I trained at Motley Theatre Design Course, following an English Degree at Oxford. I have designed for venues including The Arcola, The Albany, Hampstead, The Bush, Ovalhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho, Theatre 503, Hackney Empire and Southwark Playhouse (all London), The Watermill (Newbury), The Royal Exchange (Manchester) Glasgow Citizens, Colchester Mercury, LATEA and Here (both in New York), PNCA (Islamabad), The Black Box (Hanoi), Prithvi, Choice and Epicentre (all in India) and WUK (Vienna), as well as various touring shows. Some companies with whom I’ve worked over the longer-term are: Deafinitely Theatre, Touched Theatre and Shams.
I am artistic director of Daedalus Theatre Company, for which I directed pieces including A Place at the Table and Selfish. As co-leader of Scale Project I have made installation-based work across the UK and in Siberia.
I also work as a freelance producer and was until recently working on projects for Apples and Snakes, including producing much of its work for SPOKE, a major spoken word programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I have taught at universities including Goldsmiths, London, and NCA, Pakistan, and on numerous youth projects. I’m a trustee (and currently chair) of The King’s Hall Trust for the Arts and a committee member of The Society of British Theatre Designers. I’m also active in Tower Hamlets Green Party.
Over the years, I have played at, sung at and arranged or written music for numerous performances sand events, written an number of songs and been part of various bands and ensembles, but my main musical focus is now the the Black Smock Band.
I also work as an English consultant for Angkriz, an English language tutorial academy in Bangkok, and have helped create course material, filmed a number of online courses and written two books: Monkey Business, a guide to selected English idioms, and Din and Dan, a short novel for teenagers using essential vocab that will be on sale soon. You can buy books and online courses via the school’s online shop.
I’m committed to making my work sustainable and, as such, I’m a signatory to Ecostage, Culture Declares Emergency and Ecostage.
A couple of press quotes about some theatre pieces I’ve directed and designed:
…engrossingly complex and starkly beautiful… Its vision of communities founded on myths as fundamental and sustaining as the land is vividly reflected in director/designer Paul Burgess’s stunning set… Its un-showy cast bring to life with powerful immediacy the stories of those not able to speak for themselves, full of hurt, loss and hope. – Time Out on A Place at the Table
As much an installation as a theatre show, it’s a meditation on how ideas of the self are pieced together in a society where many of the social definitions of identity are fragmenting. …a serious, true and compassionate feeling for the human condition in the image-driven age of Big Brother; and a deep musicality about the expression of that feeling that finally becomes irresistible. – The Scotsman on Selfish
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