Following a degree in Arabic at Edinburgh I began working Front of House at the National Theatre whilst deciding what life had in store for me. A chance encounter there led me to some backstage work which showed me that although I loved my job as an usher I was working on the wrong side of the house! I undertook my training in stage management and technical theatre at RADA on their graduate diploma programme and from there I went on to pursue a career as a freelance stage manager.
My career has been varied and I have been lucky enough to work with inspirational people in amazing locations around the world. From the Sydney Opera House to grand palazzos in Italy, fields in Essex to the Young Vic, the Royal Court, the Menier Chocolate Factory and many, many other theatres, cathedrals, churches, village halls, warehouses and site-specific venues in between. My work has allowed me to be involved with companies such as Mimbre, Ockham’s Razor, Peut-Etre Theatre, Jacksons Lane, the National Centre for Circus Arts (formerly Circus Space), Opera Restor’d, Opera Australia and Hand Made Opera (for whom I was resident Company Manager for many years) to name a few. Over time I have developed a particular expertise in collaborative, devised, physical theatre and circus, but I enjoy working on all forms of performance. My professional career has also allowed me to explore areas of lighting and sound and I have lit and relit shows for a number of companies. I continue to work professionally whenever possible.
In addition to my professional practice I have also worked within education as a stage management tutor for a number of years. Initially at RADA providing specific support to students at NCCA and more recently at Middlesex University as the Senior Technician in Stage Management for the Faculty of Arts and the Creative Industries. Through Middlesex I undertook my PGCertHE and have developed a particular interest in how technical skills are delivered within a higher education framework. In 2017 I delivered a short paper on this subject at Middlesex’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference and hope to research this area further.
I am a member of Equity the union for actors and stage managers.
2018 – Company Stage Manager – Barnum dir. Gordon Greenburg Menier Chocolate Factory
2017 – Stage Manager – The Lie dir. Lindsay Posner Menier Chocolate Factory
2016 – Rehearsal Stage Manager – Wondrous Strange dir. Lina Johnsoon
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