Nathan Powell

Director and Writer


Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope you enjoy having a peek at what I do and what I have done in the past.

I am a Director and Writer, making new work that invites people into the theatre with open arms and a smile. I try to make work that feels accessible to people that are not regular theatre goers, whilst giving regular theatre goers an exciting night of something new!

A large part of my work is creating with young people. I am an advocate for the benefits of engaging with the arts and a champion of young people's work.

I am currently the Trainee Artistic Director at 20 Stories High in Liverpool, a company that is dedicated to making work with and for young people.

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Twitter - @NathanPowell141
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About About




A new podcast series by 20 Stories High, telling the story of a young person struggling to be truly themselves.

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Belly Full

Belly Full

Currently developing a new feature film, titled 'Belly Full' with Redbag pictures. Developed with the support of the Liverpool Film Office.

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The Spine - Spring 2020

The Spine - Spring 2020

A show about the Footbal Academy system

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Macbeth at The Orange Tree - Spring  2019

Macbeth at The Orange Tree - Spring 2019

Macbeth as a part of the Orange Trees Shakespeare Up Close programme.

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Indebted-The Mixtape - Summer 2019

Indebted-The Mixtape - Summer 2019

July 2018. A new show by 20 Stories High Youth Theatre and Young Actors Company

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Headz - Autumn 2018

Headz - Autumn 2018

Autumn 2017. Contemporary Urban monologues

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Holloway Jones - Summer 2018

Holloway Jones - Summer 2018

Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, August 2017

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Takeaway - Spring 2018

Takeaway - Spring 2018

January 2017, A new play written and directed by Nathan Powell

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Fourteen more days

Small gifts


I am a theatre maker, director, writer and producer currently working as the Associate Director at 20 Stories High. I have a particular interest in working with young people and communities to make world class and inspiring participatory art. My work involves continuing to broaden the reach of theatre and the arts for communities that are currently underrepresented.

  • CHOKKA – A new 20 Stories High Youth Theatre audio show in collaboration with Luke Barnes. Director
  • SYM, 846 – Theatre Royal Stratford East and G&D International Festival. Writer
The Spine (February-March 2020)
Nathan Powell and 20 Stories High co-production in association with Unity Theatre, Writer, Director, Producer

Macbeth (February 2019)
Orange Tree Theatre, Director, Adapter

Indebted the Mixtape (July 2018)
20 Stories High, Youth Theatre & Young Actors Company, Director

HEADZ (August – October 2017)
20 Stories High, Community Tour, Co-Director

Holloway Jones (August 2017)
Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, Neville Studio, Director,

Takeaway (January 2017)
Hackney Attic, Director, writer, and producer

Noughts and Crosses (August 2016)
Nottingham Playhouse Youth theatre, Director

The Domino Effect (June 2016)
Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, Neville Studio, Director

The Ugly Duckling (October 2015)
Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, Neville Studio, Co-Director

Small Gifts - Writer, Director

Fourteen More Days – Writer, Director, Performer

20 Stories High Youth Theatre/Young Actors Company (2017- Current)
I am currently facilitating the weekly workshops for the award winning 20 Stories High Youth Theatre, developing their next show.

Nottingham Playhouse Senior Youth theatre (2015-2017)
During my time at Nottingham Playhouse, I lead the Nottingham Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre. We worked weekly term time to produce a short show for sharing once a term.

Enabled Upstart (2015-2017)
I delivered a yearly, 1 week work experience programme for D/deaf and disabled young people, which culminated in them creating a short piece of theatre.

In House (2016-2017)
I delivered ten weeks of workshops for people that had experienced or were experiencing homelessness, creating a show to share.

Schools Massive (2016-2017)
A project that involved 11 schools performing a piece of Shakespeare on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage. I delivered workshops and directed the pieces of four schools.

Nottingham Playhouse Community Youth Theatres (2015-2016)
I lead a number of community Youth Theatres for children living in areas of high deprivation in the city and county. These workshops are free for participants.

  • Shortlisted for the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award
  • Shortlisted - Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Prize 2019
Mental Health First Aider – February 2020
Basic Safeguarding Awareness – November 2017
Making Theatre with Young People, Company3 - 2016
University of Leeds (2009-2013) – Ba Hons Theatre and Performance 2:2
A Levels – 3A’s 1 B