Stellar Quines announces new Artistic Director and CEO

Caitlin Skinner headshotStellar Quines has announced today that Caitlin Skinner has been appointed as the company’s new Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer. 

She will join Stellar Quines in April 2021. Caitlin takes over the role from Jemima Levick who stepped down this month after five years with the company.  

Caitlin, an Edinburgh-based theatre director, is one half of award-winning feminist theatre company Jordan & Skinner and director of new writing theatre company Pearlfisher. She was formerly Artistic Director of the Village Pub Theatre. In joining Stellar Quines, she will be stepping down from her role as Associate Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. 

She has previously worked in partnership with Stellar Quines directing 2019 production Hope and Joy by Ellie Stewart and on ‘Hack the Patriarchy’, a project to promote gender equality in the theatre industry. 

Commenting on her appointment, Caitlin Skinner said: 

“It is my life’s mission to champion women and girls and so it is an absolute pleasure to be joining the incredible team at Stellar Quines. At this unprecedented time, there is lots of work required to challenge the inequalities the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated. I believe passionately in the positive role theatre has to play as we move forward together. I am so inspired by the intersectional feminist movement in Scotland and by the diverse talent of women and non-binary artists making theatre here.  

“I look forward to connecting with Stellar Quines existing network of artists, audiences and partners and reaching out to even more people across Scotland and beyond. It is such an exciting time for the company which has a tremendous legacy already and I can’t wait to get started.” 

Sue Moody, Chair of Stellar Quines Board, said: 

“Caitlin is a rising star in Scottish theatre and we are delighted to welcome her to Stellar Quines as our new Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer. The applications we received for this combined post were outstanding, illustrating the variety of brilliant work being undertaken by women in the performing arts.

“Our team is looking forward to working with Caitlin to create more opportunities for women and girls to participate in and enjoy theatre-making through our performances and engagement programmes. We are grateful to Jemima Levick for her incredible work over the last five years and look forward to Caitlin leading us in the next stage of our journey.” 

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, said: 

“It’s wonderful that Caitlin will be joining Stellar Quines as their new Artistic Director and CEO. This is brilliant news for Caitlin and, although we are very sad to not be working with her day to day at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, we are very excited to continue working with her in her new role at Stellar Quines.

“Caitlin has made an incredible contribution during her time at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. She has led on artist development, community festivals and our youth programmes. As one of our Associate Directors, Caitlin has also made exciting work for audiences. I’m particularly excited to share her latest work Hindu Times by Jaimini Jethwa with audiences, which has been a PFT co-production with the Lyceum Theatre; part of our shared venture Sound Stage in collaboration with Naked Productions.”