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Strategy Development

In December 2019 FST members agreed to develop an sector-led strategy to support theatre and dance in Scotland to thrive.  Alice McGrath, independent facilitator, mentor, and arts manager has been appointed as Strategy Development Lead.  In May 2020 the FST membership agreed that a sector-led strategy needed to reach beyond the FST membership to ensure that it is diverse and inclusive and listens to the all the voices that need to be heard.

At the FST members’ meeting in June 2020 we shared our planned approach to the Strategy Development and the outline of a sector SWOT analysis – we greatly appreciated members input to this.  Since June we have been exploring some highlighted key issues further and reflecting on how best to develop the sector-led strategy during this time.  We are revising our approach to take account of the current difficult circumstances for our members and the wider sector and we are hopeful that our adapted plan will work to give a wide representation in the development of the strategy.  

To talk to us about the strategy please contact the FST Strategy Development Lead Alice McGrath.

Key issues working groups

As part of the development process we have established ‘Key Issues’ Working Groups to assist sector learning, development and depth of thinking on the issues we face and to help inform strategic goals and actions. The Key Issues have been identified through our strategy and advocacy work–prior to and since Covid -as well as our
ongoing communications with members.

The Working Groups are focusing on:

  • Audience and community connection
  • Economics and Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • International activity
  • Workforce stability, fair-work and wellbeing

Working Group Members:

Audience and community connection:

Ali Anderson-Dyer – Bunbury Banter
Anna Meldrum – Eastwood Park Theatre
Ben Jeffries- Royal Lyceum Theatre Company
Callum Madge – Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
Helen Eragona – Freelance
Jenni Wren – Slanjayvah Danza
Kenny McGlashan – Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
Michael Emans – Rapture Theatre
Paul Fitzpatrick – Imaginate
Roz Bell – Eden Court

Economics and Infrastructure:

Carolynn Lappin – YDance
James Mackenzie-Blackman – Eden Court
Jeremy Wyatt – Ayr Gaiety
Kate Nelson – Nutshell Theatre
Peter Arnott – Freelance
Sarah Price – Cumbernauld Theatre
Scott Craig – Aerial Edge
Simon Hart – FST Board/Taigh Chearsabhagh
Stephanie Katie Hunter – Freelance
Yolanda Aguilar – Shaper Caper

Equalities, diversity and inclusion:

Anne Gallacher – Luminate
Barbie Lyon – Stellar Quines
Callum Smith – FST Board/National Theatre of Scotland
Cat Sheridan – Capital Theatres
Julie Ellen – FST Board/Macrobert Arts Centre
Lou Brodie – Freelance
Mahri Reilly – Scottish Youth Theatre
Mari Binnie – Glasgow Life
Michael Fraser – Lung Ha Theatre Company
Misha McCullagh – Persistent and Nasty
Nazli Tabatabai- Khatambakhsh – Freelance
Rob Heaslip – Freelance
Sonia Allori – Freelance


Abigail McMillan – Scottish Drama Training Network
Ben Twist /Catriona Paterson – Creative Carbon Scotland
Emma Jones – Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Gemma Swallow – National Theatre of Scotland
Katherina Radeva – Two Destination Language
Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir – Brite Theater/Theatre Directors Scotland
Louise Gilmour-Wills – FST Board/Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Simone Stewart – The Barn Arts
Tuesday McPhail – Company of Wolves

International activity:

Amy Saunders – Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Ed Littlewood – Ed Littlewood Productions
Fin Ross Russell – Island Life Productions/Freelance
Katja Armknecht – Red Note Ensemble
Margaret Ann O’Donnell – Raw Material
Maria Oller – Lung Ha Theatre Company
Ruth McEwan – Traverse Theatre
Tony Mills – Room 2 Manoeuvre
Tony Reekie – Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Vicky Rutherford-O’Leary – FST Board/Curious Seed

Workforce stability, fair-work and wellbeing:

Annie George – FST board/Freelance
Belinda McElhinney – Barrowland Ballet
Chris Hay – Freelance
Claire Halleran – The Envelope Room/ Freelance
Dawn Taylor – Puppet Animation Scotland
Faye Barron – Aberdeen Performing Arts
Fiona Gibson – Capital Theatres
Jenna Watt – Freelance
Judith Walsh- Starcatchers
Kathryn Willens – Creative & Cultural Skills
Liam Sinclair – FST Board/Dundee Rep
Linda Duncan/ John McCann – Freelance/ Scottish Society of Playwrights
Michael John O’Neill – Freelance
Natalie Mitchell – Freelance