About Us

About Us

We are based in Edinburgh all year at Assembly Roxy, run Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (we are the longest running of the multi-venue operators) and tour with the best of our programme. Throughout the year, we host theatre, music, comedy and events in the beautiful Assembly Roxy in the heart of the Old Town. An example of our previous credits include Nirbhaya, which we premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and we have since toured to London’s Southbank Centre and to New York, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in India. In short, we bring the best talent in the world to Edinburgh.

Our twenty three temporary theatre venues and ten ancillary bars that we run for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are jam-packed with actors, dancers, comedians, musicians and audiences from around the world. Assembly has built an unsurpassed international recognition through the quality of its artistic programming. Our reputation for excellence stems from the ambition to provide the very best performances, experiences and visitor interactions in top quality, temporary venues. Our 2018 programme consists of over 200 shows from six continents, including comedy talent such as David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell and Jason Byrne, worldwide cabaret performers Sven Ratzke, Lady Rizo, & Ali McGregor and the best of circus and physical theatre, family shows and theatre. We also work with the best of Scottish established and new theatre, including the winners of our exciting new award, the A.R.T. award, giving new writing a chance to develop, rehearse and run a supported season at the Roxy. The iconic Assembly venues undoubtedly represent destination spaces for artists, promoters, producers and Festival goers alike.

To top it all off our George Square Garden is widely recognised as the hub of the Fringe – achieving footfalls of 25,000+ at weekends and 350,000+ across the Festival. The main entrance of Assembly George Square Gardens and the main Assembly Box Office achieves footfall of 750,000+ across the Festival. In 2017 we also presented shows from the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival as well as the Edinburgh Food Festival. We are currently announcing our 2018 program so watch this space! The best way to stay in the know is to sign up to our email lists.

Our Team

Chairman - Luke Johnson
Artistic Director – William Burdett-Coutts
Managing Director – Sharon Burgess
Operations Director – Nik Whybrew
Programme Director – Heather Ruck
PA to Artistic Director – Judith Murrell
Technical Director – Peter McCabe

Company Secretary – Guy Hornsby
Programmer & Producer – KimberleyThomas-Currie
Finance Manager – Jana Dearn
Finance Assistant –  Orla Thompson
Assembly Roxy Manager – Caroline Fraser
Roxy Technical Manager – Mark Sodergren
Roxy Programmer – Luke Holbrook

Head of Productions – Suzy Somerville
Head of Marketing – Joanna Manavopoulou
Head of Press – Emma Henderson

Bars & Venue Operations Manager – Conal O’Neill
Operations Manager – Charlotte Crone
FOH Operations Manager – Flora MacKeddie

Associate Programmer & Producer – Ellie Browning
Associate Programmer & Producer – Joe Brown
Digital Content Coordinator – Matthew Carter
Arts Marketing Coordinator – Alberto Rodriguez de Miguel
Food Operations – Hadleigh Walker