During the current health crisis, I have been working with RCS Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses to continue e-learning through a variety of short modules and online content. I am very happy to share my learning with anyone who may be interested, and I’m looking to collaborate with organisations to help develop their communities however I can. Please do not hesitate to email or tweet me.
I’m an experienced facilitator working across abroad contexts and abilities with a strong ability to unite people and get underneath the skin of a subject. These sessions have taken places in schools, youth theatres, and youth groups. My pedagogy is movement-based and rooted in offering structure and tools to open up artistic processes. I believe everyone is innately creative and artistically capable: it is my aim to inspire and guide participants towards making personally relevant connections in and through theatre. Along with my role as a theatre maker, I am an experienced in co-ordinating projects, designing programmes of engagement, and developing organisational partnerships through identifying shared goals. My facilitation style is playful, physical, compassionate, and inquiry led. I am currently developing ways data capturing can be embedded within the artistic activity to generate both quantitative and qualitative responses we can use to evidence the effectiveness of the 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 PACE Youth Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts for whom I work on a project-by-project basis. I have also facilitated workshops for Traverse Theatre, RCS Fair Access, RCS Short Courses, and YTAS.
Specific workshops I have led include:
- Ensemble and Devising Skills
- Introduction to Dramaturgy
- Movement – introduction levels to advanced classes
- Text Work – monologues, duologues, and showcases
- Audition Prep
- Interdisciplinary Summer Schools
- Creative writing programmes
- Shakespeare for Senior and Primary school ages
- Schools’ Workshops
I am also an experienced director of young people in both studio settings and larger 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.
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.
Comments from industry:
“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, 2012-2017
“[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, 2017
If you would like to discuss any of my work or check my availability then please do not hesitate to get in touch.