Artistic Director

Steven Atkinson (Photo: Bill Knight)

Steven Atkinson
Artistic Director 2007-Present

Steven co-founded HighTide Festival Theatre and is its Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive. 

Hear Steven talk with theatreVOICE about HighTide and the Financial Times about playwriting.  

Steven read Film & Theatre at Reading University, graduating in 2005. 

Direction for HighTide Festival Theatre:

peddling by Harry Melling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway, HighTide Festival), Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre), Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Nuffield Theatre, HighTide Festival); Bottleneck by Luke Barnes (Soho Theatre, UK tour, Pleasance Edinburgh); Clockwork by Laura Poliakoff (HighTide Festival); Bethany by Laura Marks (HighTide Festival with the Public Theater); Incoming by Andrew Motion (House of Commons, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Latitude Festival, HighTide Festival); Dusk Rings A Bell by Stephen Belber (Watford Palace Theatre, Assembly Edinburgh, HighTide Festival); Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Trafalgar Studios, Underbelly Edinburgh, HighTide Festival); Muhmah by Jesse Weaver (HighTide Festival), and The Pitch by Nick Payne (Latitude Festival). 

Other Direction Includes:

Three Card Trick by Luke Barnes, James Harker, Joe Ward Munrow (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse); The Afghan and the Penguin by Michael Hastings (BBC Radio 4); Freedom Trilogy by various (Hull Truck Theatre); Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet (Komedia Edinburgh).


2012 and 2010 Fringe First Awards for Educating Ronnie and Lidless; two SOLT Stage One Bursaries for Lidless and Stovepipe; 2009 Whatsonstage Award nomination for Best Off-West End Production (Stovepipe); and Esquire’s Brilliant Brits 2009.