Lindsay Rodden appointed writer-in-residence at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Lindsay Rodden, writer-in-residence at Live Theatre and Northumbria University Lindsay Rodden, writer-in-residence at Live Theatre and Northumbria University
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Live Theatre in Newcastle has appointed Lindsay Rodden as the second writer-in-residence in a partnership hoping to foster collaboration between culture and higher education.

The post is part of a three-year collaboration between Live and Northumbria University. Rodden will work with creative and professional staff across both organisations throughout an academic year.

Rodden, a former literary associate at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, will split her time between Live, where she will research and develop an idea for a play, and at the university, where she will contribute to teaching and research.

Rodden said she was delighted to be the second writer-in-residence appointed as part of the partnership.

“So many of the playwrights I greatly admire have lit up the stage at Live Theatre, making theatre that really matters,” she added.

Rodden follows on from Paddy Campbell, who held the post in its inaugural year, and from previous writers in residence including Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.

Live described the programme as the cornerstone of its “exciting and innovative” partnership with Northumbria, which seeks to build new cultural collaborations and connect academia with professional theatre.

Gez Casey, the theatre’s literary manager, said: “With her literary associate skills, Lindsay brings with her a wealth of experience in new writing script development but is also a fantastically talented dramatist in her own right. With family connections in the North East, she is very familiar with Live Theatre and we look forward to working alongside her in a number of exciting projects over the next 12 months and beyond.”