About us

Burnt Orange Theatre Co. is a youth theatre company aiming to work collaboratively, consciously and cleverly with young actors across London.

At Burnt Orange Theatre, we pride ourselves on being focused on and motivated by young people. Our company members are at the heart of everything we do, and we work collaboratively to provide real industry experience for young people in London.

As a company we aim to:

Create collaborative, innovative, youth-centred and youth-championing work.

Engage with the theatrical community to provide an authentic industry experience to each company member.

Act as facilitators to develop the visions and ideas of company members.

Meet the team

Ella Nokes – Co-Artistic Director

Ella Nokes is co-artistic director of Burnt Orange Theatre Co. Ella graduated from University of Exeter in 2017, where she studied English Literature, specialising in Shakespeare in performance. Throughout her studies, Ella performed in numerous productions (Avenue Q, Shotgun Theatre. The Fox and the Hound, Edinburgh Festival Fringe) in addition to directing Made in Dagenham for Shotgun Theatre, alongside Rosie Thomas. In this production, Ella and Rosie became the first directing team from University of Exeter to include and work with young performers in the local area. Previously, Ella has assisted and facilitated acting and singing at Stagecoach Sutton and Epsom, working with children ages 4-16. She has been a member of National Youth Theatre and Youth Music Theatre since she was 15, where she learnt firsthand how transformative theatre can be as a young person. Currently, Ella is a Graduate Management Trainee at Imperial College London, and is passionate about improving global access to education and opportunity.

Rosie Thomas – Co-Artistic Director

Rosie is a teacher, director and facilitator who currently works at Sherborne school. Before that, she studied Drama at the University of Exeter, and worked in a huge variety of schools, hospitals and theatres, and on youth programmes across London and Devon. These included NCS, Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and the Exeter Phoenix. She is always inspired by the incredible talent, drive and resilience in young people, and is determined to make work which champions young people and puts them at the centre of the process and performance. Currently she is studying for a PGCE and directing a performance for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Laura Aiton – Producer

Laura Aiton is producer for Burnt Orange Theatre Co. Laura graduated from University of Exeter in 2017, specialising in theatre and film studies, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. During her time at Exeter, Laura produced Made in Dagenham, which was the first production from the university to work with young performers in the local area. Since then, she has produced work in London and Edinburgh. As an Events Coordinator, Laura has worked with Edinburgh Festival Fringe, FemFringe, AVA Festival and the Olivier Awards. She is currently working as Administrator for the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE). With a passion for theatre from a very young age, Laura wants to facilitate opportunities for the next generation of artists and theatre makers.

Tom Skitt – Marketing Manager

Tom Skitt is Marketing Manager for Burnt Orange Theatre Co. Tom graduated with BA CH History and Politics from the University of Exeter in 2017, and currently works in events and alumni engagement at London Business School. While studying in Exeter he managed the marketing of a number of productions including Godspell at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was responsible for publicity and branding as Vice President of Shotgun Theatre. He has since worked on marketing for projects such as Freckles: The Musical at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden and the short film Kindling (Remi Award 2019 – Worldfest Houston).