Introducing

China Plate

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

China Plate are 
resident Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre. 

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 Contender Charlie, David Edgar, Rachel Bagshaw, Caroline Horton, Chris Thorpe, Inspector Sands and Urielle Klein-Mekongo.


The company are resident Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre where they develop and commission new work.

The team are split between offices in Birmingham, West Midlands and Aldgate, East London.
 

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

In 2018, 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.


"Finger on the pulse producers China Plate"

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


"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?


China Plates mission is: Challenging the way performance is made, who it’s made by and who gets to experience it.

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. At the heart of our model is a suite of development programmes to nurture artistic practice, facilitate collaboration, commission work, increase access and widen diversity across scales.

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 an existing show.

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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Who

Ed Collier

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

GENERAL MANAGER

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.

Rosie Kelly

SENIOR PRODUCER

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.

Andrea Pieri Gonzalez

ENGAGEMENT & PARTICIPATION PRODUCER

Andrea has worked in arts education 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.

Tamara Moore

PRODUCER 

Tamara joined the China Plate team in July 2018. Prior to this Tamara was Administrator to the Producers at the Young Vic from 2016-2018, administrating on all productions including The Inheritance, Fun Home and the multi-award winning Yerma. After a few years working in film festival administration, Tamara produced work at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick from 2012-2016, including their inaugural in-house production Beyond Caring, which transferred to the National Theatre in 2015. 

 

 

Susan Wareham

PRODUCER

Susan worked for two years for international arts production company Curated Place as the Production Manager, leading on largescale European Artist Development programmes and producing award-winning arts festivals throughout the UK and abroad. Previous to this she was Producer for Flare International Festival of Theatre and Projects Assistant at Clod Ensemble having also worked at Battersea Arts Centre and London International Festival of Theatre.

Sarah Isaacs

ADMINISTRATOR

Sarah studied Art and History of Art at university, before venturing into the world of auctions as an administrator and cataloguer. She has previously worked as a Project Assistant for the Birmingham Art Map, Project Manager and Co-producer for TEDxBrum and Festival Co-ordinator for Brum Zine Fest. She has worked on a variety of projects as Illustrated Brum; an open collective exploring the role of contemporary art and design practices in the city; including One Hundred Thousand Welcomes and Outer Circle at the Midlands Arts Centre.

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.

 

Board Members

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.

 

 

 

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