West End producer and marketing supremo Adam Kenwright has announced the launch of new business Kindred Partners.
Billed as being a new company for the theatre industry, the business will deal in theatre production and creative development, with Kenwright joined by Founder & Managing Partner Diane Borger, alongside co-founders and partners Amanda Murray, and Chris Ryan, co-founder Claudia Brunning, plus former Pizza Express and Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson as partner.
Adam Kenwright told the press that: “I’m thrilled to confirm today that Amanda, Chris, Claudia, Diane, Luke and I have teamed up on this new venture, developing projects for screen and stage. Each one of these visionary leaders bring with them decades of experience, and I couldn’t be more excited about our future adventures together.”
Kindred Partners aims to bring production, creative development, key stage finance and international business consultation and for both stage and screen under one roof. Its activities will range from nurturing new writing, to creating future international partnerships for existing work.
In 2017, Claire and Adam Kenwright set-up the Hope Kenwright Foundation in memory of Adam’s grandmother and began a 3-year series of donations and philanthropy to theatres, arts-based charities and causes close to their hearts. That charitable entity has now become the Kindred Foundation, which with initial financial support from Adam, Claire and each one of the Kindred Partners team, will be dedicated to creating opportunities in the workplace via paid 2-year apprenticeships, working with Kindred Partners as well as additional screen and stage production entities.
Kindred Partners will donate a percentage of gross revenue to the Kindred Foundation. Our focus is to extend opportunities to individuals from protected characteristic demographics, and those social economic groups not normally able to afford to begin a career in the London or New York arts sector without financial support.
Bursary Training Scheme – with a focus on accelerating the professional development for underrepresented social and economic groups, The Kindred Foundation will fuel opportunities through a two-year apprenticeship with a professional coaching and mentoring scheme, concentrating on Finance, Marketing, General Management and Production. Through a partnership with both subsidised, not-for-profit arts organisations and with quality training facilitated through a unique relationship with Warwick Business School, Kindred Partners will endeavour to further develop the careers of two individuals each year, with a salary of £27,000 per annum. Applications open in September.
Adam Kenwright began his career at Bill Kenwright Limited where between 1989 and 1994 he performed various roles culminating in a position of Associate Producer. Then in 1994 he set up successful theatre marketing company aka. Adam has produced, and/or co-produced over 20 shows around the world including De La Guarda (London’s Roundhouse), Stones in His Pockets (West End, UK tour, Toronto, Broadway, US tour, Australia and over 15 separate productions across the world), Cooking with Elvis (West End and UK tour), High Society The Musical (West End and UK tour), Rent The Musical (West End and UK tour), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (West End, Australia and UK tour), Def Poetry Jam (Edinburgh Festival), Mack and Mabel (West End and UK tour), Sweeney Todd (West End, UK tour, Broadway Toronto and US tour) Loot (Bristol Old Vic), Madame Melville (West End), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (UK tour, West End and Broadway), Time and the Conways (UK tour), Arsenic and Old Lace (UK tour), Taboo The Musical (West End, UK tour and Broadway) and Zorro the Musical (UK tour, West End, France, South Korea, Brazil, Israel, Japan, Lebanon and Russia.) He also regularly invests in shows around the world. Recent investments include Hairspray, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Legally Blonde, Boeing Boeing, 39 Steps, In Celebration, The Blonde Bombshells, Lazy Town Live, Stomp Out Loud, That Face, Enron, Jerusalem and Dreamgirls. He is based in London.
Diane Borger worked for the American Repertory Theater from 2009 to 2021 where she partnered with the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus to make A.R.T. a home for emerging and established artists. Prior to A.R.T., Borger spent over a decade as General Manager at the Royal Court Theatre in London, where she produced more than one hundred and fifty productions, including The Seagull, Rock ’n’ Roll, The Weir, Jerusalem, A Number, and My Name is Rachel Corrie, which transferred to New York. Previously Borger spent thirteen years as Deputy Head of the National Theatre Studio of Great Britain, where she oversaw the readings, workshops and classes for some of the most prominent playwrights, actors and directors in the United Kingdom. Borger has a Master of Arts in Theater from The Ohio State University. She is based in London.