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.
In 2017 I graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Arts Education and Fellow of the Higher Arts Education Academy.
I have worked for the Scottish Drama Training Network since 2013.
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Louise is a Glasgow-based actor, producer, writer and arts consultant with over a decade of experience working in theatre and festivals, both in Scotland and internationally. She has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Glasgow in Theatre Studies and European Civilisation, and also trained as an actor at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Formerly, she was the Participant Development Coordinator for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, a role she held for four festival seasons. Louise joined the Society during a significant period of transition and she was integral in developing a new, artist-centric strategy for the Participant Development department. The strategy she devised had a 5 year plan for international engagement and focused on the creative and professional development of the artists that participate in the Edinburgh Fringe. She managed the services provided to promoters, presenters, directors, agents and programmers attending the festival to scout for new talent. She facilitated relevant connections between presenters and artists and offered development advice on fundraising, networking, developing creative practice and touring strategy, with particular focus on international touring.
During her time at the Fringe Society, Louise designed the program of professional development events that take place at Fringe Central. These were delivered alongside a diverse range of high profile partners including the National Theatre, Cirque du Soleil, the British Council, Playwright’s Studio Scotland and the BBC. Alongside all of this, Louise was the project manager of the Scottish Government’s Made in Scotland initiative.
Louise has spent a few years living and working in New York City, where she worked with NYC companies including The Wooster Group, Theatre Resources Unlimited, Gemini & Scorpio and The Tank Theatre, before co-founding her own theatre company, The Blockheads Collective.
Louise is currently the Associate Producer for live-arts production house Civil Disobedience. Civil Disobedience are presenting a roster of nine shows and events at the 2018 Fringe. You can find out more here.
Louise is also the co-founder and producer of art as activism initiative Persistent and Nasty, which aims to amplify the female identified voice in the stage and screen industry. Find out more here.
For six years she was the co-Artistic Director and founder of a small, award-winning, theatre company – Rhymes with Purple Productions. Based in Glasgow, the company primarily focused on creating new plays and producing alternative art events. In this role, she produced shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and presented her own work with the Tron Theatre, The Arches and the Glasgay! Festival.
Under the Rhymes with Purple banner, Louise went on to create and co-direct the first ever Glasgow Cabaret Festival, the first festival of its kind in the UK to celebrate cabaret and alternative performance as an art form
Louise continues to make her own work as a theatre artist and recently her practise has focused on issues concerning inter-sectional feminism, reproductive rights and female identity.
Follow Louise on Twitter @MsLouiseOliver