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Masterclasses to address shortage of women in Scottish theatre design

Stellar Quines artistic director Jemima Levick Stellar Quines artistic director Jemima Levick
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Theatre company Stellar Quines has launched a series of training courses aimed at addressing the lack of women working in creative design.

The Edinburgh-based touring company said it is aiming to “change the landscape of creative designers in Scotland”.

The 2016 Where are the Women? report by Christine Hamilton found that across Scotland’s publicly funded theatres, women made up only 6% of lighting designers and 11% of sound designers, composers and musical directors.

The new courses, known as M*****classes, are a series of free workshops led by industry professionals for women who are looking to move into, or improve their skills in, creative design.

There will be three courses over three years, covering sound design this year, then lighting design and AV design. Each course, to be delivered by “professionals who are working at the top of their game” will have around a dozen places, depending on demand.

Launching the initiative, Stellar Quines artistic director Jemima Levick said: “We are under no illusions. Teaching someone to be a fully fledged designer in the space of seven workshops is a tough call. But if we can give a group of women a platform, a boost that enables them to move to the next stage, then that’s what we will do.”

She added: “In highlighting the paucity of women in technically based creative design roles, I realised that in the 15 years I’ve been working as a director I knew very few women working professionally as sound, lighting or AV designers.

“In fact, I had only worked with two or three myself, and that simply wasn’t good enough.”

Jemima Levick appointed artistic director at Stellar Quines

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