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 Zellig, Birmingham and Toynbee Studios, 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 2018/19, China Plate created, toured and programmed work for over 35,000 people across 148 venues (nationally and internationally)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.


Ed Collier


Ed is a Co-Artistic 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-Artistic 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.

Paul Hewlett


Paul is the General Manager of China Plate. Prior to joining the company he worked in film education, production and talent development on projects with the BBC, FILM4 and the BFI; most notably as Director of Content for the UK wide education charity Into Film, where he led on the production and programming of all video, live event and festival content.

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.

Andrea Pieri Gonzalez


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


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


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.

Sammy Fiorino


Sammy completed a MA Creative Producing at RCSSD in 2017, and since then have worked with many organizations such as Actors Touring Company, Improbable, Southbank Centre LIFT and Battersea Arts Centre where she has supported the Heritage team on various projects. As well, she’s part of the LAIPA collective - Latin Americans in Preforming Arts- which strives for visibility and acknowledgement of the Latinx community in the sector.

Sarah Isaacs


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.

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Board Members

Phyllida Hancock

Phyllida is a workshop designer and facilitator, focusing on leadership and organisational development. Phyllida worked as an actress and singer for 12 years in theatre and on television, including two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and productions in the West End, around the UK and abroad. Phyllida is an Associate of Olivier MythodramaLeaders QuestMary-Louise Clark AssociatesContender Charlie, and Advance HE, facilitating and delivering workshops on leadership, change management and communications skills, notably on the Aurora programme for women in Higher Education. 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. 


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.




Jobs and Opportunities

Role Application Deadline Start Date
Project Coordinator Birmingham 14th February 2020 at 05:00pm 01st April 2020

China Plate Theatre is seeking to appoint a Project Coordinator.

This is a new post tasked with planning, coordinating and delivering a range of artist development programmes, initially focussed on:

The Optimists: a unique training opportunity for emerging theatre makers and producers

Next Stages: bespoke development packages for theatre makers seeking to transition to the midscale (400-800 seats)


China Plate Theatre makes emotionally powerful, socially and politically driven work with a diverse cohort of artists. The company has work currently touring or in development with Contender Charlie, David Edgar, Rachel Bagshaw, Caroline Horton, Chris Thorpe, Rachel Chavkin, Inspector Sands, Urielle Klein-Mekongo, Christopher Haydon, Roy Williams and Tim Sutton.

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.

China Plate is Associate Producer at Warwick Arts Centre with a focus on product and partnership development, a key partner in the Rural Touring Dance Initiative and an Ambition for Excellence funded programme of work aimed at creating a step change in new musical theatre and opera at the midscale.

Please submit the following to

A cover letter no longer than 2 pages long containing the following:

- A brief summary of what appeals to you about the role
- Using the headings listed in the person specification, please list how your skills, knowledge and experience make you qualified for the role (using examples from your experience)

A current CV, also detailing two referees and relevant contact information (please make it clear if roles were part-time or full-time)

An equal opportunities monitoring form (available to download below)

For more information, or to download the person specifications please click on the links below.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 14th February 2020.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 27th February at Zellig, Birmingham - second interviews TBC.

China Plate is an inclusive organisation and an equal opportunities employer. Our aim is to create a diverse and inclusive working environment which reflects the communities we live and work in, both on and off the stage.

Our recruitment process is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from BAMER and / or D/deaf and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our team and the wider theatre sector. BAMER and D/deaf & disabled candidates who demonstrate that they meet the person specification will be prioritized in the shortlisting process.

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss the opportunity further, or require this information in an alternative format, please email





Young Producers Coventry 31st January 2020 at 10:00am 28th February 2020



Hands-on producer training for Coventry-based 16-21 year olds!

Applications are now open for our first Young Producers programme taking place between February to June 2020.

Are you aged 16-21?

Are you passionate about music, dance, drama, poetry or art?

Are you interested in finding out more about making these events happen?

Do you want to put on your own events?

If yes, join our Young Producers programme.

Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate are teaming up to run our first ever Young Producers programme.

free training opportunity for Coventry-based 16-21 year olds that are passionate about performing arts to find out more about making art happen.

Through a mixture of day-long intensive sessions and evening sessions our Young Producers will gain insight into what it takes to put on arts events – project planning, fundraising/budgeting, marketing, project delivery and evaluation.

Following a brief and budget set by Warwick Arts Centre, they will put these skills into practice by producing events for the WAC Youth Takeover Festival in June 2020. These events could be scratch performances, DJ sets, live debates, open mic events, etc.

Young Producers will also hear from professionals across arts organisations, see shows and shadow other events throughout the programme.

This is a great opportunity to develop employability and interpersonal skills, whilst being creative, working with new people and having a say at one of the largest multi-arts centres in the UK.

No experience is necessary – only an interest in performing arts and ideas for exciting events!


18-21 and not in education?

Thanks to funding from the ESF Community Fund, we are able to offer additional support to 3 × 18-21 year olds from minority ethnic backgrounds and not in education, training or employment to further develop their arts practice, including one-to-one mentoring from arts professionals.


We are committed to ensuring that finances are not a barrier to young people that want to be involved in Young Producers. Whilst the scheme is free to attend, we’re aware that travel costs to the centre can also prevent some young people in taking part. Thanks to Warwick Arts Centre’s generous donors, we are able to provide travel bursaries to any young person that requires financial support in getting to the arts centre.

Please let us know if you’d like to be considered for a bursary in your application form.

Work with young people? – Nominate someone!

This is an exciting opportunity for young people to explore their creativity, develop their skill set for the world of work and collaborate with a range of people to put on their own events.

If you know someone from Coventry who you think would make a brilliant producer, let us know!

Send an email to with ‘Young Producer Nomination’ in the subject line by 5.30pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

In your nomination email, please include:

Your name and organisation

Your nominees name, email address or telephone number 

Why you want to nominate them

Before emailing, please ensure you have their (if over 18) or their parents/carers and their (if under 18) permission to send their details through.


How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please read the information pack (available to download below or from our promoters page here) and complete the application form (responses can be written or submitted in video format).

If you require additional support to complete the application, or the form in a different format, please email

Application deadline: 10am, Friday 31 January 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Lynsey Cullen on or 024 7615 1793.


Young Producers is supported by Warwick Arts Centre, China Plate, Coventry City of Culture Trust, ESF Community Fund, Arts Council England, Arts Connect and Baron Davenport’s Charity.