Lucy Kerbel


Prior to founding Tonic in 2011, 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.