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Sandra Thompson-Quartey

Sandra started her career as an actor. She trained in Musical Theatre at the Brit School of Performing Arts, before studying Modern Drama and Creative Writing at Brunel University. She then went on to train at the East 15 Acting School. Shortly after, she was accepted into the Identity Drama School's exclusive writing course; Typecast, led by playwright Che Walker. She was also invited by Olivier Award Winning Playwright and Screenwriter Bola Agbaje to write for Stonecrab's Nigerian Independence Festival: Where Are We Now? At the Albany Theatre.

Sandra produced her own play at the fringe, which led her to form Writers Avenue Theatre Company in 2010. The company has produced numerous events and showcases at the Soho Theatre and the Pleasance Theatre, some of which Sandra, directed, wrote and performed for.

 

Successes of the company can be viewed  HERE. 

 

Sandra built contacts and relationships with casting directors, broadcasters and production companies through her producing work. She helped facilitate meetings and jobs for artists which led to her considering a career as an agent. She sought work as an agent's assistant, however she was told she was over qualified to be an assistant but not experienced enough to be a talent agent. She felt strongly about the importance of the industry having more culturally diverse agents.

 

In 2015 she made the terrifying venture in to launching her own talent agency; The Avenue Literary & Talent Management to gain more experience. Within 3 years she had built a multicultural list of talented clients and placed them in projects for Warner Bros, Scott Free Productions, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Dave and at venues such as Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre, Old Vic and Soho Theatre to name a few.

In 2018 Sandra worked for IAG, an agency that started the first black drama school and launched the careers of John Boyega and Letitia Wright. She supported the CEO and worked with actors at various stages of their career.

In December 2018 ACA was founded.

 

When Sandra is not sourcing works for clients she works for the wonderful charity, Artistic Directors of The Future. The company liaises with theatre venues such as the Royal Court, Young Vic, National Theatre, The Bush, BAC to create work and development opportunities for both established and rising BAME directors who have ambitions to be future Artistic Directors, which will in turn increase diversity on and off stage.