The Federation of Scottish Theatre board is elected by the FST membership, the board meets quarterly.
- Al Seed, Individual Member
- Anita Clark, Director, The Work Room
- Caroline Newall, Director of Artistic Development, National Theatre of Scotland
- Emma Jayne Park, Individual Member
- Kate Nelson, Artistic Director/Chief Executive, Nutshell Theatre
- Mairi Taylor, Executive Producer, Birds of Paradise
- Niloo-Far Khan, Individual Member
- Sam Gough, Chief Executive, Summerhall
- Susannah Armitage, Senior Producer, Eden Court
- Yolanda Aguilar, Executive Director, Shaper-Caper
Al creates theatre, dance and performance installations for national and international touring. He regularly guest directs and teaches, and is also the Director of Waypoint-1, a Scotland wide mentorship programme for early career performance makers.
Anita has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has forged a career in dance as a practitioner, producer and in funding and policy. She is now Director of The Work Room, an artist-led organisation based in Glasgow. Her previous roles include Head of Dance at Creative Scotland, Artistic Director of City Moves in Aberdeen and Education Officer at Birmingham Royal Ballet. Anita holds an MA in Arts in Social Context from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a BA (hons) in Dance & Related Arts from London College of Dance. She is on the board of directors of YDance and Take Me Somewhere festival and is also part of the executive committee of National Dance Network, a UK-wide network of dance development organisations.
Director of Artistic Development
Caroline (she/her) is Director of Artistic Development at the National Theatre of Scotland and a member of the Senior Management Team. She heads the Artistic Development department, which leads on the commission and creation of new artistic projects for the Company’s programme and the long-term diversification and development of artists. Caroline established and heads the Company’s cross departmental Access and Equalities team and designs and leads strategic initiatives to break down barriers for artists and audiences.
Emma Jayne Park
Dance, Theatre Maker
Emma is a dancer, theatre maker, collaborator, facilitator, movement director, trainee intimacy coordinator, choreographer, advocate, micro-activist and occasional drag king working under the creative handle Some Kind of Chaos. They ask questions and are obsessed with asking better questions. You can usually find them in the sea, drinking tea or dancing in sweaty clubs – often whilst simultaneously scrolling Twitter. From creating dance with rural communities to working in ‘established’ mid-scale theatres, their politics always underline their practice with a focus on narrowing the gap between ideology and actions, questioning inherited working structures and developing shareable approaches. Since 2018 their research has concentrated upon failure from both individual and societal perspectives. Emma is currently a PushProject.Eu Artist, Associate Artist with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and recently undertook an Associateship with Scottish Dance Theatre/ Dundee Rep supported by the Surf The Wave Seed Generator. Their facilitation practice includes working with Federation of Scottish Theatre, EPAD, Imaginate and IETM. They have also advocated for freelancers rights as a speaker in Holyrood at the Cross Party Group for Culture.
Artistic Director/Chief Executive
Kate is Artistic Director of the award-winning, independent touring company Nutshell, which she founded in 2002. In addition to directing and producing, she lectures in Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University. Her current research is in the fields of applied dramatic discourse analysis and in the benefit of the arts to rural economies. As part of her work at Queen Margaret, she has recently been awarded an Innovation Fellowship for 2021/2022. Kate has also worked as a freelance director and participatory arts practitioner in theatres across Scotland and the rest of the U.K. She served on the board of the Independent Theatre Council for 6 years and is currently a board member of Stage Directors U.K. and is a member of the Artistic Steering Group for Cumbernauld Theatre.
Executive Director & Joint CEO
In January 2019, Liam took up post with Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as Executive Director & Joint CEO. Prior to this he has held the roles of Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre, 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 a co-Chair of the Board for FST, Chair of the Board for Luminate, and stood down in 2015 from serving for 8 years as Chair of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Scotland’s leading inclusive theatre company.
Since graduating from MFA Directing at Napier under the tutelage of former Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson and NTS playwright May Sumbwanyambe, my recent works include: co-devising a music and visual art piece ‘When Mountains Meet’, directing a research and development for Accelerator’s theatre piece ‘Thrown’ (by Xana Marwick/Imaginate, 2021); the short film ‘Black Scots’ (National Theatre of Scotland/BBC Scotland/Hopscotch Films, 2020); the Fringe Premier of boxing drama ‘In Her Corner’ (by Mikey Burnett/Fringe, 2019) of which I was also a dramaturg; and my other work includes assistant directing ‘Pure Freezin Panto’ (by Andy McGregor/A Play, A Pie and A Pint, 2018), ‘Hindu Times’, (by Jaimini Jethwa/The Lyceum Sound Stage, 2021), and ‘Something to Say’ Radio Plays, (Birds of Paradise/2021).
In 2023, Sam was appointed Chief Executive of Summerhall, Edinburgh after previously holding the position of General Manager and Head of Operations. Between these roles he held the role of Chief Director and Joint CEO of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Before that Sam worked in events at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and for more than a quarter a century worked in various producing roles within the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sam is a director of the Scottish Theatre Producing Consortium and sat on the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society for four years.
Producer / General Manager
Susannah Armitage has over fifteen years of experience in producing theatre in Scotland. Her current role is Senior Producer at Eden Court where she is responsible for in house and co-productions and the Artist Support Programme. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and co-chairs the Access and Inclusion Working Group. Prior roles include Programme Director and Head of Producing for the National Theatre of Scotland, Producer for Vox Motus and Producer and latterly Chief Executive for A Play, A Pie and A Pint. Susannah is a trained mentor with the Federation of Scottish Theatre and is a founding partner of fieldwork performance with Lewis Hetherington and Matt Addicott.
Yolanda trained as an actor in Madrid before moving to London to study dance. Starting her professional career in community and integrated dance working with Fergus Early at Green Candle Dance and Adam Benjamin of Candoco, she performed a graduation piece as part of the Edinburgh Festivals, falling in love with the country so it was a question of time before making a move to Scotland. Here, she concentrated on facilitating dance sessions in the community, working with people of all ages and abilities before producing an international collaboration with La Fura dels Baus working alongside young performers as part of the MPower Festival at the Macrobert Arts Centre. Yolanda holds an MA in Arts, Festival, and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University and is currently the Executive Director at Shaper/Caper. Yolanda has served on the Board of Trustees at Arts & Business Scotland from 2018-2021.