Steven Atkinson is an award-winning producer currently working with theatre and filmmakers on multiple projects in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. His partners include the BFI, Century Films, Peter Corry Productions, Soho Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Theatre Centre and York Theatre Royal.

In 2019 he founded Long Acre Arts, a UK production company dedicated to commissioning exceptional diverse storytellers and producing their innovative work, and he founded Roots, a national touring theatre company that stages important stories created with neighbourhood ensembles. 

 

Steven co-founded HighTide, one of UK's leading theatre production companies, and led it for twelve years. He commissioned and produced over eighty new plays in theatres including the National Theatre, The Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic, in the West End, throughout the UK, and Off-Broadway. He produced fourteen HighTide festivals in Suffolk and London.

 

“Under artistic director 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.”  

The Telegraph.

 

He has produced and championed many of the leading new writers of the last decade, including Anders Lustgarten, Luke Barnes, Tallulah Brown, E V Crowe, Elinor Cook, Rob Drummond, Kenny Emson, 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.

 

AWARDS

EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS

Harrogate
Nominated, Most Promising Playwright

WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS

Stovepipe

 Nominated, Best Off-West End Production

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS AWARDS

So Here We Are
Best Production

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS AWARDS

So Here We Are
Best New Play

FRINGE FIRST
AWARD

Lidless

FRINGE FIRST
AWARD

Educating Ronnie

ESQUIRE’S BRILLIANT YOUNG BRITS

Winner 2010

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