WHAT WE DO
We are KILTER; an award-winning collaborative theatre company. We make confronting theatre with a delightfully absurd comic sensibility that responds to and seeks to change the world around us.
Our work is playful irreverent, emotionally charged, risky, formally inventive, often comic and sometimes angry. We think humour, playfulness and theatrical inventiveness are important. There is a strong visual and physical strand to our work, and collaborating across art-forms and genres is central to how we create. We are focussed on telling stories, creating experiences and making work which celebrates liveness and explores the relationship between performer and audience. We platform work by artists from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and artists with disabilities, with a passion for exploring these narratives authentically and joyfully.
KILTER was established in 2016 by Ed Theakston and Katie Coull, who met while training at East 15 Acting School, London. We have made work for venues including the King's Head, Theatre503, Camden People's Theatre, STYX, the Courtyard Hoxton, Landor_Space, and Tara Theatre. We have been commissioned by Wimbledon College of Art and worked with students on new work at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Mountview. Our work has been supported by the Lyric Hammersmith and the New Diorama.
In 2016 we won the Best Play award at the Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival, and in 2017 were a recipient of the East 15 Emerging Companies Award. This year we were awarded Arts Council England funding for our interactive storytelling experience, Theatre For Two.
WHO WE ARE
Ed is an actor and theatre-maker trained on the BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre course at East 15 Acting School. Recent credits include; creator and director of Theatre For Two (ACE-funded tour), director of KILTER's Mating in Captivity (King's Head Queer Season), Bit of Sunshine (EdFringe / Theatre503), Murk (WCA / Lyric Hammersmith), The Waves (Debut Festival), Attic (King’s Head), Write Yourself In (Tara Theatre / RCSSD), Modern Love (Waterloo East), Shai-Ann (RIFT), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Kenneth More). As assistant director; Prison Plays and Tony Bell’s The Winter's Tale (STYX) and the short film Compound (Ewan Marshall). As dramaturg; Distant to Lost (Lion and Unicorn). Ed has worked on projects for the RSC, directors Kirsty Housley, Melanie Lomoff, Freddie Machin and The Alchemist Theatre Company. Ed completed China Plate’s producer training programme The Optimists, and is an alum of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab.
Katie is a Scottish creative who graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2017, after which she co-founded two theatre companies: Dead Leaf Theatre & We Are Kilter. Both had successful runs of their original works in the past five years. Recent credits include; director of KILTER's Prison Plays (STYX) and Bit of Sunshine (EdFringe / Theatre503), Distant to Lost (Lion and Unicorn), I'm Begging You To Hurt Me (rehearsed reading, Drayton Arms), Endgame: Ariel (Camden People's Theatre) and Nicholas (Rooted Moon Festival) both for Dead Leaf Theatre, played Puck for director Emma Licia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ellen Terry, Kent) and Sonya in The Cherry Orchard (Tristan Bates). Also through Dead Leaf, Katie had an excellent run with her play Celtic Sisters, also producing and performing, which debuted last year at Tara Arts. Katie is also the Artistic Director of Arts For Essential Workers.
Ioana Curelea is the recipient of the inaugural Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design with Told by an Idiot and supported by the Charles Mason and Naomi Wilkinson Foundation. She holds a BA and an MA in Set Design for Theatre from Wimbledon College of Art. She has an active interest in radical art and unorthodox theatre making. Her recent credits include set and costume design for Told by an Idiot’s THE STRANGE TALE OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN & STAN LAUREL (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wilton’s Music Hall and UK Tour); Collide Theatre’s METAMORPHOSIS (Tristan Bates, New Diorama, HomeMCR); THE OTHERS (Camden People’s Theatre); WELCOME TO THE UK (HomeMCR & Bunker Theatre); LILITH X KARAOKAY (Bunker Theatre); ATTIC (King’s Head Theatre); CLAY (Pleasance Theatre) and CRESTFALL (RADA Studios).
actor / deviser
Gabriella Leon is an actress and theatre-maker, known for her ground- breaking role as deaf nurse Jade Lovall in the BBC medical drama series CASUALTY. With the cast of CASUALTY, Gabriella won the 2021 RTS and BAFTA Awards for Best Soap and Continuing Drama. She is a founding member of We Are Kilter. Theatre credits include: CAN CAN (Told by an Idiot); THE OTHERS (Camden People’s Theatre); CLOSE (Landor_Space) and MONDEGREEN (STYX). Gabriella was mentored as a playwright by Charlotte Josephine (BLUSH, BITCH BOXER, Old Vic 12) during the development of her first full length play, and is currently developing a short film and a series for television.
actor / writer
Nicole is an award-winning writer, actor and theatre-maker. She trained at RADA (Foundation in Acting) and received her BA in Acting from East 15 Acting School. While training at East 15 she discovered an intense love and unwavering passion for writing. Her debut play, BIT OF SUNSHINE, which Nicole also performed, was produced by We Are Kilter. It won the Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival 2016 Best Play Award where Paul Vale, critic for The Stage, called it "Fascinating... an accomplished piece of theatre." The show has since had two critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, subsequently transferred to a sell-out run at Theatre503 and has also been seen at the Landor Space and Catalyst Festival. Nicole recently graduated with an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her second play, I'M BEGGING YOU TO HURT ME, went through an R&D process led by Katie Coull culminating in a sharing at the Drayton Arms, and has recently completed her first screenplay, EVERYTHING GIRL. As an actor, other roles include; Manda in Jonathan Harvey's BABIES (Corbett Theatre), Anya inTHE CHERRY ORCHARD (Tristan Bates).
actor / deviser
Phoebe is an actor and theatre-maker, trained on East 15's Acting and Contemporary Theatre course. Roles include: Hani / Puppeteer in YELLOW IS THE COLOUR OF SUNSHINE (UK Tour), Maurice / Movement Captain in LORD OF THE FLIES (Greenwich Theatre), Anabelle Harvey in M.E.H (New Diorama), Leah in DNA (Yvonne Arnaud), Ruth in Temper Theatre's TRIBE (Jacksons Lane, Edinburgh Fringe and International Tour), Jessica in THE OTHERS (Camden People's Theatre) and Leonie in ATTIC (Kings Head).