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Past Staff

1993

Cordelia Ditton, Joint Artistic Director
Dominic D’Angelo, Joint Artistic Director

1995

Cordelia Ditton, Artistic Director
Lorna Ferguson & Diane Hutchison, Joint Co-ordinators

1997

The festival was managed by its board of directors in this year.

1998

Gillian Garrity, Administrator

1999

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Robert Thomson, Programme Co-ordinator

2000

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Paul Fitzpatrick, Programme Co-ordinator
Dearbhla Murphy, Press & Marketing

2001

Lindsay Mitchell, Festival Producer
Dearbhla Murphy, Press & Marketing

2002

David Leddy, Festival Producer
Di Robson, Development
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2003

David Leddy, Festival Producer
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2004

Steven Thomson, Producer
Niall Walker, Design
Alan Miller, Press

2005

Steven Thomson, Producer
Sandra Marron, Press
Niall Walker, Design

2006

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alan Miller, Press
Marketing, Richard Bryson
Niall Walker, Design

2007

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Eloise Roser, Marketing
Niall Walker, Design

2008

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Sophie McCready, Marketing
Niall Walker, Design

2009

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Kara Szifris, Marketing
Roxanne Claxton, Outreach

2010

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Lisa Watt, Marketing

2011

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Niall Walker, Design
Lisa Watt, Marketing

2012

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Ash Paterson, Design
Leo Glaister, Marketing

2013

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Roisin Anne Hughes, Marketing

2014

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator
Alan Miller, Press
Laura McIntyre, Marketing

 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director

Steven Thomson, Creative Director/CEO, 2004-present

Steven Thomson is now the Creative Director & CEO for Outspoken Arts Scotland. He was initially appointed as Producer of the former Glasgay! Festival In Feb 2004. During his tenure he successfully grew the Glasgay! into a large month long celebration at nearly 20 venues, attracting up to 35,000 visitors and contributing upwards of £0.5m to the national economy. He successfully repositioned the festival as Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture, grew public funding, increased private sponsorship, and diversified the income base.  The festival won the recognition of the former Scottish Arts Council in 2007 becoming one of a raft of new flexibly funded organisations.

In 2005 Steven was awarded a Pride Award by Phace Scotland and The List Magazine. In 2009 he was listed 22nd place in the List Magazine’s Top 100 cultural movers and shakers of the year. In September 2005 he opened the Q! Gallery, Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to queer art and artists. The festival has been officially listed in Fodders and Frommers world travel guides, awarded Top 4th Gay Destination by USA’s Gay.com and won the prestigious Top Gay Event of the Year (List Magazine 2007). The Festival was awarded “Cultural event of the year” by the Equality Network in September 2015.

He began his career in 1983 as an actor and assistant director of a young, community touring theatre company, Arc Theatre Company. He toured “The Game’s A Bogey” by the late and well-known writer John McGrath (founder Artistic Director of 7:84 Theatre Scotland). The show transferred to Mayfest 1984.

From 1983 to 1987 he worked as Box Office Manager at the Tron Theatre. Following that he was appointed as Theatre Manager with programming responsibilities at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The RSAMD (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) had just opened a fine new public facility with four large performance spaces and he helped foster a significant growth in the profile of the venue, curating a busy programme of professional theatre, music and conferences. In 1992, after five successful years producing high quality public events, he took up a new promoted post as Senior Marketing Officer.

From 1987 to 1993 Steven also maintained his work as a Director and Producer. In 1987 he along with Pene Herman-Smith and Lorenzo Mele (formerly 7:84 Theatre Co.) founded Made In Glasgow, a professional student theatre ensemble at the RSAMD. The company staged the first Scottish Student Drama Festival at the RSAMD, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 1991 he produced Dunoon jazz singer and Billie Holiday look-alike Suzanne Bonnar (River City) in “I Cover The Waterfront – the Billie Holiday” story by Troy Fairclough which played at Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and RSAMD. He made his directorial debut in 1992 for the Scottish première of Nice by Mustapha Matura which starred afro-caribbean actor Desmond McLean.

In late 1993 Steven left the RSAMD to go freelance and carried off a successful short-term marketing contract with New Moves – Scotland’s international contemporary dance festival. He followed that with a short stint as Press Officer for touring company Winged Horse’s Production of Tom McGrath’s The Android Circuit starring Michelle Gomez (The Green Wing). Mid 1994 he was appointed General Manager for Promenade Productions producers of The Big Picnic at the Harland & Wolff Engine Shed former Shipyard. This epic 1st World War production written and directed by Bill Bryden (former Head of Drama at BBC Scotland and Associate Director of England’s Royal National Theatre). He worked principally under the Producer, Nicholas Newton (founder of London’s the Bush Theatre and son of 1950’s Hollywood film actor Robert Newton). The production was staged to great acclaim to over 50,000 people and recorded for Broadcast on Armistice Day by BBC Television.

Between 1995 and 1996 he worked for Glasgow City Council as a citywide Theatre Manager at The King’s, Mitchell and Tramway Theatres. Mid 1996 he also organised the ticketing operation for the World League of American Football’s Scottish Claymores successful World Bowl Championship at Murrayfield Stadium attended by 38,000 people.

In July 1997 Steven relocated to London to again take up the post of General Manager with Promenade Productions who had been commissioned by Channel 4 to make a new six-part drama entitled SOHO. This was to have been a £6m serial drama filmed at Pinewood Studios. Unfortunately the production was cancelled by Channel 4. Over the last decade Steven has continued to work in an associate capacity with Bill Bryden and Producer, Nicholas Newton. He has worked on a string of BBC Radio Recordings and the production Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams at the Albery Theatre in London’s West End in June 2000. During his year in London he returned to work for the World League of American Football, this time at its NFL Europe London Headquarters managing, the stadium and ticketing operation for its two main teams the England Monarchs and Scottish Claymores.

In May 1998 Steven returned to Glasgow and New Moves International in a new role as Administrative Director. During his tenure he was successful in securing an increase in the Company’s annual funding by moving the company from project to core revenue funding as well as managing many successful medium scale lottery bids. He also organised a major review by the Scottish Arts Council which culminated in the creation of new posts to further develop audience and contextual programming and took the average annual turnover of the Company from £100k to circa £350k. He found continuing funding support from the British Council, Visiting Arts and from time to time the Arts Council of England. In a bold move in October 1999 he successfully persuaded the Artistic Director and Board that a merger between the National Review of Live Art and the New Moves festival would aid long term survival for the Company and give live art a significant annual platform. The Company launched its new five-week festival New Territories in Feb 2002.

 

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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. 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.

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

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.

Social Media Officer – Graduate Internship

A new post created in June 2018 to support of creative engagement plans and to master the art of our multiple online channels. Post commences 15 Aug 2018.

 

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