Aims and Objectives

Our mission is to work with education and industry to support the development of publicly funded practice-based drama provision in Scotland.

Our vision is to create an internationally recognised brand for excellence in Scottish practice-based post-16 drama education.

Our Aims

SDTN aims to enhance the provision of drama training in Scotland by fostering cohesion in the sector.

SDTN aims to act as a resource for teachers and practitioners of Drama, by increasing opportunities to meet and discuss ideas and plans and by offering advice and assistance on the sharing of facilities, venues and equipment. Staff expertise will be recognised as a resource and staff development will be encouraged. Wherever appropriate, a sharing of resources, both technical and human, should be implemented – and industry consultation and support should be sought in order to ensure that its needs will be fully met.

SDTN aims to establish collaboration between those who create, deliver and receive the courses by supporting partnerships and encouraging opportunities for increased interaction across colleges, the HE sector and the industry in Scotland and beyond.

SDTN aims to enhance the articulation process by promoting routes and pathways for learners that are appropriate for their needs and aspirations.

SDTN aims to provide a service to families, students and teachers who want to discover more about publicly funded post-16 drama training courses in Scotland.

SDTN aims to encourage inclusivity and to work to ensure that information and opportunities to access courses reach everyone who is interested in post-16 education.

Relate to the Scottish Industry
To provide an interface between industry and education.

You can view the SDTN Strategic Plan online here

Management Group

The SDTN Management Group includes:

  • Professor Maggie Kinloch, Deputy-Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Dr Richard Butt, Dean of Arts, Social Sciences & Management, Queen Margaret University
  • Judith Doherty, Chief Executive, Producer and Co-Artistic Director for Grid Iron Theatre Company
  • Anne Gifford, Head of the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland
  • Alison Goring, Drama Talent Manager, BECTU
  • Derek Horsburgh, Senior Policy/Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council
  • Dougie Irvine, Artistic Director, Visible Fictions
  • Pauline Miller Judd, Head of School, School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Dr Donnie Munro, Director of Development, Fundraising and the Arts at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
  • Bill Ward, Head of Planning, National Theatre of Scotland




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