About us

Who are we?

Company Directors: Mark Stratton & Sheila Carter

Esk Valley Theatre is a non-profit making organization which makes and brings professional theatre to the Esk Valley in North Yorkshire.


The company was formed in 2005 by actor Mark Stratton and choreographer Sheila Carter. It is based at the Robinson Institute, Glaisdale, amid the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park. Each August it transforms the Institute in to a vibrant theatre space where it has produced many different styles of work. In addition, the company has also toured regionally and taken productions to many isolated communities.

Funding & Support

Since it’s inception EVT has received generous support from Arts Council England, North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Glaisdale Parish Council and a host of local sponsors. If you would like to sponsor us, please visit our Sponsors Page.

Policy Statement

We believe that rural audiences should have access to professional theatre. It can play an important role in society and can bring significant cultural and economic benefits. We aim to entertain and provide a forum for debate and social interaction. We work hard to bring our community together to enjoy theatre. In a remote rural area like ours it can help to diminish people’s sense of isolation.

EVT is an equal opportunities employer and it works with theatre practitioners across the spectrums of age, race, sexual orientation and ability. It offers creative opportunities in a supportive and collaborative environment, aims for high production standards and encourages artistic risk.

Stimulating minds and imaginations is paramount and we believe EVT brings great social benefits to our audiences, volunteers and the artists working for us. We believe theatre has to re-invent itself in this modern era, and we are working hard to make that happen.

Sheila Carter & Mark Stratton - Directors