Join our Artistic Director's Circle

Lou Stein founded the Gate Theatre and was Artistic Director at the Palace Theatre in Watford. In his career he has worked with talented people including Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Helena Bonham-Carter, but now truly believes that he has the best job in the UK.

He first discovered Chickenshed when his son Ethan came here. Ethan has Downs Syndrome and, like any parent, Lou wanted his son to have the same opportunities as any child. To be welcomed as a talented, valuable performer, to have opportunities to work with professionals, and do what he loves.

Lou’s vision for Chickenshed is simple: to produce unmissable theatre. To make theatre that makes people think differently about the world. And theatre that gives people from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to be part of a pioneering, diverse and inclusive theatre company.


By joining the Artistic Director’s Circle, you will be a central part of a new era in professional theatre, supporting us in our mission to be at the heart of London’s Theatre Consciousness. This includes:

  • Invitation to Opening Nights for you and a guest, with drinks on arrival
  • Invitation to up to four exclusive dinners per year with cast members, writers, directors and special guests to celebrate our productions and discuss Chickenshed’s artistic vision. Dinners can take place on stage, backstage, at a Central London venue or private residence.
  • Creative conversations with members of the Artistic Team to understand more about the process of putting on an inclusive production at Chickenshed
  • Advance communications about upcoming seasons and shows, before they are announced externally
  • Invitation to selected meet and greets and play readings (at the Artistic Director’s discretion)

From £15,000*

How to join

For more information on joining the Artistic Director’s Circle, please contact us at [email protected] or 0208 216 2771.

*Minimum payment of £5,000, suggested donation of £10,000. The donation is suggested, to which Gift Aid provisions apply. You may purchase the benefits package without making any further donation.