Paul Sirett is a practicing playwright and a former literary manager with the Royal Shakespeare Company; he is also an alumnus of Warwick University. His second volume of plays has just been published by Oberon books.
He is also a very experienced teacher of playwriting and has just spent a semester teaching at Yale University. He has a particular interest in working with multi-ethnic communities and refugees, reflected in his long-term association with the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, for whom he developed the musical, The Big Life.
He is currently working on an African-based play commissioned by the National Theatre and was recently appointed as International Associate at the Soho Poly Theatre in London, which has a particular focus on new European writing.
Paul is also developing a historical study of professional advice for playwrights from Aristotle to the present day and a study of what Shakespeare can teach the contemporary dramatist.