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Antic are a Swansea based Theatre Company founded by Artistic Directors, Nikki Neale and Michael Waters in 2003. The Company creates performance opportunities and  platforms for  stories and voices that are sometimes lost to our traditional theatres.

We are committed to investigating a broad range of theatre practice, both nationally and internationally in the development of our work and we continue to build on the international links already established by the directors to inform and inspire our work.

Antic are committed to new writing and adapting established texts for theatre and performance. We always aim to seek out work that examines, challenges and celebrates our own culture and aspires to be a catalyst for change.

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Michael Waters - Artistic Director

Michael is a founding member and joint partner of Antic . He initially trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating in 1995, and has combined a broad range of theatre work with a career in arts education. He completed an MA International Theatre Directing at Middlesex University/GITIS Moscow 2001. 

Michael is a playwright and director writing five of Antic’s first six  productions; Gull (2003) published by The Welsh Book Council and Sgriptcymru, Stellatime (2004)ACW funded tour, St Abdul’s Picturedrome commissioned by Swansea Fringe Festival (2005) and The Secret of Belonging Incubator Project Co-produced with the Wales Millennium Centre and ACW( 2009), Secret of Belonging Welsh Tour (2010)ACW, Daddy’s Girl 2013, ACW Research and Development.   He has also written three plays and a number of short films for children including Zara’s Rose, (Antic Youth) and Kiddo (Commissioned by Dyfed Powys Police, 2012) and three short films, Wrong Prom, Imaginary (Antic Youth/It’s My Shout) and Tentboy BBC Wales/It’s My Shout, Made in Wales Best Screenplay (2011).

He has continued to broaden his experience and training including periods of study and work in Russia [GITIS – Biomechanics & Physical forms], Eastern Asia [Asian Dance Drama] and Japan

Michael is currently the Course Leader of the Young Actors Studio at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Co - Artistic Director - Nikki Neale

Nikki is a founding member and joint partner of Antic. She has co-directed/produced all of the companies productions to date.  Originally trained in Dance at Roehampton, she went on to complete Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and Administration at the City University, in the Barbican Centre. She has worked for a number of arts organisations including Dance for Everyone (London) Taliesin Theatre (Marketing and Education) and Arts Officer for Lliw Valley Borough Council, managing Penyrheol Theatre.  She has also acquired a great deal of experience in arts education helping to establish and lead performing arts at Gorseinon College, as well as devising and implementing a community arts programme for this organisation, including many large scale events and festivals as apart of community regeneration programme.  She has been a board member for a number of arts companies including TAN Dance, Swansea Arts Forum and Arts Care.

Nikki is currently Faculty and Campus Director at Coleg Sir Gar.

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