Clare Slater

Artistic Director and CEO

Clare is the Artistic Director and  CEO of HighTide.

She was previously the Head of New Work at the Donmar Warehouse in London, where she worked on over 30 productions, including The Trials by Dawn King; Love and Other Acts of Violence by Cordelia Lynn; Assembly by Nina Segal; Blindness adapted by Simon Stephens; [BLANK] by Alice Birch; Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Berberian Sound Studio adapted by Joel Horwood; Sweat by Lynn Nottage; Silence by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood; Force Majeure adapted by Tim Price; The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in a new version by Bruce Norris; Limehouse by Steve Waters; The Lady from the Sea in a new version by Elinor Cook; and Becoming by Michelle Terry and Rosalie Craig.

Other writing and dramaturg credits include:  Women in Power dir. Blanche McIntyre (Nuffield, Southampton); The Unknown Island dir. Ellen McDougall, Meet Your Neighbours dir. Emily Lim, Here’s How It All Began dir. Christopher Haydon, Idomeneus dir. Ellen McDougall (all for the Gate, Notting Hill); and The Last Mermaid dir. Bruce Guthrie with Charlotte Church (Wales Millennium Centre).

Clare previously worked as Executive Director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and, prior to that, she was the Assistant Literary Manager at the National Theatre and worked in TV and film development with Rare Day.  She also sits on the Creative Council of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Hannah Dunne


Hannah is HighTide’s Producer, working across productions and artistic planning to deliver HighTide’s programme and support creatives and shows at all stages of development. Hannah also takes the lead on our Environmental Action work, encouraging all creatives and theatre makers HighTide works with to consider a Climate careful approach to their work. Hannah first joined HighTide in 2021 as General Manager. Before this she worked at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill as their Theatre Manager and the Bush Theatre as Deputy Front of House Manager. Hannah has also worked for Disney Theatrical Productions as a facilitator and acting coach for the Lion King’s Cub Academy. Hannah studied at the University of Exeter, trained at LAMDA and is originally from Swansea.

Beth Watson

Development Manager

Beth Watson is the Development Manager at HighTide, which consists of organising events, securing funding as well as being the main point of contact for supporters. Beth is passionate about the arts, having studied Drama at The University of Exeter, and then going on to study Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Prior to working at HighTide, Beth worked for a local hospice charity where she oversaw multiple income streams, and led on the biggest fundraising event in the history of the charity.

George Boundy

Engagement Manager

George is HighTide’s Engagement Manager, leading on marketing & communications and supporting the company’s writer development and community work in the East of England.

Having trained at East 15 Acting School, George co-founded Above Bounds Theatre Collective – producing innovative new work for children and young audiences. For the last 10 years he has worked extensively in theatre as a writer, director, facilitator, and festival producer. He studied Playwriting at The University of Birmingham under the tutelage of Fraser Grace, and teaches Playwriting at East 15.

Prior to taking up this role, George was Marketing & Communications Manager at Marina Theatre Lowestoft.

Karen Goddard

Associate Producer

Karen Goddard is HighTide’s Associate Producer. Previously, she has worked with the New Wolsey Theatre, Red Rose Chain, Eastern Angles and the Mercury Theatre. Karen produced HighTide’s 2023 HighTide Rising one-day festival of new writing and curated the company’s 2023 Ghost Stories by Candlelight East of England tour. She lives in Suffolk and works on a freelance basis with a range of individual artists and organisations writing funding applications, and producing R&D projects and small-scale tours. Karen’s next project is the development of a new play by Hannah Kumari focusing on the life of Sophia Duleep Singh.

Nicola Werenowska

Peggy Ramsay Foundation/ Film 4 Awards Scheme Playwright

Nicola Werenowska is an award winning neurodivergent playwright who is
committed to exploring underrepresented voices in her writing. Nicola is on placement with HighTide for one year after winning the Peggy Ramsey/Film4 Award, which celebrates and supports emerging British writing talent. Nicola was 16 when she was a runner up in the Royal Court Young People’s playwriting competition but due to the debilitating effects of her undiagnosed disability it took her another 15 years before she wrote professionally, following her life-changing dyspraxia diagnosis.

Nicola’s work has been produced widely across the UK. She has been on
attachment to Graeae Theatre, the National Theatre studio and a member of the Royal Court National Writers group. She is Associate Artist at the Mercury Theatre, High Tide Theatre and Lakeside Theatre. Recent projects include writing the libretto for The Paradis Files, a new opera, produced by Graeae, which toured nationally including performances at London’s South Bank Centre, and adapting The Secret Garden for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Theatre includes: The Secret Garden (Theatre Royal BSE, 2022); The Paradis Files (Graeae, 2022); Behind Doors (zoom festival short, Mercury, 2020); Late to the Party (community commission, Mercury 2019); Silence (Mercury & national tour, 2018); Guesthouse (Eastern Angles, 2018); Hidden (Oxford Playhouse, Marlowe, Mercury, 2017); Tattooed Under Your Skin (Theatre 503, 2016); Tu I Teraz (Hampstead & on tour 2012/13); CASH! (Mercury, 2013); BirthDate (Nabakov, 2012); Camulodunum (Monologue, Paines Plough’s ‘Come to Where I’m From’ tour, 2010); Hurt (Footprints, 2008); Freedoms of the Forest (Menagerie, 2008); Japanese Stories (dis:play production, Mercury, 2008 ); Peapickers (Eastern Angles, 2007); Aftermath (dis:play, Mercury 2006); Davy’s Day (Mercury, 2004).

Radio/audio includes: Look Me In The Eye (diversity training, Menagerie Theatre, 2020); Amy Dorrit (radio 4 Christmas Classic adaptation, produced by Graeae & Naked Productions, 2018).

Tassa Deparis


Tassa is a Suffolk-based writer who also works in education and heritage. Indonesian born and raised in London, she has also lived and worked in Germany. She is interested in stress and rhythm and how linguistic shifts create different narrative spaces. Tassa writes around motherhood and womanhood and is concerned with capturing the whispered and hidden worlds that people occupy; her writing travels through dark spaces in search of pieces of hope. She is currently leading a creative project with local mothers and designing sustainable projects with Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum. Tassa is also a creative facilitator and has worked with various theatres and companies including The New Wolsey Theatre, Ellander Productions and Flight of the Escales. Tassa is a graduate of the MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths University. She was selected for artistic development with Park theatre. Credits include: Two Under Two (Virtual Collaborators Festival); The Daughter Abroad (Theatre503); This Wall (The English Theatre, Berlin); Mothers Milk (ArtsDepot)

Sonny Nwachukwu

Associate Artist of HighTide’s Climate Dramaturgy Knowledge Exchange

Sonny Nwachukwu is a published writer, director, choreographer and performer based in Peterborough. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His academic background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’. Sonny received his dance training from authentic West African and dancehall teachers. He has performed with numerous Afrobeats and dancehall artists working across the UK and has performed at venues including Sadler’s Wells and the SSE Wembley stadium.

In 2019 Sonny was awarded an Unlimited and Spirit of 2012 commission, to create his first full-length work entitled Circles, A choreopoem. Other current works and projects include Triple Threat (2019) at Poplar Union, Saturn Returns (2022) for Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, (Re)Union (2021) as part of Browntown Abbey at Battersea Arts Centre and new work in progress, Eve and Cain (2023).

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