I am a freelance theatre producer and producer of the multi-award-winning Papatango Theatre Company. My work revolves around identifying, developing, and producing/publishing emerging, often debut and unrepresented, playwrights.
I have mounted shows at the Old Vic Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Park Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Finborough Theatre, and transferred work internationally. My recent productions have won the 2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award and been nominated for several Off West End Awards.
I supervise MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Screen students at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and am a visiting lecturer at the University of York.
Theatre producer specialising in new writing, artist development, fundraising from trusts and foundations and Arts Council England, and participation and engagement. I have produced emerging writers in the West End and Off West End, and transferred work internationally.
Producer, Papatango Theatre Company, 2012 – present
Papatango is one of UK theatre’s biggest new writing and talent development companies. We run multiple industry-leading opportunities for emerging playwrights. A 2015 survey by the Arts Link found our artists and participants are 23% BAME and that 20% see theatre less than twice a year. We strive to discover and launch new and different playwriting talent.
Tutor, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, 2013 – present
I supervise candidates on the MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Screen course.
Visiting Lecturer, University of York, 2016 - present
I lead producing workshops at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.
Freelance Producer, 2012 – present
My independent productions include:
Transatlantic Commissions, Old Vic Theatre, July 2015
The world premieres of three new plays.
Donkey Heart, Old Red Lion Theatre, May 2014; Trafalgar Studios, January 2015
The world premiere of Moses Raine’s play, directed by Nina Raine, winner of TMA, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards. Transferred to the West End.
The Keepers of Infinite Space, Park Theatre, January 2014
The world premiere by Leverhulme Associate Playwright Omar El-Khairy.
Tejas Verdes, Edinburgh Festival, August 2013
The revival of Fermin Cabal’s play to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Chilean coup.
Happy New, Trafalgar Studios, June 2013
The West End premiere of Brendan Cowell’s play, starring Lisa Dillon (Ian Charleson Award and Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award).
The Fear of Breathing, Finborough Theatre, July 2012; Akasaka Theatre, Tokyo, November 2013
The world premiere of a verbatim play researched by a team of award-winning journalists operating in secret inside Syria. Subsequently translated and premiered in Japan.
My productions have won or been nominated for multiple awards, including:
2013 Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award (Dawn King for Foxfinder), winner
2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award (May Sumbwanyambe for After Independence), winner
2015 Off West End Awards for Best Play, Best Female and Best Male (Tomcat), nominated
2016 Off West End Awards for Most Promising Playwright and Best Set (Orca), nominated
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Creative Producing (Distinction), 2012: awarded an AHRC Scholarship.
Oxford University, MA English (First Class), 2010: awarded the 2009 Laurie Hart Prize.
Gosforth Academy, four A grades at A-Level; eight A* and three A grades at GCSE, 2007.