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Billy Boyd, Scottish Youth Theatre Patron

Staff & Associate Artists



Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Mary McCluskey (FRSA)

Mary McCluskey, Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre since 1992.  Educated in Scotland and the USA, Mary graduated from Hamilton College of Education and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. She has worked for Dundee Rep, Wildcat Theatre, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Annexe Theatre, Irresistible Flood, Face to Face, Ibsen Festival (Skien, Norway), Royal Shakespeare Company & Citizens Theatre.  Mary has adapted 'Wee Macgreegor', 'Wee Macgreegor Enlists', 'Medea', 'Hamlet', 'Macbeth', 'The Glory' and 'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie'.  In 2002, Mary  won the Jury's Prize for Direction & Pedagogy at the Rainbow Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg for her production of 'Born Bad' - a play exploring the 'nature vs nurture' debate - are children who murder born evil or does their environment make them evil?  Most recently Mary has directed ‘Sweeney Todd', ‘Dying For It', ‘Geordie', ‘His Dark Materials Part One' and ‘When A Star Falls' for Scottish Youth Theatre.  In June, 2008, Mary adapted Shakespeare's ‘Anthony & Cleopatra' for Oran Mor's Classics Season.

Her international work includes leading workshops and masterclasses in Antwerp (Belgium), Dublin (Ireland), Oslo & Skien (Norway), Perth (Australia), Prishtina (Kosovo).  New York (USA) and Toronto (Canada).  Many of Mary's productions have toured internationally.

Since the mid '70's, Mary has been involved with the theatre community in Scotland as a youth theatre tutor and theatre director.  Mary first worked for Scottish Youth Theatre in 1979 as a member of residential staff.  In 1989, she joined the company as Associate Director.  After spending time with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Education Department, Mary took up the post of Artistic Director of the youth theatre in 1992.  Mary has committed her working life to enabling young people to engage with theatre and the creative process.

In October 2006, Mary was awarded an Unsung Hero Award at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards.  March '07, saw Mary being named as NCH Woman Of Influence 2007 at a ceremony in Glasgow.  In December, 2007, Mary became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Karen McGrady-Parker - Associate Director-Early Years

Karen has been Associate Director with Scottish Youth Theatre since 2001. Karen graduated with BA Hons Community Arts from Strathclyde University. Karen has worked throughout Scotland as a freelance Drama specialist with pre 5 groups, children, young people and adults. Whether it is leading workshops, directing or planning projects she is passionate about all aspects of creating theatre with young people. Karen feels driven to ensure that a high standard of theatre experience is delivered to young people. With this in mind, she devises, develops and provides specialist training to fellow theatre practitioners. Karen has worked extensively with young people with mild to complex support for learning needs. Her sessions bring stories to life through a sensory theatre experience. 

Fraser MacLeod - Associate Artistic Director

Fraser trained at Scottish Youth Theatre and Queen Margaret University College. Fraser has worked with Ickleflix, Theatre Jezabel, Licketyspit Theatre Company, East End Community Arts Project, Citizens Theatre Education Department, Cutting Edge Theatre Productions and Scottish Youth Theatre. In his time at Scottish Youth Theatre Fraser has moved from participant to Associate Artistic Director, as part of the core artistic team. This team have been creating work for young people aged 7 and under, and their families, with Fraser developing the format for what is now Family Storytime and the company’s own interactive theatre pieces for this age group. Fraser’s role has has seen him develop and lead projects both nationally and internationally including facilitating a workshop programme in New York as part of Scotland Week 2008, a physical theatre workshop for the cast of Cirque Du Soleil, when they recently performed at the SECC, and successfully writing the Summer Festival Performance and Production Course (Learning Programme) to receive an SQA credit rating. Fraser fully believes in the importance of the youth theatre process and its benefits to those who participate, audiences and Scotland, as a whole.


Associate Artists

Francesca Adair

Julie Austin

Cath Baxter

Ross Brown

David Carter

Dale Corlett

David Cosgrove

Mary Gapinski

Rebecca Kilbey

Fiona McGarry

Kenny McGlashan

Finlay McLay

Kieran McLoughlin

Kenny MIller

Sharon Miller

Neil Packham

Martyn Robertson

Pam Wardell

Robin Wilson





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