Sara Clifford

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Position Associate Lecturer
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Sara Clifford

Sara studied English at Manchester University and has an MA in Screenwriting.

She has written over thirty plays including commissions for the Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal, and Nottingham Playhouse, and her work has been produced in France, Italy, Guadeloupe and Hong Kong.

She was a writer on attachment at Chichester Festival Theatre, and her play A Thousand Days, was a Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award

As writer/ director of her company, Inroads, she writes site-specific plays located in local communities, and is also a freelance drama/writing community artist.

She was selected for the Collideoscope artists’ residency at Brighton Festival; and was Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton, both in 2014/15, In 2016, she initiated the project, Twelve Angry Women, produced at the Brighton Dome.

She is currently in receipt of a British Council Artists International Development Fund grant to visit New Zealand, to research community theatre and new writing.

Academic Qualifications

MA Screenwriting, London College of Printing, 1999

BA Hons English, University of Manchester


Goldsmiths, Current

  • Convenor, Contemporary Dramaturgy, BA English and Drama year 3
  • Associate Lecturer, Questions of Performance (Community),  BA Theatre and Performance,  year 2
  • Visiting lecturer, MA Applied Drama, Writing with Communities

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Current

  • Visiting Lecturer, MA Applied Theatre and MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Writing with Communities
  • Assessor, Placements, BA Applied Theatre, year 3



  • Associate Lecturer, MA Community and Participatory Theatre ( course now closed)

University of Brighton

  • Writer In Residence
  • Convenor, Creative Practice and Learning ( also at University of Sussex, Arts and Learning)

Professional Experience

Sara has bee a member of The Fence network of international playwrights since its inception in 2003, and has visited Italy, France, the Netherlands, Serbia and Guadeloupe, meeting writers, observing and exchanging new work.

She was on the board of Writernet for ten years.

Recent Work/Selected Work

Sara has written over thirty plays, most recently three site specific plays for her company, Inroads, Home Fires, Our Dancing Feet and The Port, the Beast and the Traveller.

She has strong international links and is currently writing The Day after Yesterday, one of four writers on portmanteau Hopper project, La Charite sur Loire;  and co-wrote Non! play about a French/English punk band, in collaboration with French writer, Denis Baronnet , produced at Teatro Orologio, Rome , 2013. (Afrodita Compania).

Publications include

  • Co-facilitator/consultant and guide writer, with Chrissie Tiller:  Artists in Creative Education: with input from artists from five European countries- guide published, Brussels, 2011
  • Clifford, S and Herrmann, A, 1999, Making a Leap, Theatre of Empowerment. A practical handbook for creative drama with young people.  Jessica Kingsley, London.. Also published in Poland, 2007

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