Stage Traffic is a dynamic UK/US theatre production company. Based in London, but looking at inspiration from around the globe, Stage Traffic is committed to creating productions with a strong emphasis on contemporary storytelling that truly resonate with modern audiences.
Passionate about traditional stage skills but not afraid to take risks, our focus is on theatre that is accessible and relevant to all – be it a modern drama, an updated classic or a new musical. Our belief is that audiences need to strongly identify with what’s happening on stage. They need to be enticed and excited about what is going on in front of them.
Openness and inclusion are at the heart of Stage Traffic’s philosophy. Our hope is to build a platform that nurtures new writing and performing talent alongside experienced and seasoned actors and writers. The result is a theatre company with a new kind of energy – a company with a mission to tell stories about how we live, in ways that make us think harder, laugh longer and feel more intensely.
The company was founded in 2016 by Eilene Davidson and Michael Yale. Michael and Eilene first met as actors 17 years ago and since then both have worked additionally in the roles of writer, director and producer both in the States and the UK.
Eilene trained at Guildford School of Acting and worked as an actress in London performing on stage and screen in her twenties. She then moved to the States where she studied playwriting and screenwriting and started working as a free-lance writer in a variety of disciplines from short stories and script editing to screen writing.
Her first full length screenplay ‘Don’t Look Back’ was optioned by a major studio. In later years, Eilene has worked as a theatre producer and associate producer in both London and the States. Recently plays include ‘Speech and Debate’ at the Trafalgar Studios, London and ‘Warpaint’ on ‘Broadway.
This Little Life of Mine’ Park theatre, ‘A lie of the Mind’ Southwark Playhouse (and) Eilene is currently a co-producer on the acclaimed ‘Grinning Man’ at Trafalgar Studios and is due to produce ‘Monogamy’ at the Park theatre in Spring 2018.
She is on the board of overseers at the award winning Huntington Theatre in Boston, USA.
Michael directed and wrote the book for Stage Traffic’s inaugural production ‘This Little Life of Mine’ at Park Theatre. The show has received multi award nominations from Broadway World and The Offies, including Best New Musical and Best Director. He is currently directing award winning comedian Katy Brand’s debut play ‘3Women’ at Trafalgar Studios which opens May 2018.
He directed the critically acclaimed Late Company for Stage Traffic at the Finborough and Trafalgar Studios (‘Michael Yale directs with perfect pace. Terrific’ – The Times), The show was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Broadway World Awards and was a finalist at the Off West End Awards.
Other shows include the British premiere of the award winning ‘Monsieur D’Eon’ at The Union Theatre (“hangs together perfectly, visually attractive and richly engaging” – The Stage), ‘Thrice Ninth Kingdom’ at Soho and Tristan Bates (“subtle, menacing and powerful” BBC World Service) and ‘Henry IV pt1’ at The Rose and St James Theatre. (“bold, ambitious and terrific” Londonist)
He trained at LAMDA and Middlesex Polytechnic and has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, film and television. As a director he is experienced in classics, new writing, devised work and musical theatre.
Sarah worked with Stage Traffic Productions on This Little Life of Mine (2016) following a successful stage management career. Sarah has worked closely on the production of many shows including Absolution and Bill Clinton Hercules (Theatre Tours International 2016) and Beauty and the Beast (CW Entertainment 2013). Her work at Theatre Tours International included preparing their Edinburgh Festival season of shows, such as the Fringe First Award winner Follow Me (2007), and regularly fulfilling administrative roles for the company. Sarah has toured shows throughout the UK and abroad and recently assisted Australian producer Joanne Hartstone during the Adelaide Fringe. Some stage management credits include: Cinderella (CW Entertainment 2015) The Odd Couple (CW Entertainment 2014) Austen’s Women (Dyad Productions 2011) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Really Useful Group 2004) and for Theatre Tours International: Under Milk Wood (2003-2006 including international tour) Animal Farm (2006) and 12 Angry Men (2003).
Susanna has worked in media and marketing all her life, spending 14 years as a Director for the WPP Group and Daily Mail General Trust before moving into the world of freelance consultancy. Specialising in launching and developing consumer entertainment and new media brands, Susanna has worked for a number of major UK companies including the BBC, Sky TV, NDS, The Rank Group, O2, Orange, Ernst & Young, Jobsite and Northcliffe Media.