Owen’s belief in the power of theatre to transform communities has shaped his career in the arts, much of which has focused upon making innovative theatre for and with young people. He is the Artistic Director of The Point and The Berry Theatres in Hampshire. Prior to this, he established Arcola Theatre’s award-winning Creative Learning Department, which he ran for four years. Owen has also worked for York Theatre Royal, The Courtyard Centre for the Arts and Theatre Royal Plymouth. As Vice Chair of the National Association of Youth Theatres, Owen helped to shape the future of youth theatre in England for six years from 2007-2013.
Theatre credits include: Around the World in Eighty Days, Boy with a Suitcase and Walking the Tightrope (Arcola Theatre); I am a Camera (Rosemary Branch - nominated for Best Director Off West End Awards 2011); 1984, The Children and The UN Inspector (York Theatre Royal); and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Courtyard).
Owen is excited by work that takes place outside of traditional theatre spaces, challenging audience’s perceptions of what theatre is and what it does. He has created radical site-specific productions in spaces including a ruined abbey, an urban wheatfield and a multi-story car park.
Owen’s international work, including his project The Uncommercial Traveller (developed in collaboration with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk Enrichment), has been presented at the Karachi Literature Festival (Pakistan), The National Playwriting Festival (Melbourne, Australia) and the Infecting the City festival (Cape Town, South Africa).