The work of ATC is supported by a Board of Trustees, all hailing from a range of backgrounds.
35 Performances overseas in 2017/18
Sudha is an actor/playwright and a pioneering artistic leader. She is co-founder of Tamasha theatre company where she served as co-artistic director for 26 years. She has written extensively for Tamasha and her landmark plays include Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral (winner of Barclays/TMA Best Musical) an adaptation of the booker shortlisted A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, and Strictly Dandia (all with Kristine Landon-Smith). Her solo plays include The House of Bilquis bibi (Lorca’s The House of Bernada Alba transposed to contemporary Pakistan) and most recently the critically acclaimed My Name is… which Sudha also adapted for Radio 4.
Sudha’s extensive acting career includes Eastenders, Doctors and Casualty for the BBC, Stella for Sky tv, and most recently she played Sonia Rahman in Coronation Street. Theatre credits include Khandan by Gurpreet Bhatti and Sudha is a regular contributor on Radio 4.
Patricia Burns is a barrister at One Essex Court, specialising in commercial law. She has substantial experience of complex, high-value international litigation and alternative dispute resolution, particularly in the field of banking and finance. Patricia is involved in a number of initiatives to promote the recruitment and retention of women at the bar, and is the founding member of One Essex Court’s Wellbeing Committee, which has a particular focus on mental health issues. Patricia read Law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2010. In her spare time, Patricia is an avid consumer of theatre, novels and Netflix.
Maria M Delgado (Chair) is an academic, critic and curator. Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, she is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published widely in the area of European theatre, including Federico García Lorca (Routledge 2008), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (MUP 2003), Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Routledge, 2010), A History of the Theatre in Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and six further co-edited volumes.
Her film work includes 19 years as a programme adviser on Spanish and Spanish-American cinema to the London Film Festival, and curatorial/programming work for the Ciné Lumière, ICA and BFI Southbank. Maria writes on film and theatre for a range of publications including Sight & Sound, Plays International, and European Stages, and is a regular contributor to a range of BBC radio programmes.
She has served on a range of juries and panels, including the Rolex 2001–02 Mentor and Protégé Nominating Panel and the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Panel and is currently an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Academia Europaea. Honours include the ATHE Excellence in Editing Award (2013), the Premi Joan Cendròs (2009) and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica from King Juan Carlos (2003).
Nelson Fernandez is an arts producer and cultural facilitator with long experience of working throughout the world. During a career as an artist, producer, and facilitator, he has worked with organisations of every conceivable size and profile in the fields of dance, drama, opera, and visual arts.
In 1997, after working as a dance artist with companies in the UK, Europe, and North America and later as an independent arts producer, he joined the British Council and was seconded to Visiting Arts, where he developed a a broad spectrum of arts management and cultural leadership programmes dealing with the visual and performing arts.
He left Visiting Arts in 2008 to set up NFA International Arts and Culture. NFA is an arts production company providing specialist services to artists and arts organisations, as well as to foundations, government agencies, and academic institutions involved in international arts and cultural operations. The company undertakes project and event management, strategic development advice, arts management training and development, and brokering of international relationships, bringing together the international expertise and contacts of its two principal directors.
Nelson is a Trustee of Brighton Festival & Dome Ltd., and Theatre O, as well as Deputy Chair of ATC Theatre Company. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et Lettres and was awarded an OBE by HM The Queen for services to the arts in the June 2009 Birthday Honours List.
Vincent Keaveny is a partner at international law firm, DLA Piper UK LLP. He advises financial institutions and companies throughout the UK and Europe on banking and finance matters. He was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in the City of London in 2013 and currently serves on the Finance Committee and City Bridge Trust Committee of the Corporation of London. Vincent is also the Court of Aldermen's representative trustee on the Board of the Sir John Soane's Museum. Vincent is a director/trustee of the contemporary music ensemble, Exaudi. Vincent was Master of the City of London Solicitors’ Company in 2014/15. He served on the Committee of the City of London Law Society from 2006 to 2013 and was President of the Society in 2014/15.
David Massarella is a barrister in private practice. He specialises in employment and discrimination law, has appeared in many high-profile cases, is a co-author of two recent text books (on family rights and the Equality Act 2010) and a Trustee of Southwark Citizens Advice Bureaux. Before being called to the Bar in 1997, David worked as a director in theatre and opera, including work for the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and Salisbury Playhouse, where he was Associate Director. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Banff Centre in Canada and read Modern Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Michael Quine started out after university as the Law Society's first Statistician then saw the light and moved into arts (theatre mostly) management. For a dozen or so years he was chief exec (as the post is now called) of a succession of theatres, the last being York Theatre Royal, all of which he pulled back into financial security. He then went to City University London to teach and run postgraduate courses in arts & cultural policy and management. During over 20 years there he developed substantial international links encouraging student and academic staff mobility while also carrying out consultancy work – notably to secure the future of Jersey Opera House, and as co-director of the DCMS 2001 Cultural Industries Mapping Document. For its initial six years he was a Jury Member for the European Cultural Foundation's €10,000 Young Cultural Policy Researcher Award and still runs its annual Forum. He is a Board Member at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, and is also working to develop an audience for touring theatre in the Staffordshire Moorlands. He is a regular visitor to the State Theatre Academy in St Petersburg.