Trainee Schemes Nurture Fresh Talent Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate use.

The Citizens Theatre will begin its new season with no less than three trainees honing their craft under its iconic eaves. We are delighted to have secured funding which allows us to support three trainees - Mairi Phillips (Actor), Ros Philips (Director) and, entering the second year of his traineeship, Barry Forde (Stage Manager).

The trainee positions are designed for artists still in the early stage of their career and aim to give them opportunities to develop their skills in a professional environment. 

Actor Intern Mairi Phillips is Glasgow born and was a member of Scottish Youth Theatre, before training at the Royal Welsh College for Music and Drama.  Her first role with the Citizens Theatre will be as Bianca in Guy Hollands’ forthcoming production of Othello.  This post is funded by the Robertson Scholarship Trust. 

Trainee Director Ros Philips has worked as a theatre practitioner, teacher and actress for 14 years but since acheiving an MA in Movement Studies in 2008 is keen to develop her skills as a director.  This position, now in its second year, is supported by funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Citizens Theatre Society. Last year’s Trainee Director Leann O’Kasi will direct the Scottish premiere of Topdog / Underdog, her first fully-professional show with the Citizens Company, this October.  During her traineeship she assisted on main stage productions, including The Caretaker and The Wizard of Oz, as well as adapting and directing her own work in progress, The Red Shoes, based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale.
Trainee ASM Barry Forde has been in position with our Stage Management department for one year and during that time has worked on a vast range of both our main stage productions and education projects.  This is a purely vocational post and is supported over two years by the Scottish Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity Fund. 

Joint Artsitic Directors Jeremy Raison and Guy Hollands said:  ‘We are convinced that practical hands-on experience within a professional theatre environment is invaluable to the development of people entering the industry.  The three creative people we have taken on have great talent and potential and we are enormously grateful to each of the funders who have had the vision to partner us in our commitment to them. We are confident that our trainees will play increasingly important roles in the industry in years to come.’ 


For more information please contact: 
Cat McNaught, Marketing and Communications Officer / 0141 418 6233

Or contact my colleagues in Marketing – Alison Martin, / 0141 418 6235 OR / 0141 418 6272. 

1. The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland.  The Robertson Scholarship Trust was established in 1992 for the provision of scholarships, bursary awards and grants to help students advance their education.
2. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the leading independent grant-making foundations in the UK.  Their aim is to fund the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better, with primary interests in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.
3. The Scottish Arts Council’s Cultural Divertisty Fund aims to develop, support and sustain a more diverse infrastructure in the arts in Scotland, particularly in the context of a growing multiracial society and a changing economic and social climate.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Guy Hollands
Wednesday 21 October - Sat 14 November, 7.30pm
Previews: Wed 21 & Thu 22 October, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 29 October, 7.30pm
Signed Performance: Thu 5 November, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Wed 4 November, 7.30pm

Prices: £9.50 - £17 (concessions available)
Previews: £4, Cheap Tuesdays: £7


By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Leann O’Kasi
Tuesday 20 October - Saturday 7 November, 7.30pm
Previews: Tue 20 & Wed 21 October, 7.30pm

Prices: £12 (concessions available)
Previews: £4, Cheap Tuesdays: £7

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