Andrew Smaje is a theatre producer, consultant and mentor. He is currently Executive Director of ATC, leading the company alongside Artistic Director Ramin Gray. Andrew has chaired Cap-a-Pie’s board since joining in 2016.
Known for his work producing contemporary theatre, particularly new writing, Andrew’s productions and commissions were nominated at the TMA UK Theatre Awards in 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He is also a consultant for leading theatre companies, organisations and artists, with clients including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Greyscale and The Empty Space. Andrew supports the development of emerging companies in the North East, such as Curious Monkey.
Andrew was Chief Executive of Hull Truck 2010 – 2012, producing work by contemporary playwrights both in Hull and on tour, and co-producing with partners including Headlong, Paines Plough and The Gate. His productions were nominated for the Renee Stepham Touring Award (TMA UK Theatre Awards) in 2012 and Best Visiting Production (Manchester Theatre Awards) in 2013.
Andrew was Associate Director of Theatre Royal Bath 2000 – 2010, supporting and developing new and innovative theatre across a broad spectrum of performance genres and practice, principally new writing. He supported many artists who are now key figures in British theatre, such as Lorne Campbell and Theatre Ad Infinitum. His final production as Artistic Director of the Ustinov, the world premiere of Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon, was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2011 and subsequently transferred to Hampstead Theatre.
Andrew created the Bath International Puppet Festival, a showcase for adult puppetry; he was co-Director of the Bath Shakespeare Festival, an unplugged festival of contemporary perspectives on Shakespeare’s work; and produced plays on both large and small scale, by writers such as Gregory Burke, David Greig and David Harrower.
Andrew was an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England from 2009 to 2017.