WHAT WE DO

 

Tonic supports theatre and the arts to achieve greater gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Since 2011 we have been driving tangible change across theatre and the wider performing arts and creative industries. Through a range of programmes, resources, training, tools and events Tonic has demonstrated that meaningful sustained change can happen. The uniqueness and effectiveness of our approach have led to our services being utilised by a broad spectrum of organisations across the UK and beyond.

OUR APPROACH

 

Tonic’s approach involves getting to grips with the principles that lie beneath how our industries functions – our working methods, decision-making processes, and organisational structures – and identifying how, in their current form, these can create barriers. Once we have done that, we devise practical yet imaginative alternative approaches and work with our partners to trial and deliver them. In addition to our work with organisations, we empower individuals to drive change within their own contexts and deliver ambitious cross-sectoral initiatives.

Our Work

Our Recent Partners

WE ARE PROUD TO BE AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF CHANGE-MAKING IN THE CULTURAL SECTOR


what we do

We Support Organisations

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We Empower Individuals

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We Drive Change Across the Sector

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We Support Organisations to Change

We offer performing arts and cultural organisations the practical support and guidance they need to move from where they are now to where they want to be

Training

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Consultancy

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Toolkits and resources

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We Empower Individuals

At Tonic our philosophy is that everyone can be part of making change happen

Tonic Awards

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Tonic Events

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Empowering Young People

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We Drive Change Across the Sector

Tonic is the catalyst for change that is broad, deep, and long-lasting

Advance

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Advocacy

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Who We Are

Meet the Team

Trustees

Tonic Trustees

Tonic’s Trustees are Craig Bennett, Moira Buffini, Eleanor Lang, Sita McIntosh (Chair), Sabina Mohideen, Mee-Ling Skeffington and Kirsty Starkey.

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Lucy Kerbel

Director

Prior to founding Tonic, Lucy was an award-winning theatre director. It was while directing around the UK that Lucy became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. She recognised the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater gender balance in its workforces and repertoires and so in 2011 she founded Tonic to go some way towards achieving this.

She now heads Tonic’s work across theatre, the performing arts and wider creative industries.

Lucy is the author of two books: 100 Great Plays for Women and All Change Please – A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre, both published by Nick Hern Books. She is a regular speaker on women in the arts and is on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights.

Helen Marriage

Commercial Manager

Helen’s first job in theatre was in the marketing department at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career in both theatre and publishing, working for some of the UK’s leading publishers across marketing, publicity and sales.

Helen thrives in creative environments with an inspiring mission at their core.

Vicky Long

Tonic Associate

Vicky is a consultant and producer, working across the arts. She tends to be involved in projects that aim at some kind of cultural shift. She has extensive experience of working with artists and arts organisations on the subject of climate change.

Other projects have focused on people and place, together with processes of cultural and environmental transformation. Over recent years she has worked with the Eden Project, Open University, Sheffield University, Ashden Trust, BBC, Siobhan Davies Dance, Southbank Centre, Forma and What Next?

Vicky also works as a facilitator, looking with clients within and beyond the cultural sector at matters of organisational change.

CONTACT

General Enquiries
info@tonictheatre.co.uk

Lucy Kerbel, Director
lucy@tonictheatre.co.uk

Helen Marriage, Commercial Manager
helen@tonictheatre.co.uk

Tonic Theatre
c/o National Theatre,
Upper Ground, South Bank
London, SE1 9PX

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