Black Apron Entertainment is a London-based film and theatre production company, co-founded by Lynette Linton, Daniel M. Bailey & Gino Ricardo Green. Back in 2014, the trio decided to combine and pursue their creative endeavours under one collective brand.
While continuing their own individual development, the trio have produced a collection of short films, theatre productions, music videos and other creative pieces. In 2016, their short film ‘A Silent Night’ screened at the Cannes short film corner and the HBO Urban World Film Festival in New York. Most recently, the trio produced their first independent theatre production ‘Hashtag Lightie’ for a 3-week run at the Arcola Theatre. The show was shortlisted for a ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Set’ Offie award and was sold out for the entire duration gaining four and five star reviews.
The company has also supported theatre productions such as Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Chicken Palace, and Pleasance’s Theatres ‘Year of The Rooster Monk’. Black Apron are currently in post production for a number of short film projects and continue to create original and exciting new content for screen and stage.
Lynette Linton is a director and playwright. Lynette took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2019. Her first season was a series of ground-breaking debuts from UK and Irish writers, which led to the UK and NYC transfer of Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer
Lynette directed the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat (Donmar Warehouse, Gielgud Theatre) for which she won ‘Best Director’ at the inaugural Black British Theatre awards. Sweat also won the Evening Standard award for ‘Best Play’ and was nominated for an Oliver award for ‘Best New Play’.
As a writer, her credits include Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre), Chicken Palace and Step (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Her other directing credits include an adaptation of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro (Bush Theatre), world premiere productions of Assata Taught Me, (Gate Theatre) Function (National Youth Theatre), This Is (Arts Ed), Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), Naked (Vault Festival 2015), and a revival of This Wide Night (Albany Theatre). She was also co-director on Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
As Assistant/Associate Director her work includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noel Coward Theatre), The York Realist, Belleville, The Lady from The Sea and Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse), Torn (Royal Court), Image of An Unknown Young Woman, The Christians (The Gate) and Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Lynette was voted one of Marie Claire magazine’s ‘Future Shapers’ in 2019, one of the Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners and is a member of The Stage 100 list.
Gino Ricardo Green is a London-based director, writer and video designer, who has worked within theatre and film from his early teens. His first assistant director job was at Hampstead Theatre for their production of ‘Lily in Suez’. He is also one third of the theatre/film production company Black Apron Entertainment.
As a director Gino’s 2016 short film ‘A Silent Night’ was supported by BFI Future Film and was selected for Academy Award Qualifying Festival Urbanworld in New York. Most recently Gino worked as first assistant director for ‘Whirlpool’ a short film for Vogue Italia and is assistant director for Hashtag Lightie at the Arcola Theatre.
Gino recently completed the video tech design for the stage production SWEAT at the Donmar Warehouse. He is also set to complete the video tech design for a number of theatre productions taking place in 2019.
He has also completed on directing his latest short film Where the Mountains Grow in 2020.
Daniel M. Bailey is a London-based producer, director and writer, who has been working within the creative industry for the past 8+ years. Daniel’s first big step in the British film industry came as a writer, when his short film ‘The Boxer’ was commissioned in 2012 after winning a local young writers, script-writing competition.
As a Co-Founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment, Daniel has produced and Co-directed a number of short films, music videos and theatre productions.
Daniel is a film and theatre producer. His film production credits are ‘All is Good’, ‘The Three Piece’, ‘A Silent Night’, the ‘Passages Series’ and ‘Where the Mountains Grow’. He also producer the 2018 smash hit play Hashtag Lightie at the Arcola Theatre.
Daniel directed witty, London-based comedy series ‘Chicken Shop’. He also directed two of seven Windrush themed short films as part of the Passages: A Windrush Celebration project in 2019. Later in the year he directed a music video for the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Visual EP and the single ‘Don’t Shoot Me’.