Lucy Vaughan, Director:
Karen Townsend, Programme Producer:
Abigail McMillan, Technical Theatre Skills Officer:
Misha McCullagh, Administrator:


Meet the Team

Lucy Vaughan


+44 (0)141 270 8395

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.

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Karen Townsend

Programme Producer

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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.

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Abigail McMillan

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.

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Misha McCullagh



Misha is an actor, artist and creative arts coordinator. She trained at Glasgow Clyde College (Langside) and now works regularly with film and theatre makers across Scotland including GILR, Stoned Boned Sober Productions, BBC social, Chimaera Productions, Posturous Productions and Deadly Acts Theatre company.

As a creative producer and production coordinator Misha has worked with independent filmmakers and also with STV Creative on campaigns for Glasgow City Council, Hopster and House of Fraser. In theatre & live arts production, Misha works with Berlin’s Full Moon Cabaret, comedian Stuart Goldsmith and produced Denis Nikolin - Russian Comedian's UK tour.

Misha is also co-producer of Persistent & Nasty, an arts as activism initiative that amplifies and supports the voices of women in theatre and film through script readings, podcast and community engagement events.

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