Visiting Artist's Talk — Steve Shill

For our next Visiting Artist’s Talk at the University of Leeds, we welcome Steve Shill.

Steve Shill is a director, writer and producer in TV and film and has worked on many of the world’s biggest shows including The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Dexter, ER, The West Wing, Law & Order, Shameless, The Flash and many others. He directed the hit movie Obsessed starring Beyoncé Knowles which opened at number one at the US box office. Steve won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for the Season Four finale of Dexter. He directed the pilot episode of The Tudors. He was also nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for his screenwriting on Deadwood.

Born in England, Steve is a 1980 graduate of Leeds University’s Fine Art Department where he was a painter, printer and photographer. He became an actor with ground-breaking Leeds-based experimental theatre company Impact Theatre Cooperative then wrote, directed and produced his own theatre work for almost a decade. In 1993 Steve was invited onto the BBC Drama Director’s Course in London and went on to direct the UK dramas Eastenders, Casualty, Emmerdale and The Bill

About the Visiting Artists’ Talks

The Visiting Artists' Talks (VAT) series for 2021/22 takes place live via Zoom every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks.

Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body honestly about their career journey and interests.

All our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are also open to anyone else who would like to join us.

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For further information about the VAT series, please email Gill Park.


Photo courtesy of Steve Shill.