Being a Digital Producer

My name is Maya Gabrielle

I work in London, as the Senior Digital Producer for the National Theatre, and live in Brighton.

I sit on the Digital Strategy Committee for BAFTA and LIFT.

On this blog I post about the arts, digital, the National Theatre and anything else that tickles my fancy.

I love to talk at conferences and sit on panels, so check out my biography if you are looking for a digital rent-a-mouth. All thoughts and comments are happily my own and are not the opinions of any organisation I may be affiliated with.


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Here’s the official press release from my publishers:

Chicken House Publishing Ltd is delighted to announce the joint acquisition with Scholastic Inc in the USA of World Rights for Maya Gabrielle’s ‘Battle of the Beetles’ Trilogy in an pre-empt with Kirsty Mclachlan of David Godwin Associates.

MD Barry Cunningham said today: ‘Introduced to us by Imogen Cooper’s Golden Egg Academy, I was immediately captivated by this astonishing middle grade tale of beetles and boys, with clever girls and quite, quite dire villains. I was lucky enough to work with Roald Dahl and ‘Beetles’ conjured up for me his tough and resourceful characters, and his rather unsettling and funny physical comedy! Of course Maya has her own outstanding style too, and we can’t wait to begin publishing this extraordinary tale of entomological excitements in Spring 2016. It will be a highlight of our Bologna rights season’.

Maya Gabrielle is Digital Media Producer at London’s National Theatre, and prior to the NT worked at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe.

I spoke at the Nordic Orchestral Conference in August, about digital content in the cultural sector. Afterwards I was interviewed for Danish radio. The fourth programme down is me on Danish radio, speaking after the formidable Gerald Mertens.


Only 3 weeks until Frankenstein returns to cinemas around the world. Check out our new trailer…

This I love!

Whenever I go to teacher’s conferences and ask them what one video they would like the National Theatre to make, to help them teach drama in their classrooms, this is what they ask for. Finally I have been able to make it. Dear wonderful teachers, this is for you. And it is the first in a series of ten films about movement in theatre that the National Theatre will be publishing over the next three months. Enjoy!

This is a short physical warm-up for teachers to use in drama studios with their students, or for anyone to follow at home. It provides a basic warm up, appropriate to follow before undertaking a rehearsal, drama workshop or movement work. The warm up is led by Sita Thomas and contains members of the National Theatre’s Young Studio. The warm-up includes aerobic, mobilisation, stretches and balances to music, followed by some group games.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all warm-ups are suitable for everyone and this or any other warm-up may result in injury. To reduce the risk of injury, never force or strain, use the exercises only as intended and demonstrated, and follow all instructions carefully.


I have a mighty need to expand the knowledge that this gif is from the ballet Giselle, and these are spirits of women who died from broken hearts called wilis - in the ballet, men who get lost in the forest at night are trapped by the wilis and danced to death for doing wrong to women. It’s all quite badass. (with Myrtha, Queen of the Willis in the middle - she’s one cold hearted bitch and I love her.)

(via pickledpennies)


Supporting it as a feminist and as a human being…

(Photo by Amanda Palmer)

Riverfront landscaping



Landscaping work in progress on the riverfront outside our new café, Kitchen, and Sackler Entrance Pavilion, which will be opening this autumn.

I’ve produced another one of these babies. This time on Greek Tragedy, curated by the formidable Dr Lucy Jackson.

Over a hundred half-hour interviews with the best Shakespeare actors and directors on the planet. What’s not to love?

Nick and Nick respond to the ice bucket challenge.

How much does Nadia Fall enjoy pouring water on Nick Hytner’s head?

The NT are advertising for a Digital Media Co-ordinator to work with me on a series of exciting projects. APPLY BEFORE SEPT 8.

I’ve produced another exhibit for the Google Cultural Institution, this time on Greek Tragedy. It explores how the challenges of staging Greek tragedy have been met on the National Theatre’s stages through four themes; performance space, setting, chorus and masks. It’ll be live in two weeks and I will post a link on my blog.


Which one of these incredible creatures and machines do you want to ride on at les Machines de l’ïle‘s le Manège d’Andrea in Nantes, France?

Watch the video.

The Stag beetle!


Barron Storey. One of the greats.

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