Jemima Levick

Meet Stellar Quines Artistic Director & Chief Executive – Jemima Levick

Jemima was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Stellar Quines in May 2016. Prior to that, she served as Artistic Director and as Associate Director at Dundee Rep Theatre for seven years. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and also on a Scottish Arts Council Director Traineeship.

She has won and been nominated for a number of awards and directed more than 18 productions at the Rep, including Great Expectations, The Glass Menagerie, Time and the Conways, The Tempest, The Elephant Man and Beauty and the Beast. 

As a freelance as a director and producer she has worked with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Perissology Theatre Productions, Borderline, Grid Iron Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre and Paines Plough.

Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed The 306: Day and this summer will direct her first Fringe show for the company The Last Queen of Scotland.

Stellar Quines & Glasgow Women’s Library launch Play Amnesty

Stellar Quines and Glasgow Women’s Library have launched a Play Amnesty to showcase female playwriting talent.

The Play Amnesty is a call out for plays written by women. As we both champion female voices we are asking people to donate copies of plays and scripts written by women that have been published, produced and/or performed for a new drama shelf.

To reflect the rich diversity of the Glasgow Women’s Library’s collection plays are sought from female writers of any nationality. The Library is particularly keen to receive plays that have a female focus, or strong roles for women, and writing from the Trans community and Women of Colour. Plays not written in the English language are also welcomed.

Plays can be posted to or dropped off at Glasgow Women’s Library or donated at one of our Amnesty Drop Off points.

Alongside the public Amnesty we will be working with Glasgow Women’s Library to ensure culturally diverse voices are represented in their collection of plays, identifying women playwrights and sourcing plays. The plays will be available to members and will be used by the Library’s Drama Queens Group for readings.

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Stellar Quines & Glasgow Women’s Library Play Amnesty

Stellar Quines and Glasgow Women’s Library have launched a Play Amnesty to showcase female playwriting talent.

The Play Amnesty is a call out for plays written by women. As we both champion female voices we are asking people to donate copies of plays and scripts written by women that have been published, produced and/or performed for a new drama shelf.

To reflect the rich diversity of the Glasgow Women’s Library’s collection plays are sought from female writers of any nationality. The Library is particularly keen to receive plays that have a female focus, or strong roles for women, and writing from the Trans community and Women of Colour. Plays not written in the English language are also welcomed.

Alongside the public Amnesty we will be working with Glasgow Women’s Library to ensure culturally diverse voices are represented in their collection of plays, identifying women playwrights and sourcing plays. The plays will be available to members and will be used by the Library’s Drama Queens Group for readings. The project has the support of two of Scotland’s leading playwrights Linda McLean and Lynda Radley who have commited to donate their work to the drama shelf.

Linda Maclean, playwright:

When I was growing up I didn’t know that it was possible to be a playwright and a woman and alive. And while I comfort myself that things are changing I often meet people who cannot name a female playwright. I am so glad Stellar Quines and Glasgow Women’s Library is having a Play Amnesty.  It is such a positive step towards recording the many plays by women, living and dead, who have contributed to the body of Scottish Theatre, and who deserve to shine.

Lynda Radley, playwright:

I am delighted to donate copies of my published work to Glasgow Women’s’ Library, an organisation I have been aware of since I first moved to Glasgow eleven years ago. Glasgow Women’s Library provides excellent tailored resources including safe spaces for women to learn and to grow, resurrects fascinating local her stories and curates a programme of work that celebrates and challenges. Their values mirror those of Stellar Quines, an organisation I have also had to pleasure of being nurtured by, and I feel honoured that my work will sit alongside that of other female playwrights in Glasgow Women’s Library. 

The Amnesty closed on the 28th February with the drama shelf is to be unveiled on the 8th March to mark International Women’s Day.

Drama Shelf Launch

Glasgow Women’s Library

Wednesday 8th March, 2.00 – 4.30pm – Free – all ages welcome.

Tea and cake served from 1.30pm

A launch event at Glasgow Women’s Library will include readings by the Library’s Drama Queens group, and workshop sessions with playwright’s Linda McLean and Lynda Radley and a discussion and Q&A with Stellar Quines Artistic Director Jemima Levick.

Come along and join in championing and celebrating the stories of women and girls.

Thanks to Playwright’s Studio, Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, Shetland Arts & Horsecross Arts for supporting the project and collection of plays during the Play Amnesty.

 

You can still post plays & scripts to:

Play Amnesty 

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy St, Glasgow, G40 1BP

 

Play Amnesty Press Release

Jemima Levick appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Jemima Levick appointed as Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Stellar Quines.

Today Marilyn Imrie, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Stellar Quines Theatre Company, announced that Jemima Levick has been appointed as the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Stellar Quines. She will take up post after the current Artistic Director for the past twenty years, Muriel Romanes, steps down at the end of April 2016. Muriel Romanes said that she is thrilled, delighted and excited that Jemima is taking the helm.

Marilyn Imrie, Chair of Stellar Quines Theatre Company, said:

“The board of Stellar Quines look forward very much to working with Jemima, and feel confident she will take the company on from the superb foundations laid so brilliantly by Muriel Romanes.”

Jemima Levick

Jemima has been Artistic Director at Dundee Rep Theatre since 2013, and prior to that was Associate Director for 3 years. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and also on a Scottish Arts Council Director Traineeship.

She has won and been nominated for a number of awards and has directed more than 18 productions at the Rep, most recently The Witches, Great Expectations, James & the Giant Peach and The Glass Menagerie.

Prior to joining the Rep she worked freelance as a director and producer with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Tron, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Perissology Theatre Productions, Borderline, Grid Iron Theatre Company, The Traverse and Paines Plough.

Jemima Levick said on her appointment:

“I am thrilled to take on the mantle of Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Stellar Quines.  I have a huge admiration of Muriel and of all the women who have contributed to the successes that have made it the company it is today. 

I’ve learnt a huge amount at Dundee Rep for which I will always be grateful, but am looking forward to this new step and a new challenge.

Stellar Quines is an incredibly important organisation for the Scottish theatre community and beyond.  At a time when equality and the work of women remain sharply in focus, it is crucial that we have a dedicated organisation that works to promote, support and encourage artists and audiences to broaden our outlook on this agenda. I look forward to building on the company’s previous successes, while carving out a new and expansive future that is radical and relevant.”

Leonie Bell, Director, Art and Engagement at Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted by Jemima Levick’s appointment as Stellar Quines’ Artistic Director & Chief Executive.  Having benefited from the support and guidance of Muriel Romanes at pivotal moments early in her own career, Jemima is ideally placed to continue the company’s tradition of nurturing female theatre makers at all stages on their creative journey whilst bringing her own celebrated artistic vision to the next chapter of the company

Nick Parr, Chief Executive of Dundee Rep Theatre said: “Jemima has done an extraordinary job over the last seven years at Dundee Rep. In a world of intense competition and choice; she has enhanced Dundee Rep’s reputation for quality theatre with programming that is full of ambition and creativity. Jemima has won and been nominated for a number of awards and has directed more than 18 productions at the Rep including Beauty and the Beast, The Elephant Man and most recently The Glass Menagerie , Great Expectations and The Witches.  She has also made an outstanding contribution to championing accessibility and diversity at Dundee Rep such as last year’s production Blood Wedding.

“She is one of Scottish theatre’s great talents. I know that everyone who has worked with Jemima has huge admiration for what she has delivered in Dundee. On behalf of everyone at the Rep, I wish her well for the future.

 

Selma Dimitrijevic

How would you describe your current job and what do you like best about it?

I run a touring theatre company based in Newcastle. We are usually either in the rehearsal room or on the road. At the moment we have three shows on the go and I’m trying to get everyone in the same place at least for a day, so fingers crossed. It’s an indecent amount of fun, doing this job, even the sitting in the office bit. One day there is absolutely nothing and then you sit for a bit with some other people and think things up. A year later there is a gang of 10 traveling around the country, singing and dancing, meeting new people and talking about politics – what’s not to like about that?

What was your first ever job?

I played professional volleyball. We didn’t make huge amounts of money, but we were in a different city every other week and a tour bus is an awesome place to grow up.

What was the contact/opportunity/job offer that you feel has made the most difference to your career?

Meeting Phyllis Nagy in Bochum in 1999 did something interesting to my thinking. She told me about writers I’ve never heard of and kept telling me – on a daily basis – to stop being so pretentious. She can also gamble like no one else I’ve ever met.
Meeting David MacLennan in Glasgow in 2005. He gave me my first writing and later my first directing job in this country. I still can’t quite believe that is not here anymore.
Meeting Lorne Campbell in Edinburgh 2007. Without him there would be no Greyscale, or me as a director. We have loaned him to Northern Stage for a bit just now, but will be expecting him to come back at some point.

What’s the biggest opportunity that you missed or wished you had taken up but didn’t?

I still wonder what would have happened if I had seriously pursued being a volleyball coach – as both of my parents were. I bet it wouldn’t be that different from what I’m doing now.

What has been your favourite theatre production?

Right now, its Kim Noble’s YOU’RE NOT ALONE. That man is a genius.
Next week it will be something else.

What do you like the best about working in theatre?

The stage. And the people. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to being in a band.

What do you like the best about being a director?

Having to think five steps ahead of everyone else.

What advice would you give emerging female practitioners in theatre today?

Have fun. Don’t be afraid to tell people to f*** off.

Who would your Stellar Quine of the month be and why?

If I could, I’d make Sophie Stone, my Quine of the Year. She is a fascinating actress, amazing mother, first deaf student to win a place at RADA and all together an awesome human being. It seems there is very little this woman can’t do. Every time I see her, she looks like she is about to make some mischief, and I’m sure she does.

Her new show Woman of Flowers is touring until 1st of November and everyone should go and see it. Everyone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-29235732

Selma Dimitrijevic is Artistic Director of Greyscale theatre who with Dundee Rep Ensemble are currently producing an all female cast in The Gamblers, in association with Stellar Quines and Northern Stage.