Karen Townsend, Programme Producer: email@example.com
Abigail McMillan, Technical Theatre Skills Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Team
0141 270 8395
Karen has worked extensively in Theatre Production, Visual Arts and Film. Her passion is to ensure the arts are accessible to everyone. In her past roles she has researched and identified new approaches, strategies, and creative initiatives, raising the profile, and access to, theatre. Developing the perception of access to theatre within both the arts and education sector and the wider public.
Her current role working for Scottish Drama Training Network within the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she aims to ensure HE and the Creative Industry are working in partnership to ensure the talent of the UK's future industry talent.
BA from University of Glasgow/RSAMD, Fellow of the RSA, part of the CLORE community and LRAM.
Technical Theatre Skills Officer
+44 (0)141 270 8377
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.