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 AROUND THE WORLD

have seen ATC’s productions since 2019.

MATTHEW XIA

Artistic Director

Matthew Xia (he/him) 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; for the Young Vic Blue/Orange and Sizwe Banzi is Dead; and One Night In Miami… and Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse.
 
Other work of note includes: The Wiz at Hope Mill, Blood Knot at The Orange Tree, Sleeping Beauty at Stratford East, Scrappers 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, Cardboard Citizens and Get Into Theatre, 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), the Yale Drama Series (2018), and the Alfred Fagon Award (2017 – 2021).

AMBER MASSIE-BLOMFIELD

Executive (Interim) Director

Amber Massie-Blomfield (she/her) is an arts consultant, producer and non-fiction author. Her most recent role was as Executive Director of internationally renowned theatre company Complicité, where she was recognised on The Stage 100 Power List in 2024. During her tenure, she oversaw major projects including Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Barbican and International Tour, 2022 – 23); Figures in Extinction 

(Nederlands Dans Theater and International Tour, 2022-24); The Dark is Rising (BBC World Service & Radio Four, 2022-23) and Can I Live? (online & grassroots screening events, 2021-24).


She has worked for clients including Pro Helvetia (the Swiss Arts Council), the Barbican, China Plate, Free Word and Pen International. She was Executive Director of Camden People’s Theatre from 2014-2018, receiving a Special Achievement Award at the 2018 Off West End Awards in recognition of her work. As an author, she has written Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die (winner of a Society of Authors Michael Meyer Award, Gladstone Library’s Politics Prize and shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize 2018). Her forthcoming book Acts of Resistance, about the political power of art, is published by Footnote Press (UK) and W.W.Norton (US) in June 2024.

MELINA BARNETT

Associate Producer

Melina Barnett (she/her) developed a love for Arts at a young age where she dabbled in Acting and Musical Theatre; where she then went on to train at Birmingham School of Acting (Now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire). Melina then became inspired to work more in the community using the theatre as a way to engage.

 

In 2019 Melina decided to make the move to London; as London has present multiple opportunities of personal growth and development to her. Melina joined Young Agitators programme at The Royal Court and Front-line Facilitators at the Old Vic where Melina was able to refine her skills as creative.

 

Melina then went onto work for The Old Vic, Coram Shakespeares Schools foundation, Battersea Arts Centre, Eastside Educational Trust, Chain Reaction Theatre Company, Arts Bridge Charity, Talawa Theatre Company as well as working as an usher at the Young Vic.

 

Before joining ATC Melina worked alongside Pentabus Theatre Company and Theatre By The Lake curating an education and wrap around programme for Jacaranda which is a beautiful two hander by Alfred Fagon winning playwright Lorna French. Through this work Melina attended a life changing event called Anti-Racist Cumbria Summit which inspired Melina to become more proactive in working with venues that are committed to anti-racism policies.

 

Melina is extremely passionate about bringing new writing into communities where those communities feel represented on stage. With the hopes to inspire, engage and curate ways to break barriers and making theatre accessible to all.

JULIANA BEARSE

General Manager

Juliana Bearse (she/her) is a theatre maker and administrator from the US. She received her Bachelor of Fine arts from the University of Connecticut. 


Before moving to London, she worked professionally in New York in both administrative and creative roles in theatre, arts access, and community support. 


She’s worked with theatre organizations including Theatre for a New Audience, The Rattlestick, The Wild Project, and the Lark.Her most recent work, with Repair the World NYC, focused on distributing  supplies and resources to folks experiencing socioeconomical barriers in Central Brooklyn.

Juliana’s work focuses on keeping the HUMAN at the centre of every interaction.

Her goal in her administrative work is to  be a conduit for clarity and to strengthen the foundation for all. 

KATE SARLEY

Finance Director

Kate (she/her) was born Baghdad Iraq and raised in East London; Kate’s traditional Arab name is Inaam-Catherine Alhashimi.

She trained in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA before studying Arts Admin at Birkbeck College, University of London. Kate then spent over ten successful years as a Stage Manager for a variety of organisations including Birmingham Rep, the RSC, Unicorn Kids Theatre and in the West End.

Having moved into administration Kate worked for English Heritage, Soho Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East, before undertaking senior management contracts with Colchester Arts Centre, Culture&, Talawa Theatre Company, Oval House, Daily Life Ltd, Jacksons Lane, Discover Centre for Children, Eastern Angles, Shape East Architectural Centre and Hoxton Hall.

Current clients include Actors Touring Company, WeareUnit, and Curious Directive.

DIANA WHITEHEAD

PR Consultant

Diana Whitehead (she/her) established Arts and Culture PR consultancy, Fourth Wall PR in 2016. A former journalist turned PR expert with a solid track record for gaining National and International coverage as well as connecting projects at a grassroots level and targeting under-represented communities.
 
Diana has advised CEOs of FTSE listed companies, worked on top level strategy and managed both large and small scale PR and marketing campaigns in-house and agency-side. Diana has collaborated extensively with a diverse range of creatives on both London-based and UK touring shows, immersive productions and lately, the digital stage.
 
Proud of her East Asian heritage, Diana is a staunch advocate for diversity and representation in the Arts.

Sudha Bhuchar (she/her) 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.

Alan Evans (he/him) is General Counsel and Director General for Legal Services at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and a member of the department’s Executive Committee. Alan has held a number of other senior legal posts in government – including Legal Director at Defra and BEIS – and chaired and served on several departmental and cross government boards. Earlier in his career, Alan was a legal adviser to the Cabinet Office and at the European Commission. Prior to working in government, Alan practised international commercial litigation at law firms in the City of London. He is a past member of the Law Society’s European and Employment Law Committees.

Alan is passionate about theatre – regularly attending productions at a broad range of venues. He is also a strong advocate for diversity, including as a senior diversity champion in government over the last five years.

Sanpreet Janjua (she/her) is a fundraiser with experience in the arts and cultural charitable sector. She started her career as an Arts Fundraising Fellow through the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fundraising Fellowship Programme. Having completed her Fellowship at Nottingham Playhouse, as well as a few years in post as Fundraising Officer, she is now Development Manager at Young Sounds UK.

Sanpreet is passionate about making artistic and creative experiences available to all. She also loves theatre, especially contemporary and new writing by often marginalised and overlooked writers.

Professor Nick Tyler (he/him) CBE FREng is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL and the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. Nick combines highly diverse fields in his research, from civil/transport engineering and architecture to neuroscience, psychology, physiology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, lighting, olfaction, haptics, sound, and acoustics. He has a particular interest in performance arts and how the built environment enhances or detracts from these for either performers or audiences. To do this he has created a £50M massive (44,000m3) multiscale multisensorial Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL) to allow him and his team to study the interactions of environments, people and their activities at life-scale – as a means of ensuring that we design and construct environments that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone. He is a co-investigator of the UCL Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme and the RELIEF Centre, where he is working on social space in refugee camps in Beirut. Apart from research into access to trains and platforms for London Underground and London Buses, issues around hearing, seeing in urban environments, and navigation for people with dementia. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Royal Society of Arts, and was appointed CBE in 2011.

Margherita Laera (he/him) is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on the intersections between contemporary performance, modern languages and translation. She is co-Director of the European Theatre Research Network and the Arts Lead for the Kent’s Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme. Margherita is the author of Playwriting in Europe: Mapping Ecosystems and Practices with Fabulamundi (Routledge Focus, 2022); Theatre & Translation (Red Globe Press, 2019) and Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy (Peter Lang, 2013), and editor of Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her website of teaching and learning resources, Performing International Plays, has been nominated as ‘Outstanding Drama Education Resource’ at the Music and Drama Education Awards 2022. Margherita also works as a theatre translator from and into Italian and English. She won the Theatre and Performance Research Association Early Career Research Prize for 2018. 

 

Geraldine Brodie (she/her) is the Professor of Translation Theory and Theatre Translation and Vice-Dean (Advancement) at University College London. Her research centres on theatre translation practices in contemporary London, on which topic she speaks and publishes widely. Recent publications include her monograph The Translator on Stage (Bloomsbury, 2018) and the volume Adapting Translation for the Stage, co-edited with Emma Cole (Routledge, 2017). She is a member of the Clore Leader network, which draws its members from across arts, culture and the creative sector.

Geraldine is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She has worked in audit, tax, professional development and graduate recruitment for KPMG in London and New York and is the director of a private property investment and management company specialising in the residential and commercial sectors in South East England.

She has served on a range of charitable, voluntary and industry boards and organisations, most recently including the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham and the Barbican Centre Trust. She is also a member of the Wates Foundation, an independent grant-making family trust supporting the charitable and voluntary sector.

Maria M Delgado (she/her) is an academic, critic and curator. Professor and Vice-Principal (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, she has published widely in the area of European theatre and Spanish-language theatre and film. Publications include Federico García Lorca (Routledge 2008), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (MUP 2003, revised Spanish language edition 2017), Contemporary European Theatre Directors (2nd edition, Routledge, 2020), Contemporary European Playwrights (Routledge, 2020), A Companion to Latin-American Cinema (Wiley Blackwell, 2017) and seven further co-edited volumes. 

Her film work includes 25 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, The Theatre Times, and European Stages, and is a guest contributor to a range of BBC radio programmes. She is on the board of Governors of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and on the committee of the International Ibsen Award. 

Sarah Grochala (she/her) is a writer whose work has been supported and developed by The National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Orange Tree, Criterion New Writing Programme, The Orchard Project (USA), The Studios Key West (USA) and OffWestEnd.com. She is currently a member of the Sphinx 30. Alongside her playwriting, she currently writes audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.
Sarah was an Associate Artist with Headlong (2012-16), where she worked on creating theatrical experiences using digital media.  Her books The Contemporary Political Play and The Theatre of Rupert Goold are published by Methuen Drama.  In 2018, Sarah was  awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for a project exploring the shortage of contemporary European plays in translation on British Stages.

Vincent Keaveny (he/him) is Lord Mayor of London for 2021/22. He 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 served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2018/19.  He has been a member of a number of City of London Corporation Committees and currently sits on the Policy & Resources Committee. 

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.

CASTING

We have no casting opportunities at the moment. Usually we employ Casting Directors on all of our projects, and as such do not accept unsolicted CVs.

Team & PRODUCTIONS

We are looking for an exceptional person to join ATC in the role of Executive Director, to share leadership with Artistic Director Matthew Xia as Joint CEO.

The deadline to apply is June 10th at 10am. For more info and to apply, please see our ED & Joint CEO Job Pack. 

SCRIPTS

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a reading service or accept unsolicited scripts.

Please contact ATC’s publicist, Diana Whitehead, Fourth Wall PR

 www.fourthwallpr.co.uk

 

You can contact Diana on: 07939 149887 or diana@fourthwallpr.co.uk

 

TOURING INFORMATION

ATC tours in the UK and internationally. In this section, you will find information on our current projects. Please take a look at the information and get in touch if you’d like to discuss how we can visit you and your audiences.

 

CURRENTLY BOOKING

Please check back soon for more information on how to book our 2024 shows in your venue. 

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

We have a portfolio of productions both in repetoire and in development, which are potentially available for UK and international touring. If you would like more information please contact us on atc@atctheatre.com

 

ATC is strongly committed to the principles of PIPA Campaign (Parents and Carers in the Performing Arts) and are a PIPA Charter Partner. https://pipacampaign.org 

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