Facilitator, Director, Theatre Maker



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I am a Glasgow based Drama Facilitator, Director and Theatre Maker working in education, youth theatre and community settings. I have experience of writing, directing, coordinating; managing and delivering projects to participants aged 6months upwards. Being part of a creative team is something I feed off of and have good working relationships with my co-workers. I take pleasure in being part of the collaborative process in making new theatre and find working with artists from other disciplines extremely rewarding. 

My experience to date means I can creatively and formally evaluate projects and have experience of Curriculum for Excellence; creating resources and projects which deliver the experiences and outcomes of CfE. I am organised, punctual and work well under pressure. 

I joined the Youth Theatre Arts Scotland board in 2015, motivated by the strong belief in the Youth Theatre sector and its development. I am inspired by the youth theatre work being made across Scotland and the direction the sector is moving in.  In 2018 I became Vice Chair of the YTAS board and I am excited to see what the next 3 years brings.


I am currently Arts Development Officer for Culture NL with the remit of Drama and Music. This post allows me to combine my love of artistic development and delivery with management and strategic planning. Working in a team of 5, we all have individual specialisms, meaning there is lots of scope for collaboration. This grass roots community posts enables me to make connections with people working and living in North Lanarkshire using Drama and Music as a vehicle. 

Check out our programme of work here; www.culturenl.co.uk/arts 

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On a freelance capacity I am Director of Scottish Opera Memory Spinners project (Glasgow). Using music, storytelling, movement and visual arts, the programme helps people living with dementia and their carers relax, get creative and form new support networks. In January 2018 the project will be delivered in Airdrie Town Hall, North Lanarkshire for the first time and I am delighted to be part of this new partnership with Culture NL. The team will then transfer to Glasgow in April 2018 to deliver the project at Scottish Opera headquarters in Edington Street. 


CREATIVE LEARNING: Being Creative Learning Officer at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow for over 6 years (April 2011-July 2017), I dealt with a variety of classes and projects from outreach workshops within community and formal education settings to writing and delivering part of the Skillshops programme, which was Tiny and Tall Tales – interactive storytelling for parent and child and the Tron’s drama/youth theatre classes for children and young people. I was also the Assistant Director of the Tron Young Company. Other responsibilities included creating the Tron Participation’s schools resources, which are accessed via the Tron Theatre’s website and enable staff and pupils to attain materials which aid learning and teaching. I managed and delivered the Tron Ambassadors programme which is for pupils 14-17yrs old who are interested in learning about other aspects of theatre out with acting and directing. My role at the Tron was split into 3 categories; workshop facilitation, directing/theatre making and school/community liaison. 

DIRECTING: Below is a list of productions I have worked on in the last year

Mar 18                                Culture NL / Scottish Opera
                                                DOUBLE BOOKED
                                                Memory Spinners

Feb 18                                 Culture NL / National Theatre of Scotland
                                                FUTURE FORECASTS
                                                Culture NL Youth Theatre

Since 2006 I have been developing my directing skills. I have worked with a variety of groups from 5years to Senior Citizens and all ages in between within education, youth theatre and community settings. I find myself fascinated by people and the interactions they have no matter how small or trivial they seem. I believe everyone has a story inside them and I am interested in taking these stories to an imaginative place and playing with perspective. 

FACILITATION: For the past 12 years I have worked extensively across Glasgow and the Central belt writing and delivering drama projects. I have a keen interest in Youth Theatre and predominately work with 8-25years. However I also have a vast amount of experience working with early years in nursery settings and adults in community settings. Other facilitation work has covered Theatre Show Outreach, Transition, Financial Education, Museum Services, Social Development, Child Protection, Territorial issues, Anti Sectarianism issues for organisations such as National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre, Random Accomplice, Scottish Opera, The Burrell Collection, Scottish Executive, SPARC, Biggar Museums, West Dunbartonshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, The Tall Ship, Princess Trust to name a few. 

2006                                 BA (Hons) Drama  (University of Sunderland)                           2:1 

2005                                 HND Acting and Performance  (Motherwell College)         Merit 

 2016 YTAS Interchange Beacon Arts Centre Greenock – Nathanial Hall: Risky Business. Ava Hunt: Creating socially conscious theatre
2015 YTAS Interchange Howden Park, Livingston – David Richmond: Compositional strategies when composing work with Young People. Tortoise in a Nutshell: Visual Devising Techniques and Approaches
2014 YTAS Interchange Aberdeen – 20 Stories High Tales from an MP3 Verbatim Theatre
2013 Lung Ha’s Open Access Workshop
2013 Chicken Shed Open Access Workshop
2013 Oily Cart Open Access Workshop
2012 Tinderbox Theatre Company Master class – Turn the page
2012 Promote YT Skill Up Glasgow – Peter Hussey Viewpoints
2012 FST Mentorship programme
2010 Video recording and editing Training
2010 Promote YT Skill Up Inverness – Creating Promenade Theatre
2010 Augusto Boal Masterclass RSAMD
2009 Promote YT Skill Up Dunfermline – Jonathan Neelands Dealing with the Real world
2007 Protective Behaviours Child Protection 

I annually attend the YTAS symposium as I find it important to keep with the Youth Theatre sector and feel it is a good way to stay connected to my peers working across the country. 

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