Founded in May 2019, Ellie Keel Productions specialises in commissioning, developing, and producing new plays of the highest quality. Our award-winning work is presented in London, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and across the UK and internationally. We work with top-flight writers, directors and creative teams to make shows that audiences enjoy and remember.
Executive Producer Ellie Keel’s selected credits are the sell-out shows HOTTER and FITTER by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter (Soho Theatre), Collapsible by Margaret Perry (VAULT Festival, HighTide’s Disruption Festival in Edinburgh and Aldeburgh, and subsequently at the Dublin Fringe and the Bush Theatre, London), Anna Bella Eema by Lisa D’Amour (Arcola Theatre), Redefining Juliet (Barbican Centre), Callisto: a queer epic by Hal Coase (Pleasance, Edinburgh & Arcola Theatre, London), and Mrs Dalloway by Hal Coase (Arcola Theatre).
In October 2019 Ellie Keel founded The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. The prize is co-produced by EKP and Paines Plough in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.
Prior to founding EKP, Ellie worked with Thelma Holt Ltd, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation and the Oxford Playhouse. She also worked in programming and marketing for OperaUpClose and as a producer at The North Wall. She read German and Italian at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Ellie Keel has also produced large-scale, site-specific plays with The Big House Theatre Company, a charity working with vulnerable young people. Her credits for The Big House include Loose Lips by Katherine Soper and the award-winning Bullet Tongue by Sonya Hale and Andrew Day.
In 2017 Ellie co-founded Heretic Voices at Arcola Theatre, an international competition to produce and publish the best new writing for the stage in monologue form. The judging panel comprised Michael Billington, Lolita Chakrabarti, Monica Dolan, and Mel Kenyon. The competition attracted 1,176 entries. The winning scripts were A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy, directed by Max Gill; Woman Caught Unaware by Annie Fox, directed by Jessica Edwards; and Dean McBride by Sonya Hale, directed by Roy Alexander Weise.
In 2016 Ellie co-founded (with Lucy Maycock, Ria Parry and John Hoggarth) Alchymy Festival at The North Wall to support and showcase the work of some of the most talented early-career theatre-makers in the country. Alchymy Festival is now thriving in its fourth year.
“[...] produced by Ellie Keel (always a good sign)”Lyn Gardner
“A Rising Star of 2020”Theatre Weekly
“Keel has some sturdy hits under her belt’”Alex WoodWhatsOnStage
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We’ve played at and toured
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Arcola Theatre, London
Barbican Centre, London
Bedales School, Petersfield
Bush Theatre, London
Brainchild Festival, Bentley
HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh
The Lowry, Manchester
The Marlowe, Canterbury
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Soho Theatre, London
Southbank Centre, London
South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Stantonbury Campus Theatre
The North Wall, Oxford
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
VAULT Festival, London