A Bit About Us
MAYA wants to change what takes place on our stages and screens. We get excited by hearing stories that don’t often get told, and when we find new ways of telling them. We really want to see the whole range of people we work with, pass on the street and go to school with represented on and off stage. We recognise that we live in a global world, and that connections across borders are important. We create work that engages our senses, takes us to new places, makes us laugh, cry and think. We do this through collaboration, with artists, young people, community organisations, academics, and cultural leaders. We are always on a journey, looking to discover and share something new about the world.
The company was founded in 1994 by Sita Ramamurthy and Christopher Preston to advocate in the debate for greater representation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers and directors. Over the next 15 years the company supported the careers of many BAME arts practitioners, creating theatre productions, touring plays to over 30 venues nationally, and producing the popular Write to Ignite Hackney Word Festival over four years. The company’s Outwrite programme involved 100s of young people in developing playwriting and other theatre skills.
Artistic Director Suzanne Gorman joined after a long association with Maya. She is a Director, Dramaturg and Producer committed to bringing diverse work into mainstream culture. She has a track record in new writing and pioneering new ways of working. Her ground breaking and critically acclaimed Moonwalking in Chinatown promenade for Soho Theatre, where she led the creative learning department for ten years, was held up as an example of “how arts and culture can impact on place making in Westminster’s Arts and Cultural Strategy. Her work has been described as –
“Triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition.”
The Guardian on ‘The Honey Man’
Assistant Director/ Youth Project Director
Writer of Up North
Writer of The Croydon Avengers
Press and Public Relations Consultant
Maya Productions is an Associate at Harrogate Theatre. We work in partnership with other organisations to develop and deliver work. Past and current partners include Refugee Youth, Croydon Early Intervention Support Service, Half Moon Theatre, Peckham Theatre, Soho Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Community Catalyst and Community Action Southwark, Southwark Council, Immediate Theatre, The Brick Box, The Zakir Family Centre, Landscape, South Bank Centre, Croydon Music and Arts, British Red Cross, Croydon Disability Youth Service, Why Comics, Central Foundation School for Girls, Ovalhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Deli, Migration Matters Festival, Barbican and the National Theatre.