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Hastings Theatre Project is a brand-new theatre organisation based in Hastings, East Sussex.  We exist to champion and progress theatre made by, for, and with the people of our town. 

At the moment, we're a very small team (just Dan and Poppy - hi!) but we are already working with brilliant collaborators and hope to grow long into the future.


Dan Hutton
Co-Artistic Director

Dan is a theatre director, producer, educator and facilitator. His work has been seen at The Yard, New Diorama Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, the New Jersey Rep, and the Edinburgh Fringe, and he has worked for organisations such as Headlong, Leeds Playhouse, and the New Vic Theatre. He is a founding member and Associate Director of national touring theatre company Barrel Organ, Co-Creative Director of local theatre organisation Spun Glass Theatre and the author of Towards A Civic Theatre.

Poppy Rowley
Co-Artistic Director

Poppy is an award-winning director who has worked nationally and internationally. Her production of Grounded by George Brant won multiple awards at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 & 2020. Previously she was Artistic Associate for Eastern Angles Theatre Company and Head of Year Two at Fourth Monkey Actor Training. She has experience of rural touring, community theatre, new writing, Shakespeare and verbatim theatre.  Her training includes MfA Theatre Directing, Birkbeck, NT Studio Directors Course and

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