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HighTide Festival 2016

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 the artistic programme. Francesca produces the annual HighTide Festival and all subsequent transfers and touring work.

Paul Jellis  Executive Producer (Maternity Cover)
Paul is Executive Producer (Maternity Cover) for HighTide. Paul has a long association with HighTide, as the co-producer of Nick Payne's Incognito (Bush Theatre / Live Theatre) and as an Artistic Associate.

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.

Holly White Administrative Assistant
Holly works to assist the team in all areas in delivering our annual Festival and all subsequent tours and transfers.

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

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.