Doug Crossley

  • Writer / Collaborator / (Not yet) Candlestick maker
  • London & Internationally

What do you call a man with a spade on his head?

Doug: A man who has developed a sense of humour because people really love to tell him that joke. Also, a man who finds grand meaning in his name apparently. Like, how it serves him well because to dig and explore is what he was put here on this planet to do (metaphorically that is, absolutely no good with a fossil brush).

I work in a number of ways. As a writer on creative projects myself, and as a coach and collaborator to others. Have a dig around this site for examples of different projects I've been part of. Then, if you fancy, drop me a line via the contact page.

Some things about me that demonstrate I'm a human being? Sure.

I'm quite fascinated by transformation. Less cars-into-robots and more caterpillars into butterflies. I can't get enough of agape gazing at our capacity as human beings to transform. Possibly because I enjoy shape shifting and trying things out myself? I don't know. I like to know my own resistance and fears so I can be familiar with them. Hopefully this clear to see from the variety of projects and arena's I've played in. It's not all about me though, I love to support people through key moments of transformation: personally and professionally. I believe we work to live and we can have a great time living intriguing and deeply individual paths, if we're game for a bit of bravery.

I'm a longstanding student and advocate of what is too often referred to as "mental health". I think we can now just address it as "health", seeing as the issues that present in this area are rarely exclusive to the mind. I've spent 15 years of my life as an ally to the spirit and consciousness enquirer, thirstily reading and exploring avenues to wellbeing, recovery and connection. I guess that's why you'll find me coaching others alongside the work I'm creating for myself.

All in all, I'm the guy to bring the "who can help me with this?" task to. Maybe you want to make something beautiful, silly, or both? Perhaps you're about to deliver the most exhilarating speech of your career, or your LIFE? Or daring to write a book, or dreaming about make a daunting shift in your life?

Whatever floats your ferry, find out more about me below and then come at me with your weird and wonderful creative needs.

Skills

SpeechwritingSpeaker CoachingCoachingPlaywritingIdeation & ConceptingConceptual CopywritingTreatment WritingVideo ContentTone of Voice & Brand StorytellingShort & Long CopyTraining / Workshop FacilitationImprov ComedyPiano* (*improving)GhostwritingScript DevelopmentSongwriting

Clients

McCann London/Paris, Comic Relief, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky News, Barclays, ESPN, Nestlé Fitness, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Tabasco, Disney, ABC Studios, MediaCom, National Geographic Channel, EY, BOX TV, BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Forum, Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre, BDA Creative, A Perfect Tribe

Experience

Freelance Integrated Copywriter at Inc: Hoot Comedy, FCB Inferno, McCann, Sapient

2011 – Present London, UK

Senior conceptual creative. Specialist scriptwriter with a sharp eye for social. The quirkier the brief the better. Experienced in everything from massive 360* campaigns down to the specifics of social and TOV.

Freelance contracts ranging from one-day to over a year. In massive agencies, design studios, production companies and direct to client. Agencies include McCann London & Paris, FCB Inferno, Sapient Nitro, VCCP Kin and Design Bridge. Production companies include: Hoot Comedy, The Edge Picture Company, Casual Films.

Clients include: Yahoo, KFC, Havaianas, British Airways & Open Skies, Nestlé, Cheerios, Sky Media, Vodafone, PwC, Compare the Market.

BAFTA Rocliffe Winning Screenwriter & Playwright at n/a

2007 – Present Nationwide

I’m a highly skilled playwright and screenwriter. I studied at The BRIT School of Performing Arts and later at Guildford School of Acting where I wrote my first play. I’ve since honed my skills through invited writer’s groups at The Royal Court, Bush, Arcola and Soho Theatre. I’ve been commissioned to write plays for some great organisations including York Theatre Royal, Action Transport Theatre and Arts Council England.

My work has been performed on tour nationally, and in theatres including The Other Palace (Formerly St James Theatre), Theatre503, Arcola Theatre and York Theatre Royal. I was longlisted for the Best Play Award at The Writers Guild of Great Britain for my work with Action Transport Theatre.

Trainer / Workshop Facilitator at Freelance inc.

2007 – Present London

I offer training packages for groups and on a one-to-one basis. Specialist areas include: Speechwriting, Creativity, Scriptwriting and Storytelling. I recently became an associate trainer to Albany Associates and Fibre Training.

My experience as a creative leader and workshop facilitator spans adults and young people, with a wide range of learning abilities, in a number of different contexts.

Clients include: Theatre Royal Masterclass Trust, Cragrats (formerly Speakeasy4Schools), InterAct Drama and Great Ormond Street Hospital and Action Transport Theatre.

My workshops and training are fun, playful and practical. I’m a passionate advocate for education and personal development. I love to learn and I like to enable people to envisage and actualise their potential.

Awards

BAFTA Rocliffe, Forum List Comedy Winner

Won for my original TV Comedy – FAIRIES

Best B2C Promotion and Information, EVCOM

Innovators Award Winner, Ideas Tap / Peter De Haan Trust

Ideas Tap is online resource recognising excellence and offering funding opportunities to emerging creative artists.