CURRENT STAFF

Steven Thomson, Creative Director/CEO & Company Secretary
steventhomson@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 552 7575
M: +44(0)776 272 2460

Steven has worked in the professional performing arts since 1983. He has worked at Glasgow’s Tron, Tramway, King’s and Mitchell Theatres as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He followed that with a large scale project, The Big Picnic, with Bill Bryden and Promenade Productions. He worked subsequently for the Scottish Claymores and from 1998-2003 he was Administrative Director for New Moves International Ltd, producers of the New Territories festival. He ran the Glasgay! festival from 2004-2014 and subsequently transition the company into Outspoken Arts Scotland. He has also consulted, as a Creative Producer, for Renfrewshire Council supporting its Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid and an Event Legacy plan 2018-2022.  Steven is the Co-chair of Erskine Music & Media Studios CIC and a lay committee member of the Paisley Art Insitute.

Alphonso Harrison, Engagement Manager
alphonsoharrison@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122 | M: +44(0)759 891 1026

Alphonso joined the Company as initially our Administrator in April 2007. He was previously Ticketing Director for NFL Europe League’s Scottish Claymores and England Monarch’s American football teams. He was also Box Office Manager for Promenade Production’s The Big Picnic at Harland & Wolff Engine Shed. Alphonso most recently worked for US military defence contractor Northrop Grumman. in his newly reformed post Alphonso will look after most aspects of artists, communities and participants engagement activities as well as programme and event management.

Lisa Watt, PR & Marketing Manager 
marketing@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122
Lisa re-joins the Company after a spell of working on major events such as the Mackintosh Festival and other work with Glasgow’s Merchant Square.  She is also from Paisley and lives in the area.  Lisa brings a wealth of experience in public relations, advertising, publishing and press campaigning.  Lisa will be in post from Sep 2018.

Gillian Lochhead, Marketing Officer 
gillianlochhead@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122
Gillian Lochhead joined the company in August 2018 as a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art where achieved a BA Hons in Communication Design.  Gillian will be responsible for all social media, marketing activities in support of our engagement plans and events programme.

Make it Fabulous! 2019

COMING OUT IN 2019
Call for acts and participation in a brand new programme of events for LGBT History Month Scotland – February 2019.

To mark the 50th year since the Stonewall Riots (July 1969), Outspoken Arts Scotland wants to hear from acts, troupes, performers, artists and activists.

We want to capture what is to be LGBT in 2019 but we also want to remember where it all began and celebrate the fabulous explosion of LGBT culture since Stonewall, through Gay Liberation and Pride Marches. We want you to be inspired by and perhaps celebrate the wonderful troupes of artists who led the way such as Hot Peaches, Bloolips, The Cockettes and even London’s own Duckie.

If you have an act, performance, show or idea that could make us laugh, sing or cry we want to hear from you. Whatever your identity, be you drag queen, femme, dyke, diva, bitch, boy, bear, or ally or none of these- if you can get up on a stage and tell your story – we want to hear from you.

Send us some of the following things –
a headshot, CV, publicity materials, youtube or other social media or website links to your work. mailto:steventhomson@outspokenarts.org

P.S. Make it Fabulous!

Stonewall Inn, New York City, 1969

Hot Peaches, NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROL LAULA & GUESTS

A Celebration of Female Independent Music Artists (FIMAs)

Building on the success of the Wicked Women live show series (as part of International Women’s Day), Scottish singer-songwriter, Carol Laula, (pictured above) brings together and celebrates female songwriters in this unique collaboration.

Featuring performances from Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins, Linzi Clark and Jordan Stewart, the show aims to shine light on female music artists and songwriters at a time when iconic shows and festivals across the country are being questioned about gender equality in their performer line-ups. Raising awareness around the issue, Laula aims to shine a light on a new breed of talented female artists.

WED 31 OCT, 8.30PM, £8.50
book online now
Age Suitability 12+
Event takes place in Victorian Bar:  Children and young persons will be allowed in the bar areas of the premises when accompanied by a responsible adult.”

Socials:
Twitter handle: @carollaula
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carollaulamusic
YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/CarolLaulaYouTube

Press Quotes
“Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter” (Glasgow Herald)
“Laula’s songs deal with strength in adversity – especially from the modern woman’s perspective – on a personalised but universal level. (Q Magazine)

Linzi Clark

Marie Collins

Lisa Kowalski

Jordan Stewart   

National Lottery Scotland

The charity has been funded by Awards for All for its Expanding Horizons programme in Paisley & Renfrewshire.   This engagement programme will run to March 2019.

Take Me Somewhere 2017

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

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Pride Cabaret 2016

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