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The Team

HighTide is comprised of a core team of hard-working staff, supported by an active voluntary board and figurehead patrons and advisory council. HighTide also works closely with a group of talented writers and directors as part of our First Commissions and Associate Artists schemes.

Our core team comprises:

Steven Atkinson  Artistic Director / CEO

Steven is co-founder and Artistic Director for HighTide, and creates the year-round artistic programme. Steven works closely with emerging writers to help hone their skills, and directs HighTide productions throughout the year including recently In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre) and The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre).

Francesca Clark  Executive Producer
Francesca is Executive Producer for HighTide, and manages the strategic operations and supports the Artistic Director in the delivery of the artistic programme. Francesca produces the annual HighTide Festival and all subsequent transfers and touring work.

Paul Jellis Festival Producer

Paul provided maternity cover for Francesca in 2016/2017. He continues to work for HighTide on a freelance basis to produce our brand new festival in Walthamstow, where he lives, and which he initiated during his maternity cover period.

Robyn Keynes General Manager
Robyn assists Francesca with delivering the annual HighTide Festival, and all subsequent transfers and touring work, as well as managing the day-to-day running of HighTide as an organisation.

Andrew Twyman Associate Director
Andrew assists Steven in realising the artistic programme for HighTide, in particular overseeing our development schemes such as First Commissions and Artistic Associates.

Charlotte Fraser Birkbeck Assistant Director

Charlotte is on attachment to HighTide from Birkbeck University, and assists Andrew and Steven with play reading and delivering schemes such as First Commissions.

Theresa Ikoko Channel 4 Playwright

Following on from Theresa's debut play Girls at HighTide Festival 2016, Theresa will be on attachment to HighTide throughout 2017 to develop a brand new play as well as provide mentorship for other new and emerging writers.

Charlie Dog  HighTide Mascot
Charlie Dog provides moral support, a wet nose and waggy tail for every occasion.