Actors Touring Company makes international, contemporary theatre that travels. We create shows which activate and entertain the audience whilst asking questions of the world around us. We seek out new ideas, artists and perspectives and question what theatre is and can be through openness, invention and curiosity. Placing the actor at the heart of our work, and employing a lean aesthetic which promotes environmental sustainability, we have toured the UK and Internationally since we were founded in 1980, reaching audiences far and wide, using theatre to encourage them to examine the world around us.
86 UK performances in 2017/18, reaching audiences of over 25,000
Andrew Smaje is a theatre producer, consultant and mentor. He is currently Executive Director of ATC. Known for his work producing contemporary theatre, particularly new writing, Andrew’s productions and commissions were nominated at the TMA UK Theatre Awards in 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
He is also a consultant for leading theatre companies, organisations and artists, with clients including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Greyscale and The Empty Space. Andrew supports the development of emerging companies such as Curious Monkey and sits on the advisory board of Cap-a-Pie.
Andrew was Chief Executive of Hull Truck 2010 - 2012, producing work by contemporary playwrights both in Hull and on tour, and co-producing with partners including Headlong, Paines Plough and The Gate. His productions were nominated for the Renee Stepham Touring Award (TMA UK Theatre Awards) in 2012 and Best Visiting Production (Manchester Theatre Awards) in 2013.
Andrew was Associate Director of Theatre Royal Bath 2000 - 2010, supporting and developing new and innovative theatre across a broad spectrum of performance genres and practice, principally new writing. He supported many artists who are now key figures in British theatre, such as Lorne Campbell and Theatre Ad Infinitum. His final production as Artistic Director of the Ustinov, the world premiere of Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon, was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2011 and subsequently transferred to Hampstead Theatre.
Andrew created the Bath International Puppet Festival, a showcase for adult puppetry; he was co-Director of the Bath Shakespeare Festival, an unplugged festival of contemporary perspectives on Shakespeare’s work; and produced plays on both large and small scale, by writers such as Gregory Burke, David Greig and David Harrower.
Andrew was an Artistic Assessor for ACE from 2009-17 .
Jess first worked for Actors Touring Company in 2011 as Stage Manager on The Golden Dragon, she has returned to the company on several occasions including the productions of Illusions and The Events.
In 2007 she completed a degree in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and then followed a varied career as a freelance stage manager working across the board in theatre, dance, opera and musical theatre.
Jess has toured the UK extensively and on occasion dipped her toe in International waters. Her life on the road has taught her a great deal and she is excited to be working with Actors Touring Company as General Manager.
Alice grew up in Shropshire. After university, she started assistant directing at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. She went on to assistant direct at theatres including Royal & Derngate, Theatre Royal Bath, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. Directors she has assisted include Adrian Noble, Dominic Dromgoole, Laurence Boswell and Nancy Meckler.
Alice mainly directs new plays. Her recent productions of new plays include Daddy's Girl by Georgia Brown at the Vault Festival, which was one of 2017's Highly Commended shows, Birthday Suit by David K Barnes at the Old Red Lion, 10,000 Smarties by Josh Azouz at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, and fiji land by Nick Gill at the Southwark Playhouse. Other recent productions include Treasure by David Pinski at the Finborough Theatre and The Fever by Wallace Shawn at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. Alice has also directed numerous short plays and rehearsed readings, at venues including the St James Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, the Criterion, Theatre 503 and Rada.
Alice recently directed Max Frisch's Andorra at Oxford School of Drama and will be directing Tennessee Williams' Spring Storm, also at Oxford School of Drama, in June 2017.