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At the moment, there are ten directors on FST's Board, all of whom are also FST members:
- Alex McGowan (Chair), Executive Director, Royal Lyceum Theatre
- Alasdair McCrone,Acting CEO, Creative Director Theatre & Dance,Comar
- Belinda McElhinney, Executive Producer, Barrowland Ballet
- Ben Torrie, Director of Programming & Creative Projects, Aberdeen Performing Arts
- Liam Sinclair, Artistic Director, Byre Theatre
- Maria Oller, Artistic Director, Lung Ha Theatre Company
- Paul Fitzpatrick (Treasurer), Executive Director, Imaginate
- Simon Hart, Artistic Director, Puppet Animation Scotland
- Vicky Rutherford-O'Leary, Producer, Curious Seed
Alasdair trained at Glasgow University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After first coming to Mull to do a summer season at the old Mull Little Theatre in 1987, he moved to the island permanently in 1995 and became Artistic Director of Mull Theatre. He has worked as an actor in theatres throughout Britain, in Canada and in the US, including the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, the Tron, the Royal Lyceum, Perth Theatre, the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Dundee Rep, the Trafalgar Studios in London and in three of the four Carnegie Halls (including that one).
As a director his work has been seen in almost every theatre space and village hall in Scotland. He has directed more than 40 productions and appeared in many shows for Mull Theatre. He lives in Tobermory with his wife and daughter and their dog.
Alex McGowan is Executive Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh.
Born in Scotland, but raised in South Africa, he returned to the UK in the early nineties since when he has gained 20 years’ experience in the performing Arts throughout the UK – from the macrobert in Stirling and Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne to a range of theatre companies in London such as the Young Vic, Unicorn, Almeida and Dash Arts. In this time he has developed extensive skills in marketing, audience development, general management, producing and strategic planning.
Belinda McElhinney is Executive Producer for Barrowland Ballet, a contemporary dance theatre company, touring nationally and internationally, built around the artistic work of choreographer Natasha Gilmore. Belinda produced Tiger and Tiger Tale, the first of the companies work to tour internationally and has also produced Poggle, Whiteout and Little Red. Alongside the touring productions she has produced the company’s large-scale participatory intergenerational The River part of Culture 2014 and Bunty & Doris. Whilst at Barrowland Ballet she completed her MSC in Young People, Social Inclusion and Change where her research was with the unaccompanied minors in Scotland.
Prior to Barrowland Ballet Belinda was General Manager at Ankur Productions and she has also worked as Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council, producing Refugee Festival Scotland in 2010 and 2011. Belinda has recently founded her own company Standing Tall Arts to work specifically with refugees.
Ben is Director of Programming and Creative Projects for Aberdeen Performing Arts, one of Scotland’s largest cultural organisations and a hub for the performing arts in the North-east of Scotland. He is responsible for the programmes of work at His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree, as well as the company’s ever-expanding produced work and creative learning activity. Over the past decade, he has progressed from two previous roles with the company as Acting Artistic Director at The Lemon Tree and as Sales Manager. Prior to joining APA, he was the first full-time administrator for Puppet Animation Scotland and worked as Box Office and Front of House Manager for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. In addition to a range of diverse experience in arts management, Ben is an accomplished pianist and musical director.
In October 2016 Liam took up post with the University of St Andrews as Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre. The University has recently taken over the running of the theatre and Liam will be working to shape the next chapter in the life of this much loved Scottish theatre. Prior to this has held the roles of Executive Producer for Scottish Dance Theatre; Artistic Director & CEO of Macrobert Arts Centre; Director of the Edinburgh Mela; and Head of YouthWorks Drama (Short Courses) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, of which he is a graduate. He is Chair of the Board for Luminate, Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival, and stood down in 2015 from serving for 8 years as Chair of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Scotland's leading inclusive theatre company.
Maria trained as an actor and director in London, Paris and Helsinki, specialising in European theatre, clowning and classical studies using the European theatre tradition of physical theatre. Since then Maria has been working as an actor, director and facilitator in the UK, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
Maria has many years experience of working in theatre, TV and film in Scandinavia and of teaching acting skills both for professionals, students and amateurs.
Maria is also working as a Clowndoctor- and Elderflower for Hearts & Minds. Together with Ian Cameron and Hearts&Minds she developed the Elderflower program in 2001, which is clowning for elderly people with dementia.
Since 2009 Maria has been the Artistic Director of Lung Ha Theatre Company.
On a regular bases Maria has also worked as ensemble coach in various theatres in Sweden and especially with director Suzanne Osten and her acclaimed company Unga Klara based in Stockholm.
In 2015 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland appointed Maria as the course leader of the first acting course for students with learning difficulties.
Paul Fitzpatrick is the Director of Imaginate - an organisation leading in the promotion and development of the performing arts for children and young people. Imaginate strives to achieve this ambition through the delivery of an integrated programme of performance (including the world renowned Imaginate Festival), art-form development and creative learning as well as audience and policy development projects.
Before joining Imaginate, Paul was the producer for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and has produced White, Kes, Caged, Pobby and Dingan, A Town Called Elsewhere, Cinderella’s Sisters, Cyrano, Hansel & Gretel, The Lion of Kabul, Snow Baby and The Story of the Little Gentleman. He was the founder of Complete Productions (1996) producing: Cut to the Chase, The Chrysalids (David Harrower), Chasing Angels (Rhiannon Tise), Waiting Room (Isabel Wright) and The Colourbox (devised). Paul has a BA in Dramatic Studies (RSAMD) and was awarded an MPhil in Dramaturgy with distinction from the University of Glasgow (2000). He was a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2009-10.
For the past thirty years Simon has enjoyed a busy, successful and varied career in the arts. Initially working as a classical singer following studies at the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Music, Simon also taught singing at RADA, and Queen Margaret and Aberdeen Universities. After also completing acting training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Simon appeared in many leading roles at, among others, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Wolsey Theatre, Scottish Opera, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, as well as on TV.
At present Simon is the artistic director of Puppet Animation Scotland, championing puppetry, visual theatre and animation nationally and internationally primarily through the organisation’s two national festivals, the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and the Puppet Animation Festival. Simon enjoys living and working in the city of Edinburgh. He has two daughters, three grandchildren and one ancient and very deaf cat.
Vicky is a producer, currently working with the award-winning dance theatre company Curious Seed.
Before joining Curious Seed, Vicky was the Director of Catalyst Dance Management at Dance Base which she founded in 2006, to nurture choreographic talent and to develop and produce the work of independent contemporary dance artists and companies in Scotland. She was producer for the award-winning productions Enclosure 44 – Humans! (Janis Claxton Dance), The Red Room (David Hughes Dance) and Found (Curious Seed) as well as the internationally acclaimed work Chalk About (Curious Seed).
Vicky trained in Arts Management in Edinburgh, before working on a variety of freelance projects with Edinburgh International Film Festival, Imaginate, Boilerhouse Theatre Company and The Federation of Scottish Theatre. On taking up post at Dance Base in 2002 as Programme Administrator, Vicky worked closely with the Artistic Director for five years managing the community, professional and outreach dance programmes, as well as a number of other dance projects, platforms and festivals, including the Dance Base Fringe Festival , and for New York City’s Tartan Week.