Staff 17

Staff

Fiona Sturgeon Shea:
Creative Director

Fiona has worked in senior roles for several important theatre companies in England and Scotland, including two separate stints at Scotland's new writing theatre,  the Traverse (as Marketing Manager in the 1990s and Head of Communications from 2009-2011).  She also worked for the Citizens Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, Surrey. Fiona recently held posts in the public sector with the Scottish Arts Council and the Scottish Government/National Health Service. She  joined Playwrights' Studio in July 2011.  General areas of responsibility include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Creative and organisational development of organisation
  • Delivering progress reports to the board
  • Operational management
  • Fundraising and funding management
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events

 

Emma McKee:
General Manager

Emma joined Playwrights' Studio in November 2009 as the company's Administrator. Prior to joining the organisation, Emma worked as Office Manager at Borderline Theatre Company for 3 years and for 2 years as their Administration, Research and Marketing Assistant. She has a degree in Archaeology from University of Glasgow.

General areas of responsibility include:

  • Project Management of Writers Projects, Professional and Public Workshop Programmes, Partnerships and Residencies.
  • Finance and Office Management
  • Overseeing and reviewing the operational systems of the organisation
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events

 

Hayley Sinclair:
Communications & Projects Coordinator

Hayley joined Playwrights' Studio in January 2017. Hayley graduated from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in 2009 with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text and has worked in Communications, Marketing and Administration in both the private and public sector.

General areas of responsibility include:

  • Leading on the organisational communications strategy
  • Website development
  • Project management for activities including Bookshop and Information Point at Edinburgh Festival, New Playwrights Awards and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA in Classical and Contemporary Text
  • Management of IT and communications systems
  • Reporting and undertaking evaluation for the organisation's Resources and Services
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events

 

Rachael MacDonald:
Administration & Communications Assistant

Rachael joined Playwright's Studio in July 2017. Before becoming a part of the Studio Rachael studied English and Film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating in 2016 with Distinction. During her time at university, she worked in various fundraising and communications roles with Edinburgh Global Partnerships, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Rachael is also a native Gaelic speaker with roots in the Outer Hebrides.

General areas of responsibility include:

  • Project management for activities including the National Script Reading service, A Play, A Pie and A Pint Script Review Service, Mentoring Programme, Script Surgeries, Bookshop and Library, the Space, Tom McGrath Writers' Room and Associated Events e.g. Stage to Page
  • Office administration
  • Communications/general enquiries
  • Day-to-day maintenance of website and social media
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events
Photographs: Hayley Sinclair

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