About Us







Founded in 2007 by English actor-director-playwright Andy McQuade (Best Director, Theatre 2012 – Fringe Report) , American playwright, William Whitehurst and Nika Khitrova (Company Co-Founder and Media and Publicity Director), Second Skin Theatre was honoured to receive the distinction of having Nobel Prize Laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, become Patron of the company, following the successful West End run of his ‘La Chunga’ in 2012.

Second Skin Theatre focuses on bold reinterpretations of classics and challenging new work in close collaboration with a whole host of performers from different backgrounds and trainings; diversity, both in terms of theatrical and artistic thought and personal values, beliefs, and cultures are central to the company’s casting.  In 2012, Second Skin Theatre opened its fifth season -and it’s own theatre space in Stoke Newington – with Doug Wright’s Obie-award winning play ‘Quills’ quickly followed by the controversial and lauded ‘Christmas Dinner’ by Duncan Stevens.

Shows since have included: ‘Sappho in 9 Fragments’ directed by Jessica Ruano; ‘Blood Privilege’ by award-winning Don Fried; ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Rob Johnson; ‘Pigeon Man Apocalypse’ by William Whitehurst; ‘La Horla’ by Andy McQuade -and most recently, ‘Huis Clos’ by Jean Paul Sartre.

Second Skin Theatre are now based in Los Angeles and have produced the award-winning ‘Cockroach Dialogues’ by William Whitehurst at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe, as well as company Artistic Director directing the headline billed production of ‘Pajarita’ by Jordan Pucket, as part of the Inks Fesival at The Hudson Theatre -a festival celebrating female playwrights.

‘This drama is urgent and addictive’ THE STAGE

‘Like nothing in theatre at the moment’ LONDON FRINGE REVIEW

Please enjoy this video featuring images from many of Second Skin Theatre’s shows from the last five years: