Creative Leadership

Kerry was Artistic Director and CEO of Theatre Royal Stratford East for 13 years.  In that time he tripled the organisations turnover and launched its second space.   Click here to read the full press release.


He has commissioned and developed hundreds of new pieces of work and been a pioneer in developing culturally diverse and inclusive new stories.  


Kerry has won numerous awards and nominations including 7 Olivier nominations and 2 wins.  The most recent awards include a 2017 UK Theatre Award win for best touring production for The Who's Tommy, which he directed and in March 2018 Kerry won Artistic Director of the year at the OFF WEST END Awards.


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Home Theatre

IFEA - International Festival of Emerging Artists


Kerry is a founding member of Stratford Rising a consortium lobbying to place arts, creativity & education at the heart of Stratford’s regeneration & a member of British Actors Equity International Committee for Artists’ Freedom and former member of Discover, the Children’s Story Centre in Stratford and Stratford Renascence Partnership – A public/ private consortium which places Culture at the heart of East London’s Regeneration.


With Marcus Faustini from Brazil, Kerry produced Home Theatre (UK) where 30 performances in 30 homes occurred across London.  Home Theatre has now been produced in the UK, Rio and Pretoria (South Africa). 

Kerry instigated IFEA - International Festival for Emerging Artists. A UK partnership of 17 organisations identified 48 partners from around the world, who invited their emerging artists to meet in London and collaborated over the summer with young people from the UK.

Stratford East Singers

Open Stage

Commissioning & Programmimg

Kerry pioneered OPEN STAGE, where TRSE became the first theatre to hand over complete programming power to its audience.   In one of the largest public consultation initiative by a producing theatre in the UK, the theatre spent 18 months engaging in qualitative and quotative research with the invitation to give up complete programming power to its local community and audience in a 6-month season running up to the 2012 London Games.

 © 2017, Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE