About us

Theatre-Rites core team is Sue Buckmaster (Artistic Director), Claire Templeton (Executive Producer), John Johnston (Project Manager), Sophie Huggins (Project Coordinator) and Lukas Angelini (Bookkeeper). See below for details about the team.

Since 1995 we have pioneered cross-artform theatre for children and family audiences, revolutionising original, non-adaptive theatre for the under 5s and improving production standards in theatre for 5 – 11-year-olds. We offer a unique programme of development, training, mentoring and co-creation activities.

Led by our Artistic Director, world-renowned puppetry expert Dr Sue Buckmaster, we specifically promote understanding and enjoyment of ‘object-led’ theatre and celebrate the power of visuals, puppetry and animation by working in genuine collaboration with artists across all artforms, and with experts from outside of the arts world eg. neuroscientists, economists and psychologists.

We have created 21 stage productions and 11 site-specific experiences as well as 4 exhibitions and installations.  The company’s work has been commissioned by UK and international venues and festivals including Sadler’s Wells, the Unicorn, the Young Vic, the Barbican, Manchester International Festival, Polka Theatre, the Vienna Festival, Burgtheater Vienna, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater der Welt, the Ruhrtriennale and the Salzburg Festivals.

We believe children should be offered theatrical experiences that are challenging and inspirational and we work hard to create theatre with the same high quality production values and integrity of content as the best adult theatre.

Theatre-Rites is a registered charity and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

The Team

Sue Buckmaster

Artistic Director

Theatre-Rites, a company of genuine originality and flair
The Guardian

The Board

The Associates

The Advisors

The Founder

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