We have recently launched our Board Pioneer Pack, a resource designed to aid in board recruitment within the arts. You can download this pack here.
Meet the members of the Stellar Quines Board:
Sue Moody (Chair) was introduced to theatre at a very early age in her home city of Dublin-and has loved it ever since. She has been involved in art-based organisations for over twenty years, primarily as a Board member of Dundee Rep for 12 years with particular responsibility for Creative Learning matters. Sue is also a long-standing member of Loadsa Weeminsingin, a Dundee based all-women singing group, and of Engender. Sue worked with and for survivors of crime for more than thirty years, as a researcher, University teacher, service provider, policy analyst and senior manager in the Scottish prosecution service. Sue currently chairs the PPT for a Lottery funded heritage project celebrating over 130 years of change making and change makers linked to Abertay University and its predecessors and sits on the Scottish Sentencing Council as an expert on victims. She previously chaired the Scottish Refugee Council Board between 2015 to 2018 and McManus 168.
Elspeth MacArthur (Vice Chair) is a former Human Resources Director with a career which was based in both London and Edinburgh, and during which she worked in disability employment, in standards and quality assurance, and in higher education. She has also held Board positions in education, in community development, and in the judicial sector. A thread throughout has been a life- long interest in theatre – from a seminal production of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews when she was four, to the more recent realisation that she has seen every one of Shakespeare’s plays at least once in live theatre productions. She sees joining the Board of Stellar Quines as a wonderful opportunity to give something back to a world which has given so much to her, and which also reflects her continuing interests in diversity and in communities. Elspeth is also currently a volunteer with the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Macmillan in Libraries’ project providing community based drop-in information/referral services in Edinburgh Libraries for anyone affected by cancer.
Kris Bryce is Executive Director and joint Chief Executive of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Formerly Head of Operations at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Ltd, Kris has worked in the arts for over twenty years and specialises in strategic management and organisational development. Moving to the UK from his native Vancouver in 2004, Kris studied for an MA at Bristol and a PhD at St Andrews, and is currently completing an MBA Creative Industries in Aberdeen. Professional experience includes Dundee Contemporary Arts, Bristol Old Vic, and Ticketmaster Canada.
Lisa Kapur is Arts Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council, and works on development and delivery of strategic initiatives within the city, including cultural grant funding programmes. Lisa has extensive experience of working in the arts sector in Scotland and the UK, having held posts with a range of national and public sector organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council, the National Galleries of Scotland, amongst others. Her work has spanned the areas of theatre, music and the visual arts. Lisa has managed a number of high profile projects including the setting up of the National Theatre of Scotland, the Tune Up music touring programme and the inaugural Edinburgh Art Festival. In 2010 she worked with Stellar Quines on its research project Calm Down, Dear!, a study of Gender in Scottish Theatre. Equality and diversity issues have featured strongly in her work, including the launch of Oldham’s intercultural community theatre company, Peshkar Productions and co-ordination of the European Mela Network. At the Scottish Arts Council, her various roles held lead responsibility for a range of cross-artform activity, as well as a strong policy bias, with developmental responsibility in areas such as arts and disability, arts and cultural diversity and arts and social inclusion. Later, as SAC’s Head of Equalities (2008-2010), she led a team which championed diversity and equality in the arts as well as arts and health.
Nicola Kenny is currently the Audience Experience & Digital Manager at the Edinburgh International Festival. An experienced marketing and communications professional, she has previously worked at The Audience Business, Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dance Base. She graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2010 with a BA in Performing Arts Management and also completed a Diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2016.
Gail Preston studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Whilst there, she was artistic director of a student theatre company with a focus on promoting new writing and devised work. She then worked with young people in a number of companies including TAG, Scottish Opera, and Scottish Youth Theatre, before embarking on a career in teaching. After roles as both Principal Teacher of Drama and Faculty Head of Expressive Arts, Gail is currently Depute Head of Dalkeith High School with a broad remit which includes the support of the arts in education.
Jackie Crichton is Development Assistant at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh. Jackie has previously worked at Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland in administration, communication and project management roles. Jackie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in English Literature in 2012 and an MSc in Playwriting in 2014. She also has some experience of dramaturgy and producing. Jackie was one of our two new Board Pioneers appointed in 2017.
Lynsey Rogers is currently the Writing Communities Co-ordinator at Scottish Book Trust, working with writers at all stages of their career, including the New Writers Awards programme. She was previously a Front of House Assistant for the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Bookseller for Waterstones. Lynsey’s stage writing credits include Deeds Not Words (Live Theatre, 2018), The Room of Lost Things (Offbeat Festival, 2017) and Lovers and Madmen (Standby Theatre, RSC Open Stages, 2012). She also writes prose and is currently working on a novel for young adults. Lynsey is an accredited Audio Describer and has worked for companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Lynsey is Stellar Quines’ Board Pioneer for 2019.