Lisa Goldman

Author of The No Rules Handbook, Director, Writer & Script Consultant

Hello I’m Lisa Goldman,

Here you can find out more about me and my work and  how you can work with me.....

About Lisa 

Lisa is a freelance directorwriter and  script consultant. For over 20 years, her life has been dedicated to developing and directing new plays. See Biography for more. She has been Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive of two new writing theatre companies, The Red Room (1995-2006) and Soho Theatre (2006-10). Author of The No Rules Handbook for Writers and the scripts she has developed have won or been listed for every major UK writing award. 


Rewriting your play... 

Lisa will be running more selective small group 'rewriting your play' workshops in London in 2017 and continues to offer script consultancy.  Get in touch via the link to your left. Lisa also runs writing masterclasses. Feedback:  

 'So insightful. The best masterclass I've done. 10/10'  

 'A wealth of knowledge and down to earth. Brilliant. All of it.' 

 'The handout is a brilliant resource. The exercises, tailored to our issues were great too. I feel reinvigorated to work on my play. Thank you very much!' 

Next masterclass...


40% Discount off The No Rules Handbook for Writers (see below) with this code ONNORULES when you buy direct from the publisher, Oberon Books, rather than Amazon or Waterstones.


 The No Rules Handbook for Writers

was published by Oberon Books in April 2012 in paperback and Kindle. It reached Number 1 in Amazon non-fiction. It's been getting a great response from writers, reviewers, teachers and is now in its second imprint. 

 'Lisa Goldman’s book is like the best of British new writing: it is personal, well-written, clearly thought out and resonant. Its advice is passionately felt but perfectly controlled. And its ideas sing and inspire. '  Aleks Sierz  (critic and author of In Yer Face Theatre)

 'Reading just one book about the craft or theory of playwriting is the worst thing a playwright can do - far worse than reading none. Lisa Goldman's  book is an exception.'   Fraser Grace (Convener of MPhil in Playwriting Studies, Birmingham University)

' Feisty, helpful, liberating stuff '          The Stage 

' Full of sensible advice'                        Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)


Listen to Lisa Goldman in conversation with  

Listen to the interview with Lisa Goldman at Theatre Voice 

Buy the kindle version and see more reviews at Amazon 



New Publication

Silence one story and another is Born is Lisa's chapter in Global Insights on Theatre Censorship, comparing Lisa's experiences working in Iran and on Behud in the UK. Published Routledge September 2015.This is one of those expensive academic books unfortunately, but if you've access to a university library, it's worth a read.  




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