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Steven Atkinson is an award-winning British producer working in theatre and film.
He produces through Long Acre Arts, a UK film and theatre production company dedicated to commissioning exceptional diverse storytellers, and Roots, Yorkshire's queer touring theatre. Currently he is Digital Producer for Original Theatre, Community Producer for York Theatre Royal, and Consultant for Theatre and Dance NI. He is a BAFTA Connect member and a UK Theatre member.
His recent theatre work includes HAPPY MEAL (Fringe First Award 2022) on tour in the UK, Sydney Festival and Perth Festival, ORIGINALS (Riverside Studios, 2022), and HUMAN NURTURE (Sheffield Theatres and UK tour, 2022). His recent film work includes THREE (Underwire Festival 2022) and MONSTER (BFI, 2021). His recent live broadcast producing includes INTO THE NIGHT (2021), and the on-demand recording of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2022). He was Senior Producer for Dash Arts on the found space installation DIDO'S BAR, and Producer for Theatre Centre (2019-22).
Steven co-founded and for twelve years led HighTide, one of UK's leading theatre production companies. He commissioned and produced over sixty new plays with theatres including the National Theatre, The Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic, in the West End, throughout the UK, and Off-Broadway. They won Manchester Evening News Awards, Fringe First Awards, and received nominations in The Evening Standard Theatre Awards and WhatsOnStage.com Awards. He also produced fourteen HighTide festivals in Suffolk and London.
“Under Steven Atkinson, the festival – a tempting mixture of new productions, readings and discussions - has grown to become one of the little gems of the artistic calendar in Britain. And, with alumni such as Ella Hickson and Nick Payne poached in the past for shows at the National Theatre in London and the Public Theatre in New York, it has become a real hunting-ground for new talent.”
He has produced and championed many of the leading writers of recent times, including Anders Lustgarten, Luke Barnes, Tallulah Brown, E V Crowe, Rob Drummond, Kieran Hurley, Theresa Ikoko, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Ella Hickson, Eve Leigh, Vinay Patel, Nick Payne, Beth Steel, Al Smith, Sam Steiner and Jack Thorne.
Steven’s career started in script development working at the Donmar Warehouse under Michael Grandage, the Royal Court under Ian Rickson, and Hull Truck Theatre under John Godber.
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