Supporting the Making Space programme and Scottish Youth Theatre's commitment to young artists, each of the Making Space residencies have been assigned a professional artistic mentor. The Mentors' role will be to guide the young artists through the residential process, critiquing their lines of inquiry and challenging their modes of making, to help the artists create innovative digital work for the Making Space Online Festival, launching in March 2021.
Originally from Orkney, Amy Watt spent the first years of her career facilitating, directing and producing youth theatre and youth arts projects across Scotland, collaborating with companies such as Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Strange Town, Edinburgh Science and the Women of the World Festival. Since 2017 she has held the post of Engagement Producer at Eden Court Theatre.
Recent projects include working with colleagues to create an online digital experience for over 100 primary schools in the Highlands and collaborating with the team for LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club.
Image: Maili Fraser.
Gemma Nicol is a theatre-maker and creative producer who is passionate about making work in unexpected places, driven by curiosity and collaboration. Her current roles include co-Artistic Director of Dundee-based theatre company Hidden Route; Participation Associate with Wonder Fools; and part-time Acting and Performance Lecturer at Dundee and Angus College.
Miss Jay Woods is a Seattle based Afro-Puerto Rican artist-activist currently serving as the Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theatre. Jay has taught and directed internationally, at institutions such as Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, Duke, Carnegie Mellon; bringing her Anti-Racism, community building, trauma-informed practice in everything that she does. Jay holds an M.A. in Directing from Edinburgh Napier University.
John Kielty is a Linlithgow-based writer, actor and composer who co-wrote the top 5 selling album Seven Years – Ten Weeks in 2003. He has since written and contributed to many award-winning musicals with his brothers, including: Sundowe (Cameron Mackintosh Quest, 2007), Glasgow Girls (NTS), Greyfriars Twisted Tales (Spirit of the Fringe 2008), Mercy Madonna of Malawi (Spirit of the Fringe & UNESCO Festival of Light 2009) and Wasted Love (MTM 2011). In 2019 he wrote and performed A to Z of Dundee (Dundee Rep), Dracula Re-Vamped (Oran Mor), as well as co-writing and directing Time Oot (Toonspeak).
Lewis Sherlock is a freelance physical theatre artist who has performed and produced work in Scotland for 8 years. He specialises in cabaret, street-theatre and outdoor performance. Lewis works as a self-producing artist with other companies such as SURGE, LOOP and Dudendance and is a member of Articulation.
Nathan Byrne is a performer, writer and producer – specialising in comedy. Having worked extensively in theatre, film and TV, Nathan’s work has amassed over 3 million views online. Recently he began to work with The Comedy Unit, writing and producing a number of new projects including The State of It – a 6-part sketch show for BBC Scotland.
Niroshini Thambar is a musician, composer and sound designer for theatre and installation, collaborating with a range of companies and artists across Scotland and beyond on productions and residencies. She has a particular creative interest in ecological thinking, identity, belonging and connection to landscape. For more information on soundtracks and audio-visual installations, visit www.niroshinithambar.com
Ruxandra Cantir is a Moldova-born, US-trained, Scotland-based physical theatre-maker, performer, and teacher. Ruxy holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International. Ruxy devises and performs original work in Clown, Physical Comedy and Movement Theatre.
Sarah Rose Graber is an American theatre-maker based in Glasgow. She studied theatre at Northwestern University in Chicago and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Sarah Rose is a Circumnavigator Scholar having travelled around the world to South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina researching theatre for social change. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to work across the UK making collaborative and interdisciplinary theatrical experiences and has performed original spectacle-based street theatre across the US and the UK.
Zoë Bullock is a writer and performer. Her online/digital writing credits include Granny Fenella (Imaginate) and Chamber 404 (VR experience). Her performing credits include Gulp! (The Bone Ensemble) and Comet (Pleasance Theatre). Zoë is a recipient of a New Playwrights Award from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. She is interested in digital work that embraces its format, interactivity, VR and the line between immersive theatre and gaming.
Find out more about the developments of the Making Space Online Festival here, or previous iterations of the project pre-COVID via our archive. You can also keep up-to-date with all of our projects via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Making Space is supported by the Foyle Foundation and Creative Scotland.