I HAVE WORKED AS A FACILITATOR IN A MULTITUDE OF SOCIAL CONTEXTS RANGING FROM WORKING IN COMMUNITIES WITH PRE-EXISTING THEATRE AND SOCIAL GROUPS THROUGH TO WORKING IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. I HAVE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN WORKING WITH ADULTS WITH LEARNING disabilities AND YOUNG PEOPLE.
I am a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Contemporary Performance Practice programme. During my time my RCS I gained the "Drama in Education Award" for my commitment to working with young people and adults with learning disabilities. Prior to studying, I lead workshops as part of an Edinburgh wide schools tour of "SPLIT//SECOND", a forum theatre show about knife crime supported by No Knives Better Lives and Granton Youth Centre. I also completed a 6-month placement with the National Theatre of Scotland on their project "JUMP". Whilst studying, I worked again with NTS on "Tales From The Mall" a piece of site-specific theatre for the Forge Shopping Centre. In June 2016, I worked with NTS' LEARN department as a performer and workshop assistant on the UK wide performance of "we are here because we are here", which marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
I currently work with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Lifelong Learning department as a workshop leader and also as a mentor for the Creative Pathways Programme. Over the past two years, I have worked regularly with young people of all ages from P1 – S6 and I have a particular interest in working with movement, devising and new writing. With my colleague Barry Henderson I recently co-directed RCS' Young Theatre Company in their production of Lucinda Coxon's "What Are They Like". This show was performed in the Chandler Theatre and then as part of NT Connections 2016, at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre. We have also written and directedthe Young Theatre Company's production of "ORPHEUS" a site-specific re-imaging of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice. I regularly deliver Summer Schools for the RCS and this year I will be working on "Get Into Drama", "Entry To The Creative Industries" and "Soundtrack To Your Life".
I was also a facilitator on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Acting Skills for Adults with Learning Difficulties short course. The course was delivered in association with Lung Ha Theatre Company and Birds of Paradise and provided an opportunity for aspiring actors with learning difficulties to develop their skills in using text, voice, movement and devising. I worked with the class on a weekly basis providing continuity for the group whilst a range of specialist practitioners taught on rotation. In 2014, as part of my studies, I worked on an 8 week collaboration with London based Corali Dance Company and a group of adults with learning disabilities on a physical theatre performance ‘Unlock’. I have also worked regularly with Glasgow based theatre company LOOP who aim to make the arts open and accessible to those with learning difficulties. I both taught for LOOP and performed in a number of their site-specific shows in The Riverside Museum, Scotland Street School and the Gallery of Modern Art. From 2012 - 2014 I worked with Edinburgh Councils’ Youth Music Initiative, as a support assistant for children with a range of additional needs. One of my primary focusses in this job was looking at new ways children could engage in music lessons who may not have had the chance otherwise. Last year, I worked as an actor and on stage support for Lung Ha Theatre Company's "The Silent Treatment" by Douglas Maxwell.
I facilitate regularly for Wonder Fools, whether it’s working with those who have never encountered performance before, or working with professionals. We aim to create wonderful working and learning experiences, for all our participants. We're passionate about developing our theatre and performance work within the context of social engagement and it's integral to our practice in all the work we make and develop. Our previous workshop programmes and residencies have included work in schools, care homes and at national institutions.
Further work as a facilitator includes: Granton Youth Centre, Creative Electric, Carlingwark House Care Home, Princes Trust, Renfrewshire Council, Culture NL, Youth Arts Hub, Glasgow Kelvin College, Aberlour and Dancehouse.