Staff

Lucy Vaughan, Director: lucy@sdtn.org
Abigail McMillan, Technical Theatre Skills Officer: abigail@sdtn.org
Louise Oliver, Projects Producer: louise@sdtn.org
Jenny Tipton, Projects Administrator: jenny@sdtn.org

 

Meet the Team

Lucy Vaughan

Director

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Lucy joined the Scottish Drama Training Network as Director in February 2016, following ten years as Head of Creative Learning with the Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and two years as Principal Officer Creative Learning (Performing Arts) with City of Edinburgh Council,
In 2017, Lucy established an exciting new partnership for SDTN with the Pleasance Theatres Trust: the Network Ensemble.
The Network Ensemble is co-produced annually by SDTN and the Pleasance and has created a new pathway to the Performing Arts sector for network graduate Actors, Designers and Technicians.

During a career of over 25 years, Lucy has worked in both the performing arts and education sectors in Scotland, creating, developing and producing opportunities for young people to experience high quality theatre engagement and to develop their own creative skills.

Lucy's interest in theatre began as a child, when from the age of 12 years she attended 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.
Lucy went on to be full time student at RSAMD and Glasgow University, and graduated with a BA Dramatic Studies.

After working in Youth Theatre in Maryhill, Glasgow, as a Theatre Press Officer (for companies as varied as 7:84 and the Royal Shakespeare Company) and also as a Lecturer at Edinburgh’s Telford College in the Performing Arts programme team, Lucy joined the Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh, in 2004.

Over a period of 10 years, she led the Lyceum's team of youth theatre and creative learning practitioners delivering a diverse creative learning 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 productions.
During this time she developed innovative, inter-disciplinary creative learning approaches to engaging with schools in Edinburgh, including the highly regarded programmes: Project Dream and Project Scrooge.
A direct result of Project Dream which involved over 500 young people, led to 8 Edinburgh high school teachers receiving Creative Educators awards from the General Teaching Council of Scotland, at the Scottish Parliament in 2013.

Lucy has been a Mentor with the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s STEP-UP programme for 8 years and a Mentor with the Career Ready initiative which supports young people into Further and Higher Education.

Since 2008 Lucy has been an External Assessor for the Scottish Government's National Companies Unit. (For Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland programmes).
In 2018 she was invited to take up a Fellowship with the Royal Society of the Arts.

Abigail McMillan

Technical Theatre Skills Officer

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At age of 8 years old Abby joined the Aberdeen Art Centre drama group and was really lucky to have worked with the late Annie Ingles. While there she saw shows by touring companies such as 7:84 and Wild Cat. When she was a teenager she 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.

Abby got such a buzz from working on shows that she decided to study technical theatre and went to Fife College to study NC in Technical Theatre. Following this she completed an HNC Technical Theatre at Edinburgh College. During my time at Edinburgh College she 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 she moved to Glasgow to embark on a BA Stage Management studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During the holidays she worked as a venue technician at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After graduating in 2001 she 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 Abby worked at the internationally renowned Arches Theatre in Glasgow as Arts Production Manager, working closely with Artistic Director Andy Arnold. The Arches produced modern classics, sight specific, devised work and everything in between. Her personal achievements were production managing the CATS Award nominated Tam O’Shanter, which toured Scotland and featured at the Prague Fringe. During her time working at the Arches she worked on the Samuel Beckett Season, featuring the plays Krapps Last Tape, Rockaby, Not I, Foot Falls, Play. Her 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 she 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. Abby's last production with the Arches was Cora Bissett’s multi-disciplinary Whatever Gets You through the Night.

In 2012 she left the Arches to be a student again and study Postgraduate TQFE (teaching) qualification at the University of Stirling.

In 2017 Abby graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Arts Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Arts Education Academy.

Abby has worked for the Scottish Drama Training Network since 2013.

Louise Oliver

Projects Producer

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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

Jenny Tipton

Projects Administrator

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Jenny is a projects producer and freelance curator based in Glasgow. Previous roles include working as an Assistant Producer for Journeys Festival International, during which time she supported on several projects connecting refugee and asylum seeker communities with visual art, theatre and music across Portsmouth. Through this role Jenny worked closely with the British Red Cross and coordinated projects and events with several international artists and creative companies, including the Akash Odedra Dance Company, Belarus Free Theatre, and musician Maya Youssef.

While based in Portsmouth Jenny also worked as an Artist Facilitator in Residence at Portsmouth Cathedral and as a Non-Executive Director for Live Art Local, an artist led creative space focused on engaging diverse communities living in regional areas with the arts. Currently, Jenny is director and founder of 'Cabbage', an artist moving image platform based in Glasgow.

Jenny studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design and MLitt Curatorial Practice at the Glasgow School of Art.

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