Maxine Smiles, United Kingdom
Maxine Smiles is a writer and arts marketer based in London. She is the blogger behind londontheatremarathon.com, a website charting her attempts to see a show in every London theatre within a single year. She ultimately failed, reaching 296 of the 300+ theatres in the city by the end of 2019, which she blames on the atrocious number of new theatre openings that year. Finding she preferred to stick to one venue, Max managed to get herself a place on the 2020 VAULT Festival Emerging Critics Scheme, for which she reviewed shows at the London theatre festival based in the Vaults. For several years she worked for Sadler's Wells, writing show copy and producing publications, much to the annoyance of many of the world's leading choreographers. She also has an MSc in Occupational Psychology which she gets absolutely no use out of.