Teatro Vivo –
Theatre where you least expect it

Teatro Vivo transforms much loved stories into theatrical adventures; collaborating with communities and audiences to turn everyday environments into magical worlds.

We are based in South London and have been creating theatre since 2005.
Inspired by classic stories and new writing, we make theatrical productions in any non theatre venue.

Our aim is to inspire people to contemplate the nature of human engagement by creating performances that encourage a sense of play for all who experience them.

We collaborate with artists from all backgrounds to open up the possibilities of what theatre can be and encourage non-professionals to participate in our process allowing us to share and learn skills and wisdom.

We explore the environments that we work in to ensure our productions become an essential part of the community and a source of inspiration and entertainment for all.

We work with an exciting array of artists, companies and venues. Check our collaborator page to find out more.

Link to our collaborator page. 

Associate Artists

Teatro Vivo are proud to be Associate Artists at the Albany Theatre in Deptford. As Associate Artists we are committed to making work inspired by and in collaboration with this fantastic venue.

Teatro Vivo Board:
David Bell(Treasurer), Becky Burchell, Carmel Langstaff, Jayson Mansaray, Fran Pilcher, Naomi Winston (Chair)

Who We Are:

Artistic Director:
Sophie Austin

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Artistic Director:
Sophie Austin

Sophie trained as a director at Rose Bruford College and set up Teatro Vivo as soon as she left with the aim of creating exciting, accessible and magical theatre.
As well as directing or producing all of Teatro Vivo’s productions Sophie is a freelance director and works across the commercial, subsidised and fringe sectors, she also reads scripts and reports on new writing for the BBC.
Sophie is Creative Associate for Dash Arts working with directors Tim Supple & Josephine Burton on their future projects.
She runs film production company SHH Productions and is chair of the Training and Development Committee for SDUK & on the board for Rewrite.

Artistic Associate:
Kas Darley

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Kas trained as an actress at LAMDA, graduating in 2003. She has worked extensively in theatre touring widely in the UK , Europe and South America.

As Artistic Associate, Kas co-produces all our shows and has performed in many of our productions. She also came up with the original concept for Hothouse. Kas trained as a lawyer before turning to acting, and is glad that her training is occasionally of use in running Teatro Vivo.

Kas is currently based in West Dorset, where she is hatching plans to bring Teatro Vivo’s work to the South West.

Artistic Associate:
Mark Stevenson

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Artistic Associate:
Mark Stevenson

Mark trained as an actor and director at RSAMD and in Moscow.
He has performed as an actor for the last 20 years for numerous companies, and his directing includes work for Ampersand, Theatre Babel and GLYPT, as well as being a Learning Associate at the NT.
As Artistic Associate for Teatro Vivo, Mark co-produces all our shows and has performed in most of our productions as well as coming up with the concept for and directing Supermarket Shakespeare.


Associate Producer: Catherine Hooper

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Associate Producer:
Catherine Hooper

Catherine studied English Literature and Drama at Birmingham University.

She began in theatre exploring assistant directing and producing for shows such as ‘Victory: Choices in Reaction’, ‘The Shawl’ ‘The Country’ at Arcola Theatre and ‘The Tin Horizon’ at Theatre 503. She is currently a producer at Mark Rubinstein Ltd

For Teatro Vivo, she started working as an assistant director and moved into stage management for various shows.

As Associate Producer, Catherine helps to produce the Teatro Vivo programme and production manages the shows once in development. She’s keeps on top of the timings, logistics and backstage management of the production, enabling the audience’s experience to be as smooth as possible.