Our Patrons

We are indebted to our patrons for their unwavering support in our mission to bring accessible theatre to schools, families and children everywhere.

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…

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Olivia Birchenough

“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 at Milkshake!

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.

Nicholas Pinnock

“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…

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Sonya Walger

“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…

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