Andy Smith

Andy Smith


  • Lecturer in Theatre Practice, Drama
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I am a part-time Lecturer in Theatre Practice at Manchester. 

My most recent work for theatre is the play SUMMIT (2018), which was commissioned by and first appeared at Brighton Festival in 2017. Other recent works include commonwealth (2012), The Preston Bill (2015) and (with Amund Sjølie Sveen), COMMONISM (2017).

I have also collaborated with Tim Crouch since 2004, co-directing (along with Karl James) the award-winning plays An Oak Tree (2005), ENGLAND (2007) and The Author (2009). In 2013, under commission from The Almeida Theatre, Tim and I also co-wrote and performed what happens to the hope at the end of the evening together, and in 2014 we co-directed Tim’s play Adler & Gibbat The Royal Court. My work with Tim has toured nationally and internationally.

I completed a practice-as-research PhD at Lancaster University in 2014. This project, which had the title What We Can Do With What We Have Got, led to the production of two works for theatre, along with a thesis that explored how my developed methodologies might be used to create work for theatre that thinks towards ideas of social and political change. 


Recent Publications:

The Question Is Not…Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Taylor & Francis, London, Pages 373 – 379,Vol 9, Issue 3, 2018 

SUMMIT, London, Oberon Books, 2018

The Preston Bill, commonwealth and all that is solid melts into air, London, Oberon Books, 2015

What can we do? In Innovation In Five Acts, Svich, Caridad (ed.) New York, Theatre Communications Group, 2015.

what happens to the hope at the end of the evening (with Tim Crouch),London, Oberon Books, 2014.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, What We Can Do With What We Have Got, Lancaster University

Oct 2010Dec 2014

Award Date: 9 Dec 2014

Master of Arts, MA in Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts

Oct 2001Oct 2003

Award Date: 1 Oct 2003

Areas of expertise

  • AI Indexes (General)
  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Performance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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