We are Nick & Liz Stevenson, a brother-sister team of theatre makers from Chorley. Since our beginnings at Chorley Youth Theatre, we have both been working in the arts. Now we want to make exciting and bespoke theatre experiences that are rooted in the town we grew up in.
We believe everyone should have access to the arts. Theatre has a unique way of bringing the community together to celebrate our shared experiences and our unique differences. We want to:
Bring innovative professional theatre productions to Chorley
Create unique and unforgettable live experiences in different spaces around the borough that challenge perceptions of what theatre can be
Involve the community in our process of making theatre in a variety of different ways
Provide training, experiences and a friendly ear for local people who are considering working in theatre
Celebrate and nurture talent in Chorley
Contribute to the existing cultural scene in Chorley and to help promote it as a cultural destination
Collaborate with other organisations in Lancashire to provide high-quality, home-grown theatre for audiences in the North West
Share our work with companies and audiences nationally
We are really proud of our first production, Under the Market Roof by Becky Prestwich, which took place on the much-loved Chorley market in October 2017.
We are thrilled to be an Associate Company of The Dukes in Lancaster.
artistic Director | Liz Stevenson
Liz is the Associate Director at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. She won the 2015 JMK Young Director Award. BARBARIANS at the Young Vic was nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. She is currently the Associate Director on the UK and Ireland tour of the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth.
Work as a Director: THE SECRET GARDEN (York Theatre Royal, Theatre by the Lake), UNDER THE MARKET ROOF (Chorley Market, Junction 8 Theatre), HANDBAGGED (Theatre by the Lake), HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT (Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake), MACBETH (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster), BARBARIANS (Young Vic), BLUESTOCKINGS, TOO FAST and MIDNIGHT AT THE HOTEL BEAUREGARD (ALRA North)
Liz has worked as an Assistant Director for the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory and Gate Theatre.
executive producer | nick Stevenson
Nick is the Associate Producer at Theatr Clwyd in north Wales. He is a line-producer and programmer for the theatre. Nick’s credits as line-producer for Theatr Clwyd include: ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Theatr Clwyd & Menier Chocolate Factory); HANSEL & GRETEL: FAIRYTALE DETECTIVES (Theatr Clwyd & Paperfinch Theatre), LORD OF THE FLIES (Theatr Clwyd & Sherman Theatre); Paines Plough’s Roundabout Season 2018 (Theatr Clwyd & Paines Plough); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Theatr Clwyd, Nuffield Southampton Theatres & English Touring Theatre); THE GREAT GATSBY (Theatr Clwyd & Guild of Misrule); SLEEPING BEAUTY; THE SNOW QUEEN (Theatr Clwyd & Paperfinch Theatre); HEROINE (Theatr Clwyd & High Tide Festival); Paines Plough’s Roundabout Season 2017 (Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough & Orange Tree Theatre); THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST; SCARLET (Theatr Clwyd & Hampstead Theatre); ALADDIN; THE NUTCRACKER (Theatr Clwyd & Paperfinch Theatre).
Previously, Nick was the Assistant Producer and Stage One Apprentice Producer at Theatr Clwyd and is a former Associate Producer of the long-running JB SHORTS in Manchester. Nick has also worked on freelance projects for Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Following graduating university, Nick was the Arts Administration Intern at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, during which time he was the Coordinator for the East Midlands Children's Theatre and Dance Network. Whilst at university Nick was a Producer for and President of the award-winning The Nottingham New Theatre.
HEad of production | phil geller
Phil is currently working as a freelance Production Manager and is Head of Production for Junction 8 Theatre. In his spare time he runs the Junction 8 website, and looks after all things “technical”! He is the Production manager for our next show LANCASTRIANS.
Future Production Manager credits: Pictures of Dorain Gray (Stephen Joseph Theatre & Jermyn Street Theatre), Miss Julie / Creditors (Theatre by the Lake & Jermyn Street Theatre).
Recent Production Manager credits include: Aspects of Love (Southwark Playhouse), The Other Place (The Park Theatre & Theatre by The Lake), Hymn to Love (Theatre By the Lake transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre) and Return of the Soldier (Hope Mill Theatre & New Wolsey Theatre).
Recently Phil was the lighting designer for Be//Longing (TakeBack Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre), and worked as a technician on MOTH (Hope Mill Theatre) and MY VERSION OF EVENTS (Hope Mill Theatre).
Phil has previously worked as the Company Manager for Paulden Hall Productions for their sell-out Edinburgh shows WILD WEST END and FRESHER THE MUSICAL. He worked as a freelance technician at NOTTINGHAM LAKESIDE ARTS, NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, and Standby Exhibition Services. Whilst at university Phil was Theatre Manager and Technical Director of the award-winning The Nottingham New Theatre, for whom he Production Managed four shows at the NATIONAL STUDENT DRAMA FESTIVAL.