Actors Touring Company [ATC] aims to create innovative, contemporary and future facing theatre for audiences in England, the UK and internationally.
Since being founded in 1980, ATC has toured ambitious theatre that inspires and challenges audiences. Working with artists at the cutting edge of theatre practice, we seek out new perspectives and engage the public in unusual ways. Our lean aesthetic places the actor at the heart of the performance whilst aiming for environmental sustainability. By developing practitioners and audiences alike, we seek to expand the possibilities for touring forward-looking international writing that engages with both the world around us and the challenges of our time.
25 Performances overseas in 2013/14
ATC to me is cosmopolitan, contemporary and chic.Read more
— Dominic Cooke, former Artistic Director Royal Court Theatre
Ramin Gray is one of Britain's most ground-breaking, enquiring and theatrical directors. He is also a passionate advocate of new plays, especially those with a contemporary form and sensibility. I'm excited to see how he brings these strengths to his leadership of ATC.
After directing, designing and acting in many plays at University, Ramin began directing professionally in 1988 with a production of John Marston’s The Malcontent at the Latchmere Theatre in London. In 1990 he was awarded a Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme bursary which took him to the Liverpool Playhouse where initially he directed classic texts such Franz Wedekind’s Spring Awakening and Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge.
At Liverpool Ramin began directing new plays. He forged a particularly close relationship with playwright Gregory Motton, directing among others the world premieres of A Message for the Broken-Hearted at Liverpool Playhouse and BAC, Cat and Mouse (Sheep) in Paris at the Odéon Théâtre National de l’Europe and Gate Theatre (in English) and Théâtre National de Gennevilliers (in French). Also at the Gate he directed premieres by Paul Godfrey and the first British production of a Jon Fosse play, The Child.
From 2000-09 Ramin was at the Royal Court, first as International Associate, then as Associate Director where he directed over fifteen world or British premieres. In the Theatre Upstairs these included: Push Up by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers, Ladybird by Vassily Sigarev, Way to Heaven by Juan Mayorga, Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, Just a Bloke by David Watson and Scenes from the Back of Beyond by Meredith Oakes. In the Theatre Downstairs he directed Simon Stephens’ Motortown (also Wiener Festwochen, Falter critics’ prize), Max Frisch’s The Arsonists, Martin Crimp’s Advice to Iraqi Women, two plays by Marius von Mayenburg, The Ugly One and The Stone, and Over There by Mark Ravenhill (also Schaubuehne, Berlin). Ramin also did play development work for the Royal Court on almost every continent.
Ramin’s freelance theatre work in the UK includes two plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, David Greig’s The American Pilot and Leo Butler’s I’ll Be The Devil, and Alistair Beaton’s King of Hearts which he co-directed with Max Stafford-Clark for Hampstead Theatre and Out of Joint.
Internationally, Ramin has directed two plays by Simon Stephens, the German language premiere of Harper Reagan at the Salzburg Festival and On The Shore of the Wild World at Volkstheater Wien (Karl-Skraup Prize). His 2010 Viennese production of Dennis Kelly’s Orphans was nominated for the Nestroy Prize. His Russian production of The Ugly One won Best Director at the Textura Festival, Perm in 2010.
In 2009 Ramin directed Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, conducted by Simone Young. In 2010 he directed the European premiere of Brett Dean’s Bliss at Hamburgische Staatsoper. Most recently, he has directed the UK premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Ernest for the Royal Opera House.
Ramin has also directed all of ATC’s productions since 2011. Thus far, these have been The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig, the first major revival of Crave by Sarah Kane and a new Russian play, Illusions by Ivan Viripaev. He has most recently directed David Greig's The Events, voted by critics in The Guardian as the 'Best Play of 2013'. An ATC co-production with Young Vic Theatre, Brageteatret in Drammen, and Schauspielhaus Vienna, Ramin also directed the Norwegian and Austrian productions of The Events.
ATC to me is about the endless possibilities of travel.Read more
Nick Williams is Actors Touring Company’s Executive Director and produces all of its shows. He joined the company in 2011 and has led the development of its profile, fundraising and international touring programme to new levels.
Previously Nick has worked for Paines Plough, the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. As a freelance strategy consultant, he supported Coney achieve ACE National Portfolio funding and develop its organisational structure; People’s Palace Projects to present its wealth of evaluative material in a compelling manner to major funders; Redbridge Drama Centre to renew its National Portfolio Funding and Nutkhut to strategically develop its operations and structure and renew its Arts Council funding.
Nick has previously been Senior Theatre Officer at the London office of the Arts Council, where he looked after a major theatre clients in London, as well as leading the development of a national infrastructure for new musical theatre, within-London touring, and brokered a major new approach to collaborative working between the London producing theatres. Nick also ran the arts unit of Westminster City Council, plugging the highest quality arts activity into the Council’s agendas.
Nick has travelled extensively both for business and pleasure, and relaxes by trying to keep his garden under control.
ATC to me is international theatre, blue folders, rap music, Daft Punk, super creamy ice-creams and Tweetdeck.Read more
Ania joined Actors Touring Company in August 2012. Prior to this, she had served as as a freelance arts producer and manager for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), Katie Mitchell and Shunt.
Ania completed MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths. She previously studied performing arts in France and Poland. Her love for delivering international projects brought her to ATC.
Outside of work, Ania pursues her passion for modern performance, having written extensively about theatre as well as actively participating in contemporary dance.
ATC to me is Margaret's last words in 'Illusions', uttered beautifully inside a basement in East London surrounded by lights.Read more
Tiru joined ATC in July 2012, having previously worked as a fundraiser within the youth charity sector. Tiru has run major nationwide fundraising campaigns, with corporate partners including West End musicals and publications such as the New Musical Express. Tiru is particularly proud of successfully pitching a music charity he worked for, helping them win a ‘Charity of the Year Award’ at the MOBOs. With his passion for supporting creativity and new talent, Tiru also ran arts collective Scenery Chewer following the completion of his degree in English Literature at the University of Nottingham.
Tiru has also been known to tread the boards on occasion. He is particularly proud of his performances as Max Miller in Ken Lee’s ‘Happy as a Sandbag’, Lysander in a feminist retelling of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and the philsopher Bertrand Russell. Tiru also has a self-admittedly disproportionate love for Kanye West.
ATC to me is a hotbed of fiery creative activity.Read more
Ed joined ATC in September 2011. Ed was previously a civil servant with the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency, but has left and set up a small Accounting company. Having studied English at University in Hull he has a keen interest in Literature and Performing Arts.
ATC to me is a cultural kaleidoscope where new ideas merge and spring to life.Read more
Polina joined Actors Touring Company in June 2013. Born in Krasnodar, Polina spent a fair chunk of her life in Russia before going on to read English at Corpus Christi College Oxford. Unofficially her directorial training began at university where she got stuck into everything from acting, make up and production managing to directing shows in chapels and on badminton courts (as well as in actual theatres!). The training then continued with a Masters in European Theatre from Edinburgh, a diploma in directing from LAMDA and a year at the Orange Tree Theatre on their wonderful Trainee Director Scheme.
Directing credits include Overruled (Old Red Lion), Dutchman (Orange Tree), Asya (based on Turgenev, LAMDA) and Punchcut (Etcetera Theatre), as well as a rehearsed reading for Annie Caulfield’s Another Sound.
Polina has assisted Sam Walters, Anthony Clark, Joseph Blatchley, Steven Jameson, Matt Poever, David Grindley and Lyndsey Turner (on the Royal Court gala scenes).
In addition to this she has recently taught ensemble performance to first year acting students as a visiting director at Mountview and continues to be involved in the Orange Tree Youth theatre.
ATC to me is theatre of intrigue upon intrigue, wrapped in even more intrigue.Read more
Jess first worked with Actors Touring Company in 2011 on the production of The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig. She headed back to ATC again in June 2013 to undertake the production of The Events and be part of its award-winning team.
Prior to this she has worked as a freelance Stage Manager on a variety of productions including opera, musical theatre, plays, comedy and children’s theatre. Jess completed a BA (Hons) in Stage management and technical theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Jess loves cider, long walks in the countryside, baking, and not having to answer the question "Jess, what do you like doing in your spare time?"