Stephen M Hornby

School of Arts and Media

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Current positions

Fellow in Drama & Theatre Practice


Stephen is a multi-award winning playwright, theatre director and academic.  He has taught undergraduates extensively for the last four years in theatre, playwriting, drama, directing and performance and supervised some Master creative writing projects.  In September he was appointed as a Fellow in Drama & Theatre Practice at the University of Salford.  His current company is Inkbrew Productions, having previously been the Artistic Director of Pagelight Productions, VADA LGBT Community Theatre and Conical Productions.  
He is the first National Playwright in Residence to LGBT History Month.  Stephen completed an M.A. in Playwriting at the Salford University (distinction) and is in final stages of writing up an Arts & Humanities Research Council funded PhD in writing plays from archive.   He is already under contract to Routledge for a book based on his research called, “Writing from Archives for Stage & Screen” (coming in 2023).  He has completed successful commissions for performances based on archive with Islington Museum in London, Bolton Museum and the People’s History Museum in Manchester.  Stephen is also interested in writing contemporary drama that explores his previous experiences as a probation officer and social worker in substance abuse teams.
Staged work includes:

  • The Adhesion of Love (toured North West in February 2019) #Whitman200 festival play, Arts Council of England (ACE) funded;
  • The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, toured North West in 2017 to 5 STAR reviews, Arts Council of England funded;
  • Die Diana winner of the 2016 Greater Manchester Fringe Best Drama Award;
  • The Box of Tricks, toured North West, autumn 2015, nominated for the Vicky Allen Award, ACE funded;
  • A Very Victorian Scandal performed as part of the first international festival of LGBT History in 2015, ACE funded.

Stephen’s short film Unchechen also won the Wings 2018 award and has been screened across the world, including locally at HOME in Manchester.


I am the Module Leader for Introduction to Directing and currently also teach on: Gender, Sexuality & Performance, Working the Text (Introduction to Playwriting), Introduction to Drama, Critical & Textual Studies, Post-1950 British Theatre, Research Portfolio, Performance Research Project, Performance in Context and Theatre Projects.

Research Interests

Heritage performance, theatre directing, reviewing, performance using new media, LGBTQ history, queer dramaturgy,

Qualifications and Memberships

  • B.A. Hons: Drama & Theatre Studies (First Class, University of Canterbury, Darwin College)
  • M.A. Social Work (Distinction, UEA)
  • M.St. Penology, Criminology & Management (Distinction, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College
  • M.A. Playwriting (Distinction, University of Salford)