Actors Touring Company produces international contemporary theatre that travels - making the global, local and the local, global.
We are one of the only British theatre companies committed to producing international plays; and to touring the work of those global voices throughout the UK (and beyond).
Matthew Xia, one of British theatre’s most exciting talents, has been Artistic Director since 2019. Matthew brings with him fresh thinking about the global identities within contemporary British society. Matthew's work explores voices from the cultures that make up our globe and our nation – and the ways in which they intersect.
• We create theatre with a global perspective
• We engage with the issues, the events and the changes that impact and affect all of us – across society - at this moment in history
• We are the only British theatre company dedicated to the production of international plays for UK audiences
• We give voice to ‘the other', exploring cross-cultural and internationalism, how tribes and nations interact, exist with and effect one another in a hyperconnected world
• We place the actor at the heart of our ethos
• We employ a lean aesthetic which promotes environmental sustainability
Over 100,000 People have seen ATC's productions since 2012
Matthew Xia was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018. Matthew is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.
Some of Matthew’s acclaimed productions include: at the Royal Exchange, Manchester Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court), and Into The Woods; Blue/Orange and Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic; and Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse.
Other work of note includes: Blood Knot at The Orange Tree, Sleeping Beauty at Stratford East,Scrapper and Migration Music at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff; and NitroBeat’s Suckerpunch Boomsuite at the Barbican.
Under the pseudonym Excalibah, Matthew was the first DJ to join BBC 1Xtra, where he spent 6 years. As a sound designer and composer, credits include: The People Are Singing (Royal Exchange); Freerun (Udderbelly); That's The Way To Do It (TimeWontWait); Bolero Remixed (New London Orchestra). In 2012 Excalibah performed as a headline DJ at the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future and of Cardboard Citizens and has served on the boards of Rich Mix, Creative Futures and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has been a judge for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (2017) and the Alfred Fagon Award (2017 and 2018).
Andrew Smaje is a theatre producer, consultant and mentor. He has been Executive Director of ATC since 2016, where he has produced The Suppliant Women, Keep on Walking Federico, Winter Solstice, Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure, Living with the Lights On, The Brothers Size and Amsterdam, in collaboration with venues such as the Young Vic, Orange Tree, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona, Dublin Theatre Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Known for his work as a producer of contemporary theatre, particularly new writing, Andrew’s productions and commissions were nominated at the TMA/ UK Theatre Awards in 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017 (including two nominations for Best Touring Production and three nominations for Best New Play).
He is also a consultant for leading theatre companies, organisations and artists, with clients including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Greyscale and The Empty Space.
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, nabokov, Paines Plough, The Gate, Opera North and the RSC. 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: new plays by writers such as Gregory Burke and Lucinda Coxon; commissioning theatre-makers such as Rash Dash, Theatre Ad Infinitum and The Paper Birds; and working regularly with directors such as Lorne Campbell, Tessa Walker and Natalie Abrahami.
Andrew created the Bath International Puppet Festival (2000-2009), a showcase for adult puppetry; and was co-Director of the Bath Shakespeare Festival (2005-2010), an unplugged festival of contemporary perspectives on Shakespeare’s work. The festivals commissioned much new work to UK artists and gave UK premieres to productions from Belgium, Portugal, USA, Australia and Zimbabwe.
Andrew is trustee of Curious Monkey, led by Artistic Director Amy Golding; Cap-a-Pie, led by Artistic Director Brad McCormick; and Chinese Arts Now, led by Artistic Director An-Ting Chang. He was an Artistic Assessor for ACE from 2009-17.
After studying Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University of London, Cherrelle became a Producing Assistant (Trainee) at the Royal Court Theatre from 2014 – 2015 and worked on productions such as the UK tour of Constellations by Nick Payne, hang by debbie tucker green and the award winning Hangmen by Martin McDonagh.
Whilst at the Royal Court, she also co-produced a scratch performance night called GRIT - a project based on themes of revolution and resistance. Material was curated from members of the public alongside established writers such as Sabrina Mahfouz.
At the end of 2015 Cherrelle joined the Production team at the Old Vic as a Production Assistant. Cherrelle worked on 8 large scale productions including King Lear staring Glenda Jackson and Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. After 4 years at the Old Vic Cherrelle joins the Actors Touring Company as General Manager (maternity cover).
Ameera Conrad (she/they) is a theatre maker from Cape Town, South Africa. She is an Associate Artist for the National Youth Theatre, and is one of the visiting lecturers for Mountview’s MA Theatre for Community and Education. Her theatre credits include In These Four Walls, Totally Over You, Kate Spencer Did A Good Thing (all ArtsEd, London), Pipeline (Assistant Director - Arcola, London) The Royale, Towers (both Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), The Fall (Co-Curator - Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, Royal Court, St. Ann’s Warehouse, South African State Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival, Melbourne Arts Centre, Festival Arts Bordeaux, Studio Theatre), and Reparation (South African National Arts Festival).
She is an alumnus of the 2017 Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, and a recipient of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director Bursary. She has won a Fleur du Cap Encore Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award, The Stage Edinburgh Award for The Fall. She has also won the Filipa Bragança award for best emerging solo performer at the Edinburgh Fringe (2019) and the Western Cape Department of Sports and Culture award for her contributions to theatre in South Africa (2018).
Ameera Conrad’s work focuses on decolonising the canon of theatre, and amplifying the stories of groups marginalised because of their race, gender, and sexuality.