Founded in May 2014 by Leana Sherwood and Dawn Richmond-Gordon Egg Box Theatre is an East Midlands company that makes very special interactive theatre for new young audiences. We are passionate about giving children and their families an open and exciting first experience of theatre. We encourage learning through play and offer our audiences the chance to join the adventure, not just sit and watch!
Through our partnership with The University of Lincoln and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, we use the creation of our work as a platform for graduate development and retention. Learning and development is at the heart of everything we do. We make theatre which challenges traditional environments, is often silly and always fun!
Our participation programme is dedicated to providing an inclusive experience for children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities. We are passionate about creating an accessible environment for young people where they can feel comfortable and confident to be themselves. We provide young people with the opportunity to discover their potential and help them to grow. The needs and interests of young people in our region always inspire the work we do.
Dawn is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Egg Box Theatre. She is also a participation specialist, Writer and Director.
Dawn graduated from The Lincoln School of Performing Arts in 2009 where she studied Drama. In her graduating year she joined The Lincoln Company, and worked as a director, project manager and stage manager for an annual programme of work performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2012 Dawn joined the creative team at Zest Theatre as a Youth Theatre Director and Participation Coordinator. During her time at Zest Dawn also worked as assistant director on Gatecrash National Tour, and as a director on Until Its Gone schools tour.
Dawn completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019.
In 2015 Dawn joined the team at Lincolnshire One Venues as a Project Worker for the young people’s programme.
Alongside her role at Egg Box she is currently working at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as the Young Audiences and Engagement Producer; designing and delivering a variety of creative programmes which benefit the local community.
Leana is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Egg Box Theatre. She is also a creative producer and arts manager with experience in developing and delivering grassroots arts and cultural projects with a range of regional and national partners.
Leana graduated from The Lincoln School of Performing Arts in 2010 with a degree in Dance and Drama. She joined The Lincoln Company in 2009 performing annually at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival until 2014.
She joined Lincolnshire One Venues, a county wide arts venue network, in 2013 working in youth participation and engagement. She became the LOV Project Manager in April 2018 and oversaw the operational transition drawing in over half a million pounds of grant funding before leaving in 2019. She is very experienced in coordinating large scale events and festivals having managed several seasons of shows at The Edinburgh Fringe. She holds a Post-graduate in Psychology and has an interest in the role of creativity in developmental psychology; alongside her role at Egg Box she is currently working with Inspire, supporting young people with SEND aged 16-25.
Martyn studied drama at The University of Lincoln, graduating in 2014. During his 3 years, he became a member of the Lincoln Company, where he performed in shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival for 2 years including The Underwater Adventure, Look Back in Anger and Sheriff Wayne and the Sundance cave. Since graduating, Martyn has worked as an actor for Lincoln based Zest theatre, in Until its Gone 2014-15 and Physical Theatre piece Boy meets girl, National Tour 2015.
Rachel graduated from Coventry University in 2013 with a degree in Theatre and Professional Practise. She then returned to Nottingham to work on various acting and directing roles.
More recently Rachel had been working as a workshop leader and facilitator for various projects at Nottingham Playhouse. She has also worked in different types of community groups such as schools and residential homes, enjoying the challenge of making theatre accessible to all that want to be involved.
Rachel has also worked with the Mighty Creatives in Leicester on SPLASH, a project about engaging audiences with disabilities, in conjunction with Extraordinary Bodies and Diverse City.
In 2019 Rachel worked with Face Up Theatre creating a forum theatre show and other projects such as a theatre-based training session for HMRC.