FacultyMeet the People Behind The Corporate Theatre


Chris Barton is a theatre director, musician and trainer of many years’ experience. He has directed for the Royal National Theatre, and all over the UK, as well as in Japan, Russia, The Netherlands and the USA. He has taught and directed at numerous Drama Schools, and for several years ran The Contemporary Shakespeare Company, taking tailor-made performance programmes into schools and colleges.

His recent productions include Hamlet House of Horror which was nominated for 4 NAMT awards at The Edinburgh Festival, and A Level Playing Field, which gained 5-star reviews and sold out at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2015. His musical, Desperate Measures receives its premiere in autumn 2015. Chris is an experienced consultant to business, offering bespoke training in Presence and Presentation Skills.

His degree was in music, and he fronts his own rhythm and blues band Small Craft Warnings. It is as a deviser of training and entertainment events that he is principally associated with The Corporate Theatre.

Chris’s belief in the role theatre can play in the world of business can be summed up in three sentences: “Of all the performing arts, theatre is that which most closely resembles life. Life in turn rises frequently to the level of theatre. By engaging in dramatic narratives we can better understand our own situation: by examining and rewriting the work-place drama we can both improve our present and take control of our future.”