China Plate

China Plate works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to develop, make and present engaging, adventurous and accessible new work. 

Our story and what we do…

Launched in 2006, China Plate is an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to make original, exciting theatre that plays with form and has narrative at its heart.

China Plate are currently collaborating with Caroline Horton, Rachel Bagshaw, Chris Thorpe, Contender Charlie, Dan Jones, Inspector Sands and Sarah Punshon. 

The company are also Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre where they develop and commission new work, Artistic Associates at the New Wolsey Theatre where they are Directors of PULSE Festival, Programmers of New Directions (the NRTF showcase), producers of innovative development programmes including The Darkroom, The Optimists (producer training) and The First Bite and Bite Size Festivals and partners with The Place, The NRTF and Take Art on the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

China Plate are passionate about creating adventurous and imaginative new work with popular appeal. Using theatre to engage and inspire, the company takes work into venues, village halls, schools, on to the streets and to festivals in the UK and internationally.

In 2014, China Plate created, toured and programmed work for over 21,000 people (nationally and internationally) across 45 venues with a diverse programme of shows and events.

Curtain up on the future of theatre… Collier and Warwick are an impressive pair, and I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph.


What does China Plate do?

Broadly, there are three key strands to the company’s work – although every relationship is different and ever evolving, and many straddle different strands at one time.

  • Developing (artist development and commissioning)
  • Making (origination and touring)
  • Programming (seasons, festivals and events)

China Plate specialise in connecting a network of artists and development opportunities with venues, distribution routes and particularly audiences.

Our relationship with artists

China Plate choose every company and artist they work with very carefully, in most cases developing work based on the power of an idea rather than producing a finished product.

Every relationship is different, but in a lot of cases the company will support artists by nurturing ideas (from inception to stage) through collaborative discussion, whilst providing safe environments for work to grow alongside collaborative partners across the country.

Whilst we have a close and loyal relationship with a small group of artists we are always looking for opportunities to work with a broader group of theatre makers through programming, commissioning, development programmes and showcases.

China Plate are always interested in discovering artists and trying to see as much new work as possible, so if you have work you’d like one of the team to see (or have any other questions about what the company does) please get in touch.

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Ed Collier


Ed is a Co-Director of China Plate. Previously, an independent theatre producer he has produced work with Cartoon De Salvo, Caroline Horton, Pentabus and Unlimited. As a producer with Fuel he worked with Clod Ensemble, Gecko, Melanie Wilson, Sound&Fury and The Lyric, Hammersmith.

Ed is also a keen photographer.

Paul and Ed were the inaugural Centre Directors at The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre.

Paul Warwick


Paul is a Co-Director of China Plate and is also a freelance director having directed numerous shows across the UK. He was a founding member and artistic director of award-winning Unlimited Theatre. Paul was also the co-producer of PILOT, Birmingham’s work-in-progress platform and created the Bite-Size Festival with Warwick Arts Centre.

Paul and Ed were the inaugural Centre Directors at The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre.

Sarah-Jane Watkinson


Sarah-Jane lives in Birmingham and has worked with a wide range of companies and organisations across the West Midlands including The Play House theatre in education, Women & Theatre and Sampad South Asian Arts. She also produces Spanish theatre companies Sleepwalk Collective from the Basque Country and Atresbandes from Barcelona.

Andrea Pierides


Before taking on this role, Andrea worked within arts education as a project manager for over 5 years and completed a MA in Applied Theatre at Central in 2016. She has previously worked for national initiatives, such as Sing Up and Arts Award for Trinity College London. She first worked for China Plate as the Education Coordinator for our production, Macbeth - Blood Will Have Blood in 2014. As a drama facilitator she has worked for Shakespeare Schools Festival, the Almeida and Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre - planning and delivering workshops to a range of participants, from young people passionate about theatre making to adults with dementia.

Rosie Kelly


Rosie has worked across the theatre, circus, cabaret, comedy and events sectors and was previously the Producer and General Manager for circus/theatre collective Company FZ.  She has also worked at Avalon Management with comedians including John Oliver, Richard Ayoade and Russell Howard, as Operations Manager for the touring cabaret venue The Famous Spiegeltent and as Assistant Producer for theatre O on projects including Delirium, created in collaboration with Enda Walsh.  Other companies/artists she has worked with include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sally Greene, Act IV, La Cliqué and Ursula Martinez.

Saphia Bishop


Saphia previously worked at the Wellcome Trust as Arts Partnership Manager and as a freelance creative producer to independent choreographers/dance artists Andrew Graham and Kimberley Harvey. Prior to this Saphia was Assistant Producer at Candoco Dance Company, where key achievements included producing the company’s hugely popular outdoor duet 'You and I Know', and supporting the production and delivery of Candoco’s award winning re-staging of Jérôme Bel’s 'The Show Must Go On'. Saphia joined Candoco after working in the Combined Arts & Touring Team at Arts Council England, where she was a key project lead on the Unlimited commission, a 2012 Cultural Olympiad commissioning strand for deaf and disabled artists.  

Board Members

Phyllida Hancock

Phyllida is a workshop designer and facilitator, focusing on leadership and organisational development. Since 2003 Phyllida has been an Associate of Olivier Mythodrama, Mary-Louise Clark Associates, Contender Charlie, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Higher Education Academy, delivering workshops on leadership and on change management, notably the Aurora programme for women in HE. She is a Teaching Associate at Warwick Business School.

Nadine Lewycky

I currently work as the Communications Officer for the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. I’ve been working in universities for over 7 years, mostly in outward facing roles, bringing researchers to the world, and bringing the outside world in! I hold a PhD in History from the University of York. When not working, I do some very Cambridge things: rowing, cycling and visiting the pub!

Simon Startin

Simon is a published playwright and theatre maker with a career spanning 25 years.  He is an associate artist of TRSE, London Bubble and Graeae. He is an alumni of the Battersea Art Centre 21st cventury leadership scheme, Young Vic directors placement and the China Plate Enhanced Optimists course.   He is currently working on his 15th professional commission, “Inspiration Porn” about the media portrayal of disability, and has just been shortlisted for the Unlimited fund. 

Nina Steiger

Nina is Senior Dramaturg at the National Theatre.  Prior to this, she was Associate Director at Soho Theatre and before this, worked in New York and regionally.

Nina also serves as a freelance dramaturg for screenwriters, artists and ensembles, and as a writer, her work has been produced and published in London, New York and Montreal.


Nadja Dias

Nadja is an independent senior producer and consultant with over 15 years' experience working internationally for organisations and artists including British Council, Candoco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, Nigel Charnock, Gecko and Liverpool Biennial. Nadja is currently working with Scottish multi-disciplinary artist Claire Cunningham and is supporting Joan Cleville Dance.

Iain Goosey

Iain is the Assistant Producer at the Young Vic Theatre. He previously worked as the Producer for China Plate and is the founder of Welsh touring company, Waking Exploits.

Tonya Nelson 

Tonya is Head of Museums and Collections at UCL. She has been working in the museums sector for over 10 years in various leadership roles.  Tonaya was formerly Manager of the Petrie Museum at UCL where she led a number of projects aimed at exploring the use of new digital technologies in museums and developing the role of museums in cultural diplomacy.  Tonya is a former Clore Leadership Fellow and British Council Culture Leadership Fellow, currently Chair of the Bomb Factory Art Foundation board of trustees; Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network (London) and on the boards of the Collections Trust, ICOM (International Committee on Museums) and UMG (University Museums Group). Prior to entering the cultural sector, Tonya was a corporate lawyer and management consultant in Washington, DC.  Tonya holds a BA degree in public policy, MA in art history and JD degree in law.



Jobs and Opportunities

Role Application Deadline Start Date
Producing Intern London and Edinburgh 01st June 2018 at 05:00pm 01st January 1970

Paid internship for Summer 2018

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, hard working person for the role of Producing Intern to assist the producing team with a range of projects in the run up to and including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to learn and gain a huge amount of experience in the theatre industry and learn about the work of a busy producing company, providing a direct route into navigating the Fringe, with abundant social and networking opportunities. The Producing Intern will be supported and mentored by the China Plate team.

More information and the person specification is below.

Salary: £471 per week (ITC/Equity administrator rate)

Closing date: Friday 1st June at 5pm

Interviews: Monday 11th June, London venue TBC

This role will be based at the China Plate office in Brixton, London and in Edinburgh during the Festival. Travel to Edinburgh and accommodation for the duration (own room en suite) will be supplied.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, until 28th August 2018


Administrator – full time Birmingham 08th June 2018 at 12:00pm 01st January 1970

China Plate is seeking to appoint an Administrator to join the Company’s team as they embark on an exciting new phase of the company’s development as a new member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. 

We are looking for someone organised and efficient, with skills in finance, book keeping, communications, company and project administration.

Established in 2006, China Plate is an independent producer of contemporary theatre with a portfolio that crosses making, distribution, programming and development. China Plate works with some of the UK’s most talented artists, harnessing their ambition and skill to deliver high-quality work that reaches a broad and diverse audience.

More information and the person specification is below.

China Plate welcomes applications from people of diverse backgrounds including BAME, LGBTQI and disabled. We promote diversity and access across activities. We are committed to equality of opportunity and encourage application from individuals currently underrepresented in the arts. Disabled candidates who meet the job criteria will be guaranteed an interview. 

Salary: £20,000

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 8th June 2018

Interviews: Thursday 14th June in Birmingham, venue TBC