Ian Giles

At the Royal Liberty School 1961-1968

(Ian, centre of image, School Photo 1962)

After attending the Royal Liberty School, Ian went on to read English Literature at the University of Sussex. Since then, his career has seen him take on a multitude of roles within the world of theatre and the creative arts including time spent as an Assistant Director at the Tyneside Theatre Company in Newcastle, Associate Director for both the Bubble Theatre Company in London and the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, as well as being invited to direct as far afield as Australia for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Since then Ian has spent time as an Artistic Director in Leicester and as a fellow in Theatre Studies at the University of Lancaster.

Over the past 25 years, Ian has dedicated himself to the education of others, becoming Teacher of English at the Queen Margaret's School in York, though has still found the time to not only add an MA in creative writing from the University of Leeds but also to act himself, something he discovered a love for during his time at Royal Liberty.

"(My time at Royal Liberty) prepared me in many ways as well as being a happy experience in itself.

At the top end of the school I developed leadership qualities as Deputy Head Boy and Captain of The Second XI Football team, administration as secretary of Football, editorial skills as editor of the School Magazine and I was bitten by the theatre bug when Mr Slade cast me in the leading role in the 1967 School Play ‘Nil Carborundum’ and the following year we did ‘Waiting for Godot’."