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Cap-a-Pie bring together professional theatre makers and communities to co-create theatre and foster learning and thinking through a democratic creative process.Cap-a-Pie has been working in participatory contexts with communities and making professional work for audiences in the North East of England and beyond since 1996.

Currently, we are exploring how theatre can be used to build, strengthen and add value to partnerships between universities and communities. We believe that a community engaged creative research process is rewarding to all, academics, artists, communities and audiences.

When working with communities, we know that the highest standards of engagement have to go hand-in-hand with, and will lead to, the highest artistic standards. Through our exciting and dynamic work with communities and academics, we produce work that is both challenging, accessible and thought provoking.

We are currently working in partnership with Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Newcastle University’s Engagement Team to deliver a two year programme of work at Newcastle University. This project creates opportunities for theatre makers and academics to work together. The programme includes weekly studio workshops for academics to create and perform new theatre inspired by their research with professional artists.


Katy Vanden – Producer
Brad McCormick – Artistic Director

Honorary Patron: Gordon Poad

Board of Directors:

Andrew Smaje, Roma Yagnik, Lesley Patrick and Jackie Davison.

Associate artists:

Gwilym Lawrence – theatre maker
Rebecca Louise Collins – theatre maker
Matthew Jones – musician, composer

Cap-a-Pie is registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee: No: 8938843.
Registered address: Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PA.