Traveller there is no path – the path is made by walking.
I’ve always loved travelling, maps, journeys and the myths, histories, tales and folklore of the open road.
Professionally, I’ve worked in the cultural sector across art forms and various regions of the UK for over two decades. Most recently as Director of Creative Development at the Traverse– Scotland’s new writing theatre – tasked with providing visionary leadership and strategic development.
I’ve worked with, and led, organisations as they undertake transformational change. I thrive on creating work and developing strategies with an outward looking vision that is simultaneously rooted in a sense of place. I’ve work closely around the place where theatre and film meet, both creatively and commercially, and have produced film versions of live theatre shows. Other focuses include community engagement, talent development and increasingly, the adaptation of the cultural sector to environmental change.
I’m an experienced theatre producer. I’ve worked with companies including the National Theatre of Scotland as their Head of Producing and have produced a range of productions from large scale international co-productions to award winning mid scale touring theatre and site specific new work. I run my own producing company, Open Road, through which I produce new work inspired by real life stories and histories and train new producers.
I’m a published and commissioned writer and for two years sat on the executive committee of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. As a playwright I’ve had work commissioned and produced in regional theatre, literature festivals and pub theatre. I’ve made short documentary films, and radio features while working and training with BBC Radio Bristol’s Social Affairs department. I am currently the Embedded Artist working with Creative Carbon Scotland and Climate Ready Clyde.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of Scottish Pen– a not-for-profit organisation which champions freedom of speech and literature across borders – and sit on the Board of Directors of Magnetic North Theatre Productions.
As a therapist, I ran a successful business for a number of years. In addition to private practice, I worked with the National Schizophrenic Society, hospices who provide palliative care for cancer patients and NHS staff, as well as teaching.
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