We support young and emerging writers of all ages in developing and producing their work and making sure it reaches an audience.
We provide a range of workshops, courses, services and resources to emerging writers, education providers and community organisations. Full details of the services we offer can be found on our Education and Community, Youth Theatre and For Writers section. No matter your age or level of writing experience Brush Stroke Order can help bring your words to life.
Led by Naomi Sumner Chan, the company’s name and ethos is inspired by her Chinese ethnicity and the art of traditional Chinese calligraphy which requires skill and years of dedication to perfect. At Brush Stroke Order we believe writing is a craft and that writers need time to develop their skills, technique and writing style.
Naomi trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and has a background in Participatory Theatre and Community Engagement. She began writing for the stage in 2013 and her short play HIGH FORCE was one of the winners of the inaugural First Break Festival Writing Competition at Oldham Coliseum Theatre that year. Her work has been produced professionally at venues across the North West and London including Bolton Octagon, Theatre 503 and The Arcola Theatre. Naomi also has experience of self producing and touring her own work.
In 2014 her one act play PASS was chosen to be performed at the Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival and nominated for the Vicky Allen Award for best new play. Later that year “Pass” made it through to the final round of shortlisting for the BBC Writersroom Drama Script call out. Naomi was also shortlisted for the ITV Original Voices scheme offering BAME writers the opportunity to write for “Coronation Street.”
Naomi has gained experience critiquing the work of other writers in a range of contexts and learnt how to give constructive feedback in face to face settings as well as in writing. Throughout 2015 Naomi taught a beginners playwriting group at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and directed informal end of term sharings. Naomi was on the panel of judges for the Write For The Stage award for Best New Writing as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she spent several months at the National Theatre Studio as part of her Step Change secondment working with Senior Dramaturg Nina Steiger and supporting the Senior Reader Gillian Greer with unsolicited script submissions. She was then invited to join the National Theatre reader’s panel and now provides written feedback on unsolicted scripts.
Naomi currently reads for the Papa Tango Prize, Theatre 503, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Box of Tricks Theatre Company and The National Theatre.
She is currently on the ADLP Leaders of Tomorrow Programme for BAME Cultural leaders and a member of the Genesis Directors Network at The Young Vic.