Introducing our new Creative Director and Chief Executive
We are delighted to announce that the new Creative Director and Chief Executive of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is Louise Stephens.
Louise has worked as an in-house dramaturg or literary management personnel at the Traverse, Royal Court and Abbey Theatres. She has worked as a dramaturg or script reader with independent makers and with theatre companies throughout the UK and Ireland, including the National Theatre of Scotland; Tron Theatre; tiata fahodzi; Curve, Leicester; Live! Theatre; Rifco, and Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. She is currently Dramaturg for the Abbey Theatre, Amharclann Na Mainistreach, where her recent work includes This Beautiful Village (Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards Winner, Best New Play 2019), 2020's Dear Ireland project and Home: Part One. She signs to BSL Level 3 and ISL Level 3 and is a trustee for Deafinitely Theatre Company. She holds a PhD in Creativity Management from the University of St Andrews.
Rona Munro, playwright and chair of the board said, "On behalf of the board I'm delighted to welcome Louise Stephens back to Scotland and back to Playwrights' Studio, Scotland in her new role. Louise has a long and impressive career working with new writing and will bring a highly developed skillset to the task of leading our work. Already well known to many playwrights, I confidently expect she will soon be even better known by all. I very much look forward to working with her and to this new phase of Playwrights' Studio's life."
In response to her appointment, Louise said, "Since its foundation, Playwrights' Studio has provided advocacy, support, advice, respite and challenge to the playwrights of Scotland - functions that have perhaps never been more vital. It's an honour to be appointed as Creative Director and Chief Executive and to have the opportunity to build on the brilliant work of the organisation so far. In the establishment of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, Tom McGrath spoke of creating a home for Scotland's playwrights. It will be a privilege to work with the board, the team, and with the playwrights of the nation to explore together what that home looks like, and how best to make it welcoming to all playwrights."
We hope you will join Playwrights' Studio staff and board in welcoming Louise when she joins the team in July.