We are recipients of Herald Angel and Herald Archangel Awards, the highest honour presented to producers and presenters across the Edinburgh Festivals.
We are an Edinburgh-based company and have been running Fringe venues since 1990. We showcase Scottish and international work and promote it to visiting international theatre and festival programmers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest and most important performing arts trade fair in the world.
In addition to our work in Edinburgh, we create and co-produce medium to large-scale shows and cultural events. Our clients range from large-scale opera to small-scale drama companies.
We have successfully arranged tours for clients throughout the UK, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. We also have excellent relations with festivals in these countries as well as in Ireland, Italy and Austria. We have also produced work in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA and are beginning to develop circuits in China. By adopting a long-term view in our relationship with potential buyers worldwide, we aim to give a competitive advantage to our clients.
Chief Executive and Artistic Director Tomek Borkowy is an actor, director, producer, theatre manager, agent and drama teacher. Since his first professional appearance in films in 1972 he has worked on hundreds of theatre and film projects while leading the Universal Arts team through the last twenty-four festivals. He is household name in his native Poland thanks to the leading role in “Dom” (Home) the country’s most popular TV series to date and he is still recognised in the street there and in the UK, having appeared in Dr Who in the 1990s.
Chair of the Board of Universal Arts Laura McKenzie Stuart is currently Portfolio Manger at Creative Scotland, responsible for Quality Arts Production, Professional Development, Festivals & Touring and Funded Organisations. Laura has worked in business and financial administration of the arts since 1990. She was Deputy Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a member of the Society’s Management Committee for eight years provided a solid foundation for arts business management. Previoiusly, as Managing Director at Universal Arts she has been the year-round representative of professional touring companies in the UK and abroad.
Communications Director Chris Lord has worked as a producer, researcher, consultant and journalist for more than twenty-five years. He manages communications for arts projects and for many of the UK’s leading artists. He has been communications consultant to the Singapore Arts Council at the Edinburgh Festivals (2009) and for New Moves International Ltd, producers of New Moves, New Territories and National Review of Live Art festivals. He ran marketing at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts throughout the 1990s and has provided communications for Greenspace Scotland, a Government-funded environmental charity.
Operations Producer Guy Byron joined us in 2015 having been Deputy House Manager at our New Town Theatre at the Fringe that year.
We employ a professional technical team and well trained box office and front-of-house staff. Many of our team return to work with us year after year.
Our technical support is on site at all times to deal with problems and if you haven’t an operator of your own, for an extra charge they can work with you on your daily get-in and operate your lights and sound (see Rehearsal/Technical Get-in). OR EMAIL FOR A PDF OF TECH SUPPORT.