CITIZENS THEATRE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF CREATIVE LEARNING

Theatre-maker, Catrin Evans has been appointed to lead the Citizens Theatre’s pioneering learning and community engagement programme.

Dr Catrin Evans has worked extensively for Scotland’s leading theatre companies and is Artistic Director of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company who are renowned for delivering socially-engaged, participatory arts projects with under-represented communities across Scotland. She has directed and produced for, amongst others, National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep, Grid Iron and A Play, A Pie and A Pint. She is a theatre-maker, producer and academic dedicated to creating innovative and challenging new work rooted in communities. She recently completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow, and is currently Research Fellow on the Drawing Together project, with the Institute of Applied Social Research at the University of Bedfordshire. 

The Citizens Theatre’s learning and community engagement programme is at the heart of the company’s work to engage people from all walks of life and communities across Scotland with the theatre. 

Artistic Director, Dominic Hill commented: “I am delighted to welcome Catrin to the Citizens’ team. Her passion and dedication for social justice through engagement in the arts is exceptional, both as an artist and a leader in community engagement. Our learning programme has provided lifeline support and respite to communities and individuals across Glasgow during the pandemic. Catrin’s expertise and connections with grassroots community organisations will ensure she leads our learning and engagement work in exciting new directions as we prepare to open our redeveloped building in 2022.”

Catrin Evans commented: I am passionate about widening access to theatre and performance, and supporting artists and yet-to-be-artists to create new work that reflects the multiplicity of experiences within contemporary Scotland. The Citizens Theatre’s international reputation combined with its plans to expand creative learning initiatives through the redevelopment of the building, means that it is in a unique position to play an integral role in instigating real, long-term change within the sector. I can’t wait to play my part in leading that change alongside the brilliant work currently being delivered every day by the Citizens Learning team.”

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CATRIN EVANS - BIOGRAPHY

Dr Catrin Evans is a theatre-maker, academic and activist based in Glasgow. Directing work includes: I Hear The Image Moving (Tramway); Endurance (A Moment’s Peace); Dear Scotland (National Theatre of Scotland); Leaving Planet Earth (Grid Iron/Edinburgh International Festival); Some Other Mother (The Tron); The Sweet Silver Song of the Lark (A Play, A Pie & A Pint) &The Chronicles of Irania (A Moment’s Peace). As a writer her credits include: The Land Beneath My Feet (Dundee Rep); The Duchess’ Army (Stage to Page, Rehearsed Reading); Thank You (A Play, A Pie & A Pint plus an adaption for BBC Scotland Radio); We had Song (Stellar Quines, Rehearsed Reading); The Jean Jacques Rousseau Show, Demons, To Hell and Back (A Play, A Pie & A Pint as part of writing group the DM Collective). She is co-founder and ongoing Artistic Director of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, whose reputation for delivering innovative participatory arts projects across Scotland marks them out as a leading player in the socially-engaged arts community. Catrin also recently completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the University of Glasgow, and is currently Research Fellow on the Drawing Together project, with the Institute of Applied Social Research at the University of Bedfordshire.

CITIZENS THEATRE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The redeveloped building will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatre companies. The project designed by Bennetts Associates will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the category B listed building since it opened in 1878, re-designing an ageing and vulnerable building into a vibrant cultural venue for communities across Scotland. Constructed by Kier Regional Building, it will deliver improved accessibility, secure the heritage of its unique Victorian features, and offer new bar and café facilities as well as rehearsal, learning and studio spaces. The building is anticipated to re-open in 2022. Key funders of the £22m project include Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland.

CITIZENS THEATRE BIOGRAPHY

The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Over the last 75 years, the Citizens has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. Led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan, it presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p. The theatre’s Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment (see note above). 

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