March 2019 – Present
National Theatre of Scotland – Facilitator – The Coming Back Out Ball – Social Dance Club
Engaging LGBTI+ elders in activity in lead up to The Coming Back Out Ball in 2021
April 2015 – Present
Tron Theatre – Tron Studio facilitator
Directing the community company at The Tron Theatre. Facilitating skills building workshops, devising and directing productions for the adult performers. In May 2016 the production ‘A Present State’ was part of the Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto programme.
‘Chimera’ was performed in February 2018. ‘Trajectories was performed in February 2020. Tron Studio is currently online.
National Theatre of Scotland – Online Facilitator – Play Dates
Design, film & edit online content for young people aged 8-12 and families
December 2018 & March 2019
Performance Collective Stranraer – Co-facilitator
To design and deliver activity for Lab Weekend in partnership with Artistic Director, Drew Taylor-Wilson and Sarah Rose Graber. To enable young artists to be challenged, develop and offer guidance in the creation of their own work.
September – November 2018
National Theatre of Scotland – Project Manager
Designing and delivering the education and outreach activity around the final part of ‘The 306’ trilogy. ‘The 306: Dusk’ written by Oliver Emanuel, Composed by Gareth Williams and directed by Wils Wilson. Engagement saw activity happen in Perth and Kinross schools giving insight into the creative processes used in creating work. Additional wrap around activity happened within specialist units in Perth and curtain raiser piece of performance was devised and performed with Perth Youth Theatre.
Coordinating and delivering the Frist Nights activity around ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’ and ‘The 306:Dusk’. Sourcing, engaging with and coordinating community engagement to attend performances and enjoy additional activity around a production.
July – August 2018
Go for Gold – Director as part of the European Championships Culture Programme 2018
Facilitating and directing a new piece of street theatre with the Parkhead Youth Project to perform in Glasgow Green as part of the culture programme for the European Championships 2018. This is part of the Velocity East end Artists’ Residency Project and allowed me to collaborate again with artist Karen McGrady-Parker.
April – July 2018
National Theatre of Scotland – Creative Partner for Exchange 2018
Supporting the development and direction of two new theatre pieces for the Exchange Festival 2018. To attend rehearsals and performances with the Ovalhouse Performance Company, London and Eden Court Collective, Inverness and offer creative support in the development of their pieces. To facilitate workshops as part of the Exchange Festival and development weekend. Exchange Festival saw 10 young companies present work and experience workshops in a celebration of being ‘Theatre Makers of Now’.
September – October 2017
National Theatre of Scotland – Workshop Facilitator for Rocket Post
Designing and delivering family play workshops in support of the production of ‘Rocket Post’ on tour nationally. In character as Professor F, alongside the Learning and Outreach Manager to welcome families of all ages to a Rocketeer Conference, exploring the themes, characters and creative elements within the show.
December 2015 – August 2016
National Theatre of Scotland – Interim Creative Learning Coordinator
Creating, developing and producing workshops for schools and communities that connect participants to the company’s work. Managing budgets, identifying, contracting and training staff in facilitation of programme. Identifying and producing new online resource material that complements the company and current school curriculum. Evaluation and resource support for Theatre in Schools Scotland. Creative partner for the Bangladesh Association of Glasgow and Yuva Ekta New Delhi as part of the Home Away participatory arts festival. Managing all related budgets and communications between departments to ensure projects are delivered to the highest standard. Fundraising from trust and funds within the company’s Development department for a number of the core activities.
October 2015 to August 2018
Licketyspit Theatre Company – Actor/Pedagogue – Lead Associate
As part of the specialist team of facilitators delivering the company’s innovative ‘Porridge & Play’ project in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Facilitating sessions to early years children and their families encouraging play. As Lead Associate, support work to the Artistic Director/CEO in producing and project management and presenting to Board of Directors. In 2017 Lead Associate on first Big Porridge & Play Glasgow project – coordinating and facilitating in three community areas to encourage play over 8 weeks – leading to an end of block sharing for friends and families. Porridge & Play returned April – May 2018.
April 2014 – July 2014
National Theatre of Scotland – Project Director for ‘The Tin Forest’ – International Performing Company
As part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘The Tin Forest’ project in association with Scottish Youth Theatre as part of Culture 2014. Key responsibilities include developing the artistic vision for the project, engaging with 90 young people form across the Commonwealth and co-ordinating all staff and cast. Identifying and employing over 40 members of staff and providing clear parameters for creation of several street theatre performances. Working alongside the Project Manager and Production Manager to ensure all budgets, schedules and permissions are in place and followed. In rehearsal the Project Director monitors quality assurance and runs full company rehearsals for the several performance opportunities the IPC perform as part of.
April 2006 – September 2015
Scottish Youth Theatre – Associate Artistic Director
From 2006 as part of the core artistic team in various roles from Drama Worker, Assistant Director, Associate Director to Associate Artistic Director. Responsibilities include being part of the senior management team. Successes include the creation of the ‘Performance and Production Learning Programme’ to receive SQA credit rating and the development and direction of the company’s early years work including Family Storytime and festive shows. As part of the core artistic team to programme, develop and produce the company’s artistic content and direct main-house productions. Representing the company both nationally and internationally. Monitoring quality assurance and staff training in all artistic activity and presenting to Board of Directors. A large part of the role is to develop partnerships to create, budget, manage and direct bespoke creative projects.
Nov – Dec 2005
Citizens Theatre Education Department – Workshop Facilitator
Visiting schools and nurseries local to the Citizen’s Theatre to deliver workshops on the theme of Charlotte’s Web to compliment their Christmas Show.
Feb – August 2005
East End Community Arts Project – Forum Theatre facilitator
3 tours with a forum theatre piece exploring knife crime to secondary schools in and around Glasgow.
2002 – 2006
Scottish Youth Theatre – Freelance drama tutor
Facilitating weekly workshops for young people aged 3-25. Facilitator on National Roadshow events. Facilitator on special projects including Storytelling Festival (Edinburgh), Shakespeare Schools Festival (National) and Willowbank School Refusers group (Coatbridge) amongst other freelance projects.