Teaching Fellow in Screenwriting
Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts
tel: 01905 852428
Kay Stonham originally trained as an actor and drama specialist at Rose Bruford College. After thirty years working as performer, writer and script editor in the radio, TV and film industries, she returned to higher education to gain her Masters degree in Screenwriting for Film and Television from Royal Holloway, University of London (which she was awarded with Distinction).
As a performer in film and TV, Kay has worked with world-class directors including Mike Leigh, Jonathan Miller, Mike Newell, and John Madden. She has also appeared in iconic TV and radio comedy series including The Young Ones, A Very Peculiar Practice and Dead Ringers. At the National Theatre, she worked with Michael Rudman, Ken Campbell and Theatre de Complicité. She began writing in 1993, when she became a commissioned writer on the classic BBC topical radio show, Weekending. She went on to write for many other comedy series including The Sunday Format, And This is Them, Harry Enfield and Chums, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, My Family and Life of Riley.Her two original radio comedy series, Audio Diaries and Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends, ran for seven seasons and were both critically acclaimed.
Kay's other TV writing work includes Grange Hill, Kerching, Dani's House, Girls in Love and the Children's Emmy award-winning animated series Shaun the Sheep. In 2008, Kay was one of the top twelve women comedy writer/performers in the country selected to attend the Last Laugh programme - a feature film development initiative from Warp X. This rekindled her interest in film and led to her beginning her Masters degree, during which she wrote the feature film Heathcliff Alone, which was shortlisted for the British film industry's top mentoring award Guiding Lights, and is now in development. Her short film The Struggle Moseys On was a finalist in the Tricycle Theatre's shorts programme, and shown at the London Independent Film Festival.
Kay's learning and teaching interests include curriculum design that seeks to integrate professional working processes within learning (placing emphasis on both the individual writing process and the development of projects in a commercial context), and approaches that develop creativity as well as craft skills in the teaching of screenwriting.
In her professional practice, Kay places emphasis on female-centred work, trying to develop more opportunities for female comedy performers and writers. Throughout her career, her work and campaigning have addressed issues of equality of representation, and she was a member of the Equity Women's Committee from 1985 to 1992 and its Chair from 1991-2.
Kay is currently writing an audio novel for teenagers and a new radio series for BBC Radio 4; she has a TV series in development with BBC Comedy and also works in freelance script development for independent production companies.
As joint Course Leader for Screenwriting at Worcester, she works to ensure that the course engages with changing patterns of employment driven by technological development and current theoretical discourse around screenwriting.
Teaching & Research
Teaching areas include:
Scriptwriting and the development and structuring of ideas
Radio and TV comedy
Writing for TV
Industry cultures and practice
Kay is author of the following undergraduate modules at Worcester, which she also teaches:
Scriptwriting - Ideas, Development and Structure
Scriptwriting - Concept, Development and Realisation
Industry Cultures and Practice
Kay's research interests address changing employment patterns for professional screenwriters and the integration of theory and practice in the teaching of creative subjects.
Membership of Professional Bodies and Organisations
Writers Guild of Great Britain
Women in Film and Television
Bird's Eye View