Brian Woolland worked as a van driver, a farm hand, a wine merchant and a photographer; as a teacher in mainstream education and in a therapeutic community for maladjusted adolescents before becoming an Advisory Teacher for Drama.
He then took up a post at the University of Reading, where he taught on BA (Ed). BA, MA degrees and on PGCE courses. On the BA he taught on a wide range of courses, specialising in educational drama, theatre production, Early Modern theatre, and modern American theatre.
In 2005 he resigned his post as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television in order to focus on writing and working freelance.
He is widely published as an author of educational and academic books, where his specialism is theatre of the early modern period. He has also had considerable success as a playwright – with ten plays commissioned and produced by professional companies, and four of those published in book form.
August 2005 to present
Self employed – writer, theatre director and educator
2003 – 2005
Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Drama, University of Reading
1985 – 2003
Lecturer in Drama, University of Reading
1979 – 1985
Arts Centre Director, Fareham, Hampshire
1977 – 1985
Advisory Drama Teacher Fareham and Gosport area of Hampshire
Double Tongue was commissioned by Border Crossings with an Arts Council of England New Writing Award.
Koestler Award for Stand or Fall
PUBLICATIONS and PRODUCTIONS
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Brian Woolland's research productions have been cited and referred to in several books and journals including: Ben Jonson and Theatre, the Revels Plays edition of The Magnetic Lady and the Cambridge University Press Collected Works of Ben Jonson.
Conference papers have included Master Jonson meets Comrade Meyerhold for the American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR) CUNY, New York, November 2000.
Public Lectures include: Ben Jonson and the British Theatre Since 1900 for the Society for Theatre Research. April 2002.