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Joe Standerline
Joe Standerline
"Joe used his skills and talent to encourage writers to think critically about their work and to produce rounded characters and good quality writing. Michael Groves." Banksfield Community Centre, Lincoln

All About Joe Standerline

Joe adapts novels into stage plays for Oxford University Press, Heinemann Plays and Reid International and his most recent publication is a collection of original plays commissioned by OUP entitled, ‘Exchanges’. Joe’s adaptation of Robert Swindells’ novel, Stone Cold is a set text on the drama specification for the WJEC Welsh GCSE Board.

He has over fifty professionally produced works to his name and his published material is regularly performed by schools, colleges and community groups both in this country and abroad. Joe also writes professional Pantomime scripts. Joe is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the National Association of Writers in Education and British Actors’ Equity. He holds advanced CRB certificate and public liability insurance.

Joe was the Head of the Acting Department for SLP Performing Arts College in Leeds delivering the Trinity Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre. He is now concentrating on his writing career. Over the past twenty years, he has delivered writing and acting workshops to people of all ages in a wide range of settings from Universities to Secure Units.

As an actor, TV work includes featured roles in Shameless, Hollyoaks, Stan the Man and Clocking Off. Professional theatre roles are many and varied with an annual pantomime contract. Joe has also worked in musical theatre including the role of Tin Woodsman in the sell-out Lowry Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, along side musical theatre legend, Lorna Luft.

Joe’s School Visits 

Joe works with KS2 upwards, from introductory sessions for schools and people starting out, to advanced courses or workshops for those with professional experience. Joe can begin his visit to the school with an interactive 30 minute assembly presentation (available for KS2). The assembly has a humorous tone, which includes some character poetry and stories about working in the theatre and TV as an actor and a writer. The assembly can also include an activity where the audience is asked to create a short film in their head and Q&A at the end.

Following the presentation Joe can deliver 3 – 4 workshops for the remainder of the day, workshops are for class group sizes and last for one hour each, these can be altered in length if requested by the school. Joe can either work with many different groups or for more intense sessions work with 1 group all day. Over-all Joe’s aim is to provide opportunities for active learning that is playful, supportive and inspiring.

A very popular workshop is Hollywood Story Pitching. Learners create high concept story ideas, pitch them to the rest of the group and, time allowing, act out key scenes from their stories. Positive and constructive feedback is offered during the process to inspire learners to go on to write their stories.

Writing workshops

Joe offers entertaining and challenging activities to encourage group cohesion and stimulate a high standard of written work. Joe has a very flexible approach, so is always pleased to work with schools on their preferred aims, themes etc, for the day. Whatever you chose, you can be assured the session will be well structured, memorable and have clear learning objectives.
Joe focuses on shared skills and knowledge include; character archetypes, story structure, dialogue, expectations of styles and genres, script layouts, ICT help and discrete 1-1 support.
Hollywood Producers creating a pitching Hollywood movie style stories (short or full).
Devised Drama work with a short performance at the end of the day (working with the same group all day). These drama workshops can follow a theme or message to be shared with the rest of the school.
Radio Writing Working with live and pre-recorded sound effects to create affecting scenes and sketches.

Acting courses and workshops

Acting for camera: Playful, supportive workshops for anyone interested in learning how to act for TV or film. Informed by the principles of ‘method acting’ but without having to put yourself through any of the emotional trauma. The aim is for participants to produce astonishingly truthful performances with a combination of technique classes, text investigations, improvisation and practical camera work. The course can include work recorded and reviewed on camera. Equipment can be provided though school equipment can also be used.
Stage acting: Techniques applied with specific reference to theatre performances, including voice work, character development techniques, actors’ physicality, improvisation, working with text, dialect coaching and directed performances.

Screenwriting: Classic story, including Hollywood story structure paradigms and character archetypes. Screenwriting sessions have also included Soap and Sitcom writing. Content depends on the structure of the day.
Radio writing: Sessions to inspire short radio plays or sketch show formats. If working with the same group all day, material is chosen to be recorded at the end of the day.
Character development: A combination of writing and acting activities to create, develop and explore characters. Shorter sessions share tips, tricks and advice whereas day long sessions provide opportunities for deeper learning through practical activities. I sometimes ask that participants bring dolls or action figures into the longer sessions.
Acting for Camera: Tricks, tips and techniques for budding TV and Movie actors which are applied to real TV scripts. Ideally this session requires the same group of participants for a whole day and should not exceed twenty. The smaller the group, the greater the learning outcomes.

Equipment required

Wherever possible Joe would like schools to provide a camera and TV monitor – it is best to use the equipment the school is used to working with. Joe will provide worksheets/scripts that he will email in advance to the school of his visit.

Reviews and Recommendations

“The children really enjoyed working with Joe. Group activities were very successful and the children wrote independently after the session. They have retained their ideas and had ownership of their stories. I hope we can work with Joe again.”Verity Knowles – Longview Primary School, Liverpool

“An excellent day. Highly productive and enjoyable for all concerned.” Jason Robinson – South Wirral High School

“Joe was really inspiring. He related very well with the children and was quick to enthuse them.” Ben Gould – St. Dominic’s Catholic Primary School

“Joe used his skills and talent to encourage writers to think critically about their work and to produce rounded characters and good quality writing.” Michael Groves – Banksfield Community Centre, Lincoln

“Your input was one of the strengths of our course.” Lynn Campbell – Liverpool Hope University

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Joe Standerline, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at