Okay, so I got here via a rather unorthodox route: born in Trinidad; moved to England aged 1; went to school in South London (Sutton, Mitcham, Tooting, Epsom Art College); guitarist in rock, jazz bands; songwriter; stand-up comic; music teacher (Goldsmiths College); then discovered theatre at the Albany Empire where realised I had always been trying to write musical-theatre without knowing it; 1996 got the job as Artistic Director of Black Theatre Co-op, which became Nitro. I left after 19 extraordinary and fulfilling years. Now I'm enjoying a life of directing, composing and flying rather too much between Sydney and London. Re-reading this it doesn't seem such an unorthodox route after all - it's the only one I could have taken. 

Got an MBE in 2012 for services to musical theatre; as a wobbly socialist republican this was a conflict but as an artist I was immensely grateful for the nomination from my peers. You can see a full list of the work I've done in the CV section

On a personal level, I'm married to the formidable and rather gorgeous Kristine Landon-Smith and we have two boys, Louis and Ishan - both equally formidable in their own ways. 

Photo: Simon Dewey