Abigail McMillan

Job Title

Technical Theatre Skills Officer

Subjects

Technical Theatre

 

At age of 8 years old I joined the Aberdeen Art Centre drama group and was really lucky to have worked with the late Annie Ingles. While there I got the chance to see shows by touring companies such as 7:84 and Wild Cat. When I was a teenager I worked at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen as an usher and then dresser for West End touring productions of major shows like The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and 42nd Street.

 

I got such a buzz from working on shows that I decided to go and study technical theatre and went to Fife College to study NC in Technical Theatre. Following this I went onto study HNC Technical Theatre at Edinburgh College. During my time at Edinburgh College I got the chance of a work placement as Assistant Stage Manager and Sound Operator on a Scottish tour of The Clearing with Stellar Quines. In 1999 I moved to Glasgow to embark on a BA Stage Management studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During the holidays I worked as a venue technician at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After graduating in 2001 I worked for various lighting hire companies in Glasgow and also spent a year as an in-house technician at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling.

 

In 2002 to 2012 I worked at the internationally renowned Arches Theatre in Glasgow as Arts Production Manager, working closely with Artistic Director Andy Arnold. We produced modern classics, sight specific, devised work and everything in between. My personal achievements were production managing the CATS Award nominated Tam O’Shanter, which toured Scotland and featured at the Prague Fringe. During my time working at the Arches I worked on the Samuel Beckett Season, featuring the plays Krapps Last Tape, Rockaby, Not I, Foot Falls, Play. My most challenging work with the Arches was working on large scale productions that used the whole building such as Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf and Inferno, based on Dante’s Inferno.

 

Probably the most thrilling production I worked on was Rob Drummond’s Wrestling as we built a full size wrestling ring complete with two sides of seating banks in one of the main arches. My last production with the Arches was Cora Bissett’s multi-disciplinary Whatever Gets You through the Night.

 

I have worked for the Scottish Drama Training Network since 2013.

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