The Women’s Prize for Playwriting was founded in 2019 by Ellie Keel in partnership with Paines Plough.

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting

Founder and Director: Ellie Keel 

Associate Producer: Gabrielle Leadbeater

Development Producer: Saxon Mudge

Paines Plough

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. The company commissions and produces the best playwrights and tours their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.

Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then they’ve produced more than 150 new productions by world-renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett, Kate Tempest and Vinay Patel.

Paines Plough Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
Registered Company no: 1165130
Registered Charity no: 267523


Company Structure

Joint Artistic Directors and CEOs
Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner

Executive Producer
Holly Gladwell

Matt Maltby

Finance and Administration Manager
Svetlana Karadimova

Technical Director
Colin Everitt

Associate Producer
Christabel Holmes

Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Jo Langdon


Daniella Finch

Literary and Production Assistant
Phillippe Cato

Marketing Assistant
Adam Poland

The Big Room Playwright Fellow
Vickie Donoghue

The Big Room Playwright Bursary recipient
Ric Renton

Trainee Director
Kaleya Baxe

Board of Directors

Ankur Bahl
Corey Campbell
Kim Grant (Chair)
Asma Hussain
Tarek Iskander
Matthew Littleford
Sarah Mansell
Christopher Millard
Cindy Polemis
Carolyn Saunders
Wojtek Trzcinski
Laura Wade


The partners of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 are:


45North champions, develops, and produces outstanding work by femxle-identifying and non-binary artists. Founded in October 2019 and led by the very best creative teams from a variety of performing and producing backgrounds, 45North continues to reinvest in emerging artists who are beginning and expanding their practices. We commit to maintaining creative teams of no less than 75% femxle-identifying or non-binary people, working to bring inclusive and exciting new theatre and events to London, Edinburgh, across the UK and internationally. Selected credits include Post-Mortem by Iskandar Sharazuddin (Edinburgh, The Blue Room, and Holden Street Theatre), (un)written (un)heard devised by the company and directed by Jessica Rose McVay (FRINGE WORLD-Winner of the Physical Theatre and Dance Award), and MEAT by Gillian Greer (Theatre503).

Creative Director and CEO: Jessica Rose McVay
Creative Producer for Theatre: Emily Carewe
Creative Producer for Events: Gabrielle Leadbeater