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Michael Punter: Playwright and Teacher


“Punter not only writes beautifully and intelligently, but he plays on the very idea of language”


(The Guardian on The Wolves)

"He is the best teacher I have ever had"

(BA Drama and Theatre student, Royal Holloway College University of London, 2012)


"His knowledge and sheer enthusiasm make him a huge asset"

(MA Writing For Stage and Broadcast Media student, Central School of Speech and Drama, 2013)


"A gifted and truly inspirational teacher who cares about his students as people"

(BFA Acting student, University of Minnesota, 2014)


“It’s my favourite class ever! I’ve learned how to turn an idea into a fully-fledged play”

(Playwriting Student at CAPA The Global Education Network London, 2015)


“You have so much fun in his class that it’s only later you realize the vast amount you’ve learned”

(BA English student, Colgate University, US, 2016)


I taught the Playwriting course at Royal Holloway University of London for 10 years, from 2004-’14, winning the Apple For Teacher award in 2010 for An Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience.  A number of my students have gone on to have work produced or to make their careers in the Education or Literary departments of leading theatres.


I have mentored MA students at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and taught classes in theatre for students from Colgate University, New York and the University of Minnesota. I have advised the UK’s National Theatre on Classics for the Young, as well as contributing to Contemporary Theatre Review.


I am available to read scripts and to advise on creative projects. My fee for reading a full-length play (80 minutes – 2 hours stage time) and submitting a 1000 word report to its author is currently £95 plus VAT. Please contact me via the site for current availability and turnaround time. I also offer bespoke writing workshops for all kinds of groups. Prices on application.


I have a First Class degree in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick, an MA in Renaissance Literature and Drama from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Victorian Theatre, specializing in the career of actor-manager Henry Irving, from Royal Holloway College, University of London. I also have a PGCE teaching qualification from Brighton University.


I am currently Director of Theatre Education for CAPA International Education based in London.



For all enquiries about writing or teaching, please email:





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