Kate Black | Drama Specialist & Facilitator
Kate is a highly experienced Drama Facilitator with over 25 years experience of delivering drama workshops and projects with various groups. In her earlier career this included working with pre-5s, youth theatre and young people at risk of offending. More recently she has worked with groups within the recovery community, in prisons, with the elderly and people with Alzheimer’s; Kate also delivers training for teachers, social workers, nurses and community workers and continues to work in schools, with upper secondary pupils in particular.
Her work includes issue and processed based workshops and projects as well as devising and directing social commentary theatre. Kate’s practice uses drama/theatre as a way to engage people with an issue or theme rather than using the theme or issue to get them to engage with drama. Using drama is the creative tool she uses to engage people in the process of participation – highly powerful, effective and inclusive.
Kate has the ability to engage even the most resistant of participants. Her friendly manner and down to earth approach sets her apart from other facilitators.
Kate works on a regular basis with Glasgow-based visual artist Rachel Mimiec [see her biog below] to design and deliver training workshops to support the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence, and other educational projects with local authorities in and around Glasgow.
Kate has a BA in Community Arts from the University of Strathclyde, and has worked with the Learning Teams at the Citizens’ Theatre and Scottish Opera.
Suzanne Brady | Drama Worker
Suzanne started working with In Cahootz involved mainly on the Tackling Sectarianism Project, assisting Kate with workshops in schools and with different community groups. Having been involved in community arts and youth theatre from a very young age, Suzanne trained in Acting & Performance at Motherwell College and worked with various companies after graduating.
Suzanne currently works for the Citizens’ Theatre as a Drama Tutor on the Kids@citz and night school drama classes. She is trained in British Sign Language Level 2, and is experienced in delivering drama workshops to a wide selection of ages and abilities.
Rachel Mimiec | Visual Artist
Rachel is a visual artist who works in diverse community contexts, which include schools, prisons, hospitals and galleries. She collaborates and facilitates projects with groups, individuals and other creative professionals. This process based approach leads to the creation of artworks such as exhibitions, commissions, stage sets, temporary public works and events. Trained in the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art her work is rooted in the engagement of site, community and research. Rachel also continues a studio based practice researching and exhibiting her own work.
Phyllis Steel | Mentor, Facilitator & Programme Manager
Phyllis has an extensive range of skills and experience in working in the arts in Scotland since the mid-1970s from artistic direction and programming, community consultation through to creating programmes for people with disabilities. She currently focuses on offering mentoring / coaching programmes with young people or people starting out in new or different careers. She holds a number of non-executive directorships with community and arts organisations. Phyllis also offers support to small-to-medium scale arts and community-based organisations in developing their ideas through different creative facilitation processes. She also evaluates the impact of arts projects in different settings.
Along with the above, she manages the various In Cahootz projects, monitors and evaluates their progress and with Kate develops partnership working with a range of other community-based organisations.
Phyllis is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, a Gestalt-trained coach, a member of the Federation of Scottish Theatre & Mentoring Network.
Annmarie Strain | Drama Worker
Annmarie has been involved with drama since she was 11, attending Dunterlie Youth Theatre in Barrhead and doing her work experience by assisting Kate with different groups [pre-5s, 5-7s and 50+]. She was and remains heavily involved in anything that is happening in the community.
In 1999 she took part in Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival and subsequently performed in productions of Sleeping Beauty, Macbeth and Born Bad, eventually going on to be a SYT Workshop Assistant.
She trained in Acting & Performance at Reid Kerr College, leading to her first professional job as Chantelle in Sweet 16 and a Scottish Bafta nomination. This led on to four years of her playing Hazel in the BBC’s Rivercity. Annemarie has performed and toured to theatres throughout Scotland and England [e.g. The Twits and Risk].
Now, after taking time out to have three lovely children, she has returned to focusing on her interest in community work using drama. She has successfully assisted Kate with projects in schools and with different adult groups [e.g. Parent Network Scotland, Alzheimer’s Scotland] and was involved in the community project to save Govan Baths.