Staff 2021

Staff

Louise Stephens:
Creative Director

Louise joined Playwrights' Studio in July 2021 as Creative Director and Chief Executive. 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. 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.

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. Emma is Chair of A Moment's Peace Theatre Company.

General areas of responsibility include:

  • Project Management of Self-led Projects, Public Events, 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 Play Development Bursaries, the Bursaraidh Leasachaidh Dealbh-chluich Gàidhlig, and the National Programme
  • Management of IT and communications systems
  • Reporting and undertaking evaluation for the organisation's Supports and Services
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events

 

Amy McKenzie:
Administrator

Amy joined Playwrights' Studio in June 2019 as Administration & Communication Assistant. Prior to joining to joining the organisation, Amy worked as the Interim Administrator at Lung Ha Theatre Company. She has a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Queen Margaret University, specialising in theatre directing. Amy is also a freelance theatre director, dramaturg and script reader.

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, Playwright Mentoring Programme, the Disable Playwright Support Programme, Script Surgeries, Bookshop and Library, the Space, Tom McGrath Writers' Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA in Classical and Contemporary Text.
  • Office administration
  • Communications/general enquiries
  • Day-to-day maintenance of website and social media
  • Advocacy and representing the company at events

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