Andrew Smaje is a theatre producer, consultant and mentor. He has been Executive Director of Actors Touring Company (ATC), which for 40 years has produced international plays in the UK. For ATC, Andrew has produced Winter Solstice by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure by Magne van den Berg and The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, in collaboration with venues such as the Young Vic, Orange Tree and Teatre Lliure, Barcelona. Known for his work as a producer of contemporary theatre, particularly new writing, Andrew’s productions and commissions were nominated at the TMA/ UK Theatre Awards in 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017.
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 companies such as Curious Monkey and Cap-a-Pie Theatre, two North-East-based companies whose work is rooted in their communities.
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, nabokov, Paines Plough, The Gate, Opera North and Rash Dash. 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 emerging artists, such as Paper Birds, Red Cape, Lorne Campbell, Chris Goode and Theatre Ad Infinitum.
Andrew created the Bath International Puppet Festival (2000-2009), a showcase for adult puppetry; he was co-Director of the Bath Shakespeare Festival (2005-2010), an unplugged festival of contemporary, often international, perspectives on Shakespeare’s work.