What We Do
High-Rise Avenue is a multi-disciplinary production company led by Sandra Thompson-Quartey.
High-Rise Avenue produces exciting new theatre shows written by culturally diverse writers and adapts them for the screen.
High-Rise Avenue cultivates the collaboration of exceptionally talented creatives and performers to tell original stories. The company has a keen interest in stories that either spark a debate, shine a light on injustices or explore high-concept creative ideas.
Our work is dedicated to increasing the visibility of talented writers, directors and actors from Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Latino, Haaiwain, Indigenous and Mixed Race backgrounds.
Sandra Thompson-Quartey founded Writers Avenue Theatre Company in 2010 to discover, nurture and champion new writers and provide opportunities to showcase their talent.
The company became popular for The First 20 Minutes competition, which allowed new writers to test their work at various stages of development and showcase its potential of full production, in a supportive environment. The shows took place at Soho Theatre and The Pleasance in the main spaces and regularly attracted leading casting directors, producers, agents and organisations and even broadcasters.
The theatre company took a hiatus between 2016 until 2019 to restructure and relaunched in 2020 as High-Rise Avenue to reflect the evolution of the company.
Writers Avenue is now the television and film leg, dedicated to producing work by culturally diverse writers.