekers and refugees.

Rosie's debut play INSIDE, previewed at Theatre503 and The Lowry before a 5 star, sold-out run at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2013. The play was nominated for Fringe First, Carol Tambor and Bobby Awards. In 2014, INSIDE played at Canterbury Festival followed by an eight-venue national studio tour in spring 2015, supported by Arts Council England. INSIDE is published by Samuel French and is due to have a London run at the end of 2017.

Rosie's second play, CENTURY was developed and supported by Sheffield Theatres with a sold out work-in-progress performance in The Crucible Studio. She was then commissioned to write THE NEST by The University of Manchester and NIHR for the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) as part of Manchester's Year of Science in 2016. Rosie was shortlisted for the competetive Old Vic 12.

Rosie's latest play TANJA -about a female asylum seeker held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre- was written in partnership with charity City of Sanctuary, with residencies at The Lowry, Salford, ARC Stockton and Theatre Delicatessen. TANJA was shortlisted for the TS Elliot Commission by Old Vic New Voices, Flying Solo at Contact Theatre and the RED Women in Theatre Award. It has previewed at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Oldham Coliseum and Theatre Delicatessen before its current studio tour to venues including The Lowry, Sheffield Theatres and Camden People’s Theatre. An extract of TANJA was performed at The Houses of Parliament, December 2015.

SAM BENJAMIN

Sam is a screen and stage writer born in Merseyside, who trained under Olivier Award Winners, Simon Stephens & Bola Agbaje, at the Lyric Hammersmith Young Writers Programme.


His crime caper, short movie, DOUBLE CROSS, was transferred to Amazon Prime in April 2017 after it made Official Selection for British Urban Film Festival, Melanin Box Festival 2015, and S.O.U.L. Connect Festival in association with the BFI Festival 2016. He is now developing this project into a feature film.
 
VIEW THE TRAILER HERE



Sam's co-written web series, The Few , was released in January 2017 and screened at BFI and Warner Bros Sound in Marc 2017, the trailer previewed at MCM Comic Con in October 2016 and an article was in the December issue of SciFi Now magazine. He is now developing it as TV series script.

Sam's film script LIVERPOOL81 won the Script Award for The British Urban Film Festival sponsored by Channel 4 and BBC and is currently one of the 20 scripts shortlisted for the TNC Incubator programme.


His romantic comedy play, THE BOYBAND, won the Writers Avenue writers' competition The First 20 Minutes  2014 at The Pleasance, it is now in development with Writers Avenue and Rikki Beadle-Blair.

Sam has had work performed at Soho Theatre, Oval House Theatre & Lyric Hammersmith.

Sam’s style is heavily influenced by his love of Hollywood genre movies, the grit of working class Northern heritage, and his passion for R&B, soul & hip-hop music.

Photo by NK Abani Photography