Who am I?

the Runner up in the Mercury Playwriting Prize 2017 for 'The Furrow'

Longlisted in Papatango New Writing Award 2017

Phil Tong

I'm a professional writer - a playwright who, until December 2013 was Director of Drama at the City of London Freemen's School, at which point I decided to continue my career as a freelance practitioner, focussing particularly on my work as a playwright. My work for schools and young people's theatre is published on Treepress and news about my other mainstream projects are available on this website.


I held the post at Freemen's for fifteen years, prior to that I was Head of Drama at Tolworth Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames, and before that Drama Tutor on the nationally renowned Brycbox Arts in Education Team.


As a teacher I've had the opportunity to work with some of the pioneering practitioners in Drama education including Cecily O'Neill, Gavin Bolton, Dorothy Heathcote and Jonothan Neelands. In my career I've worked with young people in all phases of education, from infants to post-graduate students and in state and independent schools and have produced some outstanding new young actors including Andrew Garfield, Kelly Reilly, Stephanie Hyam, Gabrielle Dempsey, Caitlin Thorburn and Laurence Belcher amongst many others.


In addition I've worked for the National Theatre Education Department as a freelance writer preparing work packs for visiting teachers and students and my work as a playwright has been performed in London, Edinburgh, Paris and Milan.


If you want to read an interview given in April 2016 for Treepress about my work and influences, click on the Treepress symbol below.

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