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What I do:
Head of Creative Development at National Theatre Wales
A little more about me:
I'm a producer, supporting artists to make/discover/present new pieces of performance for audience in Wales. As Head of Creative Development at National Theatre Wales, I'm responsible for overseeing the development of artists and new ideas. Feel free to ask me about what I do in more detail...

I was previously working at Wales Millennium Centre as an Associate Producer where I was responsible for the Incubator Project, the Centre's Creative Development project. Also programming in the Weston Studio and running a lot of the Centre's community projects. Immediately before that I was Assistant Director in a small rural receiving house in deep dark Wiltshire.

My background is in devised theatre and choreographic practices; I trained at Dartington College of Arts and went on to produce a number of performances merging theatre, dance and various written and found texts (I should probably make it clear that I am definitely not a dancer, or writer!)
Projects I’m working on:
I'm working on loads of WalesLab projects - you can find out more about them by looking on the WalesLab Group

Please get in touch if you are making performance, thinking about it or know someone who is..
Im very nosey.
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ARTIST CALLOUT - Season for Change

(Posted on behalf of Season for Change...)

'In addition to all the events across the country in 2018 we are expecting to commission an inspiring national project which will happen on a single day in autumn 2018. We are looking for a creative, playful idea that will stimulate conversations about our…


Posted on July 18, 2017 at 16:06

NEW ART NEW AUDIENCES 2017 - British Council Call Out

The British Council are looking for applications to be involved in NEW ART NEW AUDIENCES 2017 (nAnA).

nAnA is an annual (open call) grant for 18 to 35-year-old East African and British artists, arts organisations, and art collectives, to create new art…


Posted on July 4, 2017 at 15:54

Laboratory Associate Director - recruitment at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

To support the growth of the company, Nuffield is now recruiting for a Laboratory Associate Director.

Launched in 2015, the Laboratory Associate scheme provides an opportunity for early-career* creatives to undertake a one-year attachment, developing skills, creating a collaborative project and acting as artistic members of the Laboratory team.


Over the course of the year, the Laboratory Associate Director will assist a lead Director on two NST…


Posted on June 30, 2017 at 16:53

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At 17:51 on April 24, 2017, Lawrence Quilty said…

Hi Simon. I’ve recently joined the network and as per the instructions on the website was getting in touch to let you know I’m here. I’ve uploaded a couple of short plays to my profile as writing samples, but the script I’d really like to share with you is a recently completed full length period piece about the infamous political advisor and mystic Grigori Rasputin during the last days of Imperial Russia. I know the guidance is to send just twenty pages, so I’m happy to cut out the opening section and send it to Alternatively, I could send the full piece just in case you felt compelled to read past the twenty page point. I was just wondering what you’d prefer? Thanks for your time, Lawrence.

At 18:32 on September 29, 2016, Trudi-Rose Edwards said…

Hello Simon,

My name is Trudi-Rose, I've just joined the community and Writers group, really excited to have joined! I've been writing for several years; novels, plays even a screenplay I've been working on, however only recently have I been able to devote more time to my writing now that I've finished university. I'm going to send some of my most recent work (a play) to the ideas email address so hopefully you'll get a chance to have a look at that some time soon.

Really excited to be here and looking forward to getting involved in the community



At 10:37 on December 17, 2015, Stuart H. Bawler said…

Hi Simon.

I have just added my event at the WMC and would like to offer yourself or another Creative Associate 2 complimentary tickets. I would be interested to hear what NTW thinks of our work: Ultra-Violet Circus/Puppet/Dance/Illusion

Below is a description:

Hummadruz, The Black Light Theatre of Wales presents the Ultimate Psychedelic Trip: Gustav Holst's "The Planets". Hummadruz looks to the heavens and presents a multi-coloured voyage through the Cosmos in a Space Fantasia.

Gustav Holst’s astrological take on The Planets has inspired seven stories that will transport you to an Underwater Kingdom, the Elastic Rainbow Planet, the Dawn of Time and the outer reaches of our Solar System.
Hummadruz are The Black Light Theatre of Wales and we use our unique style of performance to animate the musical score: Ultra-Violet Circus, Dance, Puppetry and Illusion.

The company, who have previously taken on pieces from the likes of Rick Wakeman, Led Zeppelin and Eat Static ar...e bringing life to the classical suite based on the astrological forces of the planets above. The show toured nationally throughout Wales in 2014 but has now been radically reworked to be staged at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Hummadruz will make you smile, gasp and cry at their interpretations of each of Holst’s original themes, from Mars’ The Bringer of War to Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity.

“Make sure you make time to go see this incredible combination of classical and modern performance.” Buzz Magazine 2014.

Featuring the recording of Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra.

Do get in touch if yourself or a colleague would like to come!

Cheers, Stu

At 13:21 on June 23, 2015, Geraint Cardy said…


Hi, it's Geraint Cardy. I am an actor/writer recently moved back to Cardiff from London.

I met John Mcgrath at a reading recently and he was going to come to a one man piece I am currently working on called OUT OF SOUNDS.  He unfortunately then said he couldn't make it but was going to send someone else along. (In the end I had to cancel the piece for personal reasons, but that's besides the point as regards this email). In my emails with John  I asked, as I am new to the area, if it would be possible to meet someone for five/ten minutes to get a feel of how the NTW worked and also the scene in Wales, eg. some advice of where might be best for my piece and what avenues to chase. One thing I thought of, is that I have been told that the NTW does a lot of site specific projects, something that could, I think work for my piece. He said he would forward my emails on to yourself.    

I won't go on about Out of Sounds here, or myself, we could end up with War and Peace but I wondered if you had the email from John and if there was any chance of 5/10 mins of your time  at some point. One can do a lot of research but 10 mins with someone who knows the scene can help an enormous amount.

You can answer me on the NTW website or email me on




At 11:15 on March 9, 2015, Rob Keeley said…

Hi Simon, I've just joined the community and Writers group.  Good to meet you.  My name is Rob Keeley and I'm a dramatist, novelist and short story writer keen to write for theatre.  I'm about to send a sample of work to the "ideas" e-mail address so more details there!  I'm based in Merseyside but would be delighted to chat online any time!  My profile on here and my website ( give more details on what I'm up to as a writer at the moment.





At 9:28 on January 8, 2015, Rachel-Helena Walsh said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr Simon Coates! x

At 16:18 on November 25, 2014, Yvonne Murphy said…

Hi Simon

Just thinking there must be some future female Theatre Producers/Directors out there after some work experience  and you might know who they are?



At 10:05 on October 4, 2014, Justin Teddy Cliffe said…

Hi Simon!

Thought I'd post an invite to you for a Comedy Cabaret night and a couple of other events we've got on the go for ComedyPort next week.

At 19:43 on August 13, 2014, Osian Rhys said…


Could you send me some details on welshlab?

Thank you,


At 14:26 on August 5, 2014, Ray Thomas said…

Hi, Simon

Can I please refer you to my post dated 25 April - re. "Everyman Theatre Lab - 'The Melting Pot'"? Any progress or further information, please? Ray Thomas


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