Supporting the arts and cultural sector to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion

About Tonic

Tonic is a national independent organisation and charity that works with the arts and other cultural organisations to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion. Initially established in the theatre industry, the success of Tonic’s approach saw demand for our work extend into other areas of the performing arts, particularly dance and opera. Today we continue to work extensively in these fields whilst also increasingly expanding into a range of other areas including music, museums, television drama and the wider cultural sector. 

“Tonic has become increasingly pivotal in helping the entire industry, through organisations and individuals, raise its game.”
Rufus Norris, Director, National Theatre

“What’s great about Tonic is that it’s not superficial. The work it’s doing is subtle, nuanced and in depth and that’s what I really appreciate about Tonic.”

Who we work with

We work right across the arts and cultural ecosystem, with venues, producers, commissioners, festivals, training and educational institutions, businesses in the arts ‘supply chain’, professional membership bodies, networks, and amateur and community groups. We have developed multi-year relationships with some of the biggest arts organisations in the country (such as the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler’s Wells), as well as working with micro-companies operating on a hyper-local level and with organisations of all shapes and sizes in between. Through our books, online resources and industry-facing events, freelancers and other individuals can engage in our work too. 

Our Services


Lucy leading an Unconscious Bias Training



Support Packages


Recent Projects

Platform Plays


All Change Please: A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre by Lucy Kerbel. Photo: Gorm Ashurst


Tonic Awards

Advance Network

Theatre Casting Toolkit

Theatre Casting Toolkit

Organisations we have recently worked with include


Who We Are

Meet the Team

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Gina Abolins

Delivery Lead

With a background in theatre, Gina has worked within outreach and participation as a practitioner, project manager and facilitator for many years. This includes previously working as Out Of Joint’s Education and Artist Development Officer and within the Creative Learning team at The Ambassador Theatre Group. She also runs her own company Spark, providing workshops on gender equality in schools. Prior to this…

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Charlotte de Paeztron

Office Coordinator

Charlotte originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and performed professionally for several years. Since stepping away from the stage she has continued to embrace her passion for theatre in administration roles for…

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Fay Jennett

Senior Delivery Lead

A classical singer by training, Fay put her musical background to good use in 5 years’ producing opera and young artist programmes for Britten Pears Arts in Suffolk. She learnt the value of creating safe and nurturing spaces which allow young artists to grow as individuals as well as develop skills for successful performing careers…

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Lucy Kerbel

Lucy Kerbel


Lucy founded Tonic with the ambition of creating a sea change in how theatre and the performing arts thought about and acted in regards to equality, diversity and inclusion. She created Tonic’s ground-breaking range of programmes, methodologies and tools, and is the author of several books. Lucy has 20 years’ experience working in theatre and, prior to creating Tonic, was an award-winning director…

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Mariana Rodrigues

Delivery Lead

Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Mariana completed her dance training at the Royal Ballet School in London. She then joined Northern Ballet where she performed a wide range of works and toured extensively across the U.K. In recent years she also developed her strengths as a choreographer…

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Tonic Trustees

Meet Tonic’s Trustees, chaired by Sita McIntosh, including Craig Bennett, Moira Buffini, Tigho Feldman, Gabriela Gandolfini, Eleanor Lang and Sacha Milroy.

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Tonic Associates

Alongside Tonic’s Director and Delivery Leads, some of our training and consultancy programmes, including Unconscious Bias training, are also run by Tonic’s Associates – all experts in their field: Rachel Bagshaw, Gemma Baxter, Georgina Bednar, Suzanne Gorman, Vicky Long and Sarah Paul.

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General Enquiries

Lucy Kerbel, Director

Charlotte de Paeztron, Office Coordinator

Gina Abolins, Delivery Lead

Fay Jennett, Delivery Lead

Mariana Rodrigues, Delivery Lead


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