Max Roberts - Director

Max is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Live Theatre.

Over the years Max has worked with some of the country’s finest playwrights, all with strong connections to the North East region including C.P. Taylor, Tom Hadaway, Alan Plater, Phil Woods, Julia Darling, Pater Straughan, Lee Hall, Michael Chaplin, Sean O'Brien, Paddy Campbell, David Almond and Shelagh Stephenson.

Max’s recent productions for the company include The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes by Nina Berry, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing by Shelagh Stephenson, The Savage by David Almond adapted from his novel, Iris by Alison Carr, Wet House by Paddy Campbell which won a host of Journal Culture Awards including Best Production, and transferred to London’s Soho Theatre.

In 2014 Max was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from Northumbria University as an acknowledgment of his work in the theatre and in 2016 he was given a professorship at Sunderland University. In 2011 Max received the Journal Culture Award's Special Contribution Award which was given to honour his achievements in bringing national and international recognition to the work of Live Theatre.