Steven Atkinson is an award-winning British producer working in film, television and theatre.
He produces projects through Long Acre Arts, a UK production company dedicated to commissioning exceptional diverse storytellers, and Roots, a national touring theatre company that stages important stories created with neighbourhood ensembles. He is also Producer for Theatre Centre, Consultant for Theatre and Dance NI, and a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2021 member.
With BFI NETWORK, he is currently producing PREY and I KNOW A PLACE, and the independent short THREE. In Autumn 2021 he is producing Publishers and the North Yorkshire Review for Roots.
Steven co-founded and for twelve years led HighTide, one of UK's leading theatre production companies. 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. 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 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.”
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.