Eco Drama Company

Artistic Director ~ Emily Reid

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Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 22.18.40 Emily is a theatre-maker and director, committed to devising quality theatre and creative learning projects which nurture a sense of curiosity, wonder and care for our natural world. She is particularly interested in the potential of theatre to motivate social and environmental change, the place of the arts and creativity within the school curriculum, and sustainable theatre making. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland gaining a BA in Contemporary Theatre Practice and worked as a devisor, performer, science communicator and drama facilitator in various settings across Scotland and Europe before founding Eco Drama in 2007. As well as leading the company, Emily regularly works with other organisations presenting on Eco Drama’s work and delivering training, most recently for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

Schools Project Manager ~ Suzanne Prak-Sandilands

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Suzanne is an outreach and engagement professional working in the cultural sector. She very much believes in the power of creativity and storytelling to bring abstract topics to life, to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes and to represent a diverse range of people and communities. Suzanne studied at the Hogeschool Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Newcastle University, earning degrees in Journalism and Museum Studies. In previous roles at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the University of Glasgow she coordinated and delivered creative programmes with a wide variety of partner organisations in educational and community settings. Suzanne joined Eco Drama as Schools Project Manager in February 2022. She loves working with schools and early years settings to deliver programmes and events that spark curiosity and creativity, and help children and young people to connect with and care for nature on their doorstep!

Creative Engagement Artist ~ Saffron Gillies

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Saffron is a participatory drama artist, storyteller and performer. She has a keen interest in the power of arts-based learning to spark connections, increase our sense of wellbeing and to spread joy while tackling big questions. Saffron studied Musical Theatre at New College Lanarkshire, before going on to specialise in participatory art; undertaking training in Creative Learning with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, and later a postgraduate masters degree in Applied Arts and Social Practice at Queen Margaret University. She now has over 7 years of experience in working with children, young people and community members in a variety of settings and has been fortunate to work with organisations and participants across Scotland. Saffron joined the Eco Drama team as a drama artist and performer in 2021, and loves working outdoors and connecting to nature.

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Collaborating Artists

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 22.25.00 Alistair Edwards, Caroline Mathison, Ben Mali Macfadyen, Tanja Beer, Greg Sinclair, Marta Masiero, Mona Kastell, Katie Lambert, Deborah McArthur, Deborah Hahn, Peter Callaghan, Lauren Oakes, Eilidh MacAskill, Claire Halleran, Katrina Caldwell, Tom Hobbins, Sarah Bradley, Alan MacKenzie, Stewart Ennis, Rodney Matthew, Allan Dunn, Jodie Wilkinson, Kevin Wratten, Ashling Carroll, Laura MacDonald, Shona Miller, Martine McMenemy, Georgina Pearson, Sophie McCabe, Sarah Rankin, Dan Serridge, Beth Kovarik, Zoe Bullock, Saffron Gillies.

Eco Drama has developed a network of collaborators who share our passion for creating and delivering theatre and creative learning experiences for children and young people. These relationships are significant and the collaborative nature of our processes ensures the work originates from a place of shared ambition and understanding.

Board of Directors

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 22.25.03Christine McCandlish – retired Depute Head, Balornock Primary School, prev Cultural Coordinator
Kirsty Platt – Associate Director of Sustainability, Jacobs
Dr Yanru Zou РLecturer in Accounting Tax and Audit, University of Glasgow
Christy Mearns – Councillor for Anderston/City/Yorkhill, Scottish Green Party
Dr Mia Perry РSenior Lecturer in Community Development & Adult Education (People, Place & Social Change), University of Glasgow

With gratitude to previous board members: Maggie Fyffe, Lucy Conway, Phyllis Steel, Steve Green, Claire Daly, Sarah Longfield, Ivor MacAskill, Alistair Edwards.