Ross Willis


Ross’s debut play WOLFIE premiered to great critical acclaim at the Theatre503 in March 2019 directed by the theatre’s artistic director Lisa Spirling. The play struck a chord with audiences and received a host of 4* reviews across the board (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Evening Standard) setting him out as “a fresh and fearless voice” in British theatre. The play was named Best New Play at both the Writers’ Guild Awards and the Off-West End Awards 2020 and also earnt Ross a nomination for Best Writer in the 2019 Stage Debut Awards and Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

His next play WONDER BOY will premiere at the Bristol Old Vic directed by Sally Cookson and he is under commission to the Royal Court as part of their Jerwood New Playwrights Programme. Ross was also selected as one of the seven writers to take part in the inaugural Genesis Almeida New Playwrights Big Plays programme, for whom he is writing his next play. The Royal Court Theatre and TV producers Kudos awarded him a writing fellowship to develop a script for television and at the end of 2019 Ross was awarded a Channel 4 Playwright Scheme bursary and spent 2020 on attachment at the Orange Tree Theatre writing a new play. He contributed a series of monologues for HEAR ME NOW, a book of monologues for diverse actors, and he collaborated with Arcola Youth Theatre on the play WE MAKE FIRE. He has previously been on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic, writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd, a member of the Orange Tree Theatre’s Writers’ Collective, Tamasha Playwrights Group, Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab and the BBC Writersroom Writers’ Access Group and he is currently an Associate Artist with Pentabus. Ross took part in the writer’s room for a new show created by Stephen Merchant for Big Talk Productions and is developing his own original telly ideas alongside his next couple of play ideas.

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Alexandra Cory