Lucy Kerbel is the Director of Tonic Theatre. Prior to founding Tonic in 2011, she worked as a theatre director. It was while directing around the UK that she became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. Recognising the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater gender balance in its workforces and repertoires, she founded Tonic to go some way towards achieving this. She now heads Tonic’s work across theatre, the performing arts and wider creative industries.

She is the author of two books, 100 Great Plays for Women and All Change Please, published by Nick Hern Books. She is a regular speaker on women in the arts, and is on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights.