Patrons, Partners & Supporters
We are indebted to our patrons for their unwavering support in our mission to bring accessible theatre to children everywhere and equally to our partners & supporters with whom we travel together on our journey of learning and experience into the future!
Michael Attenborough CBE
‘In our increasingly alienated world, what could be more important than introducing young people to the healing, uniting, emotional experience of theatre? This is absolutely vital work. In it lies the future.’ Michael Attenborough CBE
He was Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre in London between 2002 and 2013. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Mercury Theatre Colchester 1972 to 74, the Leeds Playhouse (now West Yorkshire Playhouse) 1974 to 1979, the Young Vic 1979 to 1980, then Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford, 1980 to 1984, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre 1984 to 1989. He was Principal Associate Director and Executive Producer of the RSC from 1990 to 2002. He continues to be an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC. In 2012 Attenborough was presented with...Read More
...the Award for Excellence in International Theatre by The International Theatre Institute. In October 2012, he announced that, after 12 years as Artistic Director, he would step down from the Almeida in April 2013 to concentrate on his directing career. Recently he has directed Macbeth for the Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane, Australia (March – April 2014) As You Like It for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (2014), a UK national tour of J.B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner in 2014 and a new play by Deborah Bruce (Godchild) in October – November 2013 at the Hampstead Theatre.
He directed a new play by Rebecca Gilman (Luna Gale) for the Hampstead Theatre. In September 2015, he directed Someone Who'll Watch Over Me for the Chichester Festival Theatre, then returned to Hampstead Theatre to direct the UK premiere of Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Happy. Appointed Director Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He teaches there on a regular basis, as well as at three Universities – Sussex, Leicester and St Mary's.Patron of Artists In Residence. Trustee of Belarus Free Theatre and Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Associate Artist of Arts Educational Schools. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to theatre. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Leicester, where he is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow and Sussex, where he is also Honorary Professor of English and Drama.
"Theatre is so important for young minds. From expanding imaginations, to connecting with emotions; the world of performance encourages confidence and enables the ability to see the world in colour." Olivia Birchenough
Olivia Birchenough presents for a British children's television programme on Channel 5′s Milkshake. Aimed at preschool children aged 3-7, Olivia has been keeping kids nationwide entertained, inspired, happy, fit and healthy (with Move and Shake with Olivia!) since 2012. Check her out here to see why we love her (note external link): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKLKqS8SjgE.
Kate Cross MBE
Kate Cross is Director of the egg at Theatre Royal Bath. Starting in 1998 as Head of Education she worked alongside Theatre Royal staff and Board to create and build the egg, which opened in 2005. The egg is now a thriving centre for children’s theatre and creative learning, with close ties to Bath Spa University with whom it co-delivers an MA in Theatre for Young Audiences and Bath College with whom it delivers level 3 Performing Arts. The egg works with an eclectic range of theatre making artists to create contemporary, new work for national and international presentation. Prior to Bath Kate worked for Salisbury Playhouse, Colway Theatre Trust and Beaford Arts, amongst others. She is the current Chair of ASSITEJ UK and former Trustee of children’s arts charity 5x5x5=creativity.
"Theatre is all about the creative imagination, and nowhere is this more important and more apparent than in the minds of young people. Children’s theatre seeks to inspire young people to engage in the arts. For some, it inspires them to become the next generation of actors, designers, writers and directors. For others it becomes the catalyst to a life filled with stories and escapism told on the stage, as they become the audiences we strive to reach. We need to support endeavours, like Children’s Theatre Digital, that seeks to make theatre for young people more accessible to all. Hoping that in the future, theatre in general will be accessible to everyone. Young and old, the future of theatre starts with children. It starts with Children’s Theatre Digital." Nicholas Pinnock
Nicholas Pinnock has been seen across theatre, television and film for over 30 years and in fall of 2020, he returned as the lead in the ABC series, “For Life” (produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson). The first season premiered in March 2020 to rave reviews and stellar ratings for ABC. Pinnock was named producer on “For Life” for season two in addition to appearing in the lead role of Aaron Wallace. In 2019 he was seen in the Netflix drama...Read More
Previously, he could be seen in the sci-fi thriller “Counterpart” on STARZ alongside a stellar cast of J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, and Harry Lloyd and on Netflix in the fan favourite TV show, season one of “Top Boy” and seasons one and two of “Marcella.”
A seasoned theatre actor, in 2018 Pinnock delivered an outstanding performance in “Ear for Eye” at the Royal Court in London. In 2016, Pinnock starred in History Channel’s four-part series “Barbarians Rising” playing the role of ‘Hannibal,” and as the male lead in ITV 1’s (and Netflix’) crime drama “Marcella,” alongside Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael, and Sinead Cusack in the eight-part drama. For that, he reprised his role in 2017 for the second series.
In 2016 Pinnock was seen returning to the stage for his second round in “The Royale.” Pinnock reprised the role of ‘Jay Jackson,’ after a successful run at the Bush Theatre. That same year, Pinnock was seen in the television miniseries “Guerilla,” also starring Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Denise Gough, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear and Daniel Mays. He was also seen in the role of Frank Sutter in Sky’s much acclaimed “Fortitude” with Stanley Tucci and as Bishop Mick Hunter in ITV’s “Midwinter of the Spirit” and in the film “VS.”
Over the years, Pinnock has been seen in a number of projects including “Ice Cream Girls,” “Dalziel & Pascoe,” “Kingdom of the Blind”, with Clive Owen and “Diamonds,” with James Purefoy. Additional theatre works include “As You Like It” at Staffordshire Castle at the Staffordshire Shakespeare Festival, followed by working with directors such as Kathy Burke and writer Debbie Tucker Green, in Hampstead Theatre’s production of “Born Bad,” “San Diego” at the Tron in Glasgow and “Topdog/Underdog” at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre. He was also featured in The Times Magazine’s Olivier Awards portfolio alongside Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Scott, and James McAvoy.
Botis Seva is a dance artist, choreographer and director working within the realms of contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip hop. Botis Seva is entrenched in hip hop dance theatre but experiments with form, structure and theatrics to reinvent choreography. Borrowing techniques from film, text, art and other dance languages, Botis’ focus is on making a difference and using his autobiographical experiences to drive narratives.
Born and raised in London, Botis was introduced to dance aged 15, through hip hop dance theatre experimentalist Tony Adigun from Avant Garde Dance. After a brief performance career with Avant Garde Dance and leaving Barking Broadway college after a year, Botis realised he had his own creative urges and founded Far From The Norm aged 19...Read More
In 2018, Seva choreographed for Wayne McGregor and Robin Friend’s Winged Bull in the Elephant Case, which premiered on BBC2. He also began working on the acclaimed BLKDOG as part of the Sadler’s Wells 20th anniversary commission, a piece which won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
Botis went on to work with Rupert Goold as movement director for The Hunt, a play by David Farr, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in 2019. More recently, he collaborated with Battersea Arts Centre and director Suri Krishnamma as part of Performance Live on The Way Out.
"Children are instinctively theatrical. They build their worlds by telling stories about the experiences they see and the inner lives they imagine. Every time a child feeds their baby doll or builds a fort from blankets, they are putting on a play. I grew up in London, with access to some of the greatest theatre in the world and I know how captivating and formative those experiences were. So I am delighted to join Children’s Digital Theatre and its mission to help spread access to theater to children and families across the globe." Sonya Walger
SONYA WALGER currently stars in the Apple TV+ series, FOR ALL MANKIND, for which she has received glowing notices.
Walger is also known for the coming-of-age drama, DEPARTURES, opposite Maisie Williams. Andrew Niccol’s thriller ANON opposite Clive Owen, the independent feature BE MY BABY and the star of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show THE CATCH (ABC). Walger was previously best known for her work on LOST as "Penny Widmore" where she earned a Saturn Award nomination for her performance. She also had a major recurring role on NBC’s PARENTHOOD. Other TV appearances include...Read More
Films include Admission opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd as well as film festival favorite Cold Turkey co-starring two-time Oscar-nominee Peter Bogdanovich.
Stage appearances include Frost/Nixon that played on London’s West End and Broadway.
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