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Sandra Thompson-Quartey:

Artistic Director & Executive Producer

Sandra trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School (and is an alumni of BRIT School), she developed her writing through her degree at Brunel University.

 

 Upon graduating from drama school Sandra increased her  focus on writing and testing out her work on the fringe.  She produced her own play, Water Under the Bridge, at White Bear Theatre in 2009. Shortly after was selected on an exclusive Typecast course led by Che Walker, ran by Identity School of Acting and she was invited by Olivier Award winning writer Bola Agbaje to write a piece for StoneCrabs Theatre Company for their Nigeria? Where are we now? festival, her piece  was performed by Michael Salami at The Albany.

In 2010 Sandra founded Writers Avenue to provide opportunities for new writers. In 2012 the company evolved to also create opportunities for directors and actors from all backgrounds.  Sandra has had her own short plays performed at oho Theatre. Sandra has always put a stress on working with multicultural casts, writers and directors and providing industry showcases and development opportunities such as The First 20 Minutes or Six Degrees. Sandra has produced the majority of the new writing events at Soho Theatre (in all 3 spaces) and The Pleasance in the main space.

Sandra facilitated working relationships, auditions and meetings between performers and writers with casting directors and talent agents. Wanting to work more closely with artists, Sandra launched a talent agency in 2015 put Writers Avenue on hiatus in 2017 to allow thinking time to restructure the theatre company.

Due to her experience as a talent agent she came up against some racially offensive language and questionable practices and she felt there was still a lot of work to be done to increase the employment of  untapped and overlooked African, Caribbean Asian and Ethnic Minority talent and decision makers across theatre and screen.

 

In 2020 Writers Avenue will relaunch as High Rise Avenue to produce exciting work while also creating programmes to address the imbalance.

Sandra is a passionate advocate for equality within theatre industry and proudly works with the Charity organisation, Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF).