Umar Butt


Nelson Browne Management
The Garden Studios
71-75 Shelton Street

Telephone: 07796 891388


Urdu, Punjabi, English

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Umar Butt

Umar is a working class writer of colour, director, actor and a theatre maker, focused on socially engaged work. Born in Gujranwala, Pakistan, and sought refuge in Glasgow with his family, when he was 12 years old.

His position as an Associate Artist of both ARC Stockton Arts Centre and Proteus Theatre Company gives him a platform to develop work for people of colour. Umar was also a cofounder of Bijli, a theatre company focused on creating work to encourage diversity across cultures and art forms for Scottish and UK communities, and beyond. Bijli was the inaugural company in residence at National Theatre of Scotland.

As a first generation migrant, Umar is passionate about exploring, learning and sharing global human stories of belonging, family, community and displacement, closer to home.

His writing credits include: The Village (Diwali commission from ARC Stockton); SARA (Middlesbrough Mela Aug 2020); Alex & Eliza (which made The Stage's top 5 shows of Nov 19); How To Make A Killing in Bollywood (2012/16) which toured nationally following its success at the Edinburgh Fringe; Lupo (2011) for Grahamstown Festival, South Africa; and Sylhety (Bangladesh 2008).

Umar is currently in the process of writing and directing two new projects that have been funded by ACE (Arts Council England). Welcome to the Jungle is a piece about immigration and substance abuse. Bird in the Window is a physical theatre show about the effect of grief in children.

Photograph by Nick Wesson

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