Biography

Dave Windass is a writer.

For Hull Truck he has written Ballroom Blitz (2012), On A Shout (2008), Sully (2006) and Kicked Into Touch (2005).

Other plays include Revolutions (Ensemble 52, 2015), Yalda (with Roya Amiri, 2015), site-specific productions The Whitsun Weddings (Ensemble 52, 2014) and City Sketch (with Richard Vergette for Ensemble 52, 2013), Firestarter (Ensemble 52, 2012) and Thinspiration (Humber Mouth, 2010). He has written four Christmas shows for Middle Child Theatre Company.

Dave is a director of theatre company Ensemble 52. For E52, he co-produces the Heads Up Festival, produced in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. He co-founded arts venue and E52’s base The Other Space (now Kardomah94) in 2013. He founded the long-running theatre development night Scratch@Fruit in 2010. He was a founder member, in 2003, of Hull Truck’s Blockheads, which aimed to develop and explore skills in writing for the stage.

He has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of organisations, including Hull Truck, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Sheffield Young Writers, the University of Hull and Hull School of Art & Design. He led Hull Truck’s successful PlayWrite course in 2011. He was script consultant on Cascade Arts’ Dickens-inspired interactive storytelling project Open Threads (2012) and, with Matt Stephenson for Collaborate, Create, Engage and Future Ferens, he co-created the Gypsy & Traveller exhibition To Be Able To Pull Up and Sit and Have a Chat Around The Fire (2012). He has introduced and compered many Humber Mouth and Head in a Book literary events. He frequently works as a dramaturg and new writing mentor.

As a journalist, he wrote countless articles for a host of publications. He was a theatre critic for The Stage and whatsonstage.com, arts correspondent for Artscene and a regular contributor to The Big Issue in the North. He was a lecturer at Hull School of Art & Design from 2009-2014.

Euphoria was the first recipient of the Larkin 25 Arts Award. Short play On Your Marks (2011) was the first Cultural Olympiad project in East Yorkshire to be awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 programme. Meyer-Whitworth nominee On A Shout was awarded an RNLI commendation.

He is currently involved in the development of several new pieces of work and working for First Story, whose programmes in secondary schools help young people find their voices and realise that their voices have value.