M*****classes is an Artist Development programme that aims to change the landscape of Creative Designers and Production roles in Scotland by addressing the lack of women working in the field. Each set of M*****classes is based around a specific area and consists of workshops and talks with professionals as well as hands on experience. 

 Across Scottish publicly funded theatres in 2014/15, Christine Hamilton’s report Where are the Women? identified that: 6% of lighting designers were women and Women made up 11% of composers, musical directors and sound designers

Our M*****class series directly responds to the gender imbalance due to the lack of women working in creative design and production roles within the performing arts sector of Scotland.  

Over a threeyear period, Stellar Quines is offering a unique training opportunity for women who have some experience or interest in the field on offer, but require refreshment or up-skilling before presenting themselves as a viable candidate for these positions.   


Applications are now open for our next M*****classes opportunity which will focus on the area of Production Management. 

Successful applicants will participate in a short series of workshops designed by Fi Fraser, one of Scotland’s leading Production Managers. 

As with all M*****classes, there will be no cost to participate in these workshops as the full cost of the project is covered by Stellar Quines. We can cover access costs, if interested in applying please include what you need to take part. 

The workshops will aim to demonstrate and combine the techniques and Processes from 1st meeting with Director/Producer to Press night; Relationships with creatives, technical team, venues, and suppliers; Schedules; Budgets; and Touring including international touring. 

M*****classes workshops will take place over Zoom: 

  • Monday 23rd November, 10am – 1.30pm  
  • Wednesday 25th November, 10am – 1.30pm  
  • Friday 27th November, 10am – 1.30pm  

Deadline for applications: 10th November at 10am

This opportunity is for early stage or mid-career level production managers. We are open to applications from individual practitioners who identify as a woman.  We support all women including Trans and Intersex women, as well as non—binary and gender fluid people who identify in a significant way as women or female. 

We encourage applications from practitioners who identify as D/deaf and disabled.  

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds including those who identify as being from the African diaspora, Latinx, the East Asian diaspora, from the South East Asian Diaspora, from the South Asian Diaspora, West Asian (includes Middle East) Diaspora, Indigenous people, bi-racial/ mixed heritage, or who also self-identify as a Person of Colour or Black, we may use BIPOC+ to refer to people from these identities. 

Application pack: 

For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, download and read our M*****classes: Production Management Application Pack: 

Application Pack PDF | Application Pack word doc

How to apply: 

Fill in the following documents: 

Please email hello@stellarquines.co.ukwith the subject line M*****classes – your name and attach your: 

  • application form as a PDF or Word doc 
  • current CV as a PDF 
  • equalities monitoring form in PDF format.   

Have a question about this M*****classes production management programme? Want the forms in a different format? Please contact hello@stellarquines.co.uk  

M*****classes 2020: LIGHTING DESIGN

These workshops demonstrated and combined the creative techniques underpinning the art of lighting design for theatre, with the means for applying those techniques.

These workshops covered Light: From Concept to Focus; Different Approaches, Different Venues; Roots into Lighting Design. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to postpone our final weekend of workshops. 

Meet the participants.

Participants took part in the following workshops led by the UK’s leading female identifying lighting designers:

    • Saturday 18th January 2020 [Edinburgh]
      Introduction workshop to the series lead by Katharine Williams, presented at Traverse
    • Saturday 25th January [Edinburgh]
      Morning/Afternoon: Approaching a play lead by Lizzie Powell. Evening: Pride and Prejudice (sort of) presented at The Lyceum
    • Sunday 26th January [Edinburgh]
      Morning/Afternoon: Designing for Devised work lead by Jessica Hung Han Yun [tbc]
    • Saturday 22nd February [Perth]
      Morning/Afternoon: Approaches to concept and architecture lead by Lucy Carter Evening: Smile presented at Dundee Rep Theatre
    • Sunday 23rd February [Perth]
      Morning/Afternoon: What the Chief LX needs from you lead by Karin Anderson
    • Saturday 28th March [Glasgow] POSTPONED
      Relighting workshop lead by Louise Gregory
    • Sunday 29th March [Glasgow] POSTPONED
      ‘Putting it all Together’ including a panel discussion of Scottish based Lighting professionals and representation from the Association of Lighting Designers, Stage Sight and a networking opportunity with other artists from the sector

M*****classes 2018: SOUND DESIGN

The first exciting M*****classes opportunity was to gain hands on career experience in the role of sound design in theatre.


For the first set of M*****classes we asked to hear from women who had experience in the field of music, who were looking to take that experience to the next level, explore the field further, learn professional processes, increase confidence and build practical skills. This opportunity was aimed at participants who were working musicians or composers, sound engineers and sound designers with none or little theatre experience.

The 2018 M*****classes in Sound Design received a fantastic response with applications coming from women of all ages, places, experience, backgrounds and with different ambitions, skills and areas of focus.

The eight Scottish based sound designers, composers and musicians who came together for a series of workshops, talks and performances were [from L-R] Nerea Bello, Zoe Irvine, Heather Andrews, Alicia Matthews, Kim Moore, Beldina Odenyo, Patricia Panther and Fi Johnston (not pictured here).

Many of those involved have gone on to gain work as a result of the programme. We also received some fantastic feedback:

The classes provided me with a stronger sense in practicing within this field and also the realisation that it was entirely possible. I would continue to try and pursue working in theatre.

It has been great to find out that there is a support network of female sound designers, that I would have never known about.

This course sets an almighty bar that hopefully will encourage other organisations to follow.

The fact that Stellar Quines created MULTIPLE classes that weren’t just a token one off – really shows me that other organisations could follow Stellar Quines’ experimental lead on creating such an impactful event.

It has begun to open up a lot of opportunities for me not just in theatre sound design but also film.

The experience has been life and career changing.

It feels good to feel a part of a community of sound designers.

I am delighted to be in this community, it is truly supportive.