Sophie Akbar

Development Producer, Without Walls
sophie@xtrax.org.uk

Sophie has over 20 years of experience creating, planning and managing national and international small to large scale events, spectacles, multidisciplinary festivals, young people’s theatre,  community outreach projects and dance productions. Between 2000 and 2014 Sophie was the  Producer of Greenwich + Docklands Festivals (GDF) where she presented shows by some of the world’s leading outdoor theatre companies, staging the intimate to the extraordinary and collaborating on innumerable cross art-form commissions and partnerships. While there she worked closely with the Mayor of London’s team to deliver a range of cultural and celebratory festivals and events including Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi, Chinese New Year, Africa Day, Liberty and The Trafalgar Square Arts Festival.

Between 2004 and 2006 she also produced The London Mela ((2004), helped to deliver Kinetika’s Carnival in Kolkata and worked with Artreach on their Three Cities Create and Connect programme, where she commissioned and produced large scale shows presented across the East Midlands. Before moving to the world of the outdoors Sophie worked in theatre with organisations including Theatre Centre, Kali Theatre, Tara Arts and Waterman’s Arts Centre.  She started her life in the arts in Barcelona where she founded A.C.T. theatre company, writing and producing original plays that ran at Barcelona’s Teatreneu before touring across Catalunya.

She is now returning to the work she loves after taking some time away to focus on her young children (the other work she loves).