Artistic Director ~ Emily Reid
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. Emily is deeply involved in running all aspects of the company, as well as devising and directing the company’s theatre productions and creative learning projects in collaboration with a team of artists, co-devisors and performers. She 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.
Producer – Nina Doherty
Nina joined Eco Drama in 2016, having trained at Queen Margaret University in Arts, Festival & Cultural Management. She previously co-founded Makeshift Broadcast, a theatre company with a strong environmental ethos, taking productions to the Edinburgh & Prague Fringe, Tron Theatre, Arches Live and Buzzcut Festival. She also worked for 4 years in fundraising for a large Scottish charity and had an FST producer placement with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. She is interested in artistic work that inspires people to reconsider their relationship with the world in which they live and is excited to be working in the field of children’s theatre.
Schools Project Manager – Angela Smith
Angela has 20 years of experience working in the theatre and creative arts industry. After graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Angela quickly began to specialise in work for children and young people whilst working as an Arts Outreach Worker in the East End of Glasgow. In 2006, Angela joined TAG Theatre Company which amalgamated with the Citizens Theatre Learning department shortly after. During her time at the Citz, Angela established and managed all classes and courses for children and young people, and worked on many pioneering schools projects. Angela is interested in creating work that encourages children to be curious and to use their voices to promote positive change.
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
Christine McCandlish – retired Depute Head, Balornock Primary School, prev Cultural Coordinator
Kirsty Platt – International Collaboration Specialist – Circular Economy, Scottish Enterprise
Dr Yanru Zou – Lecturer in Accounting Tax and Audit, University of Glasgow
Christy Mearns – Councillor for Anderston/City/Yorkhill, Scottish Green Party
Dr Mia Perry – Senior Lecturer in Community Development & Adult Education (People, Place & Social Change), University of Glasgow