Introduction to Dramaturgy – Aberdeen – 7th February 2019
I have been delivering theatre sessions for young people since 2011 that both excite and challenge the participants. This has taken place in a variety of contexts from Youth Theatre to in-school workshops. I am experienced working with young people aged between 5 and 25, with a focus on working with those aged 13 and up. I am known for having high standards and working hard to succeed in these aspirations while maintaining a fun and playful environment. I always remain adaptable and approachable. I take great care not to patronise, and to empower those with whom I work.
Based in Glasgow, I regularly work with The Beacon Arts Centre where I am the Youth Theatre and Young Company leader, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for whom I lead their RCS Juniors Acting level 2s as well as teaching the Musical Theatre students, and Aberdeen Performing Arts for whom I work on a project-by-project basis. I have also recently worked as a workshop facilitator for Traverse Theatre, PACE Theatre, and YTAS.
Specific workshops I have led include: devising, basic dramaturgy, movement, improvisation, text work, audition prep, ensemble skills, and Shakespeare. I am also an experienced director of young people in both studio settings and large auditorium spaces.
In 2017, How To Save The World…ish was selected for the main festival programme for Chrysalis 2017 as one of the two Scottish representatives. Chrysalis Festival programmes work which can:
- Positively enhance the public perception of creative work by young people.
- Attract new audiences to youth theatre arts.
- Inspire and raise the aspirations of Scotland’s youth arts sector.
- Stimulate critical discussion around artistic excellence and quality in performance by young theatre-makers.
YTAS noted that “it was refreshing to see a youth theatre performance that relied on the value of storytelling” and the production “packed a pretty punch at the end in a gentle but thought-provoking way”. At Chrysalis it received a strong review in the Herald describing it as “a life-affirming allegory about fighting for what you believe” in which “the Greenock company demonstrates the power of a good story colourfully told.”
You can read the full review here.
“Nick excels in a rehearsal room where he confidently and effectively leads a company through a devised process. His facilitation and collaboration skills are exceptional and he has the ability to engage and unlock imaginations, stimulate curiosity and create cutting-edge performances.”
– Laura Pearce, Beacon Arts Centre Learn Producer
“[How To Save The World…ish] not only showed Nick’s artistic vision and skill but also his way of working with and getting the best out of young theatre makers with a variety of experience and skills, bringing the best out of them all in terms of performance and confidence; a great skill to have as a director when devising.”
– Gillian Gourley, National Theatre of Scotland
If you would like to discuss any of my work or check my availability then please do not hesitate to get in touch.