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

The Company

Ramin Gray

Artistic Director

ATC to me is cosmopolitan, contemporary and chic.

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Ramin Gray

Artistic Director

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.

Dominic Cooke, former Artistic Director Royal Court Theatre

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.

Nick Williams

Executive Director

ATC to me is about the endless possibilities of travel.

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Nick Williams

Executive Director

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.

Jess Banks

Assistant Producer

ATC to me is a home from home.

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Jess Banks

Assistant Producer

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 ATC as Assistant Producer.

Ed Armitage

Finance Manager

ATC to me is a hotbed of fiery creative activity.

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Ed Armitage

Finance Manager

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.

Rosemary McKenna

Associate Director

Rosemary’s passion for new writing and international theatre brought her to ATC in January 2015.

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Rosemary McKenna

Associate Director

Originally from Northern Ireland, Rosemary studied English Literature and Drama at Trinity College Dublin. She was introduced to the world of professional theatre in her third year at university, as an assistant director to Selina Cartmell on her award winning production of Medea at the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Rosemary made her own professional debut when her undergraduate production of Enda Walsh’s Bedbound was picked up by The New Theatre, Dublin, for a six week run. The production was noted among the Sunday Times theatre highlights of 2011.

After graduating, Rosemary was accepted onto the prestigious artist development programme, Rough Magic SEEDS. As part of this scheme Rosemary assisted on a number of the company’s productions including Improbable Frequency, The Housekeeper and The Critic. She also assisted Jeremy Herrin on Hero at The Royal Court Theatre. The SEEDS programme also enabled Rosemary to travel and to engage with theatre and artists internationally.

In December 2013 Rosemary directed a production of Juan Mayorga’s Way To Heaven at The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, for which she was nominated as Best Director at The Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Rosemary has directed numerous new plays and Irish premieres as well as readings of new and international work for Druid Theatre Company and The Dublin Theatre Festival.

Josh Elliott

Trainee Administrator

ATC to me is a brave new world.

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Josh Elliott

Trainee Administrator

Josh is the latest addition to the team. After graduating from the University of Warwick, Josh received an AHRC Professional Preparation Masters award to study Playwriting at Birmingham. A burgeoning passion for contemporary theatre with an internationalist agenda led him to the ATC.

Previously, Josh worked with Latimer Group, developing screenplays for organisations using film to affect social change. In this capacity, clients included charities Tender and Respect, and the UK Govt. Department of Health. He has also volunteered for the Little Angel Theatre and worked front of house at the Royal Court and Hampstead Theatre.