Meet the Team
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I joined Scottish Drama Training Network as Director in February 2016 and with experience of working both in Theatre and in Further Education, I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead the work of the Scottish Drama Training Network.
For most of my career I have worked in either the theatre or education sectors, creating, developing and producing opportunities for young people to experience high quality theatre engagement and to develop their own creative skills.
My own interest in theatre began as a child, when I was a participant in what was then the Junior Drama Academy at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now Junior Conservatoire at the RCS), and was also a member of the National Youth Theatre.
I went on to be a full time student at RSAMD and and graduated with a BA Dramatic Studies.
I have worked with several theatre companies across the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, 7:84, the Brunton Theatre and the Tyne Theatre Company.
After working in Youth Theatre, in Theatre Marketing and also as a Lecturer at Edinburgh’s Telford College in the Performing Arts programme team, between 2004 and 2014 I was Head of Creative Learning for the Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh.
I led a team of youth theatre and creative learning practitioners delivering a diverse programme that included one of the largest Youth Theatres in Scotland, work with schools and colleges, and a participation programme for people of all ages, linked to the Company’s annual Season of 7 plays.
I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Industry and in Education to develop the work of the SDTN and for SDTN’s programme to contribute to the practice-based drama training and courses taking place in the Colleges and Higher Education Institutions across Scotland.
Technical Theatre Skills Officer
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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.
In 2012 I left the Arches to be a student again and study Postgraduate TQFE (teaching) qualification at the University of Stirling.
I have worked for the Scottish Drama Training Network since 2013.
Network Development Officer
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I joined the Scottish Drama Training Network in April 2016 into the new position, Network Development Officer. It is my responsibility to help develop and raise the profile of the SDTN through our various events and communications. I have a strong background in marketing and communications, education, student engagement as well in fashion and textiles.
I graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a BSc in Textile and Fashion Design Management. After graduating, I was elected as Vice-President of Heriot-Watt student union, where I spent a sabbatical year working with and for students at a local and national level. I then stayed on at HWSU as Activities Coordinator, where I looked after student societies and activites.
After my work with HWSU I discovered I had a real passion for supporting education and I became the Marketing Officer for the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership. The STSP was a collaboration between the Scottish Textiles and Leather Association and the Scottish Textiles Academic Group who recognised there was a very important skills gap within the textile industry in Scotland which needed to be filled. In my role I was responsible for promoting the textile industry to young people who were looking for career options.
Most recently I have held the position of Communications Assistant at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where my passion performing arts finally turned into my profession. I am really excited to be taking the next step forward in this new role with SDTN and the many different opportunities it will present. Most importantly I can’t wait to work with all of our members and contribute to shaping the future of drama training here in Scotland.