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About us

"The future has arrived in Hackney Wick in the form of The Yard" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The Yard is a theatre and music venue in a converted warehouse in Hackney Wick.

Built out of salvaged material by a group of 50 dedicated volunteers led by Artistic Director Jay Miller, we are committed to telling contemporary stories in contemporary ways.

We’re at the centre of our community, reaching thousands of local people every year through programmes in local schools and in the community centres we run: Hub67 in Hackney Wick and The Hall in East Village. We run creative projects for young people aged 4-19 years to make work for our stage, and offer regular activities and resources for local people.

Since 2011 our work has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. Shows we have made have transferred to the National Theatre, been turned into television series and toured the UK.

We have become a necessity in theatre, upending traditions to fill the gap between performance and writing.


Artistic Director
Jay Miller
Executive Director
Sam Hansford
Senior Producer
Ashleigh Wheeler
Communications Manager
Alex Krook
Operations Manager
Felix Yoosefinejad
Local Producer
Katherine Igoe-Ewer
Theatre Producer
Lara Tysseling
Local Coordinator
Holly Campbell-Smith
Development Manager
Jo Gooding
Development Officer
Gareth Cutter
Marketing & Box Office Assistant
Kia Nicole Noakes
Theatre Assistant
Bianca Rawlinson
Finance & HR Manager
Susie Italiano
Finance & HR Officer
Kellie Grogan
Music & Events Producer
Anjali Prashar-Savoie
Music & Events Coordinator
Marissa Malik
Technical Manager
James Dawson
Theatre & Venue Technician
Hannah-Louise Batt
Bar Manager
Max Hesmondhalgh
Assistant Bar Manager
Caitlin King
Front of House Manager
Olivia Carr-Archer
Front of House Supervisor
Nic Farr
Assistant Front of House Manager
Grace Ogunnusi
Music & Events Duty Manager
Esmé Lewis-Gartside
Music & Events Supervisor
Seif Abdel Fattah
Music & Events Bar Supervisor
Florence Kettle
Weekend Usher
Beth Timson
Kay Adedeji
Board of Trustees
Yenny Chong
Adrianna Mart
Nick Hunter
Jay Miller
Ben Rogers
Nick Starr (Chair)
Anna Vaughan
Carolyn Ward
Mark Dakin
Friends & Guardians
Mike Anderson
Francesco Curto & Chantal Rivest
The David Pearlman Charitable Foundation
Greg Delaney
Ian & Janet Edmondson
Nick Hytner
Melanie Johnson
Joanna Kennedy
Ben Rogers
Nick Starr
Clive & Sally Sherling
Studio Bark
Anna Vaughan & Dan Fletcher
Archie Ward
Carolyn Ward
Hyman Wolanski
Stephanie Yeap
And all our supporters who prefer to remain anonymous
Corporate Supporters
Bristows LLP
The Collective
Energie Fitness

A big thank you to our supporters