How we work

Our aim is to Change the World, One Play at a Time by placing theatre at the heart of transforming the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

We collaborate with women and young women excluded by theatre and society to create bold and urgent theatre for personal, social and political change.

We listen, empower and advocate

No company works the way we do; collaborating with marginalised women to draw out their collective voices, voices that through a devising process become powerful professional theatre productions, performed to audiences ranging from their own communities to the country’s highest decision-makers, performances that get people talking and that contribute to social change. 

Where we work

Our work is regularly performed in theatres, prisons, schools, conferences, and community centres . We have recently developed our digital engagement strategy ensuring we highlight social justice issues, further giving a voice to the women collaborated with and enabling new audiences to contribute to debate.

The work resonates deeply into the communities where it is created and ensures that outside these communities, the under-represented are seen in a new light.

Social Change

Our high-quality theatre is used to influence public opinion, train service providers and influence policy debates. Our work is supported by our collaborators and the partnerships we nurture in the women’s service sector, community organisations and academia.

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Our Core Team

Catrina McHugh MBE
Artistic Director and Writer
Ellie Turner
Executive Director
Carly McConnell
Creative Producer
Rachel Errington
Finance and Office Manager
Laura Lindow
Associate Director
Jessica Johnson
Associate Artist
Rachel Glover
Associate Stage Manager

Our Trustees

Jo Cundall (Chair)
Senior Advisor for Culture at Community Foundation
Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
Helen Ferguson (Vice Chair)
Creative Producer at Mortal Fools
Anna Disley
Executive Director of New Writing North
Gillie Robson
Solicitor, Ben Hoare Bell
Fiona O’Connor
Founding Director of Birkheads Wild CIC
Lara Jonah
Forensic Psychologist, National Clinical Lead in Domestic Abuse
for Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service
Francesca Cross
Creative Producer, Arts Depot and Facilitator at Blue Elephant Theatre
Rebecca Dixon
Virtual PA and Director of the family business
Mandy Barker
Founder of Sail Creative and associate lecturer at London College of Communication

Our Patrons

Open Clasp work tirelessly and passionately with women who do not usually have a voice and who certainly aren’t used to being heard.

Charlie Hardwick, Actor and philanthropist

I feel so fortunate to have found Open Clasp’s ‘Key Change’ in Edinburgh and then transfer it to New York. The company combines social conscience and incredible artistry to create unforgettable theatre. I’m proud to support their work.

Carol Tambor, Chair, The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation & Portrait Painter

This is a company that does something which is not only unique, entertaining and engaging but also incredibly important. They tell stories that need to be heard and they allow their audiences to see the world through unexpected eyes.

Erica Whyman OBE, Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company