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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 co-founded HighTide in 2007 in order to give fully resourced productions to new playwrights who otherwise could not find that level of support elsewhere. He now leads a year-round operation of staging on average five premiere productions a year, UK-wide touring (and occasionally international), programming and delivering large-scale festivals in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow, and a large programme of commissioning and young people’s work in collaboration with theatre companies from around the UK. He has commissioned and produced over eighty world premiere productions by writers including; Luke Barnes, Adam Brace, E V Crowe, Elinor Cook, Rob Drummond, Kieran Hurley, Theresa Ikoko, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Anders Lustgarten, Joel Horwood, Ella Hickson, Harry Melling, Nessah Muthy, Vinay Patel, Nick Payne, Phil Porter, Beth Steel, Sam Holcroft, Al Smith, Sam Steiner, Jack Thorne and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. On these productions, he has worked with directors including; Natalie Abrahami, Michael Boyd, Joe Douglas, Robert Icke, Elyace Ismail, Michael Longhurst, Ellen Mcdougall and Richard Twyman.

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.

Robyn Keynes Producer

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.

Paul Jellis Walthamstow 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.

Elizabeth Downie Aldeburgh Festival Producer

Elizabeth lives in Suffolk and works with Francesca and Robyn to produce the annual HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh.  She is focused on contributing to the continued success of this flagship event by delivering a bold programme of theatre to audiences drawn from across East Anglia.

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.