The Founder

Joe Woodward

Joe Woodward is Artistic Director
of Shadow House Pits. He is a playwright, theatre director, teacher and performer.

My Story

For more than twenty years, I have worked as a writer, theatre director, actor, dramaturg, producer and teacher.  ​My work with Shadow House Pits best demonstrates a particular blending of Artaud’s ideal of a “theatre of cruelty”, Brecht’s “epic theatre” and the absurdist theatre of “Ionesco”.  This website offers scripts and writings that illustrate this blending. Each script has had at least one season of public performances; most have had multiple seasons.

Prior to Shadow House Pits I spent twenty years as a journeyman working at La Boite Theatre (1970s), being an Artistic Director of a theatre-in-education company (Jigsaw) and running a theatre school, Stagecoach (9 years). At one point I also was co-producer of a commercial theatre and bar (PITS) with David Bates. I regard all this prior time as doing a kind of dues in order to focus myself on what is necessary to write and produce work that has value. One needs to do one’s dues in order to have the temerity to declare one’s offerings for public perusal and judgement.

Have a look at the sample texts and some of the video links. Consider purchasing one for yourself. I hope you enjoy your time here with Shadowhouse Pits.